Top 10 Albums of the Year – 2018 – by Morgan Quinn
Another good year for music, and isn’t it always! I get very frustrated when people say it was a bad year for music, when there are literally thousands of albums released each year. Here are some of the albums that put a smile on my face this year.
And now for some albums that didn’t quite make the list.
15. Mogwai – KIN [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
14. Julia Holter – Aviary
13. Ought – Room Inside the World
12. Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer
11. Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
In truth, it’s hard to say any of the above aren’t worthy of your attention.
10. LUMP – Lump
Mike Lindsay (founding member of Tunng and Throws) and Laura Marling created something quite lovely with this debut album.
9. SNAIL MAIL – Lush
8. HEDGE SCHOOLS – Magnificent Birds
The only Irish release on the list and it’s a gem. Hedge Schools continue to make albums that deserve attention from around the world.
7. AIDAN MOFFAT & RM HUBBERT – Here Lies The Body
It was a bit of an all star team to begin with, and it didn’t fail to impress.
6. DAMIEN JURADO – The Horizon Just Laughed
This is quite simply his best album in years and quite possibly his best ever.
5. THE BREEDERS – All Nerve (4AD)
It was just good to have them back! It was ten years since their last release and it sounded as good as ever.
4. ADRIANNE LENKER – Abysskiss
Not really a side project, but another solo album from Adrianne. It was just so simple, but there was so much quality here.
3. THE GOON SAX – We’re Not Talking
Always good to have a new name on the list, and this one had enough wit and charm to keep me coming back for more.
2. OKKERVIL RIVER – In The Rainbow Rain
This one was a bit of a surprise. I was never a major fan of them, but this release was possibly their finest to date.
1. LOW – Double Negative
It’s hard to say something new about this album. It’s been discussed and dismantled by critics around the world and it’s very hard to dismiss. An album I’m still listening to many months later.