Summer `18 hangover: The Best Albums of 2018 (so far)
We’re doing it. We’re pushing through the slow, extremely hot, boredom of August. Giving you only the best and complete essentials of 2018, in both film, television, and now the big dog… music. We pulled a few of our writers and editors in an attempt to cover everyone’s, very sensitive, extremely refined, taste levels.
Taste: dance & pop
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Hands down my favorite album of 2018 thus far. Post Malone created an atmosphere of hip-hop that completely drew me in, and has kept me continuously coming back to the album since its release.
Chvrches – Love Is Dead
This album is a very close second to being my favorite of the year so far. It is an absolute indie pop dream that has been on constant repeat. Love Is Dead is the angsty breakup album that I needed, and I’m so happy Chvrches was the one to release it. “Graves” never loses its magic no matter how many times I am belting it on a car ride home.
The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy,The unexpectedness of this release only added to my excitement after hearing this album, and every song leaves me wanting more and more. The six tracks are jam-packed with emotions that I cannot get enough of.
Taste: Radiohead, Radiohead, Radiohead
Taste: a touch of Kanye mixed with Joy Division
Post came with it this year. In a sea of hitless hip-hop albums, Post brought the hits. I still have “Psycho” in the rotation.
Taste: everything, but country
Cardi B- Invasion of Privacy
Although a good chunk of her popularity stems out of her big personality, Cardi B really brought it on her first major label album release. I find myself constantly going back to this album. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.
88rising-Head In The Clouds-
Honestly, I’m always a bit hesitant when a collective of so many artists release an album together, but I was pleasantly surprised by Head in the Clouds. The album has plenty of diversity, but it still fits together as an album. There are some obvious stand out artists, such as Rich Brian, Joji, and Kieth Ape, but the real star is NIKI. If you don’t know her yet, you have to check her out.
RL Grime- NOVA
Probably one of my most anticipated albums of 2018, and RL did not disappoint. NOVA feels like the perfect progression in style for RL Grime.
Taste: chorus of rock with a side of hip-hop and dance music
(A.k.a the Kendrick album, which is disguised as a soundtrack.) Kendrick continues his dominance in 2018 with a Pulitzer in hand, and what should be an Oscar for Best Original Score. This album checks all the boxes as the best album of the year for me.
Taste: where metal meets hip-hop
It’s always scary to hear an album of mixed genres. The possibilities of inconsistency are high, however, Kali Uchis goes against the grain; isola†ion was a risk, and a great one at that. From soul to house to funk to hip-hop, Kali Uchis plays chameleon to her advantage. Her stellar vocal chops are the real star of the show, but the unique instrumentals truly feel like the icing on the cake. Kali proved to be more than just a soul singer, and her deadly diversity will set her apart from the pack for years to come.