I googled “Best Albums 2018” and clicked on ten pages, with 50 or 40 albums each time.
It’s a fast zapping exercise (I need 10 seconds to know I don’t like – my platitude and clichés detector is very accurate – what’s more horrible than lazy folk?).
Here’s what tickled my ears :
Kamasi Washington, a jazz music I could explore and love.
Skee Mask is a bit too much “abstract techno” for me, but I kept listening…
Blood Orange, a luxury soul sound, made me listen to the whole album.
The Internet got me “wait whatting” all along : great bass, production, slight dissonances… I’m client for neo-soul…
Against all Logic almost lost me, but each time something was happening in the music to keep me listening.
Let’s Eat Grandma, or Arctic Monkeys, U.S. Girls, Mitski – mmh, we’ll see.
Sometimes it’s too deconstructed (I heard this pain in jazz, rap, soul), but the boundaries are interesting. Like with Esperanza Spalding. Like in “12 Little Spells” : dangerous harmonies, quietly dancing with the vocal melody…
Spent time exploring : Mitski, Blood Orange, The Internet. You? What are you albums of 2018?