Best Albums of 2018... So Far!

Ok, I think  there has been quite a lot of new and good music, by new and also stablished artists,  and enough to suit all tastes this year but there were three albums which did standout for me.  They were, in no particular order:

Merrie Land by The Good, The Bad and The Queen,

Heaven & Earth by Kwasi Washington 

and Collapse by Aphex Twin 

So, what albums put a smile on your face this year?

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Surprisingly, or maybe not considering 30 years since as a genre known commonplace - Techno has been gifted with a couple of gems.

Blawan. Wet Will Always Dry.   Shows what a young inventive mind can do to fresh it up .

Mr Fingers.  Cerebral Hemispheres.    Shows what a true master is cabable of.

audio1946 posted:

beth hart live in London  180 gram 3 discs

🔹 AUDIO1946,....She's good, I've put in three videos with Beth Hart in my "Video Thread".

â—¾Two with Jeff Beck,and one with Joe Bonamassa.
Powerful voice with energy.!

/Peder 🙂

David Crosby - Here If You Listen.

I'm not sure whether this is the best album of 2018, but it's certainly one of the most remarkable. After years of not much, we suddenly have  a fourth album in as many years.  When he sings about "thinking about Dying, and trying to do it well" on Your Own Ride, you wonder whether he's racing against time to get as much of the music inside of him out and onto tape before the inevitable.  Hang in there Croz.  Here's to the next album(s)...

 Primal Scream - The Original Memphis Recordings.

   The "Give Out, But Don't Give Up" album, as originally recorded at Advent, Memphis, which has gone to the top of my list.

 

 Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son.

   Ry gets back to just playing his guitar and singing, rather than the "themed" albums of late, and this album is all the better for it.

 

 Billy Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues.

   The Reverend get back to his blues roots, and absolutely nails this collection of blues classics.

My favourite of the year, Elles Springs - Reveal, brilliant young singer-songwriter I discovered at the Vertere room at a hifi show.

Followed by two old faves, Christy Moore career retrospective (On the Road), his most loved songs recorded live across 3 years of gigs, brilliant Irish folk

 

 

and Richard Thompson producing an album (13 Rivers) as great as anything he’s ever done, great songs, master guitarist and a world-class rhythm section.

Richard Dane posted:

David Crosby - Here If You Listen.

I'm not sure whether this is the best album of 2018, but it's certainly one of the most remarkable. After years of not much, we suddenly have  a fourth album in as many years.  When he sings about "thinking about Dying, and trying to do it well" on Your Own Ride, you wonder whether he's racing against time to get as much of the music inside of him out and onto tape before the inevitable.  Hang in there Croz.  Here's to the next album(s)...

Absolute belter of an album. Definitely in my top 5 this year.

Bit of a weak year for me with new music. Lots of good albums but few really brilliant and I have not bought as many new or different artists as some years.

So my faves are mostly old friends, see my thread re 'outstanding purchases'

Jeff Tweedy WARM

Yo La Tengo; There's a Riot Going On

Alela Diane: Cusp

Darlingside: Extralife

and the astonishing but intense Low: Double Negative

The best HiFi thing that happened for me this year was actually my NDS needing repair and losing it for nearly 3 months. This lead to me buying some decent headphones, a high quality portable player and also a headphone amp and I've really been enjoying my music this way in 2018. Getting the NDS back (and with the PS now DR) was also a good moment!

Bruce

I know I have already posted 3, but having listened to this last night, I think it deserves mention here. A stunning country rock album, impassioned angry songs, sung with real fire and played superbly. A real vinyl album, despite being a 2018 recording, it runs to about 40 minutes.

Dave J posted:
Richard Dane posted:

David Crosby - Here If You Listen.

I'm not sure whether this is the best album of 2018, but it's certainly one of the most remarkable. After years of not much, we suddenly have  a fourth album in as many years.  When he sings about "thinking about Dying, and trying to do it well" on Your Own Ride, you wonder whether he's racing against time to get as much of the music inside of him out and onto tape before the inevitable.  Hang in there Croz.  Here's to the next album(s)...

Absolute belter of an album. Definitely in my top 5 this year.

Anothe big ‘plus one’. A beauty.

G

GraemeH posted:
Dave J posted:
Richard Dane posted:

David Crosby - Here If You Listen.

I'm not sure whether this is the best album of 2018, but it's certainly one of the most remarkable. After years of not much, we suddenly have  a fourth album in as many years.  When he sings about "thinking about Dying, and trying to do it well" on Your Own Ride, you wonder whether he's racing against time to get as much of the music inside of him out and onto tape before the inevitable.  Hang in there Croz.  Here's to the next album(s)...

Absolute belter of an album. Definitely in my top 5 this year.

Anothe big ‘plus one’. A beauty.

G

« la classe »...., in french.    Nice album.  I prefer personally «  Croz » from 2014,  but both are excellent.

From a personal stand point it hasn’t been a great year for music. Saying that, thanks to ‘Best of…’ lists which crop up at this time of year I’ve come across a few interesting albums…

My favourite album of the year is Palace Winter NOWADAYS.  Enjoyed Johnny Marr’s ‘Call The Comet’’ and managed to see him live a couple of times too. A late entry (literally last week) is LOW ‘Double Negative’. I haven’t paid much attention to their previous work but this album has really got under my skin.

https://youtu.be/1m31A4ZGss0

 

 

 

 

 

BLACKMASS posted:
 A late entry (literally last week) is LOW ‘Double Negative’. I haven’t paid much attention to their previous work but this album has really got under my skin.

 

+1 for Low's "Double Negative". I think I might become quite messianic about it after a couple more listens...

French Rooster posted:
winkyincanada posted:
TOBYJUG posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
TOBYJUG posted:

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What’s this ?

https://youtu.be/HZvpIEvltUA

Oh that is truly awful. To my ears, at least.

+1.  i have heard it so many times.  No interest at all.

Ok, I just had to find out for myself, never heard of her.  But come on people, a little dramatic aren't we? Not that horrific... Not maybe my thing, but really?

dknk posted:
French Rooster posted:
winkyincanada posted:
TOBYJUG posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
TOBYJUG posted:

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What’s this ?

https://youtu.be/HZvpIEvltUA

Oh that is truly awful. To my ears, at least.

+1.  i have heard it so many times.  No interest at all.

Ok, I just had to find out for myself, never heard of her.  But come on people, a little dramatic aren't we? Not that horrific... Not maybe my thing, but really?

I actually quite like it and find it a rather refreshing and interesting combination of rhythms. Great mix of funk, blues and Jazz fusion.

Thanks for posting TJ. 

Tony2011 posted:
dknk posted:
French Rooster posted:
winkyincanada posted:
TOBYJUG posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
TOBYJUG posted:

https://d2wclktjr2mmlu.cloudfront.net/media/catalog/product/cache/image/680x505/e9c3970ab036de70892d86c6d221abfe/V/1/V17-BF070.jpg

What’s this ?

https://youtu.be/HZvpIEvltUA

Oh that is truly awful. To my ears, at least.

+1.  i have heard it so many times.  No interest at all.

Ok, I just had to find out for myself, never heard of her.  But come on people, a little dramatic aren't we? Not that horrific... Not maybe my thing, but really?

I actually quite like it and find it a rather refreshing and interesting combination of rhythms. Great mix of funk, blues and Jazz fusion.

Thanks for posting TJ. 

I found the cover promised so much more than the music delivered. But that is often the case these days...

AndyP19 posted:
Tony2011 posted:
dknk posted:
French Rooster posted:
winkyincanada posted:
TOBYJUG posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
TOBYJUG posted:

https://d2wclktjr2mmlu.cloudfront.net/media/catalog/product/cache/image/680x505/e9c3970ab036de70892d86c6d221abfe/V/1/V17-BF070.jpg

What’s this ?

https://youtu.be/HZvpIEvltUA

Oh that is truly awful. To my ears, at least.

+1.  i have heard it so many times.  No interest at all.

Ok, I just had to find out for myself, never heard of her.  But come on people, a little dramatic aren't we? Not that horrific... Not maybe my thing, but really?

I actually quite like it and find it a rather refreshing and interesting combination of rhythms. Great mix of funk, blues and Jazz fusion.

Thanks for posting TJ. 

I found the cover promised so much more than the music delivered. But that is often the case these days...

I know what you mean. I bought Fifty Shades of Grey, thinking it was a book on Raphaelites. Oh, Boy!

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