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2018 Albums of the Year

1Low
Double Negative

2Bill Ryder-Jones
Yawn

3Mitski
Be The Cowboy

4Damien Jurado
The Horizon Just Laughed

5Tracey Thorn
Record

6Gwenno
Le Kov

7Wye Oak
The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

8Neko Case
Hell-on

9Me'shell Ndegéocello
Ventriloquism

10The Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl

11Hookworms
Microshift

12Wussy
What Heaven Is Like

13Idles
Joy As An Act of Resistance

14Anna Calvi
Hunter

15Ought
Room Inside The World

16Richard Thompson
13 Rivers

17Kristin Hersh
Possible Dust Clouds

18Laura Veirs
The Lookout

19Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel

20Kali Uchis
Isolation

21Janelle Monae
Dirty Computer

22Belly
DOVE

23Superorganism
Superorganism

24Jim James
Uniform Distortion

25Cat Power
Wanderer

The Low album was the clear winner of the album of the year. It can be a really hard listen at times because it conveys this sense of overwhelmed anxiety so perfectly. I also felt that this is an album that needs to be listened to closely. It is too distracting, too dense to listen to casually. It's greatest triumph is that despite these things being true it's also one of the most beautiful, most healing records I've heard in a very long time.
Track of the year for me was Like A Fool by Superchunk. I'd never done a deep dive into their back catalogue before and this song was total revelation.
My favourite gig of 2018 was St. Vincent at the Playhouse. Mainly because she eventually got that audience up off their feet and dancing. Other notable gigs were Wye Oak at Summerhall (probably why their album eventually placed so high) and Alvvays in Manchester.

Posted by Greig

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