Clash's Albums of the Year 2018

Clash's Albums of the Year 2018

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40. Migos - Culture II

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
66
21 reviews

39. Brockhampton - iridescence

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

'Iridescence' feels like Brockhampton have regrouped musically to create a great, if not perfect, representation and platform to build on.

38. The Magic Gang - The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang - The Magic Gang
March 16, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
Though it’s been a long time coming, The Magic Gang is still an ambitious release, that offers hopefulness and heartbreak in a 60s tinged wrapping.

36. St. Vincent - MassEducation

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

Clark is similarly focused on ensuring that each track is projected from a different angle than on the original record, and this is where ‘Masseducation’ gets interesting.

35. Nao - Saturn

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Nao is entirely galactic on this record – there is an omnipresent sensation of otherness throughout the album. Whether it be in the trademark effluvient vocal or in the consistently atmospheric and glistening instrumental, ‘Saturn’ is spacial.

34. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album

February 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Black Panther: The Album is an instantly enjoyable project that allows its featured artists to shine under the watchful eyes and ears of Kendrick Lamar.

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

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

Albarn on Britain is a proven formula, but Simonon, Allen and Simon Tong combine to craft curious twenty-first century folk about curious twenty-first century folk.

32. Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

October 19, 2018
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

A slow burn of an album, ‘Broken Politics’ artfully cuts through a turbulent, noisy world.

31. Murkage Dave - Murkage Dave Changed My Life

Murkage Dave - Murkage Dave Changed My Life
October 19, 2018
Critic Score
75
1 review

30. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

‘Tha Carter V’ was never going to be flawlessly executed - the odds were too stacked against it - but it certainly gives the audience the thrill we were hoping for. It’s a return to form, and a triumphant return for one of the greatest of all time.

29. Troye Sivan - Bloom

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

28. Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews
It’s another marvellous addition to the Father John Misty catalogue, delivered from a songwriter that surely now deserves to be recognised as one of, if not the greatest, of this decade.

26. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
It’s romantic, existential, frantic, and disorganised, and that ultimately strange mix of tones, genres, and production all adds into a singular esthetic.

25. Buddy - Harlan & Alondra

July 20, 2018
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

24. Leon Bridges - Good Thing

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
71
17 reviews

23. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
There are very few contemporary artists with both Washington’s talent and audacity of expression. The insistent vitality of this music, responding to a damaged world on the ‘Earth’ album and exploring the artist’s own view of our existence on the ‘Heaven’ set, should ensure those with genre anxiety are put at ease, while the purists are in for quite a journey.

22. Octavian - SPACEMAN

September 10, 2018
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

20. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

Even if the delivery is often delicate, the record’s deft lyricism is arresting and unflinching.

19. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

'Dirty Computer' captures the plight of today's outsiders who are fighting back, forming the world to be. Monáe is 10 steps ahead, past the Trump era, embracing the robot-utopia that gives hope to an unprejudiced and equal world. She´s already there - now the rest of us have to catch up.

18. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

17. Helena Hauff - Qualm

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
77
16 reviews
With ‘Qualm’, Helena Hauff has created the record we both wanted and needed. It’s a statement of romantic infatuation amongst an otherwise hash, twisted and raw landscape.

16. Tirzah - Devotion

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
Taking inspiration from Al Green, Barry White and D’Angelo, produced with her long-term friend and collaborator Micachu, Tirzah manages to create a warped ‘90s R&B record with a soulful core and enough electronic dissonance for the modern age.

15. Shame - Songs of Praise

January 12, 2018
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
In context and execution, ‘Songs Of Praise’ is one of the most daring, scorching, seethingly intelligent, and at times downright funny British guitar albums to come our way in years.

13. Drake - Scorpion

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
65
27 reviews

Absorbing ‘Scorpion’s 90-minute run time in one sitting is a big ask, but the ratio of good to bad here is impressively in Drake’s favour.

12. Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
While ‘Lost & Found’ doesn’t feel like Jorja Smith’s magnum opus, it’s a brilliant first draft.

11. The Internet - Hive Mind

July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

10. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
88
23 reviews
This is a band to get excited about. Very, VERY, excited about!

9. Various Artists - We Out Here

February 9, 2018
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

8. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
It seems that SOPHIE has taken on her most challenging project yet: her true self. And this theme permeates ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES’, even if, musically, the rest of the album returns to the kind of tracks you’d expect if you’ve followed SOPHIE’s career up to this point.

7. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
By staying small, focussed and concise here, he makes the biggest statement of his solo career so far - going against the excess and all-you-can-eat approach that’s trapping the rest of the game is truly a stunt. Pusha T is timeless.

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

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Like a magic eye puzzle falling into place, ‘I’m All Ears’ has only slightly shifted the band’s focus, but suddenly it all makes sense.

5. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
Melancholy remains the primary colour in Robyn’s work, though it continues to sparkle.

4. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Hynes creates an elegant sadness that is balanced and ultimately flawless.

2. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

1. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
27 reviews
A breathless, breathtaking achievement, ‘Chris’ is a fascinating, infectious, endlessly suggestive work, an ode to 80s pop bombast that uses those splinters to build and then de-construct countless glimpses of Héloïse Letissier.
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