/ Best Albums 2018
It’s not premature I hope. I think we’ll only get a few Queen and Rod Stewart compilations from here on.
What are your favourites from this year and why? Top 2, top 10, whatever; we don’t need no rules.
Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel
Jack White - Boarding House Blues
Nin - Bad Witch
Manic Street Preachers - Resistance is Futile
Snow Patrol - Wildness
Low - Double Negative is the standout for me by a long long way.
I didn't know they had something new out, I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
Mattiel's album (self titled, untitled, whatever)
Pure indie-pop perfection of a kind I haven't heard since Rilo Kiley's "More Adventurous". Every song is a banger!
Naxatras - III
Zeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit
Rolo Tomassi - Time will die and love will bury it
Conjuror - Mire
Gazelle Twin - Pastoral
Lorn - Remnant
Møl - Jord
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Therapy? - Cleave
Bossk Keloid - Melted On The Inch
Thou - Magus
Pijn - Loss
Hollywood Burns - Invaders
Irreversible Mechanism - Immersion
Big Lad - Pro Rock
New Horizon - JK Flesh
Blimey I am out of touch, I have heard of two of those!
> Big Lad - Pro Rock
Best artwork of the year, if nothing else!
Beats me, I've only heard of one of those bands.
Will have to have a quick listen and see if I might enjoy getting in touch.
> Beats me, I've only heard of one of those bands.
One of my two is Rollo Tomasi and I couldn't name or hum one of his songs!
Rolo Tomassi are a band rather than one person, maybe you're thinking of the character from LA Confidential?
Conjuror, Møl, Irreversible Mechanism, Deafheaven and Thou are metal (of very different types), Zeal and Ardor is soul and gospel mixed with metal...thought I should mention this in case anyone decides to have a listen as I know metal does so divide opinion!
Therapy? are still a rock band.
Bossk Keloid are bluesy stoner rock
Hollywood Burns is 50s sci-fi music mixed with synths.
My top five new albums of 2018 are:
1) Bury Tomorrow - Black Flame
2) Beartooth - Disease
3) Architects - Holy Hell
4) Bad Wolves - Disobey
5) You me at Six - VI
> Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel
Son treated me to The Stones @ Murrayfield this year & RA was the support act. We kinda knew him from Verve BUT He blew us both away! AMAZING!
So much so we both went to see him @ his next concert in Glasgow.
4got to say ..
My fav album of year Chris .. Christine & the queens.
5 dollar..baby blue
Edit... Wonder how many peeps are googling Christine & the queens?
I discovered them on Jools Hootenanny few years ago & was blown away..
I know its not album ......but WOW..
As per last year, this is basically just a short list of the albums released this year that I have listened to all the way through (most of them more than once) ;-)
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. Possibly their best yet, more post-rock influences showing than previously.
Therapy? - Cleave. Classic Therapy. Not quite Troublegum, but in that vein rather than their less accessible stuff.
Kristin Hersh - Possible Dust Clouds. Saw her playing solo earlier this year - pretty intense considering it was just her plus acoustic guitar. The album versions are pretty different - they rock pretty hard.
F*cked Up - Dose your Dreams. Can't believe I've never listened to Fucked Up before. Double album of all over the place stuff - shouty punk and metal to indie and poppy stuff.
Belly - Dove. A bit on the slick and mushy side, but some great songs on there.
> Rolo Tomassi are a band rather than one person, maybe you're thinking of the character from LA Confidential?
> Kristin Hersh - Possible Dust Clouds. Saw her playing solo earlier this year - pretty intense considering it was just her plus acoustic guitar. The album versions are pretty different - they rock pretty hard.
I have not heard this yet. I also saw her earlier this year andhave seen her solo or with TM (and once as Fifty Foot Wave) maybe 25 times over the years but in the last 12 years it has felt more like a loyal duty than anything else. Saw her in Cambridge and it wasn’t that thrilling, she was GOOD but falling back on old classics. I ha e heard very very good things about the new album though
> Belly - Dove. A bit on the slick and mushy side, but some great songs on there.
saw them twice this year and three times in 2016 but weirdly have not listened to Dove properly yet despite buying it on vinyl and getting it signed.
a song from it came up unseen on iTunes running on random tonight and I somehow didn’t instantly recognise Tanya’s voice and thought “what is this and how do I own it?” Which is a good sign
It's a character someone in the film makes up as part of a narrative they're spinning (does that make sense?)
yeah, only seen it once , on release. 21 years ago. Crikey bikey . LA Confidential is from 21 years ago. Films that were 21 years old when LA Confidential came out, were Network, Taxi Driver and Rocky.
Oi Oi Oi there’s a Court in session.
Keep it on topic.
> The Beatles reissue
Retrospective rule; new music only.
> Oi Oi Oi there’s a Court in session.
> Keep it on topic.
Two standouts for me (although I've not been paying enough attention this year).
Idles - Joy as an Act of Rebellion: Clattery, angry, happy, punk and pop at the same time without being punk pop. Earnest enough to make its point but with witty enough lyrics to carry it all off.
Skeptical - Enjoy This Trip: Immaculately produced minimal and precise drum and bass, dubstep and half-step. The sounds are super crisp and crucnchy, and the space between the sounds feels massive. Best DnB I've heard since the Full Cycle or early Teebee stuff of the early 2000s.
Couldn't get into Dove. One of these occasions where halfway through the first listen all I want to do is go back to the earlier (better) albums.
Had missed the Kristin Hersh one, will have to check it out.
I’ve asked Father Christmas for the Idles album, looking forward to it (if I’ve been good).
> Low - Double Negative is the standout for me by a long long way.
You beat me to it. I’d never really listened to Low, I thought they were a sort of post rock band and i’d Investigate them one day. But the reviews of Double Negative (thanks Pitchfork!) were irresistible.
It exists in the same space as Loveless, Closer and Metal Box. A really beautifully wrecked sound. Ruined and delicate at the same time. The lyrics utterly hopeless and full of hope at the same time.
I listen to it in the car and the bass makes a different bit of the interior trim resonate each day.
It’s still only second fave of the year though, I’m working up an even more pseudish description of that one.
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