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NME's Albums Of The Year 2018

NME's Albums Of The Year 2018

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100. Interpol - Marauder

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
70
28 reviews
The NYC trio sixth album is a bold and artful evolution, though it's so claustrophobic you may long for a sense of release.

99. Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Over length of 12 tracks, the soul/G-funk stuff becomes a little one-note, while the Disney-fied material lacks the charm that makes Prass such an engaging, idiosyncratic performer.

98. Rae Morris - Someone Out There

February 2, 2018
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
Without precedent, Morris is now making music that dives into the unknown, pop that snaps and crackles and isn’t afraid to be strange or awkward. Most importantly, she’s not taking risks just to prove a point: for every daring leap into the unknown, there’s a payoff.

97. Peace - Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll

Peace - Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

... an album that, save a couple of weaker links (‘Angel’ and ‘Just A Ride’) is hard to fault. Thank god Peace are back, and on breathtaking form.

96. Gengahr - Where Wildness Grows

Gengahr - Where Wildness Grows
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
61
7 reviews

95. Hovvdy - Cranberry

February 9, 2018
Critic Score
75
1 review

94. ROSALÍA - EL MAL QUERER

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

93. Vinyl Williams - Opal

Vinyl Williams - Opal
July 20, 2018
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

91. The Carters - Everything Is Love

June 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
‘Everything is Love’ may lack the immediate impact of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s respective solo latest records, but it’s still interesting to see two of the biggest stars in the world relax.

90. Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

Post-mainstream breakthrough, ‘Oxnard’ is a deft dissection of the fallout, just as free-ranging and hopeful as you’d imagine.

89. Vein - Errorzone

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

88. Lykke Li - so sad so sexy

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
69
28 reviews
As always, there are chinks of light breaking through the darkness, only this time they seem all the more dazzling.

87. Blossoms - Cool Like You

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
69
7 reviews

Like an early greatest hits, ‘Cool Like You’ is overflowing with singles.

86. Eminem - Kamikaze

Eminem - Kamikaze
August 31, 2018
Critic Score
59
18 reviews

Eminem’s always been at his best when he’s pissed off, and for all its ‘poor me’ posturing, ‘Kamikaze’ at least feels honest.

85. Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

British producer ditches house bangers for symphonic genius on his debut album.

84. Florence + The Machine - High as Hope

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
76
31 reviews

Stripped to the bare bones of her soul and the sentiment, her truth shines – and there’s a beauty in that. The only thing holding it back is a lack of risk, but there’s still so much comfort in the familiar.

83. Nakhane - You Will Not Die

March 16, 2018
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

82. Goat Girl - Goat Girl

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
The four piece’s debut album is a grubby, clattering thing that takes its lead from 1980s LA punk trailblazers like X and The Gun Club, who took traditional country music and fed it moonshine until it fell down in a ditch, then scraped the mud off its jeans, handed it a microphone and a broken electric guitar and made it walk through broken glass to sing in a grotty toilet venue bar over a broken PA system.

81. Jay Rock - Redemption

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

80. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

‘Room 25’ is not only smartly constructed and laced with intricate subtlety – it’s laugh-out-loud funny, too.

79. Octavian - SPACEMAN

September 10, 2018
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

77. Iceage - Beyondless

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

In their time away, Iceage have grown highly evolved – and a little more sensual.

76. Greta Van Fleet - Anthem of the Peaceful Army

October 19, 2018
Critic Score
50
10 reviews

This head-banging, Led Zep-indebted collection of rock songs might not change the world, but it'll at least give yer head a little wobble.

75. U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
23 reviews
Powerful, potent and bloody good for dancing to, ‘In A Poem Unlimited’ might just be the soundtrack to the revolution.

74. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

A triptych of a record, ‘Bad Witch’ spans all of NIN’s many sides. From clattering industrial sonics, to expansive, soaring soundscapes, via free jazz and mutating electronica, it’s the sound of a band bolstering their already formidable palette.

73. The Good, the Bad & the Queen - Merrie Land

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Ruminations on a post-Brexit nation from a bunch of middle-aged musicians is, perhaps, less essential than it seems to deem itself, but there are probing thoughts and moments to make it worth sticking with.

71. Superorganism - Superorganism

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
It often feels like an in-joke that we’re allowed in on.

70. Muse - Simulation Theory

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
55
19 reviews
Yes, this is still Muse, but here they’re trying to be something else – well, everything else. They are avatars in a ridiculous simulation of teenage nerdery, inviting you to steal away from the nightmare, and into an electric dream.

69. Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
69
17 reviews
Manics are kicking against the pricks just as hard as ever. In their existence alone they continue to fight the good fight – but the sheer scale, pop-pomp and balls on show here render their survival an absolute victory. Resistance may be futile, but the Manics continue to advance.

67. Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
This is a thrilling, fascinating album that continually startles: it’s a bold step forward and one that feels like a glimpse into the future.

64. Connan Mockasin - Jassbusters

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
60
10 reviews

63. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is Courtney Barnett at her angriest and most vulnerable, but being a drinker of details means she can also blow the beauty of life’s little things up to full-size.

62. Lil Peep - Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

The album evokes snapshots of nostalgic memories. A high-water mark in Peep’s work, it reminds listeners of the talent Gustav Åhr possessed and how we were deprived of it all too early.

61. Agar Agar - The Dog and the Future

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
60
1 review

60. Architects - Holy Hell

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

It’s an impossibly beautiful dedication to a life like few others. Long may Architects live on.

59. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
‘Some Rap Songs’ may be a brief exercise, but its ambition and the – largely successful – execution of its ideas demonstrate that the enigmatic Earl is as fascinating as ever.

58. Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

The mellow master’s seventh studio album is an expansive odyssey that proves he’s an idiosyncratic one-off.

57. Viagra Boys - Street Worms

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

56. Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
There’s almost something for everyone on ‘Dose Your Dreams’, and, thankfully, that eclectic aspect to Fucked Up’s most ambitious project yet means it leans more towards opus than hopeless.

55. Mastersystem - Dance Music

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
It harks back to the star-reaching noise of Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Mogwai at their most visceral, and a lot of ’90s alt-rock – and yet it sounds like a scorchingly promising debut from a band formed yesterday.

54. Confidence Man - Confident Music For Confident People

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
87
9 reviews
With a Balearic pulse and horizontal attitude throughout, this record is ready-made sunshine – MDMAzing pretension-free fun for the masses. This is the album we need in these hard times, even if we don’t deserve it.

53. Pale Waves - My Mind Makes Noises

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
67
13 reviews

The Manchester band moves from cult concern to the big leagues with an impressive, deft debut.

52. Maribou State - Kingdoms In Colour

September 7, 2018
Critic Score
73
7 reviews

Take a deep breath, lay back and soak in the technicolour empire Maribou State have crafted on this album – you’ll feel at one with our world for it.

51. Ross from Friends - Family Portrait

July 27, 2018
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
‘Family Portrait’ is the culmination of a remarkable journey for the artist.
Original Source: https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/best-greatest-albums-of-the-year-2018-2419656
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12mo
Give AM a 80 place them in at 2nd ^^
12mo
Give NIN a perfect score, place them at 74 lol
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