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FLOOD's Best Albums of 2018 (So Far)

FLOOD's Best Albums of 2018 (So Far)

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Amen Dunes - Freedom

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

Bat Fangs - Bat Fangs

Bat Fangs - Bat Fangs
February 2, 2018
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

Beach House - 7

Beach House - 7
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

With 7, Beach House has done nothing to disturb their status as one of indie rock’s most consistent bands. They’ve done a whole lot, though, to demonstrate a willingness to reimagine what it is that Beach House can be.

Bonny Doon - Longwave

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

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

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

Drinks - Hippo Lite

Drinks - Hippo Lite
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
69
18 reviews

Jack White - Boarding House Reach

Jack White - Boarding House Reach
March 23, 2018
Critic Score
71
29 reviews

This record, while not entirely “bizarre,” is either adventurously or confusedly all over the place (most likely the former). But wouldn’t you know—White actually sounds like he’s having a blast not having to be his usual self.

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

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

The record is big and colorful, its production drawing equally from hip-hop’s visceral impact and psychedelia’s strange weather, its pacing perfect and its songs casually bleeding into one another. It works so well as a big-picture record that it’s easy to forgive Monáe for leaving the edges a little fuzzy.

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

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

Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Now that every new release is considered to be a potential protest album of some kind, Con Todo El Mundo has arrived wonderfully devoid of any superfluous meaning.

No Age - Snares Like a Haircut

No Age - Snares Like a Haircut
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

This is a record that—subtly, subconsciously—offers some kind of solace while also invoking the unnerving and disquieting times we live in.

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

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

Wide Awake! finds Parquet Courts spreading themselves in multiple genres, developing as many formulas as possible for corporeal mobility—and by that, I mean not just dancing, but physical reactions, from excitement’s range of kicking and screaming to pliés of joy.

Pusha T - Daytona

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

Saba - Care for Me

Saba - Care for Me
April 5, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

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

Sparkle Hard possesses a little bit of everything Malkmus does well, from heart-snatching guitar hooks to wistful ballads and psych-rock wig-outs. But Malkmus doesn’t stop there—he chucks in spare parts from disparate genres, and the unlikely hybrids work well.

Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive

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

Combining, as they always have, the irreverent with the thoughtful, the jittery and chaotic melodies reflect a nervous wreck of a world, one that seems to be in constant turmoil with no end in sight.

Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin

Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Freedom’s Goblin is unapologetic in its kind of just being a loosely curated playlist of fully-developed ideas. It resembles a best-of collection spanning unreleased tracks from Segall’s recent output.

Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On

Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On
March 16, 2018
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
The album is all grace notes—something that’s underscored by Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley singing with total, unflappable zen; they let themselves be untroubled here, and invite you to join them for as long as these tranquil tunes reverberate.
Original Source: http://floodmagazine.com/51408/the-best-albums-of-2018-so-far/
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