Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2018

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2018

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50. Cursive - Vitriola

Cursive - Vitriola
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

49. Voivod - The Wake

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

47. Horrendous - Idol

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
One day, Horrendous will be spoken of with the same reverence we now offer the likes of Morbid Angel and Death.

44. Ghost - Prequelle

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

41. Winterfylleth - The Hallowing of Heirdom

Winterfylleth - The Hallowing of Heirdom
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

41. Judas Priest - Firepower

March 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

40. Grouper - Grid of Points

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

It’s more Grouper, more seraphic whispering choirs, more formless and nebulous piano songs about “emotional garbage” that send shivers up your spine. It’s also only twenty-one minutes long and scant on melody, beckoning patience that I may not have afforded if I hadn’t felt the weight of Grouper’s reputation as I listened.

39. The Wonder Years - Sister Cities

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

Sister Cities is another entry in the secular gospel of the Wonder Years discography.

36. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

Across Be the Cowboy, she is utterly herself: charismatic, slightly left-of-centre, arresting, and -- as always -- the odd one out in a crowded room. She may resign herself to the role of wallflower, but at least there’s music playing.

35. DJ Healer - Nothing 2 Loose

April 1, 2018
Critic Score
86
4 reviews
Other producers may well be on the level DJ Healer is, but none can parallel the judicious use of samples, the perfect synthesis of minimal house beats and ambient swathes, that this record so deftly exhibits.

33. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology

Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
92
1 review

30. Amorphis - Queen of Time

Amorphis - Queen of Time
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

29. Beach House - 7

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
On their latest record, Beach House have gone above and beyond in reinventing themselves.

27. Low - Double Negative

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

26. mewithoutYou - [Untitled]

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

It’s ugly and beautiful; one moment subdued and the next blistering.

24. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
That RBCF already perfected their sound, three records in, has me giddy for the future.

23. Toby Driver - They Are The Shield

Toby Driver - They Are The Shield
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
90
1 review

Toby Driver has created a unique, sophisticated work of art by composing stunning string arrangements within atmospheric epics.

21. Foxing - Nearer My God

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Nearer My God establishes itself as emo's first definitive document on digital-age despair.

20. Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz

March 23, 2018
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

19. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

18. Panopticon - The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness Part I and II

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

Regardless of the trade offs made in order for such an album to work, The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness will stand as one of 2018’s most unique and fully realized metal records.

17. Jon Hopkins - Singularity

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

If Brian Eno’s 1977 release Before and After Science saw humanity dwindle with the onset of robots (or perhaps become them), Singularity sees a new consciousness, a sort of rebellious reorienting of the psychedelic movement.

16. Denzel Curry - TA13OO

July 27, 2018
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Realistically, Ta13oo is extremely satisfying from a consumption standpoint. It’s everything I’d want from a rap album this year.

15. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Bad Witch finds Trent at a rare peak in terms of song flow and focus, and as a piece is absolutely deserving of the LP distinction.

14. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

July 13, 2018
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Where earlier works added color to a lack of feeling, the pits and peaks of Ordinary Corrupt Human Love strike a richer chord by painting in a hue a shade lighter and adding detail to the demons in the dark.

10. Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Quinlan remains one of the genre's best storytellers, and Bark Your Head Off, Dog's songs retain that richly textual feel. As a reaction the album as a whole, I might be inclined to believe that this is obscured by comparisons to its predecessor, the similarly excellent Painted Shut, which capably tread on some pretty dark reflections of the everyday. Yet, in the case of this new record, the loftier and more upbeat composition says enough. This album has an attitude all its own.

9. Thou - Magus

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

Patient, attentive listeners that take the time to find Magus’s secrets will be justly rewarded, as there’s a lot to be dissected here.

7. Tim Hecker - Konoyo

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

By destroying, contorting and reconfiguring these sounds, Hecker draws out the most visceral emotions in himself via soundwaves -- his music being his therapy, and us, the audience, being his witness to his solemn excursion into his very soul. It's all too beautiful.

5. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

Daytona is the sound of Pusha-T being pushed to pursue perfection.

4. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Detractors might call Some Rap Songs unfinished-sounding or simplistic, pointing to the 15 tracks that barely eclipse the length of Kanye's 7-track Wyoming albums earlier this year. But Earl is a formalist who knows exactly when he's done making his point, a skill that puts him above most contemporaries just as firmly as his lyrical talents.

3. Julia Holter - Aviary

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

This is a complex, stunning, and challenging record that will undoubtedly alienate some. But if you’ve enjoyed Holter to this point, it is worth investing the necessary time. Aviary touches every corner of her sound, resulting in an enchanting, if slightly dizzying, fifth album.

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

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

Whatever voodoo made their unapproachable sound so damn fun and cathartic is completely gone. In its place is a something altogether darker and uglier, but ultimately more brilliant and enrapturing than ever before.

1. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

The record is amazing.

Original Source: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/2018/12/19/staffs-top-50-albums-of-2018-50-31/
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