MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

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MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby Otisredding » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:28 am

The best albums of 2018 (update July 31)

The numbers presented next to each album title are the weighted average rating, and, in brackets, average and number of ratings (out of 31 included sources). The weighted average is based on a formula that includes a) the average of ratings and b) the number of sources that have rated the album.

The magazines I used for the ratings were:
EUR + Australia: Gaffa-dk; Gaffa-sw; Humo; Indiestyle; Jenesaispop; Laut; Mondosonoro; Musikexpress; Nojesguiden; Ondarock; Plattentests; Sentire Ascoltare; The Music
UK: DIY; Drowned In Sound; The Guardian; Music OMH; NME; The Line Of Best Fit; The Skinny; The 405
USA + Canada: Allmusic; AV Club; Consequence Of Sound; Earbuddy; Exclaim!; Paste; Pitchfork; Popmatters; Rolling Stone; Under The Radar

Highlights: These are the top three songs from the album according to Allmusic, Consequence of Sound, Jenesaispop, Plattentests, The Skinny, Beardfood, BostonGlobe, Nowtoronto, Entertainment Weekly, etc…

New entry or Re-entry
Albums that have obtained new reviews and improved the score
Albums that have obtained new reviews but worsened the score

Out:
Lotic: Power

70 - Camp Cope: How To Socialise & Make Friends - 74,3 (77,0 / 13)
Highlights: The Opener - Anna - I’ve Got You
Indie Rock



69 - Field Music: Open Here - 74,4 (77,1 / 13)
Highlights: Time in Joy - Count it Up - Open Here
Progressive Pop



68 - Daniel Avery: Song For Alpha - 74,4 (75,8 / 17)
Highlights: Projector - Slow Fade - Citizen//Nowhere
Ambient Techno



67 - Kadhja Bonet: Childqueen - 74,4 (78,1 / 10)
Highlights: Mother Maybe - Another Time Lover - Delphine
Psychedelic Soul



66 - Anna Von Hausswolff: Dead Magic - 74,5 (76,5 / 15)
Highlights: Ugly and Vengeful - The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra - The Truth, the Glow, the Fall
Darkwave



65 - Rolo Tomassi: Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It - 74,6 (79,3 / 7)
Highlights: Aftermath - The Hollow Hour - Contretemps
Mathcore



64 - Gwenno: Le Kov - 74,6 (79,3 / 7)
Highlights: Tir Ha Mor - Eus Keus? - Hy a Skoellyas Lyf a Dhagrow
Indieronica



63 - Everything Is Recorded: Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell - 74,9 (78,2 / 11)
Highlights: Close But Not Quite - Mountains of Gold - Cane
Alternative R&B



62 - Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall - 74,9 (78,9 / 9)
Highlights: Everything Is Floating - Nothing Left But Their Names - We Learn to Speak Yet Another Language
Modern Classical



61 - Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog - 75,2 (76,8 / 16)
Highlights: How Simple - Prior Things - The Fox in Motion
Indie Rock



60 - Damien Jurado: The Horizon Just Laughed – 75,3 (77,3 / 15)
Highlights: The Last Great Washington State - 1973 - Lou-Jean
Singer-Songwriter



59 - Grouper - Grid of Points – 75,3 (76,3 / 18)
Highlights: Parking Lot - Breathing - Thanksgiving Song
Ambient



58 - Confidence Man: Confident Music For Confident People – 75,3 (79,0 / 10)
Highlights: Boyfriend (Repeat) - Don't You Know I'm in a Band - Out the Window
Alternative Dance



57 - Lump: Lump – 75,3 (77,0 / 16)
Highlights: Curse of the Contemporary - Late To The Flight - May I Be the Light
Indie Folk



56 - Gas: Rausch - 75,4 (78,4 / 12)
Highlights: Rausch 2 - Rausch 5 - Rausch 3
Ambient Techno



55 - Yo La Tengo: There's a Riot Going On - 75,5 (74,5 / 24)
Highlights: For You Too - Shades of Blue - You Are Here
Ambient Pop



54 - Superchunk: What A Time To Be Alive – 75,7 (76,4 / 19)
Highlights: What a Time to Be Alive - Erasure - Black Thread
Indie Rock



53 - Tracyanne & Danny: Tracyanne & Danny - 76,2 (80,5 / 8)
Highlights: Alabama - Cellophane Girl - It Can't Be Love Unless It Hurts
Indie Pop



52 - Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch – 76,3 (76,3 / 21)
Highlights: God Break Down the Door - Shit Mirror - Over and Out
Experimental Rock



51 - First Aid Kit: Ruins - 76,4 (74,1 / 28)
Highlights: It's a Shame - Hem of Her Dress - Rebel Heart
Indie Folk



50 - The Breeders: All Nerve – 76,6 (74,0 / 29)
Highlights: Wait in the Car - All Nerve - MetaGoth
Alternative Rock



49 - Serpentwithfeet: Soil – 76,7 (79,0 / 14)
Highlights: Bless Ur Heart - Whisper - Invoice
Alternative R&B



48 - Oneohtrix Point Never: Age Of - 76,8 (76,1 / 23)
Highlights: Same - The Station - Still Stuff That Doesn’t Happen
Progressive Electronic



47 - Saba: Care For Me - 76,8 (81,4 / 7)
Highlights: Life - Logout - Prom/King
Hip Hop



46 - tUnE-YaRdS: I Can feel You Creep Into My Private Life – 76,8 (75,5 / 25)
Highlights: Heart Attack - ABC 123 - Look at Your Hands
Art Pop



45 - No Age: Snares Like a Haircut – 76,9 (78,2 / 17)
Highlights: Send Me - Cruise Control - Soft Collar Fad
Noise Pop



44- Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus – 77.0 (78,6 / 16)
Highlights: Suck the Blood from My Wound - Maraschino-Red Dress $ 8.99 at Goodwill - Love You So Bad
Indie Rock



43 - Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose – 77,0 (75,0 / 27)
Highlights: Right Now - That's a Lifestyle - I Feel Energy
Art Pop



42 - MGMT: Little Dark Age – 77,0 (76,0 / 24)
Highlights: Little Dark Age - When You Die - Me and Michael
Synthpop



41 - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Hope Downs – 77,1 (78,4 / 17)
Highlights: An Air Conditioned Man - Bellarine - Talking Straight
Indie Rock



40 - The Internet: Hive Mind - 77,1 (77,1 / 21)
Highlights: Come Over - La Di La - Roll (Burbank Funk)
Neo-Soul



39 - Screaming Females: All At Once - 77,3 (80,6 / 10)
Highlights: Black Moon - Agnes Martin - Deeply
Indie Rock



38 - Dream Wife: Dream Wife – 77,6 (78,9 / 17)
Highlights: Let's Make Out - Hey! Heartbreaker - Fire
Alternative Rock



37 - Kids See Ghosts: Kids See Ghosts – 77,7 (77,0 / 23)
Highlights: Feel the Love - Freee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2) - 4th Dimension
Experimental Hip Hop



36 - Marlon Williams: Make Way for Love – 77,8 (78,1 / 20)
Highlights: Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore - Love Is a Terrible Thing - Come to Me
Chamber Folk



35 - Ought: Room Inside The World – 78,0 (78,4 / 20)
Highlights: Desire - Disaffectation - Disgraced in America
Post-Punk



34 - Father John Misty: God's Favorite Customer – 78,3 (75,6 / 29)
Highlights: Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All - Hangout at the Gallows - Just Dumb Enough to Try
Chamber Pop



33 - Let's Eat Grandma: I'm All Ears – 78,3 (76,9 / 25)
Highlights: Falling Into Me - Hot Pink - Donnie Darko
Art Pop



32 - Angelique Kidjo: Remain In Light - 78,3 (83 / 7)
Highlights: Once in a Lifetime - The Great Curve - Listening Wind
Global



31 - DJ Koze: Knock Knock - 78,4 (79,4 / 18)
Highlights: Pick Up - Bonfire - Lord Knows
Deep House



30 - Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy – 78,6 (78,2 / 22)
Highlights: Bodak Yellow - I Do - I Like It
Trap Rap



29 - Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: Sparkle Hard – 78,6 (76,6 / 27)
Highlights: Bike Lane - Middle America - Solid Silk
Indie Rock



28 - Amen Dunes: Freedom - 78,7 (79,4 / 14)
Highlights: Blue Rose - Believe - Miki Dora
Neo-Psychedelia



27 - Rival Consoles: Persona – 78,8 (81,8 / 12)
Highlights: Persona - Hidden - Phantom Grip
Microhouse



26 - Snail Mail: Lush – 79,0 (77,6 / 25)
Highlights: Pristine - Heat Wave - Let's Find an Out
Indie Rock



25 - Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel – 79,0 (76,7 / 28)
Highlights: Need a Little Time - Nameless, Faceless - Charity
Indie Rock



24 - Hookworms: Microshift – 79,1 (79,7 / 19)
Highlights: Negative Space - Static Resistance - Ullswater
Neo-Psychedelia



23 - Lucy Dacus: Historian – 79,2 (79,5 / 20)
Highlights: Addictions - Night Shift - Nonbeliever
Singer-Songwriter



22- Nils Frahm: All Melody – 79,3 (78,3 / 24)
Highlights: Sunson - Kaleidoscope - My Friend the Forest
Ambient



21 - Ty Segall: Freedom's Goblin – 79,7 (79,0 / 23)
Highlights: My Lady's on Fire - Fanny Dog - She
Garage Rock



20 - Shame: Songs Of Praise – 79,8 (78,8 / 24)
Highlights: Tasteless - Concrete - One Rizla
Post-Punk



19 - Kendrick Lamar: Black Panther: The Album OST – 79,9 (80,5 / 19)
Highlights: All the Stars - King’s Dead - Pray for Me
Hip Hop



18 - Mount Eerie: Now Only – 80,0 (81,4 / 17)
Highlights: Now Only - Tintin in Tibet - Distortion
Singer-Songwriter



17 - Jon Hopkins: Singularity – 80,1 (78,5 / 26)
Highlights: Emerald Rush - Everything Connected - Singularity
Microhouse



16 - Iceage: Beyondless – 80,3 (79,9 / 22)
Highlights: Catch It - Pain Killer - Beyondless
Post-Punk



15 - Kali Uchis: Isolation - 80,3 (80,9 / 19)
Highlights: After the Storm - Miami - Tyrant
Neo-Soul



14 - Jeff Rosenstock: Post- - 80,3 (83,3 / 12)
Highlights: USA - Let Them Win - TV Stars
Power Pop



13 - Neko Case: Hell-On - 80,5 (80,1 / 22)
Highlights: Curse of the 1-5 Corridor - Sleep All Summer - Winnie
Singer-Songwriter



12 - Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour – 80,6 (84,3 / 10)
Highlights: High Horse - Space Cowboy - Slow Burn
Country Pop



11 - Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy – 80,7 (79,7 / 24)
Highlights: Beach Life-in-Death - Cute Thing - Nervous Young Inhumans
Indie Rock



10 - Hot Snakes: Jericho Sirens – 80,8 (82,5 / 16)
Highlights: Death Camp Fantasy - I Need a Doctor - Six Wave Hold-Down
Garage Punk



09 - U.S. Girls: In A Poem Unlimited – 81,0 (80,3 / 23)
Highlights: Velvet 4 Sale - M.A.H. - Rosebud
Neo-Psychedelia



08 - Beach House: 7 – 81,1 (78,4 / 29)
Highlights: Dive - Lemon Glow - Dark Spring
Dream Pop



07 - Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar – 81,1 (80,4 / 23)
Highlights: In My View - Toy - Wow
Neo-Soul



06 - Pusha T: Daytona – 81,8 (82,4 / 19)
Highlights: If You Know You Know - Infrared - The Games We Play
Hip Hop



05 - Deafheaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love – 82,4 (80,7 / 26)
Highlights: Honeycomb - Canary Yellow - Glint
Blackgaze



04 - Parquet Courts: Wide Awake! – 82,6 (81,3 / 25)
Highlights: Freebird II - Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience - Total Football
Art Punk



03 - Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer – 83,1 (81,1 / 27)
Highlights: PYNK - Make Me Feel - I Like That
Art Pop



02 - Sophie: Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides – 83,6 (84,6 / 18)
Highlights: Faceshopping - Immaterial - Is It Cold in the Water?
Post-Industrial



01 - Kamasi Washington: Heaven & Earth – 85,3 (83,9 / 25)
Highlights: Fists of Fury - Will You Sing - The Invincible Youth
Jazz Fusion

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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby Otisredding » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:37 am

Bang Jan wrote:I'll just ask for above 70 albums before anyone else does again...


71 - Protomartyr: Consolation - 74,2 (77,5 / 11)
72 - Half Waif: Lavender - 74,1 (77,8 / 10)
73 - Khruangbin: Con todo el mundo - 74,1 (77,5 / 11)
74 - Florence + The Machine: High As Hope - 74,1 (72,4 / 26)
75 - Caroline Rose: Loner - 73,9 (78,3 / 8)
76 - Rae Morris: Someone Out There - 73,9 (77,9 / 9)
77 - Leon Vynehall: Nothing Is Still - 73,9 (76,5 / 13)
78 - Lotic: Power - 73,9 (76,5 / 13)
79 - Joan As Police Woman: Damned Devotion - 73,8 (75,4 / 16)
80 - Jonny Greenwood: Phantom Thread OST - 73,8 (78,4 / 7)
81 - Laura Veirs: The Lookout - 73,7 (75,7 / 15)
82 - Wye Oak: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - 73,6 (74,9 / 17)
83 - Jorja Smith: Lost & Found - 73,6 (74,2 / 19)
84 - Tracey Thorn: Record - 73,5 (74,5 / 18)
85 - John Prine: The Tree Of Forgiveness - 73,5 (78,1 / 7)
86 - Essaie Pas: New Path - 73,4 (76,4 / 12)
87 - Superorganism: Superorganism - 73,4 (72,7 / 23)
88 - Soccer Mommy: Clean - 73,2 (74,2 / 18)
89 - Years & Years: Palo Santo - 73,1 (75,4 / 14)
90 - Goat Girl: Goat Girl - 73,0 (73,7 / 19)
91 - Gorillaz: The Now Now - 73,0 (69,7 / 31)
92 - The Soft Moon: Criminal - 73,0 (74,0 / 18)
93 - Kimbra: Primal Heart - 73,0 (77,0 / 9)
94 - Hinds: I Don't Run - 72,9 (72,6 / 22)
95 - Gruff Rhys: Babelsberg - 72,9 (74,9 / 15)
96 - RP Boo: I'll Tell You What - 72,7 (77,0 / 8)
96 - Son Lux: Brighter Wounds - 72,7 (76,0 / 11)
98 - Gaika: Basic Volume - 72,5 (77,1 / 7)
99 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex and Food - 72,4 (72,1 / 22)
100 - The Carters: Everything Is Love - 72,4 (72,7 / 20)
101 - The Spook School: Could It Be Different? - 72,3 (76,6 / 8)
102 - Ben Howard: Noonday Dream - 72,3 (76,6 / 8)
103 - Flasher: Constant Image - 72,1 (75,1 / 12)
104 - Brian Eno: Music For Installations - 71,9 (76,3 / 8)
105 - Courtney Marie Andrews: May Your Kindness Remain - 71,9 (76,6 / 7)
106 - Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden - 71,9 (75,9 / 9)
107 - Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino - 71,7 (69,7 / 27)
108 - Frankie Cosmos: Vessel - 71,6 (73,6 / 15)
109 - Rhye: Blood - 71,6 (70,6 / 24)
110 - Jack White: Boarding House Reach - 71,5 (69,1 / 28)
111 - Jim James: Uniform Distortion - 71,4 (72,4 / 18)
112 - Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing - 71,3 (76,0 / 7)
113 - Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats: - 71,3 (74,3 / 12)
114 - Bodega: Endless Scroll - 71,2 (75,2 / 9)
115 - Natalie Prass: The Future And The Past - 71,2 (70,2 / 24)
116 - La Luz: Floating Features - 71,1 (75,1 / 9)
117 - Luluc: Sculptor - 71,1 (73,4 / 14)
118 - Death Grips: Year of the Snitch - 71,1 (73,4 / 14)
119 - Laurel Halo: Raw Silk Uncut Wood - 71,1 (75,7 / 7)
120 - Django Django: Marble Skies - 70,8 (69,2 / 26)
121 - Ross From Friends: Family Portrait - 70,8 (74,1 / 11)
122 - Shopping: The Official Body - 70,8 (73,8 / 12)
123 - Ghost: Prequelle - 70,6 (74,6 / 9)
124 - Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse - 70,3 (72,3 / 15)
125 - The Go! Team: Semicircle - 70,2 (69,9 / 22)
126 - Loma: Loma - 70,2 (74,2 / 9)
127 - Leon Bridges: Good Thing - 70,1 (72,1 / 15)
128 - David Byrne: Amercian Utopia - 70,1 (67,8 / 28)

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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby Rob » Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:04 am

I missed the July 15 update, but here is the playlist for the current list:



6 albums entered, but 4 of them have already appeared before. Not much to say about the new update, it seems to have been a slow period for top releases.

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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby Future Critic » Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:09 pm

Last year, we had 8 albums with an 84 or higher. This year, we currently have one. I could be wrong, but it seems like it might be the worst year for music in a very, very long time.

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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby trevorandersen » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:34 am

Future Critic wrote:Last year, we had 8 albums with an 84 or higher. This year, we currently have one. I could be wrong, but it seems like it might be the worst year for music in a very, very long time.


Yes, seems on track to be worse than 2008 and 2011.

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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby acroamor » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:56 pm

Future Critic wrote:Last year, we had 8 albums with an 84 or higher. This year, we currently have one. I could be wrong, but it seems like it might be the worst year for music in a very, very long time.


Excuse? I consider this year to be an absolutely phenomenal year for music, but then, I seem to be out of sync with the critics more and more these days.

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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:25 pm

No such thing as a bad year for music. There can be bad years for a certain type of music, but never a year where every single release is mediocre.
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Re: MCCh 2018 (13) July 31

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