Album Roundup

On the docket this week:

Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Jorja Smith, Father John Misty, Oneohtrix Point Never, Chief Keef, Pete York and Scarlett Johansson.

Yes, Scarjo.


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KIDS SEE GHOSTS — Kanye West & Kid Cudi

Old-school Cudi meets the best of new-age Kanye. The latter basically running/swimming circles/raps er laps around every other producer in the game today. His consecutive multi-week streak of albums is shaping up to be THE musical achievement of 2018. To power rank the trilogy so far, in order of personal preference: DAYTONA, KIDS SEE GHOSTS, ye. 


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Lost & Found — Jorja Smith

THAT VOICE!!! If only the by-turns slow-jazz and alternative-pop producing matched the prowess of her pipes.


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God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty

More of the same from the Father of pleasing imitation.


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Age Of — Oneohtrix Point Never

This some weird shit, man. Sounds like a score to an experimental film…without the accompanying imagery (full disclosure: I only listened to this album because of Oneohtrix Point Never’s radically-different score for last year’s movie Good Time, so my personal disappointment should not be taken as any sort of objective criticism; if this sort of music is Oneohtrix Point Never’s norm, thus making Good Time merely a deviation from it, then consider me an ignoramus in unfriendly waters. Kudos to him for the range!).


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Ottopsy — Chief Keef

Since declaring his first 2018 album the worst of the year released so far, I’ve come around on the unconventionality of his drowsily-discordant voice…but I still can’t stand his excessively bass-heavy overproducing, the epitome of conventionality.


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Apart — Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

I’ll always support artists branching out to other mediums…as long as those artists are willing to admit their own limitations. And Scarjo should probably stick to movies (or theatre! I know your last experience on Broadway — courtesy of the much-maligned Cat on a Hot Tin Roof — may have left a bad taste in your craw, but please come back to us one day soon!).


2018 Albums, Ranked

  1. Black Panther — Kendrick Lamar
  2. Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe
  3. DAYTONA — Kanye West & Pusha T
  4. The Color of You — Alina Baraz
  5. KIDS SEE GHOSTS — Kanye West & Kid Cudi
  6. Light of Mine — KYLE
  7. Man of the Woods — Justin Timberlake
  8. beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone
  9. ye — Kanye West
  10. My Dear Melancholy, — The Weeknd
  11. Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
  12. DAY69 — 6ix9ine
  13. SR3MM — Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi
  14. Testing — A$AP Rocky
  15. ? — XXXTENTACION
  16. Culture 2 — Migos
  17. Bobby Tarantino II — Logic
  18. Vacation in Hell — Flatbush Zombies
  19. GANGIN — SOB X RBE
  20. Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
  21. Isolation — Kali Uchs
  22. D6: Reloaded — Lil Wayne
  23. KOD — J. Cole
  24. Little Dark Age — MGMT
  25. Blue Madonna — BØRNS
  26. 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
  27. Common Ground — Above & Beyond
  28. Amen — Rich Brian
  29. Five Five — Pouya
  30. For My Fans — Fetty Wap
  31. It’s Complicated — Wale
  32. California — Diplo
  33. Punken — Maxo Kream
  34. When We (Remix) — Tank
  35. 2.23 — Blac Youngsta
  36. Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  37. Trapholizay — Zaytoven
  38. Cosmic — Bazzi
  39. As She Pleases — Madison Beer
  40. Life of a Dark Rose — Lil Skies
  41. Love Yourself Tear — BTS
  42. Lost & Found — Jorja Smith
  43. Ready — Ella Mai
  44. BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI — Ski Mask the Slump God
  45. Activated — Tee Grizzley
  46. God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty
  47. Vibras — J Balvin
  48. By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
  49. The Big Pescado — Berner
  50. P2 — Dave East
  51. Camila — Camila Cabello
  52. I Like It Loud — Tiesto
  53. M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
  54. Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
  55. MEMORIES DON’T DIE — Tory Lanez
  56. Bless Yo Trap — Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz
  57. Reckless — NAV
  58. The Longshot — The Longshot
  59. Fate — Tammy Rivera
  60. The World is Yours — Rich the Kid
  61. Kolorblind — DJ ESCO
  62. Edgewood — Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It
  63. Hurtin’ Me — Stefflon Don
  64. F.A.M.E. — Maluma
  65. Voicenotes — Charlie Puth
  66. Rearview Town — Jason Aldean
  67. This One’s For You Too — Luke Combs
  68. Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Lena Hall
  69. November — SiR
  70. The Chocolate Box — Jeremih
  71. Goodbye & Good Riddance — Juice WRLD
  72. The Vault — G-Eazy
  73. Heart Break Kodak — Kodak Black
  74. Die Lit — Playboi Carti
  75. Ottopsy — Chief Keef
  76. Lil Boat 2 — Lil Yachty
  77. Glock Bond — Key Glock
  78. Drip Season 3 — Gunna
  79. Spiritual Conversations — Mozzy
  80. SUPERFLY — Future & Co.
  81. The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It — 2 Chainz
  82. Humble Beast (Deluxe) — G Herbo
  83. Rich As In Spirit — Rich Homie Quan
  84. Pain and Pleasure — Tink
  85. Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  86. Ray Ray from Summerhill — YFN Lucci
  87. Fredas Son — YFN Lucci 
  88. We Beefin? — at Wendys
  89. Dex Meets Dexter — Famous Dex
  90. Harder Than Ever — Lil Baby
  91. Age Of — Oneohtrix Point Never
  92. Just Cause Y’all Waited — Lil Durk
  93. Apart — Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
  94. The Marina — Curren$y & Harry Fraud
  95. Sick Boy…Everybody Hates Me — The Chainsmokers 
  96. Hear No Evil — Young Thug
  97. Chained to the City — Kevin Gates
  98. Until Death Call My Name — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  99. 2 Heartless — Moneybagg Yo
  100. Grow God — Money Man
  101. Don Talk — Don Q
  102. N****S Get Shot — Young Dolph
  103. Rich Hood — HoodRich Pablo Juan
  104. The Leek 4 — Chief Keef

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