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The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2018

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2018

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50. Current 93 - The Light Is Leaving Us All

Current 93 - The Light Is Leaving Us All
October 13, 2018
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

The Light Is Leaving Us All might not be particularly strange or unique in the grand scheme of Current 93's extensive discography, but it's nevertheless a lovely return to the band's neofolk sound.

49. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Blood Orange's latest is a dreamy, sensual, and holistic album with a message.

48. Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
The debut album from this Melbourne supergroup is rife with wry political commentary and colorful post-punk arrangements.

47. Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal

Guerilla Toss - Twisted Crystal
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

Twisted Crystal is all the zany pop fun of GT Ultra, but set in space and on LSD.

46. Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

Hop Along's song structures and storytelling mature on Bark Your Head Off, Dog.

45. Screaming Females - All at Once

February 23, 2018
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

All at Once boasts Screaming Females' sharpest and catchiest songwriting in a long time.

44. Tierra Whack - Whack World

May 30, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
The debut album from Philly hip hop artist Tierra Whack is an endearing set of pop rap and alternative R&B miniatures.

42. Zeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

Zeal & Ardor's unique blend of black metal and slave spirituals comes together in an exciting and blasphemous display on Stranger Fruit.

41. J.I.D - DiCaprio 2

November 26, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
With sick flows and a versatile delivery, J.I.D's latest effort is one of the rawest and most lyrically refined rap albums of the year.

40. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

Car Seat Headrest's remake of its Bandcamp classic Twin Fantasy is an improvement on all fronts.

39. Julia Holter - Aviary

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
Aviary allows patient listeners an opportunity to sink into the depths of pure beauty.

38. Hermit and the Recluse - Orpheus vs. the Sirens

August 18, 2018
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

With its well executed concept, tight sequencing, and top-notch production from Animoss, Orpheus vs. the Sirens is probably the best album with which to introduce someone to the work of Ka.

37. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

At seven tracks and just over 21 minutes, the Kanye West-helmed DAYTONA is pretty much watertight and finds Pusha T in top form.

36. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Dirty Computer is Janelle Monáe's poppiest album to date, as well as her most deeply sexual and political.

35. Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

Dead Magic is Swedish singer-songwriter and organist Anna von Hausswolff's best work to date.

34. Polyphia - New Levels New Devils

Polyphia - New Levels New Devils
October 12, 2018
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

Polyphia comes through with a tight and versatile modern math rock album.

33. Twenty One Pilots - Trench

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

Twenty One Pilots take their catchy songwriting, genre blending, and emotional lyricism up a few notches on Trench.

32. Kanye West - ye

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
64
32 reviews

Ye paints a vivid picture of Kanye's current state of self and, for as brief as it is, succeeds as an intimate exploration of family and mental health.

31. Andrew W.K. - You're Not Alone

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
68
15 reviews

Exuding copious amounts of raw positivity, You're Not Alone is a triumphant return to music for Andrew W.K.

30. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Jean Grae and Quelle Chris have a yin and yang chemistry on Everything's Fine, one of the smartest, funniest, and most eclectic hip hop albums I've heard this year.

29. The Voidz - Virtue

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
72
19 reviews
The Voidz's everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to rock music results in a vibrant sophomore album.

28. Playboi Carti - Die Lit

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

Playboi Carti's debut album is intoxicating in its simplicity.

27. Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

Oxnard has a stronger sense of direction than its predecessor and is a breath of fresh air in the current state of pop rap and neo-soul.

26. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Some Rap Songs is Earl Sweatshirt's most emotionally intense and artistically defined project yet.

25. Portal - Ion

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

Horrifying! Portal's Ion is one of the most dystopian and sound-rich technical death metal records of the decade.

24. Armand Hammer - Paraffin

August 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
Billy Woods and Elucid team up again as Armand Hammer for one of the year's best abstract hip hop albums.

23. Judas Priest - Firepower

March 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

At nearly 50 years old as a band, Judas Priest has just released not only a late career highlight, but one of the greatest heavy metal albums of the decade.

22. Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place

Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place
October 1, 2018
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

Kero Kero Bonito make their Polyvinyl debut with a pretty radical departure from the signature sound cemented on Bonito Generation. Thankfully, Time 'n' Place is every bit as good as that album.

21. ROSALÍA - EL MAL QUERER

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

Rosalía makes a fantastic transition into modern pop aesthetics without sacrificing her flamenco roots.

20. Sleep - The Sciences

April 20, 2018
Critic Score
85
10 reviews

Stoner metal titan Sleep makes a hell of a comeback with The Sciences, which encompasses both the band's classic sound and influences from the members' other creative endeavors over the past 15 years.

19. Horrendous - Idol

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

Horrendous takes a mighty step forward with the visceral and multi-faceted compositions that make up Idol.

18. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

UK punk outfit IDLES return with an album that improves on the brutal and politically charged style the band delivered on their debut last year. One of the best punk albums of the decade without question!

17. Ghost - Prequelle

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

Prequelle may be slightly less edgy than Ghost's previous work, but is one of the band's most well written and produced batches of songs to date, and its loose concept keeps things just fresh enough.

16. MGMT - Little Dark Age

February 9, 2018
Critic Score
75
26 reviews

NY pop duo MGMT executes a fantastic return to form with the sounds of synth pop on Little Dark Age.

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

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
Though structurally jarring, SOPHIE's full-length debut is an unforgettable and potentially DNA-altering pop album.

14. Denzel Curry - TA13OO

July 27, 2018
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

TA13OO's three-act concept could have used some fleshing out, but the music at the core is easily Denzel Curry's best yet.

13. Kali Uchis - Isolation

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

Thanks to its strong melodies and aesthetic, Isolation is a great and promising full-length debut from the Colombian soul singer.

12. Jack White - Boarding House Reach

March 23, 2018
Critic Score
70
31 reviews

Jack White's Boarding House Reach is his most unorthodox stroke of genius since going solo.

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

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

With In a Poem Unlimited, U.S. Girls delivers what is sure to be one of the year's most versatile and lyrically intriguing pop albums.

10. Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

Your Queen Is a Reptile should go down as one of the most exhilarating and revolutionary jazz records of 2018.

9. Death Grips - Year of the Snitch

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
Death Grips is online.

8. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

Noname's music has only gotten even more gorgeous and charming since her breakthrough mixtape Telefone.

7. Haru Nemuri - 春と修羅 (harutosyura)

Haru Nemuri - 春と修羅 (harutosyura)
April 11, 2018
Critic Score
80
1 review

Haru Nemuri's debut album pushes J-pop/rap in an exciting direction by channeling Japan's rich history of underground rock music.

6. A.A.L. (Against All Logic) - 2012 - 2017

February 17, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
Nicolas Jaar's full-length debut as Against All Logic is one of the funkiest, most entrancing, and most cutting-edge collections of house music ever produced.

5. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

Not only is Wide Awake! better performed and written than any Parquet Courts album thus far, but on it the band consistently manages to make interesting artistic statements on some very difficult topics.

4. Natalia Lafourcade - Musas Vol. 2

Natalia Lafourcade - Musas Vol. 2
February 9, 2018
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

Natalia Lafourcade and Los Macorinos explore the wide world of Latin American folk music with a generous tracklist of quality originals and creative revisions on Musas Vol. 2.

3. JPEGMAFIA - Veteran

January 19, 2018
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

Veteran is sure to be one of the most in-your-face, off-the-wall and creative rap projects of 2018.

2. Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

KIDS SEE GHOSTS finds both Kanye West and Kid Cudi in top form as they host a psychedelic odyssey through the darkest and brightest corners of their psyches.

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

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

Daughters return with the most effectively terrifying album I've heard all decade.

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11mo
terrible list
11mo
Playboi Carti made the list. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
11mo
I literally expected none of these placements except the last two because I knew Fantano couldn't satisfy his fans just once by giving KSG aoty.
11mo
Anthony Fantano is what would happen if you programmed a computer to learn how to appreciate music.
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