Top Albums/EPs of 2024 + Short List

Hi all, this is my 2024 ranking in real time

Feel free to recommend projects, or/and debate/discuss some choices

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glass beach - plastic death
1.
86
(Indie Rock / Progressive Rock / Art Rock)

« Plastic Death is a step-up on every level, the band moving from a pop sound to something sophisticated without losing their ambition. Each song seems to work to shine both individually and collectively, leaving no room for waste (which was a problem for me on the debut album) »

Key songs : commatose / The cia / rare animal / coelacanth / Motions

Other Rating:
- the first glass beach album (2019) 77
Quadeca - SCRAPYARD
2.
85
(Experimental Hip Hop / Art Pop)

« After establishing his signature on the previous album in a more pop realm, Quadeca not only proves that it wasn't a haphazard success, he tries to add new horizons to Hip Hop on this new mixtape, and it's fantastically good »

Keys songs : Texas Blues / Dustcutter / Guide Dog / U Don’t Know

Other Ratings:
- I Didn’t Mean (2022) 88
- From Me To You (2021) 58
- Voice Mémos (2019) 42
- Out Of Order (2017) 29
Friko - Where we've been, Where we go from here
3.
85
(Indie Rock / Indie Pop / Chamber Pop)

« Where we've been..." is a beautiful album that exudes the freshness and charm of 2000s indie, a golden period for the genre »

Key songs : Where We’ve Been / Crimson To Chrome / Crashing Through / Chemical
The Smile - Wall of Eyes
4.
84
(Art Rock / Krautrock / Progressive Rock)

« I'm really fascinated by Thom Yorke's longevity at the highest level, another great album. This one's more concise than the last, but still contains its share of fantastic songs »

Key songs : Bending Heclic / Read The Room / Friend of a Friend / Teleharmonic

Other Rating:
- A Light for Attracting Attention (2022) 86
Tapir! - The Pilgrim, Their God & The King Of My Decrepit Mountain
5.
83
(Indie Folk / Folktronica / Chamber Pop)

« Tapir knows how to bring their music to life, and the different variations and emotions on offer here take shape unabashedly around elements that were meant to be complementary »
Full review :
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/doublez/album/778072-the-pilgrim-their-god-the-king-of-my-decrepit-mountain/
The Last Dinner Party - Prelude To Ecstasy
6.
81
(Pop Rock / Indie Rock / Glam Rock)

« While never really mind-blowing, Prelude To Ecstasy remains solid and attractive right to the end. It's just a pity that the concept is sometimes too stereotypical, even a little calculated »

Key songs :Nothing Matters / Sinner / Caesar on a TV Screen
Brittany Howard - What Now
7.
81
(Psychedelic Soul / Neo-Psychedelia)

« Honestly, I didn't expect this album to be so good. I've always found limits to Brittany's music (no disrespect to her), but here it sounds like she's found her formula. It's a pity, though, that there are a few gaps in the record »

Key songs : What NOW / Red Flags / Earth Sign

Other Rating:
- Jaime (2019) 76
Yeat - 2093
8.
80
(Industrial Hip Hop / Rage / Experimental Hip Hop / Electronic)

« 2093 has all the makings of an excellently produced blockbuster. The concept is original, varied and futuristic. Yeat continues to develop his formula, to refine himself and to open up his horizons. As a result, 2093 is a solid project, one of the most successful in Yeat's discography. Two drawbacks: Yeat's projects are always too long, with a few fillers, which spoils the experience a little. Otherwise, there are some very good songs, but not exceptional ones »

Key songs : Breathe / If We Being / Lyfestyle / Psycho / Shade
SENTRIES - Snow as a Metaphor for Death
9.
80
(Noise Rock / Post-Hardcore)

« Snow as a Metaphor for Death is organized chaos, orchestrated by a signature as atypical as it is fresh »

Key songs : Performance Art / Snow As A Metaphor For Death
11.
79
(Contemporary R&B / Latin Pop / Dance-Pop)

"It seems to me that "Orquideas" is a sort of alter ego of the previous "Red Moon In Venus". One is dynamic and danceable, the other is mellow. They complement each other perfectly, offering the whole of Kali Uchis' palette. I even find that "Orquideas" works better, being more solid from start to finish. Conversely, this new album lacks great songs. Finally, although it's worth noting the intention to take (controlled) risks, Kali Uchis joins the trend of other pop stars with a "Dance-Pop / Electro" concept (like Béyoncé, Drake, Ariana Grande, The Week end etc.)"

Key songs : Te Mata / Como Asi / Igual Que Un Angel / Dame beso / Muévete

Other Ratings:
- Isolation (2018) 87
- Red Moon (2023) 80
- Por Vida (2015) 77
- Sin Miedo (2021) 68
Grande Mahogany - As Grande As
12.
77
(Psychedelic Rock / Funk Rock / Psychedelic Soul)
Bill Ryder-Jones - Iechyd Da
13.
77
(Indie Rock / Singer-songwritter / Chamber Pop)

« "Iechyd Da" sounds like Sparklehorse with a Chamber Pop twist. The songs are engaging and touching, a successful album overall. Despite this, the listening experience is somewhat marred by the fact that the formula is sometimes too predictable, too stereotyped, as if the intention was to add a little too much to make it seem sad »

Key songs : This Can’t Go On / I Know That
Chelsea Wolfe - She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She
14.
76
(Darkwave / Trip-Hop)

« There's no doubt that Chelsea Wolfe has mastered her subject on this new album. The addition of Trip-Hop vibes gives a breath of fresh air to her Darkwave style, but unfortunately I find that this album doesn't manage to take on the dimension that its author wished to give it »

Other Ratings:
- Abyss (2015) 86
- Pain is BEAUTY (2013) 85
- Apokalypsis (2011) 82
- Hiss Spun (2017) 82
- Bloodmoon: I (2021) 75
-Unknown Rooms (2012) 73
- Birth of Violence (2019) 67
-The Grime and the Glow (2010) 64
- Mistake in Parting (2006) 52
Kirin J Callinan - If I Could Sing
16.
76
(Art Pop / Art Rock / New Wave / Synthpop)

Other Ratings:
- Bravado (2017) 75
- Embracism(2013) 74
- Return To Center (2019) 65
Ὁπλίτης [Hoplites] - Παραμαινομένη
17.
75
(Black Metal)

Other Ratings :
- Eat Me (2023) 75
- I Lied (2023) 59
Erika de Casier - Still
18.
75
(Contemporary Rnb / Hip Hop Soul)
Kali Malone - All Life Long
19.
75
(Drone / Holy Minimalism)
Gruff Rhys - Sadness Sets Me Free
20.
75
(Indie Pop / Chamber Pop / Pop Rock)
Mary Halvorson - Cloudward
22.
74
(Avant-Garde Jazz / Chamber Jazz)
(Yo) - Hopetrain to Universe
23.
73
(Art Rock / Indie Rock / Neo-Psychedelia)
Ryan Adams - Star Sign
24.
73
(Alt-Country / Folk Rock)

Key song : Star Sign

Other Ratings:
- Heartbreaker (2000) 85
- Cold Roses [with The Cardinals] (2005) 84
- Stranger Almanac [with Whiskeytown] (1997) 83
- Love Is Hell (2004) 81
- Gold (2001) 80
- Jacksonville [with The Cardinals] (2005) 75
- Ryan Adams (2014) 74
- Faithless Street [with Whiskeytown] (1995) 72
- Demolition (2002) 71
- Pneumonia (2001) 66
- Prisoner (2017) 65
- Easy Tiger (2007) 62
- Rock n Roll (2003) 54
fallingwithscissors - the death and birth of an angel
25.
72
(Metalcore / Screamo / Breakcore)
xaviersobased - keep it goin xav
26.
72
(Plugg / Jerk Rap)
Ty Segall - Three Bells
27.
72
(Psychedelic Rock / Garage Rock)

Key song: The Bell
SLIFT - ILION
28.
71
(Heavy Metal)
Mk.gee - Two Star & The Dream Police
29.
71
(Alternative Rnb / Hypnagogic Pop)
Marika Hackman - Big Sigh
30.
70
(Singer-Songwritter / Indie Folk / Indie Rock)

Key song : No Caffeine
Helado Negro - PHASOR
31.
69
(Indietronica / Neo-Psychedelia)
NewDad - MADRA
32.
69
(Dream Pop / Indie Rock)
Shygirl - Club Shy
33.
69
Other Ratings:
- ALIAS (2020) 84
- Nymph (2022) 77
- Cruel Practice (2018) 75
Brown Horse - Reservoir
34.
69
(Alt-Country)
Angry Blackmen - The Legend of ABM
39.
67
(Industrial Hip-Hop)
Donato Dozzy - Magda
40.
67
(Progressive Electronic)
Courting - New Last Name
41.
66
Other Rating:
- Guitar Music (2022) 82
ericdoa - DOA
42.
66
(Pop Rap / Alt-Pop)
yungatita - Shoelace & a Knot
45.
66
(Indie Rock / Power Pop)
OG Keemo - Fieber
46.
65
(Hardcore Hip Hop / Gangsta Rap)
Patricia Taxxon - Bicycle
47.
65
(IDM / Ambient)
NIKOWOODYEAR - PROJECT NEON*
48.
65
(Trap / Pop Rap)
21 Savage - american dream
50.
64
(Trap / Southern Rap / Gangsta Rap / Chipmunk Soul)

"21 rests too much on its achievements and makes its comfort zone its own trap. As a result, all the introspective elements that gravitate around the concept of this album fail to give weight to the vast majority of the songs. An introspective song shines in immersion, and unfortunately this album sounds more like a blockbuster where the author tries to add a biographical aspect."

key songs : Red Sky / Née-Nah / American Dream

Other Ratings :
- Savage Mode 2 (2020) 83
- without Warning (2017) 80
- I Am > I Was (2018) 77
- Savage Mode (2016) 76
- Her Loss [With Drake] (2022) 55
- The Slaugther Tape (2015) 53
- Slaugther King (2015) 49
- Issa (2017) 40
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1w
Can you review 2093 for this?
3w
Thanks Calup (:
3w
youre awesome for checking out so much new stuff :)
4w
Let’s go Tom, I added it !
4w
This shoegaze album went under the radar, it's good
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/836319-yo-hopetrain-to-universe.php
4w
If it helps you to understand: last year I counted 86,000 minutes of listening on my Spotify alone, not counting other platforms, physical listening (CDs, vinyl) and what other people are playing (:
4w
how have you already listened to this many albums what
1mo
the new hoplites record is cool
1mo
that's fair
1mo
I know that my rating of Cudi's new album seems very harsh, because the artist is much appreciated (and he's one of my idols too), and Blue Sky is a nice song, but this song is unfortunately not at the level of a Kid Cudi top 20 (in mu opinion), and it can't save this latest project on its own...
1mo
I think "Blue Sky" from Insano shows that he is still capable of making great music, but I understand your sentiment
1mo
Damn you went in on the Cudi album
1mo
Sorry @FaroucheSnafu, its 2023..
I hope so too... but to be honest I have a bad feeling... @OskarinBombin
1mo
i hope the new album from Cudi be good
1mo
a guy named domorr released a remastered album (lego heart)
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