Best Albums of The Year 2018 - Listageddon

And lo! on the 14th of November, listing season 2018 officially commenced with the news that Uncut have named Low’s incredible Double Negative album of the year. (Don’t think full list is online anywhere yet)

Please note: This is a thread for sharing any notable album of the year lists from media outlets as you see them. Maybe copy paste the top 10 and then link to the full list (so that websites get traffic etc) and mention any gems further down the list.

Here’s the Uncut top 10. Available on news stands now

  1. Low - Double Negative
  2. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
  3. Ty Segall - Freedom’s Goblin
  4. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
  5. Yo La Tengo - There’s a Riot Going On
  6. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer
  7. Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg
  8. Beak - >>>
  9. Christine and the Queens - Chris
  10. Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile

Interesting list. A very Uncut list?

Is that the top 10?

Yeah. Damn auto numbering. Will fix.

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Oh wow. I did look but I didn’t clock that. Sorry!

Shall be have a separate thread for tracks of the year?

TIME’s list includes Lizzo and Boygenius alongside obvious biggies like Ariana’s brilliant ‘thank u, next’ and ‘This Is America’ by Childish Gambino.

I think the Low album is quite a radical choice by Uncut standards (and a very good one).

It’s a pretty good list in truth although I’m surprised to see the perfectly pleasant but very unremarkable RBCF album so high.

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Janelle in there is good for Uncut as well. Agree on Rolling Blackouts, preferred the EP from the year before. Spiritualized a bit obvious as well.

Here is the full top 75 from Uncut

Decibel who specialise in heavy music have shared their list


Again with the Rolling Blackouts album. Am I missing something? I thought it was enjoyable but pretty forgettable.

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I agree don’t get the absolute love for it.

Maybe it’s just popular with the Mojo/Uncut crowd? Will have to see if the US websites feature it much

It was fine, solid but unspectacular. I’d have loved it if it was released 10yrs ago.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see it popping up in the 20s or 30s of these lists and wouldn’t have too much of an argument with that. I think it is a nostalgic kick for the people who write for magazines like Mojo and Uncut - it’s very much a ‘classic indie’ record. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that and the songs are pretty strong but it’s very unremarkable. If people wanted to big up an album in that vein the Goon Sax album is a much more interesting choice in my view.


Totally fair assessment.

Well, it’s on Sub Pop so will have been serviced to wnd listened to by a bulk of their writers. Whereas other labels only send releases to the reviewer. Know this sounds like a silly reason but noticed Sub Pop do really well in year end lists and wondering if this is a key factor.

i fucking love it tbh. not completely sure why as it sounds like lots of other things. just really enjoy the songs and production.

Talking Straight is a massive massive banger

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