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What are your top ten favorite albums this year?

Mine, in no particular order:

Daughters "You Won't Get What You Want"
Bosse-de-nage "Further Still"
Lush "Snail Mail"
Uniform "The Long Walk"
Rolo Tomassi "Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It"
Frontierer "Unloved"
Rival Consoles "Persona"
Ken Mode "Loved"
Portal "Ion"
Janelle Monáe "Dirty Computer"

honorable mentions to "Twin Fantasy" by Car Seat Headrest (not really a new album), "Year of the Snitch" by Death Grips, "Ordinary Corrupt Human Love" by Deafheaven, and "Heartless" by Pallbearer.

18 comments

  1. [2]
    oryx Link
    Since I frequent a music forum in which I've already made a top 20, I'll share that here as well: Against All Logic - 2012-2017 Tomb Mold - Manor of Inifinite Forms MGMT - Little Dark Age Armand...

    Since I frequent a music forum in which I've already made a top 20, I'll share that here as well:

    1. Against All Logic - 2012-2017
    2. Tomb Mold - Manor of Inifinite Forms
    3. MGMT - Little Dark Age
    4. Armand Hammer - Paraffin
    5. Anna Von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
    6. Ross From Friends - Family Portrait
    7. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
    8. Mylingar - Döda Drömmar
    9. Gazelle Twin - Pastoral
    10. Animal Collective - Tangerine Reef
    11. Bambara - Shadow On Everything
    12. Earl Sweatshirt - some rap songs
    13. Robyn - Honey
    14. The Field - Infinite Moment
    15. Sepulcher - Panoptic Horror
    16. Obliteration - Cenotaph Obscure
    17. SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
    18. Aura Noire - Aura Noire
    19. LORN - Remnant
    20. Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
    6 votes
    1. tunneljumper Link Parent
      What forum is that, if you don't mind sharing?

      What forum is that, if you don't mind sharing?

  2. [2]
    Whom Link
    Vyva Melinkolya - Vyva Melinkolya Rose with Teeth - The Idols Have Been Cast Down and Rent Milo - Budding Ornithologists Are Weary of Tired Analogies Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Volume 1...
    1. Vyva Melinkolya - Vyva Melinkolya
    2. Rose with Teeth - The Idols Have Been Cast Down and Rent
    3. Milo - Budding Ornithologists Are Weary of Tired Analogies
    4. Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Volume 1
    5. Haru Nemuri - Haru to Shura
    6. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V
    7. U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
    8. Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
    9. Moodie Black - Lucas Acid
    10. Saba - Care for Me

    But really, I stop feeling too strongly about them halfway through even this list. I got burnt out not too long after I hit 100 2018 releases because so little was really hitting for me, and artists I care about all underperformed.

    6 votes
    1. Chopincakes Link Parent
      Major props for Streams of Thought, hip hop community been sleeping HARD on it and I feel like I'm fucking alone. Also major props for Haru to Shura!!

      Major props for Streams of Thought, hip hop community been sleeping HARD on it and I feel like I'm fucking alone. Also major props for Haru to Shura!!

      3 votes
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    Chopincakes Link
    Also in no particular order (but top 3 have *) Asian Kung Fu Generation - Homecoming (J-Rock/Pop) The Black Eyed Peas - Masters of the Sun, Vol. 1 (Hip Hop) Lee Jin-Ah - Full Course (K-pop/R&B)...

    Also in no particular order (but top 3 have *)

    1. Asian Kung Fu Generation - Homecoming (J-Rock/Pop)
    2. The Black Eyed Peas - Masters of the Sun, Vol. 1 (Hip Hop)
    3. Lee Jin-Ah - Full Course (K-pop/R&B)
    4. Eminem - Kamikaze (Rap/Hip Hop)*
    5. Royce da 5'9" - Book of Ryan (Rap/Hip Hop)*
    6. NaS - Nasir (Rap/Hip Hop)
    7. The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl (Indie Rock)
    8. John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Jazz)*
    9. Lupe Fiasco - Drogas Wave (Rap/Hip Hop)
    10. Elephant Gym - Underwater (Math Rock)

    Actually, looking back, this was one of my favorite years in hip hop in nearly over a decade.

    4 votes
    1. deciduous Link Parent
      +1 for Elephant Gym. Underwater isn't my favorite of their records, but it's still very good. Also adding Noname- Room 25 to the list of phenomenal hip hop albums this year.

      +1 for Elephant Gym. Underwater isn't my favorite of their records, but it's still very good. Also adding Noname- Room 25 to the list of phenomenal hip hop albums this year.

      2 votes
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    Eva (edited ) Link
    In no particular order, and not complete yet (going to fill it out over the course of the day, because I've not decided yet entirely.) Tancred—Nightstand Antarctigo Vespucci—Love in the Time of...

    In no particular order, and not complete yet (going to fill it out over the course of the day, because I've not decided yet entirely.)

    Tancred—Nightstand

    Antarctigo Vespucci—Love in the Time of E-Mail

    Frog—Whatever We Probably Already Had It

    Jeff Rosenstock—POST-

    Waterparks—Entertainment

    Tokyo Police Club—TPC

    Speak Low If You Speak Love—Nearsighted

    Trophy Eyes—The American Dream

    Owl City—Cinematic

    The Wonder Years—Sister Cities

    2 votes
    1. Eva Link Parent
      There we go. I think.

      There we go. I think.

  5. Cleb Link
    David Attias - Elephant Vyva Melinkolya - Vyva Melinkolya Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 2 Eric Taxxon - Punk Yuragi - Still Dreaming, Still Deafening Haru Nemuri - Haru to Shura James...
    1. David Attias - Elephant
    2. Vyva Melinkolya - Vyva Melinkolya
    3. Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 2
    4. Eric Taxxon - Punk
    5. Yuragi - Still Dreaming, Still Deafening
    6. Haru Nemuri - Haru to Shura
    7. James Ferraro - Four Pieces for Mirai
    8. Low - Double Negative
    9. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt
    10. Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade

    That was a struggle, honestly. I'm really not much of a fan of a lot of stuff released this year and it was a struggle to even come up with these. If you asked for a top 15 or 20 instead, I don't know if I could fill out the full list without getting into albums I thought were just "okay".

    2 votes
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    thisonemakesyouthink Link
    Okay, I'm not a big music fan, so I can't give you a top 10, but I thought I would at least try to throw something in the ring. Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON. They have become my favourite band...

    Okay, I'm not a big music fan, so I can't give you a top 10, but I thought I would at least try to throw something in the ring.

    Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON. They have become my favourite band since last year. If you haven't heard of them but like Hip Hop, I would suggest you look into them. Although they are hip hop, they are very genre defining and always switch it up. Look into their songs HEAT, 1999 WILDFIRE, and TONYA to see what I mean, they are all released in a very short time frame by the same group, but they are very different and will give you a good look at their range.

    I seriously believe there is a BROCKHAMPTON song for everyone. Sorry for keeping it short and sweet again, I really don't know what I'm talking about.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      tunneljumper Link Parent
      I really like them but I am a little bummed because Ameer Vann was my favorite member.

      I really like them but I am a little bummed because Ameer Vann was my favorite member.

      1. thisonemakesyouthink Link Parent
        He was awesome, but their reason for removing him made perfect sense. He had a really fucked past and I understand they wouldn't want to be associated with that.

        He was awesome, but their reason for removing him made perfect sense. He had a really fucked past and I understand they wouldn't want to be associated with that.

        1 vote
  7. moonbathers Link
    I don't listen to a whole ton of new albums in any given year, but my favorite metal albums that came out this year: Jupiter and Moons by Temperance - they have three vocalists and use them better...

    I don't listen to a whole ton of new albums in any given year, but my favorite metal albums that came out this year:

    • Jupiter and Moons by Temperance - they have three vocalists and use them better than any multi-vocalist band I've ever heard. I think their sound is different enough from other modern melodic metal bands to sound unique. They have a new female singer this album and added another male singer, both of whom I really enjoy.
    • Until Dawn by Elvellon - this is my favorite new music I've heard all year. Their debut album came out in June and while the music isn't anything groundbreaking, it's incredibly well done. It sounds like Wishmaster-era Nightwish but since Nightwish moved on from that sound I'm ok with someone else picking it up. I can't wait to see where Elvellon goes in the future.
    1 vote
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    Heichou Link
    I honestly can't even think of more than 5 albums this year that I genuinely enjoyed. I know Coheed's new album I liked, and Muse's newest album seems pretty cool too. Maybe it's because I don't...

    I honestly can't even think of more than 5 albums this year that I genuinely enjoyed. I know Coheed's new album I liked, and Muse's newest album seems pretty cool too. Maybe it's because I don't enjoy rap or hip hop and it's really just been those two's time to shine this year. I've been struggling a lot to find new music because it seems like Rock has taken a backseat to Rap/Hip Hop recently

    1. [4]
      tunneljumper Link Parent
      What sort of rock are you into? My top ten has a lot of metal and prog if you're into that.

      What sort of rock are you into? My top ten has a lot of metal and prog if you're into that.

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        Heichou Link Parent
        Honestly just about anything these days, I'm just extraordinarily picky so not a lot makes my cut. I've been replaying Coheed's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth III and Periphery's P3, with some...

        Honestly just about anything these days, I'm just extraordinarily picky so not a lot makes my cut. I've been replaying Coheed's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth III and Periphery's P3, with some RHCP and Incubus thrown in. I've been trying to dive into prog a lot but prog metal can be pretty abrasive. It's sacrilegious for me to like Periphery and TesseracT and not care for Opeth and Meshuggah lol

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          tunneljumper Link Parent
          You might like the remastered, re-released version of Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest that came out this year. If you're into Periphery and TesseracT, check out Haken. They're not my favorite...

          You might like the remastered, re-released version of Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest that came out this year.

          If you're into Periphery and TesseracT, check out Haken. They're not my favorite band but a good friend of mine, who is also into modern prog, is obsessed with them.

          1 vote
          1. Heichou Link Parent
            I didn't like Twin Fantasy at all but Haken seems pretty interesting so far. Thanks for the recs!

            I didn't like Twin Fantasy at all but Haken seems pretty interesting so far. Thanks for the recs!