So Far, So Good:
The Top 10 Albums of 2018
By Aaron Mook and Nick Warren
Crowning albums and heralding them as new classics – it's a ceremony usually reserved for the end of the calendar year. Rather than make the
- Caroline Rose – Loner
In a year somehow even more tumultuous than 2017, Caroline Rose understands the importance of laughter. From Loner's cover art down to
- Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus
- Porches – The House
When an album like The House gets described as "
- Illuminati Hotties - Kiss Yr Frenemies
It's not every day when an album clicks so immediately. Los Angeles producer Sarah Tudzin has amassed all the experience needed to do just that. Packed with poppy indie punk anthems, Kiss yr Frenemies is like Best Coast's more intellectual younger sister, able to dispense sage advice with wry wit, all while being entirely sympathetic. The uptempo, clever songs – like the album's real starter "(You're Better) Than Ever," and the debt-ridden "Paying Off the Happiness" – succeed as often as the lamentations of "Patience" and "Declutter," selling an entire array of emotions in just over a half an hour.
- Confidence Man – Confident Music for Confident People
Maybe it's just summer talking, but lighter, slightly tongue-in-cheek albums are heartily welcomed. There's probably
- Beach House – 7
7, the title of Beach House's seventh studio album, is apt not only for its bluntness but in the way it represents everything the dream-pop duo has been building toward over the past decade. Grounded at times ("Pay No Mind") and ethereal in all the right places ("Dark Spring," "Lemon Glow"), 7 is a journey through the band's entire
- Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse
- Father John Misty – God's Favorite Customer
It's no secret that Josh Tillman is one of the more divisive voices in indie rock, meaning God's Favorite Customer might be the most controversial contender on this list. Perhaps it shouldn't be; where Tillman's brand of theatrical irony tired many on last year's exhaustive Pure Comedy, he now returns with his most succinct and genuine album yet. Rooted in heartbreak and minimalist, piano-based arrangements, God's Favorite Customer starts bleak and hardly lets up over its 38-minutes. If there were ever a Tillman record to sway a
- The Sidekicks – Happiness Hours
Runners in the Nerved World, The Sidekicks' previous album, was greeted by two things: critical acclaim, and a number of tired comparisons to Band of Horses. With feet planted firmly in both emo and indie-rock camps, Happiness Hours is the rare album that transcends genres to create something that sounds both nostalgic and timeless. Blasts of upbeat power-pop propel the release, from jangly Smiths worship ("Win Affection") and dancey numbers about not dancing to sun-soaked singalongs ("Weed Tent"). Fortunately, Happiness Hours is another record unafraid to highlight the lighter side of life.
- Hookworms - Microshift