Northern Transmissions' Top 10 Albums of 2018

Northern Transmissions' Top 10 Albums of 2018

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10. Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
21 reviews

For their fifth LP ‘Dose Your Dreams’, the Toronto collective are again pushing their sonic envelope as far as it can go.

9. Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
30 reviews

On God’s Favorite Customer, he is no longer a barefooted celestial wanderer who bestows witty take-downs of the human condition. He is flesh, blood, and flawed.

8. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
19 reviews

Some Rap Songs is a pretty rare rap album as each song perfectly bleeds into one another. This leaves the group of songs in its own concept universe.

7. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
32 reviews
This album can be painted with many brushes. Among the distortion (less this time around), soft rock, hard rock, and indie ballads, are narratives that demand an exploration of their deeper meaning.

6. Iceage - Beyondless

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
26 reviews

In their quest to forever challenge themselves, Iceage have created another thrilling chapter with ‘Beyondless’; an album imbued with youthful vigour and timeless poise.

5. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
26 reviews

Though Hynes isn’t always on lead in this latest album, their creativity is always very present on every track to assure it’s a Blood Orange cut. With very little dead weight in its extended run, this is one of those records that will likely only improve on repeat listens.

4. Beach House - 7

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
31 reviews

By taking familiar ideas and filtering them through new arrangements and effects, the band has taken their identity in their own hands and reshaped it into something intriguing again for their strongest album since Bloom.

3. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
27 reviews
‘Wide Awake!’ is the sound of band unafraid to push themselves, both creatively and socio-politically. In these uncertain, homogenised times – God bless Parquet Courts.

2. Shame - Songs of Praise

January 12, 2018
Critic Score
20 reviews
Both sonically and lyrically, the quintet’s primary outing encapsulates a fresh vigour but one that’s not naïve, despite the band’s tender age (the five members are either 20 or 21), Shame attack each song with a triumphant stance but one that’s not rose tinted.

1. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
23 reviews
If the Bristol transplant’s first record grabbed you by the lapels and demanded you to pay attention, the quintet’s quick-fire follow up album ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ is more of a firm arm around the shoulders; it’s an LP that’s forged on inclusivity, embracing imperfections and flaws whilst confronting contentious subjects like immigration and looking to dismantle macho stereotypes.
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