EOY 2018 - The Line of Best Fit (UK)

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EOY 2018 - The Line of Best Fit (UK)

Postby JohnnyBGoode » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:45 am

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50. American Utopia by David Byrne
49. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae
48. Historian by Lucy Dacus
47. Basic Volume by GAIKA
46. Sway by Tove Styrke
45. Bottle It in by Kurt Vile
44. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
43. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by John Coltrane
42. The Anteroom by How To Dress Well
41. Infections of a Different Kind – Step 1 by AURORA
40. Room 25 by No Name
39. Hell On by Neko Case
38. Age Of by Oneohtrix Point Never
37. Re:member by Ólafur Arnalds
36. Dream Wife by Dream Wife
35. boygenius by [boygenius] Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker
34. Palo Santo by Years & Years
33. My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves
32. East Atlanta Love Letter by 6lack
31. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
30. Clean by Soccer Mommy
29. Freedom by Amen Dunes
28. I Don't Run by Hinds
27. Kids See Ghosts by Kanye West and Kid Cudi
26. Bloom by Troye Sivan
25. Hive Mind by The Internet
24. At Weddings by Tomberlin
23. Saturn by Nao
22. Lush by Snail Mail
21. Heaven & Earth by Kamasi Washington
20. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
19. Lost & Found by Jorja Smith
18. Double Negative by Low
17. Honey by Robyn
16. Your Queen is a Reptile by Sons of Kemet
15. Negro Swan by Blood Orange
14. Chris by Christine and the Queens
13. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
12. Iridescence by BROCKHAMPTON
11. Songs of Praise by Shame
10. There's Always Glimmer by Gia Margaret
9. I'm All Ears by Let's Eat Grandma
8. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships by The 1975
7. El Mal Querer by Rosalita
6. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
5. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
4. Joy As An Act Of Resistance by IDLES
3. Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by SOPHIE
2. Devotion by Tirzah
1. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
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Postby SpankyRevolution » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:20 pm

I might need to listen back to that Mitski album but other than that, half of this top 10 is also in my top 10. Be the Cowboy seems to be raking a few first places, which honestly surprises me a little though I expected it to perform well.

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Postby Harold » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:01 pm

SpankyRevolution wrote:I might need to listen back to that Mitski album but other than that, half of this top 10 is also in my top 10. Be the Cowboy seems to be raking a few first places, which honestly surprises me a little though I expected it to perform well.


There's a remarkable, compact perfection to Be the Cowboy that makes it resonate, I think - in this era of bloated, absurdly overlong releases, here's an album that packs 14 songs into 32 minutes (which makes repeated listens as easy as they are merited) without a single one feeling too short or unfinished (something that wasn't uniformly true, I don't think, of the 11-songs-in-31-minutes Puberty 2), and possessing a consistency of mood and thematic concerns across disparate styles. I think it'll end up in the EOY top ten when all is said and done.

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Postby charliepanayi » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:16 pm

I thought Puberty 2 was a lot better than Be the Cowboy.

Is this really an era of overlong/bloated album releases? In the 90s and even the early 2000s maybe, but I don't really see it these days as nobody is worried about filling a CD any more as nobody buys CDs. Even the big pop albums like Invasion of Privacy and Sweetener this year are well short of an hour.

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Postby Future Critic » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:29 pm

These lists have kind of been all over the place, probably partially because there is no obvious choice for number 1 this year. Even if it wasn't the best year, it should make for a pretty interesting race for the top spots.

I could be wrong, but I believe the only albums to top more than one eligible list so far are Heaven and Earth, Joy as an Act of Resistance and Be the Cowboy.

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Postby applp » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:17 pm

I think some Albums this year suffer from being too long...I'm thinking of TY Segall or Kurt Vile.
But then again some are incredibly short - Daytona By Pusha T is only 21 minutes...can it even be considered an Album ??

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Postby SpankyRevolution » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:51 pm

applp wrote:I think some Albums this year suffer from being too long...I'm thinking of TY Segall or Kurt Vile.
But then again some are incredibly short - Daytona By Pusha T is only 21 minutes...can it even be considered an Album ??


I remember Trent Reznor saying that his latest project Bad Witch was meant as an EP at first but that he felt those are too often overlooked, especially on streaming websites. He meant to release three EPs in a row (last year's Add Violence was considered an EP and he probably felt it didn't get the recognition he expected). So really, in 2018, the distinctions between an EP, a mixtape and an album is really just about how you frame it because no matter what, it's just gonna end up as a playlist in Spotify; physical formats used to be the first indicator of the kind of content you would get.

The trend of long albums has been going on for a while with how streaming websites sometimes tend to reward albums with many tracks. That's how we get Drake' overlong and filler-full Scorpion, and even worst offenders like Migos and Rae Sremmurd's triple albums, etc. And before that, albums by Zayn, Kanye West, etc.

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Postby charliepanayi » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:12 pm

SpankyRevolution wrote:That's how we get Drake' overlong and filler-full Scorpion


Overlong and filler-full is an apt description for every Drake album

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Postby Rob » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:02 pm

Well, that this is a year with less long albums of course doesn't mean that there won't be long albums anymore. I myself was surprised how many mayor released stayed close to 30 minutes, or even went below. Especially hiphop, which in the 90's and 00's surprised if they didn't go over 60 minutes. Seems like they are making amends. That there are still Freedom's Goblins (for me actually a great example of how a long album can earn it's length), Aviaries (idem) or Kurt Vile albums (haven't heard his one yet), as well as artists who seem incapable of keeping it short (here's looking at you, Drake and Kamasi Washington).

Mitski, on the other hand, has delivered 5 very short albums in a row. That seems to be her style. Same goes for the songs, she keeps things small.

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Postby Marlon » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:50 am

No 23 should be Saturn by Nao

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Postby JohnnyBGoode » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:47 am

Harold wrote:
SpankyRevolution wrote:I might need to listen back to that Mitski album but other than that, half of this top 10 is also in my top 10. Be the Cowboy seems to be raking a few first places, which honestly surprises me a little though I expected it to perform well.


There's a remarkable, compact perfection to Be the Cowboy that makes it resonate, I think - in this era of bloated, absurdly overlong releases, here's an album that packs 14 songs into 32 minutes (which makes repeated listens as easy as they are merited) without a single one feeling too short or unfinished (something that wasn't uniformly true, I don't think, of the 11-songs-in-31-minutes Puberty 2), and possessing a consistency of mood and thematic concerns across disparate styles. I think it'll end up in the EOY top ten when all is said and done.


Thanks Marlon, now changed. Harold see above

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Postby TVFan365 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:39 am

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Songs:
50. Lizzo - "Boys"
49. Hayley Kiyoko featuring Kehlani - What I Need"
48. Drake - "Nice for What"
47. No Rome feat. The 1975 - "Narcissist"
46. Nicki Minaj featuring Eminem & Labrinth - "Majesty"
45. Handsome - "Save Some Love"
44. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - "Middle America"
43. Emily Burns - "Friends Don't Kiss Friends"
42. Dave - "Hangman"
41. Jevon - "Redemption"
40. Arlo Parks - "Cola"
39. Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin - "I Like It"
38. Maggie Rogers - "Fallingwater"
37. Christine and the Queens feat Dam Funk - "Girlfriend"
36. G Flip - "About You"
35. Empress Of - "When I'm With Him"
34. Noname - "Regal"
33. Richard Swift - "Broken Finger Blues"
32. The Carters - "Apeshit"
31. Sons of Kemet - “My Queen Is Harriet Tubman”
30. Mabel and Not3s - "Fine Line"
29. 6lack, Khalid & Ty Dolla $ign - "OTW"
28. boygenius - "Me and My Dog"
27. King Princess - "1950"
26. Pusha T - "The Story of Adidon"
25. Azealia Banks - "Anna Wintour"
24. Helena Deland - "There Are A Thousand"
23. Kacey Musgraves - "High Horse"
22. Charli XCX - "No Angel"
21. Faye Webster - "Kingston"
20. Troye Sivan - "My My My"
19. Let's Eat Grandma - "Falling Into Me"
18. Blood Orange - "Nappy Wonder"
17. Mahalia featuring Little Simz - "Proud of Me"
16. A$AP Rocky featuring Skepta - "Praise the Lord (Da Shine)"
15. Florence + the Machine - "Hunger"
14. Rosalía - "Malamente"
13. Lana Del Rey - "Venice Bitch"
12. Kendrick Lamar & SZA - "All the Stars"
11. Little Simz - "Offence"
10. Amen Dunes - “Miki Dora”
9. Flohio - "Wild Yout"
8. Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
7. Slowthai - "T N Biscuits"
6. Girl in Red - "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend"
5. Robyn - "Missing U"
4. SOPHIE - "Faceshopping"
3. Mitski - "Geyser"
2. The 1975 - "Love It If We Made It"
1. Ariana Grande - "thank u, next"


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