The 2018 DIS forum user album of the year DISCUSSION THREAD


#101

Well maybe it’s just that the first listen of this one appealed more instantly so I felt the need to listen over and over. With their earlier work I haven’t done that yet so it hasn’t had the chance to grab me. Anyway, I do think Cocoa Sugar’s balance of the weirdness and noise and rap with the pure pop elements is pretty special


#102

That’s their whole thing innit. They’re so fucking good.


#103

interesting year this (both for DiS and wider critical acclaim) in that there isn’t a clear standout. AOTY is going to be a fascinating watch this year as the lists start coming in because there’s really a whole load of records vying for it.

On the flip side, there’s nothing I really consider to be super overrated kicking about people’s lists, so in conclusion I don’t really mind


#104

I liked it when sean listed it as Immunity by accident for the Neptune prize.


#105

Dr Ranj’s darkest episode…


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#106

Looks like Low and Idles are the main ones that are sort of floating to the top - suspect Arctic Monkeys will end up in a lot of top five/top tens.

Nothing that feels like an obvious universally big acclaimed album like Kendrick this year though is there?


#107

exactly, that’s what I mean, the last couple years it’s been pretty immediately obvious from the get-go who’s gonna take it.


#108

Normally discover some good stuff from the end of year poll but low and LEG are both terrible just dont get it :frowning:


#109

There’s a universally acclaimed big act that released an album this year that would usually be in mind for lots of AOTY lists… just so happens that Ye was a big old load of bollocks though.


#110

Actually Janelle Monae fits the bill doesn’t it? Doesn’t seem to be quite getting to the top of the lists though.


#111

Think a lot of the Janelle Monae reviews got a bit caught up in hype and excitement. The album really tails off after I Like That.


#112

Ended up going with:

  1. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
  2. Haiku Salut - There Is No Elsewhere
  3. Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow
  4. Half Man Half Biscuit - No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
  5. DJ Koze - Knock Knock

Top 3 picked themselves. Melody’s Echo Chamber, Kero Kero Bonito, Hilary Woods, Idles, Sauna Youth, The Goon Sax or The Breeders could easily have filled the places.

Decent year IMHO.


#113

I’m surprised to see how positively reviewed Janelle’s album was, I feel like the response to it was a bit muted (maybe just amongst my circles?). I certainly found it a total disappointment.


#114

Ah fair enough. Maybe year end lists are reflecting that then. I just recall a lot of ecstatic reviews and general acclaim.


#115

I found it disappointing and all particularly after the 1st 2 tracks released are probably tracks of the year.

I always think track of the year lists are far more interesting. Tell you more about the state of the world at least.


#116

So. I’ve done my first round. I know you were all eagerly awaiting this. The ones in bold are the winners and therefore through to the next round. They must be so thrilled:

Group #1
competitor #1: 8 Holly Miranda
competitor #2: 9 Screaming Females
Group #2
competitor #1: 20 The Body
competitor #2: 16 Svalbard
Group #3
competitor #1: 43 Mitski
competitor #2: 28 Author and Punisher
Group #4
competitor #1: 6 Car Seat Headrest
competitor #2: 27 Daniel Avery
Group #5
competitor #1: 36 Idles
competitor #2: 19 Courtney Barnett
Group #6
competitor #1: 29 Hot Snakes
competitor #2: 56 Cat Power
Group #7
competitor #1: 53 Olafur Arnulds
competitor #2: 3 Yo La Tengo
Group #8

competitor #1: 58 Spiritualized
competitor #2: 23 Jon Hopkins
Group #11
competitor #1: 61 Emma Ruth Rundle
competitor #2: 12 Hop Along
Group #12
competitor #1: 44 Tomberlin
competitor #2: 45 Steve Hauschildt
Group #13
competitor #1: 14 Tropical Fuck Storm
competitor #2: 18 St Vincent
Group #14
competitor #1: 10 Grouper
competitor #2: 35 Preoccupations
Group #15
competitor #1: 48 Big Red Machine
competitor #2: 22 Belly
Group #16
competitor #1: 46 Deafheaven
competitor #2: 11 Dylan Carlson
Group #17
competitor #1: 40 Will Oldham
competitor #2: 39 Young Jesus Fcuked Up**
Group #18
competitor #1: 30 Mount Eerie (now Only)
competitor #2: 42 The Beths
Group #19
competitor #1: 4 Nihls Frahm
competitor #2: 57 Marissa Nadler
Group #20
competitor #1: 49 Pig Destroyer
competitor #2: 59 Tim Hecker
Group #21
competitor #1: 38 Papa M
competitor #2: 7 Loma
Group #22
competitor #1: 5 Daughters
competitor #2: 34 Rolo Tomassi***
Group #23
competitor #1: 24 Adrienne Lenker
competitor #2: 25 Sleep
Group #24
competitor #1: 33 The Breeders
competitor #2: 60 Noname
Group #25
competitor #1: 63 Sarah Davachi
competitor #2: 62 Oliver Coates
Group #26
competitor #1: 17 Mary Lattimore
competitor #2: 13 Wye Oak
Group #27
competitor #1: 54 Lyla Foy
competitor #2: 47 Micah Templeton Wolfe
Group #28
competitor #1: 21 Beach House
competitor #2: 50 Anna Calvi
Group #29
competitor #1: 64 Dilly Dally
competitor #2: 15 Father John Misty
Group #30
competitor #1: 26 War on Women
competitor #2: 55 Hotel Neon
Group #31
competitor #1: 51 Low
competitor #2: 2 J Mascis
Group #32
competitor #1: 32 Anna Von Hauswolff
competitor #2: 37 Let’s Eat Grandma
Group #33
1 Lucy Dacus
52 The Ocean

Group #34

Jonny Greenwood

Hermit and The Recluse

**Ironically I fcuked up here and forgot this record so I’ve wildcarded them all over this, the weakest of the 32 initial pairings.

***This was one of the hardest choices as two of the hardest hitting releases went head to head. I had to go for Daughters in the end as I had heard RT do similar things in recent releases (however great at it they are) but I’d never heard Daughters (or pretty much anyone) release a record quite like ‘You Won’t Get What You Want’.


#117

And now… the pairings for round two! Hold on to your hats everyone:

Holly Miranda v Svalbard

Mitski v Car Seat Headrest

Idles v Hot Snakes*

Olafur Arnolds v Jon Hopkins

Hop Along v Tomberlin

Tropical FS v Grouper

Belly v Deafheaven

Fcuked Up v The Beths

Nihls Fram v Tim Hecker

Loma v Daughters

Sleep v Noname

Oliver Coates v Mary Lattimore

Lyla Foy v Anna Calvi

Father John Misty v War on Women

Low v Let’s Eat Grandma**

Lucy Dacus v Hermit and the Recluse

*What a high octane match up. Hard to call this one.

Interesting (or not) that the random pairing generator throws up some match-ups that sort of go together: Olafur Arnolds v Jon Hopkins and some that are… rather disparate: Tropical FS v Grouper.

**two of the bookies’ early favourites, head to head in the second round! Gasp!


#118

Yasssss. 'Mon, The Beths.


#119

They’ve got a pretty tough draw in round two though…


#120

Not a problem. The suitcase of used £20s is behind the ticket machine on Platform 3. You’ll do the right thing.