Top 50 Albums of 2018: Honorable Mentions

LEON BRIDGES- GOOD THING

 

While Leon Bridges 2015 album “Coming Home” was a worthy debut of throwback soul heavily influenced by Sam Cooke & Otis Redding, its music too closely mirrored its influences to truly stand out by itself.  Bridges has a beautiful voice no doubt and anyone who can shine a light on the greatness of 60’s soul is doing the universe a favor.  That said Bridges new album “Good Thing” ups the ante considerably and feels much more contemporary, combining modern R&B with that retro soul which made Bridges appealing in the first place.  “Good Thing” is filled with tasteful ballads and a few upbeat, more danceable songs and two of the standouts are lead single “Beyond” and “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand”.

 

 

 

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AMEN DUNES- FREEDOM

 

 

Best album yet from psychedelic, indie folk artist Damon McMahon, who has been recording albums for over a decade under the Amen Dunes monicker.  Like War On Drugs and Kurt Vile, Amen Dunes music unravels slowly and can feel hazy and druggy with moments of tension and release.  Though I enjoyed Dunes past music, “Freedom” represents a leap forward in songwriting especially with standout tracks like the title cut, “Blue Rose” and “Believe”.

 

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TUNE-YARDS- I CAN FEEL YOU CREEP INTO MY PRIVATE LIFE

 

“I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life”, tune-yards fourth album, is their most confrontational and political yet, while leaning towards a poppier direction musically. Lyrically, group leader Merrill Garbus focuses heavily on social justice as well as cultural appropriation and white guilt, critical of white liberals turning a blind eye toward injustice. The music is funky and bass-driven with Garbus’s otherworldly harmonies with herself giving the group a signature song. Standout tracks include “Colonzier”, “Coast To Coast” and lead track “Heart Attack”.

 

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CAR SEAT HEADREST- TWIN FANTASYTwin Fantasy

 

 

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SABA- CARE FOR ME

Care For Me [Explicit]

 

 

 

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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS- SPARKLE HARDSparkle Hard

 

 

 

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN- HOW TO SOLVE OUR HUMAN PROBLEMS PTS 1-3How To Solve Our Human Problems (Parts 1-3)

 

 

 

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THOM YORKE- SUSPIRIA OSTSuspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)

 

 

 

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KURT VILE- BOTTLE IT INBottle It In

 

 

 

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HOOKWORMS- MICROSHIFTMicroshift

 

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VINCE STAPLES- FM!

 

FM! [Explicit]

 

 

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SERPENTWITHFEET- SOILsoil

 

 

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CLOUD NOTHINGS- LAST BUILDING BURNINGLast Building Burning

 

 

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ADRIANNE LENKER-ABYSSKISSabysskiss

 

 

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CAMP COPE- HOW TO SOCIALISE AND MAKE FRIENDSHow to Socialise & Make Friends

 

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NEKO CASE- HELL-ON

Hell-On [Explicit]

 

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