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The A.V. Club's Best Indie & Rock Albums of 2018

The A.V. Club's Best Indie & Rock Albums of 2018

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Amen Dunes - Freedom

Amen Dunes - Freedom
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

Anna Calvi - Hunter

Anna Calvi - Hunter
August 31, 2018
Critic Score
81
21 reviews

More than just grafting on its politics and themes of liberation, Hunter embodies them by capturing a freer, more complex—and queerer—view of its creator.

Beach House - 7

Beach House - 7
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

7 is the band’s darkest, messiest, and most varied album to date.

Jeff Rosenstock - POST-

Jeff Rosenstock - POST-
January 1, 2018
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

POST- is an album about finding hope in the future. Not in a passive, pacifying way, but by challenging yourself to step up and take action, day in and day out. While that sounds incredibly daunting—and like a really tiring listen—the album’s most impressive trait is that it makes all that vital work feel joyous and communal.

Julia Holter - Aviary

Julia Holter - Aviary
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Low - Double Negative

Low - Double Negative
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
22 reviews
The result is fearless and impressive, but often lacking in the kind of inviting musicality that encourages repeat listening. It’s a headphones record that holds its audience at a distance: admirably fascinating, but rarely addictive.

Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Mitski - Be the Cowboy
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

The cleaned-up production does highlight the eccentric, even incomplete, nature of some of her compositions—Mitski’s only ever written songs with traditional verse-chorus-verse structure when she’s felt like it—but as far as problems go, wishing that all of the songs on Be The Cowboy were three-minute pop masterpieces instead of just some of them is a good one to have.

Neko Case - Hell-On

Neko Case - Hell-On
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
Fire may have robbed Neko Case of her home, but she’s emerged from the ashes even better than before.

Snail Mail - Lush

Snail Mail - Lush
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

The crushing sameness of the existence described in Snail Mail’s music means that not every song on Lush is essential, but when Jordan hits, she hits a bullseye, with mini-indie masterpieces like “Pristine” and “Heat Wave” set to inspire another generation of songwriters.

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Painstakingly constructed alone in his home, And Nothing Hurt is arguably the purest and most sentimental music J. Spaceman, a.k.a. Jason Pierce, has crafted as Spiritualized since the swooning zeniths of Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.

Original Source: https://music.avclub.com/the-best-indie-and-rock-albums-of-2018-1831016414
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