The Return of the Album Roundup

And we’re back, baby!

After taking a break from these album roundups to prove that I can write just as prolifically about my true loves, theatre and film (I still kept updating 2018’s Veins List, cuz I’m an addict), I’ve decided to rejoin the record fray once more. As always, check the bottom of this post for my updated power rankings of every album I’ve listened to this year.


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Still Run — Wet

This was actually released a few months ago; I’m only getting around to it now after my girlfriend…”gently” recommended it (incessantly; there’s nothing wrong with passion!). Hopefully she doesn’t break up with me for writing that it’s a bit too tame, tepid, and, truthfully, generic for my taste (who am I kidding; to get mad at me, she’d have to care enough about me to take the time to actually read this website LOL). For a similar, superior offering, check out Florence + the Machine’s High as Hope, one of my favorite albums of 2018 that I listened to during my hiatus from being a music scribe.    


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Rico — Berner

Berner’s second outing of the year after his superior The Big Pescado needs less, well, Berner. The highlights of this excessive, 24-track song, 90+-minute extravaganza are the group affairs, scattered mostly around the album’s mid-section, with laidback, recessive beats that free up each participant to bring their own pace to the proceedings. The form’s an endangered species in this solo-dominant era predominantly featuring solo features. Whenever Berner goes off on his own, the album lags and sags. But when he invites his hodgepodge friends to join, it’s a joy.


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4Loyalty — YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Releasing what I imagine will be four EPs over four consecutive weeks, each of which includes 4 in the title (the first two: 4Respect and 4Freedom), each boasting four tracks, is the sort of galaxy-brained idea I usually take to. Four problems: 1) Kanye got there first this year. 2) YoungBoy ain’t Kanye. 3) In fact, he’s one of my least favorite popular rappers in the game today. 4) As much as I’d like to believe my previously-posited theory that Mr. Again would no longer be artistically Broke if he calmed down his unparalleled prolificacy — this is his sixth collection of the year! — nothing here backs up this blind faith. In fairness, I dug the chill vibes of 4Freedom, the second installment, but relative only to his usual diarrhea of the mouth.


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YBN: The Mixtape — YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir

Stick to gaming.

That’s my Twitter-reductive response. For some more empathetic nuance, which is in dangerously-short supply in that social media hellscape: I will always support people from other vocations flexing their artistic muscles…but nothing stands out here that this gaming group could even build into something of their own. The streaming numbers seem to be less a testament to the album’s quality, and more a reminder that Twitchers are even more devoted to their obsessions than tweakers.


2018 Albums, Ranked

  1. Black Panther — Kendrick Lamar
  2. Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe
  3. Kamikaze — Eminem
  4. NASIR — Kanye West & Nas
  5. DAYTONA — Kanye West & Pusha T
  6. Queen — Nicki Minaj
  7. High As Hope — Florence + The Machine
  8. Milky Way — Bas
  9. KIDS SEE GHOSTS — Kanye West & Kid Cudi
  10. ye — Kanye West
  11. The Color of You — Alina Baraz
  12. Redemption — Jay Rock
  13. Light of Mine — KYLE
  14. Man of the Woods — Justin Timberlake
  15. beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone
  16. Swimming — Mac Miller
  17. Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
  18. Scorpion — Drake
  19. Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
  20. DAY69 — 6ix9ine
  21. Testing — A$AP Rocky
  22. EVERYTHING IS LOVE — The Carters
  23. ? — XXXTENTACION
  24. Culture 2 — Migos
  25. Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack — The Coup
  26. Head in the Clouds — 88rising
  27. Survive the Summer — Iggy Azalea
  28. LIFE’S A TRIP — Trippie Redd
  29. K.T.S.E. — Kanye West & Teyana Taylor
  30. SR3MM — Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi
  31. The Now Now — Gorillaz
  32. Hive Mind — The Internet
  33. My Dear Melancholy, — The Weeknd
  34. Bobby Tarantino II — Logic
  35. Vacation in Hell — Flatbush Zombies
  36. GANGIN — SOB X RBE
  37. Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
  38. ONEPOINTFIVE — Aminé
  39. Isolation — Kali Uchs
  40. Blindspotting: The Collin EP — Daveed Diggs
  41. D6: Reloaded — Lil Wayne
  42. KOD — J. Cole
  43. For My Fans — Fetty Wap
  44. Little Dark Age — MGMT
  45. Blue Madonna — BØRNS
  46. TA1300 — Denzel Curry
  47. How We React and How We Recover — Jason Robert Brown
  48. ASTROWORLD — Travis Scott
  49. 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
  50. Amen — Rich Brian
  51. Five Five — Pouya
  52. It’s Complicated — Wale
  53. Beach House 3 Bonus Tracks — Ty Dolla $ign
  54. STAY DANGEROUS — YG
  55. I Used to Know Her: The Prelude — H.E.R.
  56. Punken — Maxo Kream
  57. Expectations — Bebe Rexha
  58. 4275 — Jacquees
  59. Common Ground — Above & Beyond
  60. California — Diplo
  61. When We (Remix) — Tank
  62. 2.23 — Blac Youngsta
  63. Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  64. That’s A Girl’s Name — DRAM
  65. Life of a Dark Rose — Lil Skies
  66. Love Yourself Tear — BTS
  67. Trapholizay — Zaytoven
  68. Cosmic — Bazzi
  69. As She Pleases — Madison Beer
  70. Lost & Found — Jorja Smith
  71. Still Run — Wet
  72. Legends of the Summer— Meek Mill
  73. Youngblood 5 Seconds of Summer
  74. Ready — Ella Mai
  75. BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI — Ski Mask the Slump God
  76. Activated — Tee Grizzley
  77. God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty
  78. Vibras — J Balvin
  79. By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
  80. The Big Pescado — Berner
  81. Rico — Berner
  82. Play — Dave Grohl
  83. Hoodwolf 2 — HoodRich Pablo Juan & Danny Wolf
  84. Rolling Papers 2 — Wiz Khalifa
  85. P2 — Dave East
  86. Camila — Camila Cabello
  87. I Like It Loud — Tiesto
  88. M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
  89. Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
  90. MEMORIES DON’T DIE — Tory Lanez
  91. Human — Steve Angello
  92. International Artist — A Boogie wit da Hoodie
  93. Fuck Everybody 2 — Blac Youngsta
  94. Bless Yo Trap — Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz
  95. Goodbye & Good Riddance — Juice WRLD
  96. Reckless — NAV
  97. The Longshot — The Longshot
  98. Fate — Tammy Rivera
  99. The World is Yours — Rich the Kid
  100. 23 — Jaydayoungan
  101. Kolorblind — DJ ESCO
  102. Edgewood — Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It
  103. Hurtin’ Me — Stefflon Don
  104. F.A.M.E. — Maluma
  105. Rearview Town — Jason Aldean
  106. This One’s For You Too — Luke Combs
  107. Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Lena Hall
  108. November — SiR
  109. The Chocolate Box — Jeremih
  110. Sweetener — Ariana Grande
  111. Voicenotes — Charlie Puth
  112. The Vault — G-Eazy
  113. Dan + Shay — Dan + Shay
  114. Heart Break Kodak — Kodak Black
  115. Die Lit — Playboi Carti
  116. Ottopsy — Chief Keef
  117. Lil Boat 2 — Lil Yachty
  118. Glock Bond — Key Glock
  119. Drip Season 3 — Gunna
  120. Spiritual Conversations — Mozzy
  121. SUPERFLY — Future & Co.
  122. Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  123. We Beefin? — at Wendys
  124. Until Death Call My Name Reloaded — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  125. Harder Than Ever — Lil Baby
  126. The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It — 2 Chainz
  127. Real Hasta la Muerte — Anuel AA
  128. Bad Witch — Nine Inch Nails
  129. Mansion Musick — Chief Keef
  130. Humble Beast (Deluxe) — G Herbo
  131. 4Freedom — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  132. Rich As In Spirit — Rich Homie Quan
  133. Pain and Pleasure — Tink
  134. Ray Ray from Summerhill — YFN Lucci
  135. Fredas Son — YFN Lucci 
  136. Dex Meets Dexter — Famous Dex
  137. Swervo — G Herbo & Southside
  138. Forever — Popcaan
  139. Age Of — Oneohtrix Point Never
  140. Queen Naija — Queen Naija
  141. Just Cause Y’all Waited — Lil Durk
  142. Apart — Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
  143. Karma 2 — Dave East
  144. Slime Language — Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records
  145. The Marina — Curren$y & Harry Fraud
  146. BEASTMODE 2 — Future
  147. Aura — Ozuna
  148. Sick Boy…Everybody Hates Me — The Chainsmokers 
  149. Hear No Evil — Young Thug
  150. First Time — Liam Payne
  151. Chained to the City — Kevin Gates
  152. Master the Day of Judgement — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  153. Until Death Call My Name — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  154. 2 Heartless — Moneybagg Yo
  155. Don Season 2 — Don Q
  156. Grow God — Money Man
  157. Don Talk — Don Q
  158. N****S Get Shot — Young Dolph
  159. Rich Hood — HoodRich Pablo Juan
  160. The Leek 4 — Chief Keef
  161. Bet On Me — Moneybagg Yo
  162. 4Respect — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  163. 4Loyalty — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  164. Pray For The Wicked — Panic! At the Disco

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