The 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

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Monday July 02, 2018

From PopMatters

The 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

As we head into a brief summer publication break to enjoy the summer sun for a few days, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the year in music so far. 2018 is shaping up to be a year of ground-breaking, cross-genre pollination, much of it underpinned by a keen awareness and aversion to rising racism, xenophobia, and populism. These are 50 albums that cut across the musical landscape, highlighting the impressive diversity of great music in 2018.

Anna & Elizabeth: The Invisible Comes to Us
Few young folk artists today show such reverence and such overwhelming love for the primary sources. And when Anna & Elizabeth apply effects — the hissing, buzzing and droning — that push the songs out of a comfort zone, they still show incredible respect for the original songs. Noise does not signal distance. If anything, the sonic hums and moans convey an appreciation — they draw increased attention to these long-living words. – Michael Davis