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Paste's 20 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far)

Paste's 20 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far)

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20. Amen Dunes - Freedom

Amen Dunes - Freedom
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

Even when he was obscured by the hiss and echo of his lo-fi beginnings, McMahon had the look of a fascinating songwriter. Freedom bears that out.

19. King Tuff - The Other

King Tuff - The Other
April 13, 2018
Critic Score
68
11 reviews

18. Bonny Doon - Longwave

Bonny Doon - Longwave
March 23, 2018
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

17. Cut Worms - Hollow Ground

Cut Worms - Hollow Ground
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

16. Nap Eyes - I'm Bad Now

Nap Eyes - I'm Bad Now
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

I’m Bad Now is another reliable slab from Nap Eyes, with stronger melodies and more consistency across the board.

15. Goat Girl - Goat Girl

Goat Girl - Goat Girl
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

13. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

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

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

U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
23 reviews
Rem is as mercurial as ever, shapeshifting her voice and the music surrounding it as easily as she switches characters.

11. Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

10. Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo in Blue

Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo in Blue
March 23, 2018
Critic Score
75
23 reviews

All in all, Twentytwo in Blue spills over with well-crafted songs and sumptuous performances.

9. The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl

The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl
March 16, 2018
Critic Score
67
21 reviews
The results are mostly successful; occasionally a strange sound seems shoehorned into a perfectly good Decemberists song.

8. Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain

Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain
March 23, 2018
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

The Seattle singer spends much of May Your Kindness Remain exploring ideas of home and what it means to have roots, on 10 new tunes that are lusher and more expansive while leaving plenty of room to showcase her astonishing voice.

6. Shame - Songs of Praise

Shame - Songs of Praise
January 12, 2018
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
What sets these lads apart is their beyond-their-years songwriting, riotous live shows (they were once fined for ripping a chandelier from the ceiling) and frontman Charlie Steen’s arresting vocals.

5. Soccer Mommy - Clean

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

With Clean, she may have again left her bedroom for the studio, but her introspective and comfortably confessional lyrics maintain their intimacy and diary-scrawl relatability.

3. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

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

2. Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive

Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

1. Lucy Dacus - Historian

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

It’s a rare artist who has a voice so compelling, and rarer still are the ones who learn so early on how to use it. At 23, Dacus has already made a career album with Historian, and she’s really only just getting started.

Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/06/the-20-best-albums-of-2018-so-far.html
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