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Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

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Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere

Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

McBryde’s got a big, vibrato-tinged alto, biker-chick style, and she wrote or co-wrote everything here, including “Dahlonega,” with a sharp eye for piercing detail. She has a serious gift.

Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4

Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4
April 26, 2018
Critic Score
89
4 reviews

Beach House - 7

Beach House - 7
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
These are big songs, full of wonder, and Beach House know it. Seven albums in, they're at the start of something new.

Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed

Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
Cozy up to the year's early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop.

Camila Cabello - Camila

Camila Cabello - Camila
January 12, 2018
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
Cabello's long-awaited solo debut is a personal statement, low-key and mellow even when it's infused with the rhythms of her Cuban-Mexican heritage.

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

Invasion of Privacy flaunts so many different aspects of Cardi's game, it comes on like a greatest hits album, as undeniable as the excellent New Wave suit she rocks in the cover art. It's already tough to remember what it was like not having Cardi B around. Invasion proves she's here to stay.

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

Tell Me How You Really Feel is noisy and way more pissed off than her 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, unsheathing sharp new earnestness alongside her trademark sabers of sarcasm and penetrating observation.

cupcakKe - Ephorize

cupcakKe - Ephorize
January 5, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

David Byrne - American Utopia

David Byrne - American Utopia
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
70
29 reviews

When it does, rhythms and racket ratcheting up accordingly, American Utopia ... boasts some of the most exciting music Byrne has made in years.

DJ Koze - Knock Knock

DJ Koze - Knock Knock
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

A set that's seamlessly transporting, front to back.

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

What lifts God's Favorite Customer beyond homage is Tillman's slicing, free-associative candor as he examines the cost in sanity and constancy of his craft and touring life.

Gas - Rausch

Gas - Rausch
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

Hinds - I Don't Run

Hinds - I Don't Run
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
Whatever the proportions, their second LP is a gem of indie-rock-revivalism, making faux-naif surf licks and Mo Tucker drum beats seem new all over again.

J Balvin - Vibras

J Balvin - Vibras
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Vibras, Balvin's fifth studio LP, happens to be a pan-Latin masterstroke of its own, a set of primo Spanish-language pop with vibe deep enough to make it universal.

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

In its own way, its as artful, ambitious, determined, joyous and inspiring, as Lemonade or To Pimp a Butterfly. It's a sexy MF-ing masterpiece.

Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind

Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

Judas Priest - Firepower

Judas Priest - Firepower
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

Though Golden Hour might take time to relax into, the set is a fine lava-lamp soundtrack, and if "country" suggests engaging American musical traditions with respect and pioneer spirit, then this album is as country as it comes.

Kali Uchis - Isolation

Kali Uchis - Isolation
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
Like Beck or Outkast, she's a pop weirdo who works grooves that seem vintage and futuristic at the same moment. She grabs splashes of funk, bossa, reggaeton and soul and blankets them with a sunbaked, psychedelic wooziness

Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures (Part 2)

Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures (Part 2)
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

Low Cut Connie are defiantly old-school in their roots and values. But Dirty Pictures (Part 2), like its predecessor, is a stand-alone triumph of missionary zeal.

Lucy Dacus - Historian

Lucy Dacus - Historian
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

For all its keen lyricism, Historian ultimately floats on a sea of fuzz, rich with small melodic details and the sort of glorious guitar heroics that indie rock is often much too modest for.

Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past

Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

The Future and the Past has a glossy, nostalgic sheen, but that only makes Prass' messages about getting past the world's current ills land harder.

Neko Case - Hell-On

Neko Case - Hell-On
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
Neko Case's clarion pipes remain the calling card, but on her 8th studio LP, between lyrics and vocal arrangements, they've never channeled more imagination or sense of purpose.

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

Wide Awake! is the sort of reality-reckoning many of us have been having on a daily basis lately. In place of the usual Parquet Courts concerns – oblique self-analysis, post-graduate existential ennui, meta-rock references, girl problems – are big-picture anxieties and flabbergasted outrage.

Playboi Carti - Die Lit

Playboi Carti - Die Lit
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

Pusha T - Daytona

Pusha T - Daytona
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

In many ways, Daytona replicates Jay-Z and No I.D.'s 2017 rap highlight 4:44: two older men who simply practice their craft, their legacies already secure.

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

Where recent marathons like Migos' gratuitous Culture II felt more about streaming algorithms than art, Sr3mm rarely wears out its welcome.

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

Mendes' strength is in romance, and more than ever before, this teenager seems like he not only believes the words he is singing, but he's actually lived through the emotions behind them.

SiR - November

SiR - November
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

Sleep - The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
With freight-train heavy riffs so indebted to Sabbath's Tony Iommi that he should get royalties, trippy lyrics about diverse subjects such as weed, ganja and pot, and endless groove for days on each of their songs, they've made an album that sounds exactly how Sleep should sound in 2018.

Snail Mail - Lush

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

With Snail Mail's Lush, indie rock has officially entered its "Black Crowes era," where young artists refigure music from the decade they were born. But that's not a bad thing here.

Soccer Mommy - Clean

Soccer Mommy - Clean
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

It's not quite as good as his Beck-produced 2011 album Mirror Traffic but it's a more immediate than his last LP, 2014's Wig Out at Jagbags.

Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive

Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
He may be a disgraceful garbage-fire of a president but Trump has accomplished one good thing so far: He's inspired the best Superchunk album in recent memory.

Superorganism - Superorganism

Superorganism - Superorganism
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
73
21 reviews

Tal National - Tantabara

Tal National - Tantabara
February 9, 2018
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

The Bad Plus - Never Stop II

The Bad Plus - Never Stop II
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

The Breeders - All Nerve

The Breeders - All Nerve
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
On the fifth Breeders album, the songs are all cinematic movement – hiding, escaping, screaming in the meadow, running for the exit.

Tracey Thorn - Record

Tracey Thorn - Record
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

In her excellent new solo album, with the droll title Record, the Everything But the Girl chanteuse tells tales of mid-life angst with the same wry wit she's had in her voice since she was a sullen Brit-punk kid.

tUnE-yArDs - I can feel you creep into my private life

tUnE-yArDs - I can feel you creep into my private life
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
74
33 reviews
Per usual, the core remains Garbus' beat science, hypnotically looped and stuttered, driven by handclaps, drumstick clatter and her increasingly varied vocal displays, which are more processed than usual here – fitting for an age where "truth" itself comes digitally warped.

Turnstile - Time & Space

Turnstile - Time & Space
February 23, 2018
Critic Score
67
9 reviews

Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album

Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album
February 9, 2018
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
Above all, it's an affirmation of Kendrick Lamar's powers, a fascinating entry in a discography that is inarguably the decade's deepest.

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2018-so-far-w520424
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