The 405's Top 50 Albums of 2018

The 405's Top 50 Albums of 2018

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50. boygenius - boygenius EP

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

49. Tomberlin - At Weddings

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

For an album touching on such emotionally complex themes, At Weddings thrives on simplicity.

47. Reese Laflare - Reese Laflare

Reese Laflare - Reese Laflare
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
73
2 reviews

45. Miya Folick - Premonitions

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

It's her sprawling vocal range and smart, sharp songwriting that holds everything together, making Premonitions a thoroughly enjoyable and dazzling collection from one of the more promising artists in recent years.

44. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Some Rap Songs is not a casual record—it isn’t one to bump in your car, neither is it one to “enjoy” per se. Depression, a shared yet unique experience—is a topic to empathize with—and for Earl, it’s a festering reality—one he has finally been able to channel into his art most intricate and affecting.

41. Half Waif - Lavender

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

We are on our own, and Half Waif knows there's beauty in that. A scary, fucked up kind of beauty. Consider Lavender a salve. Or, at least, an honest, genuine listen.

39. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

We’re ultimately left with the feeling that Parquet Courts are fighting their way through life on Wide Awake!; battling ignorance, standing up against inequality, staving off depression – and they want you to join them in their struggle. Their vocal frustrations make perfect fodder for their post-punk blasts, and in combination they add up to some of the most invigorating music currently being created, making Wide Awake! a valuable and vital call to arms.

38. BoA - WOMAN

BoA - WOMAN
October 24, 2018
Critic Score
80
1 review

37. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

July 13, 2018
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

They’ve experimented with vocals, concentrated their musical chemistry, further polished their production, and tweaked their songwriting so that the transitions between movements in their songs are less sheer cliff-faces of fury and more lithe passages. All this, combined with some of the best songs they’ve ever written, makes Ordinary Corrupt Human Love the band’s most irrefutable credential as a leader in modern Rock.

35. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
As the world put Cardi under a magnifying glass, she responded with a surprisingly cohesive, fully-realized album while holding her head up that much higher.

34. Tirzah - Devotion

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

On Devotion, she cordons off her own corner of modern Rn’B with a statement destined to become a genre staple.

32. Vince Staples - FM!

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

FM! further cements Vince Staples’ status as an artist who isn’t afraid to challenge societal norms - with the slickest production. Giving you the feeling of tuning into the radio in your car, Vince takes us on a drive through his hometown.

31. Hana Vu - How Many Times Have You Driven By

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

Hana Vu flawlessly mixes jaded youth with a surprising wisdom on the confident, addictive How Many Times Have You Driven By. Produced by Vu herself and boasting a lush and warm sound, it sets itself apart by striving to be something more ambitious and it shows in every little detail.

30. Vessel - Queen of Golden Dogs

November 9, 2018
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Queen of Golden Dogs is a bold and original statement that collides together emotions, textures and beats to gloriously dissonant effect. It’s also Vessel's best album to date.

29. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

As with The Epic, Heaven & Earth not only exemplifies Washington’s ability as a saxophonist and band leader, but also the band he has assembled. Every member gets their chance to shine. By drawing from a broader sonic palette, Washington brings a tenderness and intimacy to their big, bold music.

28. Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

In a world where there is a progressive necessity of being vocal, regardless of cause-effect, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman is a critic of club culture, unconventional dynamics in the music industry and also a tool of self-reflection and incisive banter.

27. Iceage - Beyondless

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

If Plowing Into The Field Of Love seemed like the peak of their creativity, then Beyondless is here to obliterate that notion: here they span the breadth of their punk roots all the way to monolithic shoegaze, with stops at elegiac odes and caustic show tunes along the way, throughout imbued by additional violins, trumpet, saxophone and trombone.

26. Rae Morris - Someone Out There

February 2, 2018
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

With Someone Out There Rae Morris has twelve tracks that stand her in early contention for the most unexpected pop triumph of 2018, and earns her the worthy pseudonym Slay Morris.

25. Mount Eerie - Now Only

March 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

... this album is still going to be about the loss of his love, but one that shows a bit of distance, a new perspective, and the healing power of music, which is explored throughout the album’s six tracks.

24. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

Everything about You Won’t Get What You Want is carved out of sheer insert-synonym-for-unhappiness-here, from the guitars to the drums to the vocals, but there’s more than enough nuance and versatility to earn your respect, even if it’s not something you’re typically drawn towards.

23. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews
The album is a world to itself, endlessly explorable.

20. Møl - JORD

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
MØL are not reinventing the wheel. But the wheel they have made is the roundest, shiniest, and most intimidatingly huge fucking wheel you’ve ever seen in your life.

19. Black Milk - FEVER

Black Milk - FEVER
February 23, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

Black Milk has quietly amassed one of the finest discographies of any producer/rapper in hip hop. FEVER is the most confident he's ever sounded, taking on the ills of the world in 2018, all while managing to create a consistently groovy, laid back sound.

18. Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love

September 5, 2018
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

Where Turmor's music normally thrives on chaos and unpredictability, here, he focuses on reigning in that unpredictability, and in the process, crafts some truly thrilling and engaging experimental pop music.

16. Mac Miller - Swimming

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

If he found his stride nearly three years ago with GO:OD AM, he’s now confidently in full control, guiding Swimming down a surprisingly restrained, subtle journey into a heart’s bleakest turmoil.

15. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews
It's a rich and rewarding experience, one that offers a powerful glimpse into the everyday lives of those members of marginalized communities struggling for acceptance in an increasingly closed, divided, and hostile society.

14. Low - Double Negative

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

With Double Negative, Low maintain all fronts of their fanbase. All the elements of the bands chilling atmospheres are here.

11. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

IDLES deliver a thunderous and sharp state-of-the-nation address in their monumental Joy As An Act Of Resistance.

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

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
23 reviews
This is the most rewarding album from the project yet, as it only seems to unfold further and further as you delve deeper and keep replaying.

8. Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Our great-great-grandmothers’ voices resonate throughout Childqueen as vividly as our unborn children in a never-ending autophagic cycle, reminding us that we are all pure, beautiful and sacred, and that no dominating power is de facto dominating if not exerted with unconditional love.

6. Tim Hecker - Konoyo

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Each time I’ve listened to Konoyo, there’s been one moment (of sorts) that catches me off-guard and cements it as one of Hecker’s greatest achievements.

5. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

4. Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

While it undoubtedly packs in a humongous swath of influences and touchstones from today’s pop culture, the overall piece created is completely unique, unreplicable and ultimately undescribable. That, of course, is the only way that Daniel Lopatin knows how to create music, and Age Of now happily sits alongside his previous planets in Oneohtrix Point Never’s utterly individual universe.

3. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

Though it’s a record perspiring uncertainty and the fear of becoming stagnant, Be The Cowboy is Mitski’s most personal and confrontational thus far. It’s violently poignant and the mark of an artist who’s barely tapped into her singularity.

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

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

OIL is a triumphant celebration of identity that’ll mean so much to so many on an incredibly intimate level, but it’s also, objectively, a triumphant artistic achievement.

1. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

It’s evident that Pusha T is at his most confident on DAYTONA; his rhymes carry confidence and clarity paired with a high head and a release that was well worth the three-year waiting period.

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