2018: Albums In Review

Written by | January 3, 2018 6:18 am | No Comments

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Yes, 2018 was a typical year, some good times, some less than good times, and, of course, a war that decimated K-Pop. Let’s look back…

Anderson .Paak – A year after the Nxworries remixes failed to make an impression, this is a huge sophomore effort from Paak and a successful r&b overview – A-

Arctic Monkeys – Five years between albums and what we got was more UK rock influenced by QOTSA – C

BLOOD ORANGE – More bloat from the most overrated bore in r&b – C-

Bruce Springsteen – Folk rock whining about POTUS – C+

Camila Cabello -Camila – Only one “Havana,” the rest makes you wonder why she left – C

Cardi B – Every guest star on earth, but worth it – B+

Carly Rae Jepsen – Art singer songwriter – C

CHVRCHES – Just don’t troll em – C

David Byrne – American Utopia – Featuring Eno when we want Tina and Chris – C+

Dej Loaf – Liberated – Debut album, she has already released her best songs – B-

Earl Sweatshirt – Impenetrable – C+

Fall Out Boy – MANIA – Masterclass in production values, in songs much less so – C

FKA twigs – – So far out there it is a dream of art and sex – B+

Florence + The Machine – Hippie drippy weirdo with strong lungs that can’t deliver – C+

Flying Lotus – – Jazz for hip hop heads – C+

Frank Ocean – His third album is his masterpiece, be quiet and enjoy – A

Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending – English accent for UK rockers a little over their heads – C+

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Bandana – Hardcore gangsta rockers go new art school – B

G.O.O.D Music – Cruel Winter – Long anticipated follow up coulda used more Kanye – B-

GORILLAZ – The follow up, the leftovers – C-

Grimes -Nice haircut – B

Jack White – Cut and paste sound melange – C

James Blake – More dark singer songwriter electronics – B+

Jimi Hendrix –  Both Sides Of The Sky – Studio recordings – B

John Prine – The legendary Prine reminds us why he can be so boring – C+

Julian Casablancas And The Voids – Obstreperous drag – C

Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods – Pharrell produced… excited yet? – B-

Kanye West – The tracklist is currently up to 40 songs but hopefully that’ll be it – B+

Major Lazer – Music Is The Weapon – Diplo’s reggae EDM world mix never ends – B-

Manic Street Preachers – Resistance Is Futile – Could do with some great songs – C+

Migos – Culture 2 – More beat oriented but the rapping is still three for one and one for all – B+

Nicki Minaj – MYOB – Her masterpiece is a winding triumph of self-aggrandizing.. but what else could it be? – B+

Panda Bear – A Day With The Homies EP – Electronic weirdness – B-

Prodigy, Hegelian Dialectic Pt. 2 – The late great lyricist, part two – A-

Rae Sremmurd –  where’s a Black Beatle when you need one? – B-

Solange – Cementing her position at the edge of chill – B+

Superchunk – What A Time To Be Alive – First rate pop-punk by past masters – B+

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – More art rock again – C+

The 1975 – Music For Cars – Third time for Manchester’s finest, fails to ignite – B

The Breeders – They’re back – C+

The Vaccines -Combat Sports – The “Post Break Up Sex” rock em pop ems come up with more of the same, and that’s fine by me – B+

Tomas Doncker And Yusef Komunyakaa – Black Magnolia – Black folk poetry – A

Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life – Another goodie coulda crossed over pop and loop – B

U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited – If you want is those strung out female singer songwriters, start right here – B+

Vampire Weekend – Mitsubishi Macchiato – No Rostam, plenty of Ezra and producer Ariel Rechtshaid, isn’t quite enough – B

Zayn Malik – His second solo album puts him back at the top of 1D… or would do if he would tour – B+

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