NME's Albums Of The Year 2018

NME's Albums Of The Year 2018

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100.

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
71
33 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.

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
21 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.

February 2, 2018
Critic Score
78
9 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
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
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
61
7 reviews

95.

February 9, 2018
Critic Score
75
1 review

94.

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

93.

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

91.

June 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
24 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.

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

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

89.

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

88.

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

87.

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
63
8 reviews

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

86.

Eminem - Kamikaze
August 31, 2018
Critic Score
58
20 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.

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

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

84.

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
76
33 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.

March 16, 2018
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

82.

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
78
18 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.

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

80.

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.

September 10, 2018
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

77.

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

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

76.

October 19, 2018
Critic Score
52
14 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.

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews
Powerful, potent and bloody good for dancing to, ‘In A Poem Unlimited’ might just be the soundtrack to the revolution.

74.

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
75
27 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.

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
16 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.

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

70.

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
57
24 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.

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
72
23 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.

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
81
32 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.

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
62
11 reviews

63.

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
81
40 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.

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.

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
60
1 review

60.

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
12 reviews

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

59.

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 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.

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
74
30 reviews

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

57.

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

56.

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 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.

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.

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
84
10 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.

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
66
14 reviews

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

52.

September 7, 2018
Critic Score
74
8 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.

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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1y
Give AM a 80 place them in at 2nd ^^
1y
Give NIN a perfect score, place them at 74 lol
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