Albums of 2018

A bit early I know, but what albums have you enjoyed this year? Its been a strange year for me, I've hardly been to any gigs and I've bought less new albums than I have in years. The trend continues though of me mostly buying albums by artists I've been into for years, I generally can't be bothered checking out new stuff, unless a track/review etc, really leaps out at me and I discover a new band that I actually like and deem worthy of buying a CD of. So, by default, these are my albums of the year as they are the only ones I recall buying:

Guided By Voices - Space Gun
Beach House - 7
eels - The Deconstruction
Calexico - The Thread That Holds Us
Stephen Malkmus - Sparkle Hard
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Mogwai - Kin (Soundtrack)
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert - Here Lies the Body
Low - Double Negative

At some point I'll probably pick up this year's stuff by Johnny Marr, Interpol, Suede, Kurt Vile, Deafheaven & This Will Destroy You. Looking forward to the new Mono and The Twilight Sad albums in Jan, and hopefully the long awaited deluxe reissue of Wish by The Cure.


  • edited October 10 Posts: 81

    Spiritualized's long awaited new album "And Nothing Hurt" is rather impressive - certainly better than the last two. If it turns out to be Jason's last epic work, he's going out in classy style!

    I didn't know there was a deluxe edition of "Wish" coming. I can't really muster much enthusiasm, as "Disintegration" was such a good album and tour (including the amazing "Entreat" live document) that I found the sharp turn towards jangly upbeat pop incredibly disappointing.

    To be fair they were amazing live touring that album too, but played a wider range of material compared to the previous tour - including an epic set closing version of A Forest!

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    These are the albums I really liked this year, in some sort of order. 'This Is My Dinner' may well force itself in there, judging by the tracks so far. There's been some good stuff this year, though the Low album is the best IMHO.

    Low - 'Double Negative'
    Mark Kozelek - 'Mark Kozelek'
    Gruff Rhys - 'Babelsberg'
    Travis Scott - 'Astroworld'
    Kanye West - 'ye'
    Arctic Monkeys - 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino'
    Slushy Guts - 'The Blasted Stump'
    Yo La Tengo - 'There's a Riot Going On'
    Josh T Pearson - 'The Straight Hits'

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    In addition to those above, I found the Joseph Arthur/Peter Buck album and the new Great Lake Swimmers to be worth a listen.

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    Probably forgetting a few but the ones that really impacted on me this year include:

    Double Negative by Low

    in A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls

    Hope Down by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

    Be The Cowboy by Mitski

    S/T by Goat Girl (self titled debut)

    Transangelic Exodus by Ezra Furman

    Le Kov by Gwenno (an album in the almost extinct language of Cornish)

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