Exec’s Top Album Picks of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, members from WMRE’s executive board listed their five favorite albums of 2018 along with a few honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut.

Parquet Courts, Wide Awake!
Tim Hecker, Konoyo
Beach House, 7
IDLES, Joy as an Act of Resistance.

Honorable Mentions:
Mike Love of Beach Boys fame and his 2018 Christmas album, Reason for the Season
Mandy starring Nicholas Cage

Free Cake For Every Creature, The Bluest Star
Melody’s Echo Chamber, Bon Voyage
공중도둑 (Mid-Air Thief), 무너지기 (Crumbling)
Jay Americana, Like You’ve Seen A Ghost
James Hunter USA, Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind

Big Red Machine, Big Red Machine
Lucy Dacus, Historian
Mumford & Sons, Delta
Sister Sparrow, Gold
Lake Street Dive, Free Yourself Up

Honorable Mentions:
Various Artists, The Black Panther Soundtrack
Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

Mitski, Be The Cowboy
Ariana Grande, Sweetener
Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour
St. Vincent, MassEducation
Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Window

Honorable Mentions:
“Beyond” by Leon Bridges (and all of its remixes)
“Curious” by Hayley Kiyoko
“Over My Skin” by Tiffany Young

Hop Along, Bark Your Head Off, Dog
DRINKS, Hippo Lite
Jerry Paper, Like A Baby
Palm, Rock Island
Mothers, Render Another Ugly Method

Honorable Mentions:
Spirit of the Beehive, Hypnic Jerks
ARTHUR, Woof Woof

Bad Wolves, Disobey
Fall Out Boy, Mania
Rod Stewart, Blood Red Roses

Harrison BDP, Be Like Water
Peggy Gou, Once
Kuniyuki Takahashi, Early Tape Works 1986-1993 Vol. 2
Lone, Ambivert Tools Vol. 4
Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Limpid As The Solitudes

Honorable Mentions:
Galcher Lustwerk, 200% Galcher
Shinichi Atobe, Heat
Beat Detectives, Krazy, Devoted & Insane
Harrison BDP, Life Unlimited & Fade Back from Reality
Terekke, Improvisational Loops
Laurel Halo, Raw Silk Uncut Wood
Palm, Rock Island
Gas, Rausch [Rausch would have made the list if not for that grating high frequency between the bass drum hits on like 5/7 tracks]

Rejjie Snow, Dear Annie
Mick Jenkins, Pieces of a Man
Ravyn Lenae, Crush (EP)
Sango, In The Comfort Of
Earl Sweatshirt, SRS (Some Rap Songs)

Honorable Mentions:
Mac Miller (Rest in peace), Swimming
Mac Ayres, Something to Feel

Soccer Mommy, Clean
Joyce Manor, Million Dollars to Kill Me
Antarctigo Vespucci, Love in the Time of E-Mail
Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass, Lion
Kississippi, Sunset Blush

Janelle Monaé, Dirty Computer
J. Cole, KOD
John Bellion, Glory Sound Prep
MØ, Forever Neverland
AJR, The Click (Deluxe)

Honorable Mention:
Ella Mai

Eli Keszler, Stadium
Bella Boo, Fire
Lucrecia Dalt, Anticlines
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Englabörn & Variations
Jon Hassel, Listening To Pictures

Honorable Mentions:
Martyn, Voids
Fatima, And Yet It’s All Love
Desert Sound Colony, Tickle Me Pink (A1)
Caterina Barbeira, Born Again In The Voltage
Blawan, Wet Will Always Dry
Pariah, Here From Where We Are
Julia Holter, Aviary
Skee Mask, Compro
Serpentwithfeet, Soil
Various Artists (selected by Matthew Herbert), The Drip EP
Haron, Wandelaar

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