We made it. The most buckwild year of fuckery America’s seen in our lifetimes is coming to a close, leaving behind a kaleidoscope of musical gems and unexpected new loves among the cultural and sociopolitical wreckage. Here’s a look through the lens at the Top 10 Albums of 2018, as well as an investigation into why Christmas music is almost entirely stuck in the rosy haze of the post-World War II era. We’ve been trapped in a vortex of baby boomer nostalgia for seven decades, celebrating the same dozen or so songs from an era where segregation and a $.75 minimum wage was the norm.
Listen below for your 2018 Year in Music review, counting down the top 10 albums of the year with favorites, surprises, disappointments, honorable mentions and what we’re looking forward to in 2019 once this rapaciously radioactive year is buried 300 feet underground in a lead vault.
Next year should be a fantastic one for new releases, with The Racounteurs, Deftones and even a harlequin baby of an AC/DC record with Axl Rose is reportedly lined up. With a little luck, maybe we’ll see a return of Them Crooked Vultures… Then there’s Mastodon, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, And hey, did someone say Tool has a new record coming? We’ve heard that one before…
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Top 10 Albums of 2018
- Four Fists – 6666
- Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
- A Perfect Circle – Eat the Elephant
- Leon Bridges – Good Thing
- Albert Hammond jr. – Francis Trouble
- Jon Hopkins – Singularity
- Nils Frahm – All Melody
- Kendrick-curated – Black Panther Soundtrack
- The Carters – Everything is Love
- Eminem – Kamikaze