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Grading 2018 So Far

I re-did my 2018 ratings to-date (mind you, most of this was +/- 0.5 tweaking), and here's how things are shaping up for me. It's been kind of a weak year, admittedly, although the 4's and higher on here are definitely worthwhile. Still waiting for a Melodrama, Crack-Up, Science Fiction, or Go Farther In Lightness caliber release though.
1The Republic of Wolves

4.7; on some days a 5 because the dark indie-rock vibes rule.
2Shakey Graves
Can't Wake Up

4.7; Atmospheric indie-folk. Underrated as all hell and the fact that people here think it's a 3.6 average slightly lowers my faith in humanity.
3A Perfect Circle
Eat the Elephant

4.3; Experimental rock. Ugly covers be damned, this is the best APC album.
4The Wonder Years
Sister Cities

4.0; Pop-Punk. Not everything here is amazing but when it hits, it hits really fuckin hard right in the feels.
5Kacey Musgraves
Golden Hour

4.0; Gorgeous country-pop with soothing vibes.
6All The Luck In The World
A Blind Arcade

3.8; Basic but at times breathtaking acoustic folk.
7Lo Moon
Lo Moon

3.8; If Parachutes-era Coldplay went electronic
8Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Sparkle Hard

3.8; Funky, progressive guitar rock with 2-3 really fucking excellent moments.
9Hop Along
Bark Your Head Off, Dog

3.7; Experimental indie-rock - most will tell you this should be's catchy as all hell for sure.
Dance Music

3.7; Guitar-heavy rock...the final thing Scott Hutchison put his name to.
11S. Carey
Hundred Acres

3.7; Indie-folk; Love the strings here but I wish there was less vocals filling up every nook because these songs are beautiful enough to breathe a little.
12The Dangerous Summer
The Dangerous Summer

3.7; Rock, very emotional stuff only topped by Reach for the Sun.
Primal Heart

3.6; Experimental Pop - sort of frontloaded but when you're in the mood for quirky pop music that doesn't suck this is about as good as it gets.
14When We Land
Introvert's Plight

3.6; Indie-rock - wintry vibe, very atmospheric...vocalist has real potential.
15Endless Heights
Vicious Pleasure

3.6; Rock; Smoother Deftones, more catchy but also less intense.
Little Dark Age

3.5; Indie/Electronic...a really memorable album with tons of inviting melodies. A turnaround for these guys for sure.
17Mount Eerie
Now Only

3.5; Folk...I listened to this twice and haven't since. I remember it being pretty damn good but I listened to it right after Crow finally clicked so maybe it just pales in comparison.
18Senses Fail
If There Is Light, It Will Find You

3.5; Pop-Punk; MAN this brings back high school vibes and I love it for that. Super catchy too. Just not all that musically complex and sort of wears thin after a few listens.
Attention Attention

3.5; Radio Rock that is a step but not a leap in the right direction. Grew off me a hair but this still has 3-4 bangers.
20Camila Cabello

3.5; Pop that doesn't suck. The songs aren't anything special but this girl can truly sing.
21Tiny Little Houses
Idiot Proverbs

3.3; Pop-Punkish Indie Rock? I dunno this guys voice annoys the living hell out of me but the songs are good.
22Efrim Manuel Menuck
Pissing Stars

3.3; Post-Rock; a more boring GY!BE but still cool at times.
23The Decemberists
I’ll Be Your Girl

3.1; Indie-Rock...Super catchy but also feels super watered down and shallow. Good for a fun throwaway listen.
24Frank Turner
Be More Kind

3.1; Indie-Rock...Feel-good, pat each other on the back with a genuine but annoying smile cheese. Last song has some good lyrics and 1933 is a banger.
25Parquet Courts
Wide Awake

3.0; Indie-Rock - Never had a strong inclination towards these guys and the vocals annoy me but this flows well and "Mardi Gras Beads" is pretty.
26Jeff Rosenstock

3.0; Rock - hit or miss rock with 2 genuinely incredible, long, epic tracks
27Typhoon (USA-OR)

3.0; Rock - everyone raves about these guys and even though the talent is clearly there it's still mostly a meh for me
28Lord Huron
Vide Noir

3.0; Indie/Electronic - this is probably better than the albums above it in terms of how much I enjoy it, but I think I prefer my LH more folk-rockish and less electronic/blindingly neon.
29Ray LaMontagne
Part of the Light

3.0; Indie-Pop, love this guy's voice but man are these songs slow/samey.
30Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel

3.0; Indie-Rock - see Typhoon -- just don't really click with her I guess but she's alright.
31The Sea And Cake
Any Day

3.0; Nice but impressionless hipster indie like 90% of this list I guess
32Strung Out
Black Out The Sky

3.0; Apparently these guys used to be punk but now they're straight up pop-rock which explains why I finally heard about them...
33Beach House

2.8; Dream Pop - pleasant, inoffensive fuzz that is no different than their last two albums despite what anyone tells you
34Good Tiger
We Will All be Gone

2.8; Prog Metal...I forget even listening to this but it probably deserves a higher score
35Charlie Puth

2.5; Pop...supposedly this is the next great pop album but I'm not buying it...sounds like anything else on the radio to me.
36Jack White
Boarding House Reach

2.5; Rock...a shell of his former self and I never liked him all that much anyway.
37Legend of the Seagullmen
Legend of the Seagullmen

2.5; Prog-Metal...I forget what this even sounds like too but I feel like this would be one hell of a scary movie. Like can you imagine? Some seagull-dude in a trench coat murdering people by night. Coming to Nextflix soon I hope.
38Now, Now

2.0; Pop now, which is a shame. Band used to be good.
39Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

2.0; Bowie try-hard rock, a mess vocally and that's all that's really going on. No variation in song structure.
40Black Stone Cherry
Family Tree

2.0; Radio Rock - I only really like one album by these guys so not sure why I continue listening to every album.
Erase Me

2.0; Metalcore, man these guys really took a dump. "Fuuuuuuuuuuuucccck". So badass.
42Dashboard Confessional
Crooked Shadows

2.0; Pop-Punk I think...answer me an honest question...who the hell still cares about this band?
43Franz Ferdinand
Always Ascending

2.0; Alt-Rock...see above although at least they still have some style.
44Justin Timberlake
Man of the Woods

2.0; Country-Pop fuck this shit though. Bon Iver wannabe trying to be hipster trying to appeal to rural America but probably hasn't seen a real tree in 15 years. Also I no longer care about this list.

2.0; Electronic, this was my attempt to branch out into different genres and it was boring as all hell. I think I tried to spin it nicely in my review but yeah.
46Jesse Marchant
Illusion of Love

2.0; Boringcore acoustic indie. All the songs sound alike and go nowhere.
47Titus Andronicus
A Productive Cough

1.5; fuck these guys.
48Breaking Benjamin

1.5; fuck these guys.
49Fall Out Boy

1.5; fuck these guys.
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