TMB List Week ’18: Albums of the Year (100-51)

It’s here! We’ve fought! We’ve argued! We’ve made personal and painful compromises!

Taking in an expansive view of genres, this is possibly the best Albums of the Year list of them all. In an Albums of the Year list list, we’d put this one first. Baroque pop, Australian hyper-dance, British grime, jazz, dance, Danish wonk-punk, and everything in between all make an appearance on the list, showcasing just how unique 2018 has been for music. There are legends returning for another bout, eye-opening debuts and superstars in the making, all jostling to be our number one.

With all that said, enjoy TMB’s Top 100(!) Albums of the Year and find us on Twitter for any arguments afterwards – we’ll fight to the death if needs be. Read 50-1 here.

100. Candy – Good to Feel

99. Satanic Ritual Abuse – Hurting by Jake Crossland

A writhing beast, Satanic Ritual Abuse’s debut Hurting struggles with big themes over a gorgeous patchwork of distortion and home recordings. Tactile and carnal, the album finally surfaced four years after completion – and thank god it did.

98. Field Music – Open Here

97. Audiobooks – now! (in a minute)

96. Albert Hammond Jr. – Francis Trouble

95. Sam Evian – You, Forever

94. Daniel Avery – Song For Alpha

93. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs

92. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

91. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs

90. Halo Maud – Je Suis Un Île

89. The Internet – Hive Mind

88. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

87. Hovvdy – Cranberry

86. Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place

85. Tune-Yards – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

84. itoldyouiwouldeatyou – oh dearism by Joe Emmett

To be honest, 2018 has been a bit of a shit show. Even if you ignore the raging inferno of careerism and privilege that characterises current politics across the globe, the atmosphere of hate against marginalised communities is sure to have your head in your hands. In this climate itoldyouiwouldeatyou, and their debut LP Ohdearism are beacons of hope. Musically ambitious (see the wonderful acapella ending to ‘Greek Fire’) and hellbent on changing things for the better, the band have crafted an album that feels as much as a community touchstone as it does one of the best emo-math rock LPs of 2018. It might all be fucked, we might not feel safe, but Ohdearism and what it represents offers some hope to cling on to, and that’s something to cherish.

83. Pill – Soft Hell

82. Okay Kaya – Both

81. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

80. 88rising – Head in the Clouds

79. Pusha T – Daytona

78. Gwenno – Le Kov

77. Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel by Jake Crossland

The follow up to the widely successful Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, the equally wordy Tell Me How You Really Feel tapped into a vein of anxiety absent from the slacker deadpan debut from Barnett. Equal parts patient and tense, the album looks deeper into its creator and ponders on the ability (and inability) of words atop scuzzy instrumentals.

76. Matt Maltese – Bad Contestant

75. Leon Bridges – Good Thing

74. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

73. Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman

72. Santii – S01

71. 6LACK – East Atlanta Love Letter

70. Boy Azooga – 1, 2, Kung Fu!

69. Safe Jazz – Joy, Etc.

68. Jamie Isaac – (04:30) Idler

67. ODIE – Analogue

66. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

65. Big Joanie – Sistahs by Jake Crossland

The London trio finally released their debut album in 2018 and its killer collection of sparse, barebones punk speaks directly to the community it grew from. From killer lead single ‘Fall Asleep’ to experimental ‘Down Down’, Sistahs is the sound of a band starting out with more accomplished than most. Casting their unique experience as women of colour against their inspired instrumentals, the future is theirs for the taking. Watch out.

64. Bakar – Bad Kid

63. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

62. Khrungabin – Como todo el Mundo

61. Low – Double Negative

60. Brockhampton – Iridescence

59. Oh Sees – Smote Reverser


57. Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red by Elli Brazzill

Princess Nokia’s 2017 debut album 1992 Deluxe rightfully turned heads in the hip-hop community and the music industry as a whole. She didn’t shy away from her distinctions as an outcast, connecting with many of her fans on a new level on ‘Goth Kid’ and ‘Different’. 2018’s A Girl Cried Red comes from a similar place in Nokia’s psyche, an 8-track expression of recent heartbreak and delivering influences from her emo roots. ‘Your Eyes Are Bleeding’ is the ultimate of the many melancholic anthems on this project, as ‘Destiny’ yearns for long lost love: “everyone I love leaves me when I need them most, my little heart is broken and the world will pay the cost”.

56. Laurel – Dogviolet

55. Goat Girl – Goat Girl

54. Christine and the Queens – Chris

53. Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

52. Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD

51. Breathe Panel – Breathe Panel

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