ILM’s Top 77 Albums of 2018

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Here’s the Top 77 Albums of 2018 Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/forksclovetofu/playlist/4DzRiNP3gnIu4icC69zypd

Here’s the complete list of all 1148 albums nominated:
https://pastebin.com/RB81mE8b

Your poll runners are myself (posting, playlisting), Moka (posting, graphics) and Seandalai (organization and vote tabulation).

With each winning song, I’ll link to the appropriate ILX thread and a pair of representative album reviews. Moka needed an extra day or two to organize, so I’m starting us for the week; she may organize differently once she’s back, so don’t get too comfortable with the format. I got a busy day tomorrow and, given that I need to be sufficiently productive tomorrow, we’re getting going in the wee hours rather than in the EST morning.

As per the tracks poll, bragging rights to you if you can name the #78 before we finish.

If you missed it, here’s the tracks thread: ILM’s Top 77 Tracks of 2018

That’s housekeeping taken care of; I’ll try to take it to #61 before Tuesday.

ESSKEETIT

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 04:48 (six months ago) link

👍

i stan corrected (morrisp), Monday, 4 February 2019 04:54 (six months ago) link

Lol, everyone is asleep. Ah well. Needs must.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 04:55 (six months ago) link

Unconventional approach!

Ooh, glad this got in.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 04:56 (six months ago) link

the only reason i'm up is that i'm on deadline so yeah sure let's do this

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 February 2019 04:57 (six months ago) link

ayyyyy

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 February 2019 04:58 (six months ago) link

I guess I should check this out huh

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 February 2019 05:02 (six months ago) link

dang the borad is genuinely dead, huh. Alright, maybe i put a pin in it and come back in the morning.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 05:13 (six months ago) link

Give us #76 and then return in the morning.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:14 (six months ago) link

Its unlikely I will have heard any of these albums, so it only seems fair to comment if anything good pops up in any skipping through!

saer, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:16 (six months ago) link

too low

flopson, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:18 (six months ago) link

oh this is starting at a weird time, but it's good for me

ufo, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:20 (six months ago) link

A friend of mine pointed out how much his voice sounds like David Gray and I can't unhear it.

kitchen person, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:21 (six months ago) link

Great, now I can't either.

Tunes are still better tho

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:21 (six months ago) link

dang the borad is genuinely dead, huh

past midnight on the east coast and monday's tomorrow. the internet is dead

maybe less so for people who watched the super bowl i guess

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 February 2019 05:22 (six months ago) link

i wasn't looking at ilm because it's always dead at this time even though i'm always wide awake

there were a few good tracks on Freedom but it didn't really click for me overall, i'm not really sold on the sort of loops he builds his songs around i guess?

ufo, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:24 (six months ago) link

on first listen his delivery and vocal melodies remind me of richard ashcroft

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 February 2019 05:26 (six months ago) link

that gap between everyone here falling asleep and everyone in the uk waking up is usually when i'm updating the third eye blind thread really stoned

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 February 2019 05:31 (six months ago) link

Freedom jambs so right

flopson, Monday, 4 February 2019 06:03 (six months ago) link

save us johnny forks

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Monday, 4 February 2019 06:16 (six months ago) link

I can sort of see comparisons to Gray, Ashcroft, but his voice is much more interesting-sounding to me

Dan S, Monday, 4 February 2019 06:42 (six months ago) link

Good timing for antipodeans and commuters in Europe / the UK but not many others. Anyway, looking forward to this rollout despite the dull first cab off the rank.

monotony, Monday, 4 February 2019 07:18 (six months ago) link

This album is comfort food - listenable, if you're not engaging too much, and maybe suitable for the sleepy nothingness of a rainy morning commute (hai), but...yeah that's all

imago, Monday, 4 February 2019 07:43 (six months ago) link

I haven't turned it off yet, which feels like sufficient praise

imago, Monday, 4 February 2019 07:46 (six months ago) link

uhh... what time.. uh?

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 4 February 2019 07:46 (six months ago) link

forks sleep posting again

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 4 February 2019 07:51 (six months ago) link

forks should continue to post the rest of the rollout at the least expected times

ufo, Monday, 4 February 2019 07:56 (six months ago) link

i'm here for it

strangely, i listened to that amen dunes album this afternoon, for the first time in ages. i've listened to it about 10 times and i still have no idea if i'd recommend it to another person. but yet i keep coming back.

Karl Malone, Monday, 4 February 2019 07:59 (six months ago) link

Comfort food ftw.

pomenitul, Monday, 4 February 2019 08:18 (six months ago) link

On an unrelated note, are there any iOS apps that make browsing ILX on mobile less of an early 00s experience?

pomenitul, Monday, 4 February 2019 08:27 (six months ago) link

here you go

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Monday, 4 February 2019 08:30 (six months ago) link

Zing Touch is the official ilx app

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Monday, 4 February 2019 08:31 (six months ago) link

Awesome, thanks.

pomenitul, Monday, 4 February 2019 08:32 (six months ago) link

Totally going to miss the first ten of these before I wake up tomorrow.

octobeard, Monday, 4 February 2019 09:45 (six months ago) link

i'm down for one reveal at 5am for the next 76 days

nxd, Monday, 4 February 2019 10:10 (six months ago) link

I don't mind this tbh, sounds like something that could've been runner-up in Ptolemaic Terrascope's AOTY in 1993

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 4 February 2019 10:50 (six months ago) link

comfort food just another way to say you like something when you fear the wrath of the tastemakers

ciderpress, Monday, 4 February 2019 12:44 (six months ago) link

^^ da troot

. (Michael B), Monday, 4 February 2019 12:46 (six months ago) link

any predictions out there for what's going to win this year?

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 4 February 2019 13:02 (six months ago) link

Monáe?

Tuomas, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:03 (six months ago) link

kacey musgraves seems like the most obviously likely to me but i think there's plenty of room to be surprised too

ufo, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:05 (six months ago) link

fingers x'd for mitski

imago, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:08 (six months ago) link

musgraves or 1975

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 February 2019 13:10 (six months ago) link

You could always vote or start compiling a shortlist! The 2018 ILX Metal n' Heavy Rock Poll VOTING + CAMPAIGNING thread! Ballots due Saturday, Feb. 9th!

while you wait!

Oor Neechy, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:11 (six months ago) link

as much as i love the 1975 i'd be really disappointed if they do better than they did in 2016 with a worse album but i could see it happening

ufo, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:11 (six months ago) link

if they'd won in 2016 it would have been a triumph (though king winning certainly was anyway) but if they win this year it's just 'lol i love them but come on it was only like the 20th best album this year'

ufo, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:14 (six months ago) link

fair points - think theyd be the favourite to win this still tbh

nxd, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:23 (six months ago) link

I thought Christine & The Queens would have been a contender for #1, but they didn't feature strongly in the tracks so have tempered my expectations.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:23 (six months ago) link

It'll be an 'M': Musgraves, Monae or Mitski. For all the love I can't see 1975 reaching the top spot.

Autechre cracking the top 20 would be sweet.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 4 February 2019 13:26 (six months ago) link

the vladislav delay outtakes digital release, for anyone who likes his music, is great. possibly better than some released album pieces, and the circa 2014 bit irrelevant

mh, Friday, 8 February 2019 05:08 (six months ago) link

the review that sparked my road trip https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/review-lily-allen-drops-subtle-truth-bombs-on-no-shame-629876/

ended up actually buying the cd at electric fetus in mpls (I bought a number of albums), which was a weird experience due to road construction. they had one entrance left against a wave of road construction mud

mh, Friday, 8 February 2019 05:12 (six months ago) link

the long tail of music purchases against ecological experiences

mh, Friday, 8 February 2019 05:14 (six months ago) link

I can't even remember the last time I went to the Electric Fetus there. Could be a couple of years ago now. I usually pop into the one in Duluth when I'm there but often leave empty handed. I'm more of a vinyl guy and the selection isn't always the best.

kitchen person, Friday, 8 February 2019 05:44 (six months ago) link

Many thanks to the poll-runners!

I've never voted in one of these previously, because I don't ordinarily think in "x of the year" terms. But I definitely heard countless great things I might never have got around to as a result of the playlists and discussion, and I'm way better informed about recent releases than I have been for at least a couple of years.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 8 February 2019 06:37 (six months ago) link

It's quite difficult to complain about Chvrches not placing when Charlie Puth sucked the credibility out of the roll-out pretty much near the beginning.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 8 February 2019 07:02 (six months ago) link

chvrches are shite mate

||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 07:04 (six months ago) link

thanks to the poll runners- great images again !

a worthy winner

||||||||, Friday, 8 February 2019 07:06 (six months ago) link

You're wrong.

(x-post)

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 8 February 2019 07:10 (six months ago) link

Surprised Chvrches didn't place. Wasn't their previous album pretty well loved here?

And the Charlie Puth album is very good

groovypanda, Friday, 8 February 2019 08:14 (six months ago) link

sons of kemet lp is out of print, impulse need to get their act together

ogmor, Friday, 8 February 2019 08:25 (six months ago) link

xp yeah but everyone except their biggest fan (turrican) thought that the new chvrches was a massive letdown

ufo, Friday, 8 February 2019 08:50 (six months ago) link

Second Chvrches album is great, new one is shite but the one thing an ILM poll does NOT need is more watery electropop.

I scrolled through the entire Top 10 after getting in from the pub but somehow missed Sun-El Musician at #9. When I saw Kasey at #2 I thought he'd won and celebrated like he'd just won the World Cup.

The Low record is clearly good but, I dunno, I just hope I'm rarely in the frame of mind to actually want to listen to it.

Thanks to everyone who organised it. For all the US dominance it actually felt like a more globally diverse list than we've had in a while.

Matt DC, Friday, 8 February 2019 09:03 (six months ago) link

There were people that thought the second Chvrches album was shite too. They were also wrong!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 8 February 2019 09:12 (six months ago) link

Was almost quite enjoying the Tracey Thorn record until that 8-minute thing turned up and drowned me. Morning is not the time for Yves Tumor so I'm onto MGMT now. I mean the album starts quite strong (in an objective, not-entirely-for-me sense) but will it be able to sustain itself beyond the first four tracks?

imago, Friday, 8 February 2019 10:13 (six months ago) link

I love the Julia Holter album even if it was the first time she didn't make an album that was better than her last one. I might be on my own on that one.

I agree. HYIMW was her best yet.

. (Michael B), Friday, 8 February 2019 11:00 (six months ago) link

I know Metal is niche around here but we do take a loose definition of the word and its really a noisy/heavy rock/metal and subgenres poll which means we have nominations .
It's also not US-centric at all and many non-English singing bands get in.

So if everybody could just take a wee look at the nominations and if you like anything please vote.

The 2018 ILX Metal n' Heavy Rock Poll VOTING + CAMPAIGNING thread! NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE! Ballots due by Friday, February 15th 11.59pm PST

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Friday, 8 February 2019 11:22 (six months ago) link

So where DID Koenji Hyakkei place?

*there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:29 (six months ago) link

they got like 92 points iirc, 2 votes

imago, Friday, 8 February 2019 12:29 (six months ago) link

good album

imago, Friday, 8 February 2019 12:30 (six months ago) link

this Low album... Well it certainly sounds different from what I've heard from them before. A bit like listening to a Low album but with a really trippy cold

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 8 February 2019 14:34 (six months ago) link

Monae album has some great deep cuts - So Afraid, for example

imago, Friday, 8 February 2019 15:23 (six months ago) link

It's quite difficult to complain about Chvrches not placing when Charlie Puth sucked the credibility out of the roll-out pretty much near the beginning.

― Le Baton Rose (Turrican),

The second album was great and was worthy of making the top 20 that year. The new one deserved to miss out. I'm surprised it got as high as it did!

kitchen person, Friday, 8 February 2019 15:43 (six months ago) link

i think he's complaining about a poll he didn't vote in again

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 February 2019 15:50 (six months ago) link

if i'd known charlie puth would've kept turrican away from this thread, i would've voted for it

sun-kil moonsician (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 February 2019 15:52 (six months ago) link

charlie puth is good now

mh, Friday, 8 February 2019 15:55 (six months ago) link

Charlie Puth's transformation from "terrible joke" into "legitimately decent pop musician" has been fascinating. I liked the singles off of his album a lot when they came on the radio, something I never would have guessed/imagined would happen after that terrible Fast & Furious song.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Friday, 8 February 2019 15:58 (six months ago) link

I actually have no Charlie Puth opinions but mentioning his name is apparently a powerful ward

mh, Friday, 8 February 2019 15:59 (six months ago) link

i dug into Puth when he placed here and I'll agree that the the front half up until Patient is surprisingly good. It's when he dips into adult contemporary that he loses me completely; the james taylor duet is terrifying.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:01 (six months ago) link

But yeah, I associated him in 2016/2017 with the worst of pop and took to calling him "The Puth"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:01 (six months ago) link

still kinda gonna keep calling him "The Puth" i think

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:02 (six months ago) link

was that him who duetted with meghan trainor on that truly awful song?

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:12 (six months ago) link

yes, will not embed out of self preservation but it includes the phrase "let's marvin gaye and get it on"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:13 (six months ago) link

"Puth" - the sound you make when you spit out something that tastes horrible

. (Michael B), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:14 (six months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/zywVsz0.jpg

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:39 (six months ago) link

It's true. If you don't vote in metal poll, you're a cop

aquaman goes to college (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:41 (six months ago) link

Monae album has some great deep cuts - So Afraid, for example

The prog-rock synth that blows up midway through So Afraid is one of my favourite moments on the album.

Matt DC, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:12 (six months ago) link

haha you're just trying to get imago to listen, right?

Friedrich B. Neechy (Oor Neechy), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:15 (six months ago) link

It's a fantastic album, everyone should listen to it.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:18 (six months ago) link

Love Gritty, hate metal. A true conundrum.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:33 (six months ago) link

For those who haven't heard it, the Switched on Pop about Charlie Puth's "Boy" is excellent and can be heard here:

http://www.switchedonpop.com/87-the-pure-pop-of-charlie-puth-carly-rae-ft-hanif-abdurraqib/

Indexed, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:39 (six months ago) link

Was almost quite enjoying the Tracey Thorn record until that 8-minute thing turned up and drowned me

Ach, you cannot even listen like a girl? Fair enough; then skip it and play "Babies" and "Dancefloor" after the midpoint on that album at least.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 8 February 2019 20:19 (six months ago) link

I had never heard of The Armed before and god this album rules.

fffv, Monday, 11 February 2019 03:58 (six months ago) link

fuckin the grammys picked a better AOTY than ilm this year

flopson, Monday, 11 February 2019 07:29 (six months ago) link

yeah, don't agree

I missed the last part of the rollout, thank you Moka, seandalai, ulysses for all the hard work!

Dan S, Monday, 11 February 2019 07:40 (six months ago) link

I had a lot of fun following these rollouts this year. I voted. A few of the albums I voted for made it. Best thing I hadn’t heard is probably Skee Mask (I guess the name threw me off). Also excited by a preview of Szun Waves. Album I was most surprised by not making top 77 was Konoyo.

beard papa, Monday, 11 February 2019 08:56 (six months ago) link

Did anyone post the ordered list (for copy-paste) and do we have the cool Moka-images list ?

Nabozo, Monday, 11 February 2019 12:02 (six months ago) link

Actually I can try doing that myself

ILM Top 77 Albums of 2018


1 Low - Double Negative 1440 45 6
2 Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour 1078 30 5
3 Robyn - Honey 933 27 3
4 Julia Holter - Aviary 916 27 4
5 Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer 748 25 1
6 Mitski - Be the Cowboy 747 23 1
7 The 1975 - A brief inquiry into online relationships 739 23 3
8 Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4 649 18 4
9 sun-el musician - africa to the world 606 19 3
10 The Beths - Future Me Hates Me 602 17 3
11 Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile 586 19 1
12 oneohtrix point never - age of 540 20 0
13 Beach House - 7 539 18 1
14 Rosalía - El mal querer 532 16 1
15 U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited 515 20 2
16 Mr Twin Sister - Salt 492 16 1
17 MGMT - Little Dark Age 486 16 1
18 Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love 483 13 3
19 Tracey Thorn - Record 482 13 3
20 Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save The World 455 13 0
21 Christine & The Queens - Chris 437 16 1
22 Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears 431 14 1
23 Kali Uchis - Isolation 430 13 0
24 SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides 413 15 1
25 Pusha T - DAYTONA 410 12 2
26 Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog 398 13 0
27 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs 389 14 0
28 Against All Logic - 2012-2017 380 12 0
29 Ariana Grande - Sweetener 364 11 1
30 Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino 359 12 0
31 Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace 356 12 1
32 Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings 350 12 0
33 Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs 340 10 1
34 Tirzah - Devotion 334 10 0
35 DJ Koze - Knock Knock 330 13 0
36 Meshell Ndegeocello - Ventriloquism 329 13 0
37 mewithoutyou - (untitled) 328 9 3
38 Parquet Courts - Wide Awake 323 10 0
39 Snail Mail - Lush 308 9 1
40 Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past 306 11 0
41 ashley monroe - sparrow 304 12 0
42 Gang Gang Dance - Kazuashita 300 13 0
43 Black Dresses - Waste Isolation 285 7 1
44 Eiko Ishibashi - The Dream My Bones Dream 282 10 0
45 Helena Hauff - Qualm 280 9 0
46 Saba - Care for Me 276 9 1
47 Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics 275 9 0
48 Sleep - The Sciences 270 8 0
49 The Breeders - All Nerve 267 10 0
50 Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood 260 10 1
51 boygenius - boygenius EP 260 9 1
52 Noname - Room 25 257 11 0
53 Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love 254 7 0
54 Domenique Dumont - Miniatures De Auto Rhythm 253 10 0
55 The Armed - Only Love 251 9 1
56 Foxing - Nearer My God 247 9 0
57 Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs 243 8 0
58 Jon Hopkins - Singularity 240 10 0
59 Burna Boy - Outside 240 9 1
60 Mount Eerie - Now Only 234 8 0
61 Andrew WK - You Are Not Alone 233 8 1
62 Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy 230 10 0
63 Mariah Carey - Caution 228 11 0
64 YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - Dirt 227 8 0
65 Skee Mask - Compro 225 9 0
66 Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu 221 10 0
67 Kamasi Washington - Heaven And Earth 216 10 0
68 YOB - Our Raw Heart 214 8 1
69 Ghost - Prequelle 214 6 0
70 Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen 208 9 0
71 Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place 208 8 0
72 Wednesday Campanella - Galapagos 206 7 0
73 Senyawa - Sujud 204 6 0
74 Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine 202 11 0
75 charlie puth - voicenotes 192 6 1
76 Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel 190 7 1
77 Amen Dunes - Freedom 189 7 0

Nabozo, Monday, 11 February 2019 13:19 (six months ago) link

Did anyone post the ordered list (for copy-paste) and do we have the cool Moka-images list ?

― Nabozo

Here you go:

Albums - https://imgur.com/a/FfH9LSQ

Tracks - https://imgur.com/a/gqEoTrs

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 11 February 2019 18:39 (six months ago) link

Thanks Moka !

Nabozo, Monday, 11 February 2019 19:02 (six months ago) link


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