It's been a great year for music and we're here to tell you what you should have heard in 2018. Fear not – we've diced and sliced the numbers and lists to assemble this, our writers' guide to the best music released during the past twelve months. Read on to discover what we're naming our favorite album of 2018, plus our individual staff writer lists so you can find out just what you can still catch up on before 2019 gets too well-established. On with the lists! Overall list 1 Deafheaven Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Anti With a band that has already explored the ins and outs of metal, I questioned how Deafheaven could push themselves further than they already have. I wish more bands would surprise my skepticism and tell me to shove it, but not everyone releases a record like Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. They don’t care if their music isn’t black metal enough for you. They aren’t going to appease fans out there who base their opinions on music by genres alone. Deafheaven has managed to beautifully combine elements of music that shouldn’t exist together—heavy rock guitars, soft piano chords, shrieking vocals—and then with the crash of a wave, it's all over. Few records leave me in awe, but Ordinary Corrupt Human Love can now be added to that very short list. (Kristen) 2 Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer Atlantic Is this really only Janelle Monáe's third album? She already feels like such an essential, classic performer that … Read more
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