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The year went so fast-Favorite records of 2018

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over and that Christmas is upon us. For me this past year was filled with many great albums that made this chaotic year bearable, So here are my favorite albums of 2018
1Beach House

Their best album since Teen Dream and Bloom. 7 is full of their signature sound augmented by more subtle variations to their music along with more shimmering melodies.

Favorite songs: Drunk in LA, Dive, Lemon Glow & Woo
2Lucy Dacus

Strong second album by this songwriter who really ups her game. Historian is an album that manages to be both rough but also tender.

Favorite songs: Night Shift, Addictions, Pillar of Truth & Historian
What a Time to Be Alive

Going back to their punk roots for this one. This is another solid album by these indie rock veterans full of catchy riffs and great choruses.

Favorite songs: Erasure, Reagan Youth & Break the Glass
4Natalie Prass
The Future and the Past

It’s slightly different than her debut but it slowly grew on me.

Favorite songs: Sisters & Nothing to Say
5Django Django
Marble Skies

Nice progressive indie pop from one of my favorite U.K. bands

Favorite songs; Surface to Air, Marble Skies & Champagne
6Hater (SWE)

If I were to rate my favorites by genre this would be in my top ten for a C86/indie pop album.

Favorite songs: It’s so Easy, Cut me loose & Closer
7Wye Oak
The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs

Fifth album by this Baltimore duo is another strong selection of songs full of gorgeous vocals and dreamy synths.

Favorite songs: It Was Not Natural, Lifer & the title track
And Nothing Hurt

If this is truly the last album that Jason Pierce plans on putting out than he definitely went out on a high note.

Favorite songs: A Perfect Miracle, Sail On Through

On this album the Danish post punk band show some maturity without losing any of their power

Favorite song: Painkiller
10Julia Holter

Going back in an experimental direction Julia Holter gives us an album that is a challenging but rewarding listen.

Favorite songs: I Shall Love 2. Underneath The Moon
11Parquet Courts
Wide Awake

This band has yet to release a record that has ever disappointed me.

Favorite songs: Total Football, Wide Awake & Freebird 2
12Father John Misty
God's Favorite Customer

The quick follow up to last year’s Pure Comedy is another fine album in FJM impressive run of albums. As on his previous albums Josh Tillman’s lyrics and storytelling abilities are on full display.

Favorite songs: Mr. Tillman & God’s Favorite Customer
13The Beths
Future Me Hates Me

Excellent indie pop with jangly guitars and great melodies.

Favorite songs: Uptown Girl & Future Me Hates Me
14Say Sue Me
Where We Were Together

Who would have thought that the best indie pop album of the year would be from So Korea. There is not one wasted moment on this album.

Favorite songs: But I Like You, Here, Old Town & Ours
Be the Cowboy

Mitski's follow up to her critically acclaimed Puberty 2 album doesn't disappoint at all. Everything about this album is great from her lyrics to her heart wrenching vocals.

Favorite songs: Geyser, Nobody, Me & My Husband & Washing Machine Heart.
16Marissa Nadler
For My Crimes

Marissa gives us another album of hauntingly beautiful folk songs. Each track is full of so much feeling and emotion.

Favorite songs: For My Crimes, Interlocking & I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore
17First Aid Kit

Another strong album by these Swedish sisters. This album has it all with stirring harmonies and lush production.

Favorite songs: Rebel Heart, Fireworks & It’s a Shame
18Cloud Nothings
Last Building Burning

The last album by this group was a little bit more subdued than their two previous releases. With this one they go back to doing another album of blistering punk anthems.

Favorite songs: Leave Him Now, On an Edge & Dissolution
19Fucked Up
Dose Your Dreams

Another intense double album from these Toronto punks. On this second concept album they try a variety of different styles than their usual raging hardcore.

Favorite songs: Raise Your Voice Joyce, Normal People & Dose Your Dreams
20Okkervil River
In The Rainbow Rain

Will Sheff returns with another strong set of songs full of emotional depth.

Favorite songs: Famous Tracheotomies, Family Song & Don’t Move Back to LA
21Cat Power

On her newest album since 2012 Chan Marshall returns to her more folkier sound. As usual her voice is a delight to hear. It’s so nice to have her back.

Favorite songs: Women, You Get & Wanderer
22Shame (UK)
Songs of Praise

This is one of the best punk albums that I’ve heard from the UK in a long time. This band has tons of energy to spare and each song is full of explosive power.

Favorite songs: Concrete, One Rizia & Angie
23Neko Case

Neko Case is a national treasure and on her seventh album she shows us why. Hell-on is another showcase for her lyrics that can be both tough but tender at the same time.

Favorite songs: Last Lion of Albion, Bad Luck & Sleep All Summer
24Illuminati Hotties
Kiss Yr Frenemies

Love the name love the album even more. The songs on this album have the right balance of power pop mixed with nineties indie rock.

Favorite songs: Shape of My Hands, Pressed 2 Death & Cuff
25Eleanor Friedberger

Even though it would be nice to have a new Fiery Furnaces album, the fact that Eleanor Friedberger’s solo career has seen her release some very good but underrated albums more than makes up for there not being one. Rebound is another stellar album where the emphasis is on lush synths to accompany her melodic vocals.

Favorite songs: Make me a Song, Are We Good & My Jesus Phase
26Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett’s second album is full of her biting lyrics and great musicianship. The songs on this album are more varied from introspective ballads to more raging punk bangers.

Favorite songs: Nameless, Faceless, City Looks Pretty & Need a Little Time
27Titus Andronicus
A Productive Cough

This time around frontman Patrick Stickles tones down the volume and goes in a more ballad heavy direction. Even though the songs on here are slower they are still pack a punch.

Favorite songs: Number One (In New York), Crass Tatto & Real Talk
28The Essex Green
Hardly Electronic

After 12 years the Essex Green return with another fine album. The songs on this record are filled with luscious harmonies and upbeat melodies.

Favorite songs: Sloane Ranger & the 710
29No Age
Snares Like A Haircut

Another band who we haven’t heard from in awhile that came back with their best album. This duo know how to make a racket without sacrificing listenability.

Favorite songs: Cruise Control, Soft Collar Fad & Popper
Joy as an Act of Resistance

I missed out on this band’s first album so I made sure to not do the same with this one. The songs on here deal with topics ranging from immigration, love and class. With this album the band delivers a record with so much energy and clever lyrics backed by strong hooks.

Favorite songs: Colossus, Danny Nedelko & Never Fight a Man with a Perm
31Snail Mail

Promising debut album by this young singer songwriter. Lindsey Jordan songs are full of emotion and honesty. Her musicianship is also pretty solid for such a young person.

Favorite songs: Pristine, Let’s Find an Out & Heatwave
Used to Yesterday

Starting as a side project by members of Terry Malts and the Plateaus this group has grown into a full fledged band. Mixing the sound of Flying Nun records with classic indie pop the Smokescreens show that
they can incorporate different influences while still forging their own sound.

Favorite songs: Used to Yesterday, Waiting for Summer & Someone New
33Field Music
Open Here

Here is another band that has yet to release an album that has ever disappointed me. On Open Here the Brewis brothers have crafted an album of sonically rich and melodically addictive songs.

Favorite songs: Count it Up, Share a Pillow & Time in Joy

As a fan of Laura Marling I have to admit it took me some time to get use to this side project of hers. The tracks on this album are far removed from her normal folk sound. The seven songs that make up this album are more synth based. Surprisingly Laura’s folk melodies and the synths of her collaborator Mike Lindsey compliment each other quite well.

Favorite song: Late to the Flight & Curse of the contemporary
Parallel Universe Blues

Every year an album comes out that doesn’t get the same glowing critical attention that other releases do. In the case of the new Papercuts record that’s a shame as songwriter Jason Quever has a knack for coming up with some great melodies that are also very dreamy.

Favorite songs: Laughing Man & Sing to me Candy
36The Goon Sax
We're Not Talking

I only heard some of this band’s debut album. On Their sophomore album this young band show some maturity on this set of catchy indie pop gems.

Favorite song: We Can’t Win
37Kurt Vile
Bottle It In

Kurt Vile has always been one of indie rock most reliable artists. Bottle it In is another album showcasing his laid back guitar playing. A couple of the lengthier songs could have been shorter but overall this is another fine effort by him.

Favorite songs: Loading Zone, One Trick Ponies & Mass Hysteria
38Pistol Annies
Interstate Gospel

2018 was one of my favorite years for music in the Americana genre. Pistol Annies features three of the best female singers in Country music today. On Interstate Gospel they show why with their great vocal harmonies. Definitely one of the best Americana albums of 2018.

Favorite songs: Interstate Gospel & When I was his Wife
39Car Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror)

Essentially a remake of an earlier record that Will Toledo recorded back in his bandcamp days. This new version still manages to maintain the bands rough edges while making them more clearer.

Favorite songs: Cute Thing, Beach Life-in death & Nervous Young Inhumans
40Buffalo tom
Quiet and Peace

Welcome return from these guys. I saw them live many times during the nineties but I have to admit that I stopped listening to them after Smitten. Anyway hearing this reminds why I liked them in the first place. They still got that mix of classic rock and grunge.

Favorite songs: All be Gone. Lonely Fast Deep & Roman Cars
41The Decemberists
I’ll Be Your Girl
42Cut worms
Hollow Ground
43Peter Bjorn and John
Darker Days
Constant Image
Art of Doubt
46Frankie Cosmos
47Melody's Echo Chamber
Bon Voyage
48Ty Segall
Freedom's Goblin
49The Chills
Snow Bound
50Dirty Projectors
Lamp Lit Prose
51Lykke Li
So Sad So Sexy
52Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs
C'est La Vie
55Anna Calvi
57Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse
59Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sex and Food
60Florence and the Machine
High as Hope
61Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
62Janelle Monae
Dirty Computer
Double Negative
64The Joy Formidable
Nearer My God
66Guided by Voices
Space Gun
67U.S. Girls
In A Poem Unlimited
68Eric Bachmann
No Recover
Love Is Dead
71Death Cab for Cutie
Thank You For Today
72The 1975
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
73Laura Veirs
The Lookout
74Iron And Wine
Weed Garden
75Joyce Manor
Million Dollars To Kill Me
76Wild Pink
Yolk in the Fur
77We Were Promised Jetpacks
The More I Sleep The Less I Dream
78Hot Snakes
Jericho Sirens
At Weddings
81Adrianne Lenker
82Anna Burch
Quit The Curse
83The Dodos
Certainty Waves
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
85The Love Language
Baby Grand
Great Thunder
87Laura Gibson
88Anna St. Louis
If Only There Was A River
89Belle and Sebastian
How to Solve Our Human Problems
90Wild Nothing
Fall Into The Sun
92Courtney Marie Andrews
May Your Kindness Remain
93Soccer Mommy
I Don't Run
95Hop Along
Bark Your Head Off, Dog
96H.C. McEntire
97Dream Wife
Dream Wife
98Mumford and Sons
99Yo La Tengo
There’s A Riot Going On
100Gouge Away
Burnt Sugar
101Paul McCartney
Egypt Station
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