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4.5 superb
Agency Resist
One of the best R&B, soul albums with the message in recent times.
Dugo Lingua Franca
An excellent electric/acoustic combination that has been in the works for 10 years.
Fate McAfee Diesel Palomino
Fate has found his fate with one of the better Americana albums for a while.
Gideon King and City Blog Upscale Madhouse
Some of the best pop/jazz since Steely Dan released their last album.
Jason Vitelli Head Above Tide
Excellent smart jazz/pop akin to Steely Dan and Sea and Cake.
Lukas Nelson and The Promise of The Real Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real
With this album, Lukas Nelson steps out completely out of his father Willie's shadow and shows why Neil Young joined forces with him on two albums.
Magical Beasts Penninsula/When Love’s a Stranger
A quite brilliant take on Americana with shades of Jason Molina and Australian melodic bands like Sodastream.
Sebastian O In Your Room
zenxienz Brainforest
An excellent, refreshing IDM album, showing what "intelligent dance music" should sound like.

4.0 excellent
Andrew Reed If All The World Were Right
Nothing wrong with good pop/rock, and this one is a very sophisticated, listenable version.
Astral Cloud Ashes Dear Absentee Creator
Even if you don't care about the story of the Bitcoin creator, the bands take on Dinosaor Jr./Husker Du/Death Cab For Cutie combination should.
Aurganic Distant Echoes and Close Encounters
The album covers a lot of musical ground - from Postal Service to Radiohead.
Beach Skulls Las Dunas
Benjamin Dean Wilson The Smartest Person in the Room
A former filmmaker turns to music and storytelling with excellent results.
Black To Comm Seven Horses For Seven Kings
Cary Heuchert Blue Rain
An excellent musical overview of late psychedelic/early progressive sounds
David Williams Tipping My Hat To Leonard
A cross between Tom Waits and Randy Newman that works on all levels.
Den of Ashes Garden of Ashes
Den of Ashes tries to combine Seventies country rocks tendencies with modern touches, and succeeds.
Eric Frisch Late In The Night
A great, late night piano pop influenced by the likes of The Beatles and Real Estate.
Giant Flying Turtles Waltz To The World
An ecclectic and versitile band cover the ground between Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead.
Groupoem Dirt Church
A great post-punk album in the tradition of Husker Du and Minutemen.
Jasmine Karimova From the Womb
An excellent, surprising debut album from a media artist living in Amsterdam with an intriguing voice.
JP Harris Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
A true find among the pile of 'standard' country music releases.
K-HAM CA Astro Traveling 2: Albatros Hill
To make a good beat sampling album you don't only have to have good beats, but also to perfectly tackle the samples you're using and K-HAM CA does that.
Kachinga Sky Falling
Canadian Katchinga has come up with one of the best debut hip-hop albums of 2018.
Mah-Ze-Tar Mah-Ze-Tar
What world fusion music should sound like, where neither world or electronics dominate but work in unison.
Morgan X Barrie Fall
The Canadian singer/songwriter that pulls all the right strands from Neil Young and Nick Drake.
Negativehate Solipsis
From metal to harmony vocals to progressive and back.
Populuxe Lumiere
The missing link between the Sixties melody rock and bands like XTC brought to today.
Ryan Dugre The Humors
Seabuckthorn A House With Too Much Fire
Seabuckthorn presents musical images that are focused, melodic and experimental at the same time.
Tango With Lions The Light
While labeled as shoegaze, this album goes much wider in its scope
The Cool Moonmist Mountain Band Fire Sign EP
Tryin to fuse trip-hop, ambient and electro and making it!
The General Maynyrd Band The General Maynyrd Band
West Coast Sound combined with Southern Rock the way it should be done.

3.5 great
Agency Philosophies
Yet another good combination of earlier r&b and soul sounds with the modern beats and hip-hop innovations and socially conscious lyrics.
Alya Ten Years of Solitude
Good pop music is one of the hardest things to make, you have to stick to a formula and be inventive at the same time.
Chickn Wowsers!
Chris Ianuzzi Olga In A Black Hole
A classical composer that crosses the border into electronics with both ambient and techno leanings.
Damon Mitchell Elise
A bit of The Beatles, a bit of Steely Dan turns into a powerpop/jazz-pop combination.
Faces on TV Night Funeral
An excellent official debut by the Belgian musician/producer who has already made a name for himself in his native country.
Fracktura Oculus
A good, promising combination of few old progressive styles.
Galapaghost Pulse
A mixture of musical styles combined with lyrics that make you stop and think for a while
Galapaghost Sootie
Does a great job crossing lines between electro pop, ambient, and rock.
GEA Butterflies
Finnish singer GEA is on a good track to earn that often misused epithet ethereal.
Ghost Color American Book of The Dead
If you're in for something leaning towards heavier sounds, be it grunge or even shoegaze, definitely worth checking out.
Good Field Surface Tension
An excellent take on the Wilco/The War On Drugs Sound with shades of the Nineties.
Ivan Beecroft Dirty Lie
A great combination of classic rock and Eighties alternative sounds
Jackson Price and The Blues Rockets I Used to Have Fun
Has all the key qualities for a good roots album - great playing, good singing, and original tunes.
Jane in Space Gorerunner
Thoughtful and detailed industrial that doesn't strictly stick to genre rules.
Kate Fenner Middle Voice
An emotionally charged album form the Canadian singer.
King Ropes Green Wolverine
An excellent EP that covers the ground between Jeff Tweedy, Velvet Underground to Tom Waits.
Mark Peters Spirits
Some great vocals and acoustic guitar picking, but much more than just another singer/songwriter.
Metaspion Folktronika Schmolkfonika
A smooth blend of EDM and Scandinavian folk, more for the dance floor rather than a lounge.
My Autumn Amor Letters to Brie
A rare exception - singer/songwriter that is not afraid to rock out.
Oliver Cheung Remembrance
A progressive/post-rock/metal surprise from Hong Kong with some excellent guitar work.
Pale Blue Dot Anatomy
A very good take on Pearl Jam/Foo Fighters sound with a social conscience.
Patrick Grant A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
Paul Maged The Glass River
A very accomplished outing from a singer/songwriter who obviously prefers Green Day and REM to Simon and Garfunkel.
Post Death Soundtrack It Will Come Out Of Nowhere
Genre-bending album, covering everything from industrial and death metal to ambient and psych.
Ruiners Typecast
An excellent post-punk outing from this Houston, Texas band.
Ryan Hutchens Last Ten Years
It is very hard these days to come up with something good and stand out in the Americana genre, and Hutchens does.
Ryan Summers ii
A very interesting take on ambient Krautrock and early Eno.
Strange Culprits Strange Culprits
A great debut by a trio that does simple things the way they should be done.
The Blue Collar Army Norrland
The Swedish heavy purveyors with a sound that is not easy to categorize, spanning a few things from screamo to post-rock.
The Noise Figures Telepath
Excellent take on classic psychedelia from this Greek duo.
The Thirds Dork Matter
The Thirds pick up where the likes of Minutemen, Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr. left off.
Trigram Trigram
Heavy sounds, heavy thoughts that fall lightly on the ears.
Weather McNabb Cubicle Zombie
Excellent voice over a souped-up trip hop make a very inviting EP.
Wulijimuren Sun of UTC+8
Some brilliant guitar work from a man who made his way from Mongolia to New York.
Yvan Poisson Blind Experiment
An interesting sampling technique making the beats used hard to recognize.

3.0 good
12xPretty 12xPretty
Following in the footsteps of electro-bands that combine pop with more serious lyrics.
American Amnesia Yet Here We Are
Teenagers that skipped teen pop and dived into more heavier waters, the right way.
American High Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement
Arden and the Wolves Who Can You Trust
Very radio friendly sound with a Ramones cover of particular note.
Aya Maguire The Sandcastle King
A solid debut effort by a singer/songwriter with a good voice and melodic touch.
Barb Carbon The Fighter
A solid debut effort that combines all the better elements of rock, country and a dash of soul.
ButchQueen and the Bad Habits Bare Grits
Well played debut EP that mostly stays in the 'pure punk' tradition.
Coral the Merknight vs. Searantula It Weaves a Web of Metal
A heavy metal spoof that works on quite a few levels.
Cordova Runaway Summer
Some summer rocking on the heavier side of things.
Dark Model Saga
An interesting and intriguing variation on orchestral electronics. Quite suited for an anime film.
Eric Anders Eleven Nine
Good, solid album, with very strong political views that are sure to polarize Eric's audiences.
Eric Frisch Head Up In The Clouds
Henry Metal Metal O'Clock
A good, solid attempt to present a variety of heavy metal genres and inject some humor in the lyrics.
Henry Metal War In Heaven
The fifth release in less than a year continues Henry Metal's journey dominated by heavy riffs and humor.
In the Light of Led Zeppelin Pompeii Sessions
A tribute band that neither plays Zeppelin note for note nor does it distort the originals beyond recognition.
Jon Magnusson Always A Rebel
A nice and varied introduction to a Swedish singer/songwriter making splashes on Spotify.
Mailman Yang Yin
Something like a traditional prog rock concept double album that works.
Marty Thompson Romantic Stories
Thompson, an experienced member of many jam bands, comes up with an interesting musical and lyrical concept on his second solo album
Matt Townsend The Dream (Part 1)
Good combination of early Dylan and Jackson Browne and few other West Coast singer/songwriters.
Mavara Consciousness
Michael P. Cullen and The Soul Searchers Live at the Lazybones
Australian singer/songwriter inspired by his compatriots like Nick Cave and The Saints comes up with a good live EP.
Natural Drummer End of Time
Minor misgivings about the narration should not detract from a good solid album of heavy prog.
Nick Lamb Gettin’ High Off You, Simple Man
Nick Lamb manages to cover at least three or four music styles in a span of an EP but will have to decide soon which way he wants to go.
Novagolde Novagolde
A promising debut EP from a Madison, Wisconsin psych/prog quartet.
Psychocide Alcohol and Bad Decisions
Revolushn Further!!
An inspired take on the late Sixties San Francisco sound with a dash of Midwestern guitar attack.
Run DMT Revolutionaire
A well crafted, dark sounding dubstep soundtrack to an imaginary movie.
Sam Levin I Am
Levin is yet another teenager that sounds much more accomplished than his age would indicate.
Snailmate Existential Anxiety
Quirky post-punk that mixes angular synths, hip-hop and much else.
Temporary Hero Indigo
Intelligently crafted modern pop done with soul and care.
The Goldwyn Experiment Avenue B
Good, solid melodic prog, that brings in a number of genres.
The League of One Dispatch
The League of One is hard at work at making classic heavy metal cool again.
Todd Warner Moore Love and Change
Singer/songwriters are dime-a-dozen these days, but Warner is certainly above average.
Umbrella Bed Rotate
Good American ska in the style of the Eighties ska revival lead by Specials and Selecter.
Venice May Illusion Is Inevitable
Quite a valiant effort from a duo that is searching their place in the crowded space of melodic rock.
Versal Self-Titled EP
Versal comes up with a promising orchestrally-oriented ambient EP.
Veseria RLTVTY
Familiar Sixties and Seventies sounds but done with aplomb.
Zeistencroix Gemini
Accomplished industrial/metal with traces of new directions.
zenxienz Cosmosis
Cameron Williamson or zenxienz continues on his productive trail based on writing a new song every day.

2.5 average
Deb Montgomery Long Long Journey
A well played, sung and heartfelt album. Unfortunately, a bit too long to be listened to in one take.
Eddy Yang A New City
It could have been a good EP if Eddy let somebody else sing.
Justin Shapiro Campfire Party
Shapiro goes for a good feel sound, driving around music, and almost makes it.
Suki Rae and Company Can't Stop Now
A frustrating album that has predominantly good music, but a few duds too.

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