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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

My Favourite 100 Albums Of 2018

This year I have decided to rank my albums slightly differently to previous years. I have listed my top 25 in order followed by 75 other albums I have enjoyed (ordered alphabetically by artist).

It will come as no surprise to those that know me that Low are at number one with Double Negative. It's a brilliant album that consolidates their position as my favourite band (although the stunningly beautiful Solan Goose by Erland Cooper pushed it pretty hard towards the end of the year). The top of my list is dominated by artists I've loved for several years (I guess that's what happens as you get older) but also features some new exciting discoveries like Virginia Wing, The Goon Sax, Adrianne Lenker and Gazelle Twin.

It has been another brilliant year for music. I've also had my most productive year for music writing, reviewing 15 albums, 26 gigs and 2 festivals for musicOMH (links are below next to the artists where appropriate).

I've also created a Spotify playlist of my favourite tracks. It has given me so much pleasure this year.

Albums 1-25 (in order)

1) Low - Double Negative - album review
2) Erland Cooper - Solan Goose
3) Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow - live review
4) Field Music - Open Here - live review
5) Laura Veirs - The Lookout
6) Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - album review
7) Julia Holter - Aviary - live review
8) Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed - live review
9) Beach House - 7
10) Kathryn Joseph - From When I Wake The Want Is - live review 1live review 2
11) Alela Diane - Cusp - album review
12) Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On - album review
13) The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking
14) Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss
15) Gazelle Twin - Pastoral
16) Half Man Half Biscuit - No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin' Hair Cut
17) La Luz - Floating Features - live review
18) Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic - album review
19) IDLES - Joy As An Act Of Resistance
20) Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us - live review
21) Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama - album review
22) Eleanor Friedberger - Rebound
23) Stuart Staples - Arrhythmia
24) Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert - Here Lies The Body - album review
25) Max Cooper - One Hundred Billion Sparks

Albums 26-100 (alphabetically ordered by artist)

A Hawk And A Hacksaw - Forest Bathing
Alasdair Roberts - What News
Ana Silvera - Oracles
Ben Chatwin - Drone Signals
Christina Vantzou - No. 4
Daniel Blumberg - Minus - album review
David Crosby - Here If You Listen
Django Django - Marble Skies - live review
Domet Gnahore - Miziki - some brief words about her WOMAD appearance
Dylan Carlson - Conquistador
Efrim Manuel Menuck - Pissing Stars - album review
Federico Albanese - By The Deep Sea - live review
First Aid Kit - Ruins - live review
Frankie Cosmos - Vessel
Go-Kart Mozart - Mozart's Mini Mart
Goldmund - Occasus
Grouper - Grid Of Points - album review
Haiku Salut - There Is No Elsewhere
Hampshire & Foat - Nightshade
Helios - Veriditas
Ian William Craig - Thesholder
Israel Nash - Lifted
Ital Tek - Bodied
Jon Hassell - Listening To Pictures
Josephine Foster - Faithful Fairy Harmony
Juanita Stein - Until The Lights Fade
Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson - Landfall - album review & live review
Laura Gibson - Goners
Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still
Maarja Nuut - Muunduja
Maribou State - Kingdoms In Colour
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals - live review
Mark Peters - Innerland
Mary Lattimore - Hundreds Of Days
Michael Price - Tender Symmetry
Mogwai - KIN - live review
Mountain Man - Magic Ship
Mouse On Mars - Dimensional People
Murcof - Lost In Time
Natalie Prass - The Future And The Past
Neko Case - Hell-On - live review
Nils Frahm - All Melody - album review & live review
Olden Yolk - Olden Yolk
Oliver Coates - Shelley's On Zenn-La - album review
Paul Frick - Second Yard Botanicals
Paul Steel - Carousel Kites
Phil France - Circle
Philip Shepperd - Fall From Earth
Phosphorescent - C'est La Vie
Pram - Across The Meridian
Resina - Traces
Rival Consoles - Persona
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest
Serpentwithfeet - Soil
Shida Shahabi - Homes
Skee Mask - Compro
Sobrenadar - Y
Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile - some words about their Field Day show
Steve Hauschildt - Dissolvi
Susanna - Go Dig My Grave - album review
Susheela Raman - Ghost Gamelan
Terry - I'm Terry
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE - album review
The Saxophones - Songs Of The Saxophones
Tim Hecker - Konoyo - live review
Tirzah - Devotion
Turin Brakes - Invisible Storm - live review
Ty - A Work Of Heart
Varg - Crush
Wild Nothing - Indigo