The Best Albums of 2018

It's been an amazing year for music - so much that no-one could listen to it all, so why not let us highlight the best albums we've reviewed in 2018 to help you chose what your next earworm will be?

Say Lou Lou - <i>Immortelle</i>

Say Lou Lou - Immortelle

A masterful slice of pop with depth.

Our Rating: /10

Bill Ryder-Jones - <i>Yawn</i>

Bill Ryder-Jones - Yawn

Another emotionally nuanced and seductive set of songs that will stand the test of time

Our Rating: /10

Pistol Annies - <i>Interstate Gospel</i>

Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel

Holler+Hippie+Lone Star= utterly unique and empowering.

Our Rating: /10

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Basement Revolver - <i> Heavy Eyes </i>

Basement Revolver - Heavy Eyes

Open your heavy eyes, this is a gem.

Our Rating: /10

White Denim - <i>Performance</i>

White Denim - Performance

Funky, driving, and damn good fun.

Our Rating: /10

Emma Blackery - <i>Villains</i>

Emma Blackery - Villains

A solid album of perfectly produced pop from a strong new talent

Our Rating: /10

The Coral - <i> Move Through The Dawn </i>

The Coral - Move Through The Dawn

A good effort from The Wirral's finest.

Our Rating: /10

Emily Burns - Seven Scenes From The Same Summer

Emily Burns - Seven Scenes From The Same Summer

An awesome pop debut. Emily Burns will be a massive star. The only thing stopping this getting a perfect score is that it's not an album and we want more.

Our Rating: /10

Howlin' Rain - <i>Alligator Bride</i>

Howlin' Rain - Alligator Bride

Join Howlin Rain for an enjoyable road trip via some of the key touchstones of blues/rock music.

Our Rating: /10

Snail Mail - <i>Lush</i>

Snail Mail - Lush

A proper cracking debut from a huge talent. Where does she go from here?

Our Rating: /10

Fantastic Negrito - <i>Please Don't Be Dead</i>

Fantastic Negrito - Please Don't Be Dead

Firing on all cylinders, Fantastic Negrito brings incredible focus on well-worn genres

Our Rating: /10

Neko Case - <i>Hell-On</i>

Neko Case - Hell-On

Terrific, genre-agnostic, return.

Our Rating: /10

Boy Azooga - <i>1, 2, Kung Fu</i>

Boy Azooga - 1, 2, Kung Fu

Boy Azooga earns his black belt, it's a solid debut.

Our Rating: /10

Black Sabbath 'Supersonic Years - The Seventies Singles' Vinyl Box Set Unboxing

Black Sabbath 'Supersonic Years - The Seventies Singles' Vinyl Box Set Unboxing

A well produced in-depth box set showcasing the golden period of the band that created Heavy Metal including some rare cuts.

Our Rating: /10

LUMP - LUMP

LUMP - LUMP

A shimmering glacial beauty of a record

Our Rating: /10

American Aquarium - <i>Things Change</i>

American Aquarium - Things Change

New band, same BJ Barham. Things are all as they should be with AA.

Our Rating: /10

Jonathan Davis - <i>Black Labyrinth</i>

Jonathan Davis - Black Labyrinth

An oddity of an album from the godfather of nu-metal.

Our Rating: /10