Album Roundup

The most jam-packed roundup yet!

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Lies After Love — Drama

Disclosure’s Settle mixed with Hot Natured’s Different Sides of the Sun — if Anabel Englund took exclusive crooning duties — with splashes of HAIM’s Something to Tell You, MGMT circa “Kids”, and a twist of St. Vincent. Though Lies After Love is too brief an EP to totally hang with such illustrious company, get on the Drama bandwagon now; they’re destined for a full album of similar caliber soon enough. Also, you’re looking at a major contender for THE sex music of 2018. Onto another:


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East Atlanta Love Letter — 6LACK

One day I shallcome up with a name for the burgeoning genre that combines classic R&B with 21st century innovations in electronic dance music, epitomized by Khalid, the second half of Drake’s Scorpion, and now this album. Far removed from the big-room EDM dominating the streamwaves, it’s more low-key, laidback, downtempo, vibey, moody sex music (!), with ample flow and always danceable rhythm, no matter how slow. Minimalist producing that’s anything but minimal; call it complex minimalism, with influences across the musical spectrum.


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ZOO — Russ

FLOOOOOOW. No rapper is better at singing hooky choruses. The content of Russ’ lyrics can leave you wanting more, but there’s nothing wrong with tone over substance, especially when that tone is so sexy (it’s been a hot week!). And unlike too many of his musical peers, Russ seems to understand that albums are more than just collections of his best new songs, thus the reason he excluded his best track of 2018, one of my absolute favorites of the year, period; it wouldn’t have fit with ZOO’s exact musical temperature. And yet, there’s a difference between varied consistency and simplistic monotony, and too often the album’s producing falls on the latter end of that spectrum.


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Cry Pretty — Carrie Underwood

This shit — country girl pop rock! — is extremely my shit. I mean, it’s shit. Mildly enjoyable shit, if you’re not into this sort of shit. But if you are, it’s the shit. But still, shit nonetheless. In other words, it’s the best worst album of the year. A true delightmare.


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Self Promotion — Wale

Three EPs from Wale this year! I prefer the seshness of It’s Complicated over the breakneck intensity of Self Promotion’s pace, which matches the lyrics’ searing sociopolitical commentary. But that’s just personal taste; he’s equally proficient at both. Respect the range.


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Free Lunch — Wale

Unfortunately, Wale saved the worst for last!


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Tha Carter V — Lil Wayne

Speaking of saving the worst for last: there’s a reason Wayne’s Dedication series has been more prolific than his more popular Tha Carter franchise; let’s just say relying on the producing of others really helps him. If only every track was like “Uproar”, which takes up a mere 180 seconds of the album’s 88-minute (!) runtime.


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I Want to Die In New Orleans — $uicide Boy$

Can someone else give this album the Dedication treatment and re-rap over the same beats? Without the excessive autotune, it could’ve been a fascinatingly-perplexing orgy between Denzel Curry, Cypress Hill, and Run the Jewels — hold the Kevin Gates, please.


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Luca Brasi 3 — Kevin Gates

Speaking of Kevin Gates…well…the less said about his new album, the better!


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On the Rvn — Young Thug

Pros: “Icey”’s beat; “High”’s producing.

Cons: Everything else.


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4Respect 4Freedom 4Liberty 4WhatImportant — YoungBoy Never Broke Again

So YoungBoy compiled the four mixtapes covered last week into an album. Not to renege on my critical responsibilities, but forgive me for listening only to the new tracks. And forgive me again for not writing more about them. If you don’t have something nice to say…


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Decided  YoungBoy Never Broke Again

…don’t say anything at all.


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. Lies After Love — Drama
  7. High As Hope — Florence + The Machine
  8. Queen — Nicki Minaj
  9. KIDS SEE GHOSTS — Kanye West & Kid Cudi
  10. East Atlanta Love Letter — 6LACK
  11. Milky Way — Bas
  12. The Color of You — Alina Baraz
  13. Redemption — Jay Rock
  14. Swimming — Mac Miller
  15. Light of Mine — KYLE
  16. beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone
  17. Man of the Woods — Justin Timberlake
  18. Scorpion — Drake
  19. ye — Kanye West
  20. Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
  21. ZOO — Russ
  22. Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
  23. DAY69 — 6ix9ine
  24. Testing — A$AP Rocky
  25. EVERYTHING IS LOVE — The Carters
  26. ? — XXXTENTACION
  27. Culture 2 — Migos
  28. K.T.S.E. — Kanye West & Teyana Taylor
  29. SR3MM — Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi
  30. The Now Now — Gorillaz
  31. Hive Mind — The Internet
  32. My Dear Melancholy, — The Weeknd
  33. Bobby Tarantino II — Logic
  34. Vacation in Hell — Flatbush Zombies
  35. GANGIN — SOB X RBE
  36. Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
  37. Cry Pretty — Carrie Underwood
  38. Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack — The Coup
  39. Head in the Clouds — 88rising
  40. Survive the Summer — Iggy Azalea
  41. LIFE’S A TRIP — Trippie Redd
  42. ONEPOINTFIVE — Aminé
  43. Isolation — Kali Uchs
  44. Blindspotting: The Collin EP — Daveed Diggs
  45. D6: Reloaded — Lil Wayne
  46. KOD — J. Cole
  47. For My Fans — Fetty Wap
  48. Little Dark Age — MGMT
  49. Blue Madonna — BØRNS
  50. TA1300 — Denzel Curry
  51. Tha Carter V — Lil Wayne
  52. How We React and How We Recover — Jason Robert Brown
  53. ASTROWORLD — Travis Scott
  54. 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
  55. Amen — Rich Brian
  56. Five Five — Pouya
  57. It’s Complicated — Wale
  58. Beach House 3 Bonus Tracks — Ty Dolla $ign
  59. STAY DANGEROUS — YG
  60. Self Promotion — Wale
  61. I Used to Know Her: The Prelude — H.E.R.
  62. Punken — Maxo Kream
  63. Expectations — Bebe Rexha
  64. 4275 — Jacquees
  65. Common Ground — Above & Beyond
  66. Love Yourself Tear — BTS
  67. Lost & Found — Jorja Smith
  68. Trapholizay — Zaytoven
  69. Cosmic — Bazzi
  70. I Want to Die In New Orleans — $uicide Boy$
  71. California — Diplo
  72. When We (Remix) — Tank
  73. 2.23 — Blac Youngsta
  74. Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  75. That’s A Girl’s Name — DRAM
  76. Life of a Dark Rose — Lil Skies
  77. As She Pleases — Madison Beer
  78. Still Run — Wet
  79. Legends of the Summer— Meek Mill
  80. Youngblood 5 Seconds of Summer
  81. Ready — Ella Mai
  82. BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI — Ski Mask the Slump God
  83. Activated — Tee Grizzley
  84. God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty
  85. Vibras — J Balvin
  86. By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
  87. The Big Pescado — Berner
  88. Rico — Berner
  89. Free Lunch — Wale
  90. Play — Dave Grohl
  91. Hoodwolf 2 — HoodRich Pablo Juan & Danny Wolf
  92. Rolling Papers 2 — Wiz Khalifa
  93. P2 — Dave East
  94. Camila — Camila Cabello
  95. I Like It Loud — Tiesto
  96. M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
  97. Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
  98. MEMORIES DON’T DIE — Tory Lanez
  99. Human — Steve Angello
  100. International Artist — A Boogie wit da Hoodie
  101. Fuck Everybody 2 — Blac Youngsta
  102. Bless Yo Trap — Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz
  103. Goodbye & Good Riddance — Juice WRLD
  104. Reckless — NAV
  105. The Longshot — The Longshot
  106. Fate — Tammy Rivera
  107. The World is Yours — Rich the Kid
  108. 23 — Jaydayoungan
  109. Kolorblind — DJ ESCO
  110. Edgewood — Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It
  111. Hurtin’ Me — Stefflon Don
  112. F.A.M.E. — Maluma
  113. Rearview Town — Jason Aldean
  114. This One’s For You Too — Luke Combs
  115. Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Lena Hall
  116. November — SiR
  117. The Chocolate Box — Jeremih
  118. Sweetener — Ariana Grande
  119. Voicenotes — Charlie Puth
  120. The Vault — G-Eazy
  121. Dan + Shay — Dan + Shay
  122. Heart Break Kodak — Kodak Black
  123. Die Lit — Playboi Carti
  124. Ottopsy — Chief Keef
  125. Lil Boat 2 — Lil Yachty
  126. Glock Bond — Key Glock
  127. Drip Season 3 — Gunna
  128. Spiritual Conversations — Mozzy
  129. SUPERFLY — Future & Co.
  130. On the Rvn — Young Thug
  131. Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  132. We Beefin? — at Wendys
  133. Until Death Call My Name Reloaded — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  134. Harder Than Ever — Lil Baby
  135. The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It — 2 Chainz
  136. Real Hasta la Muerte — Anuel AA
  137. Bad Witch — Nine Inch Nails
  138. Mansion Musick — Chief Keef
  139. Humble Beast (Deluxe) — G Herbo
  140. 4Freedom — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  141. Rich As In Spirit — Rich Homie Quan
  142. Pain and Pleasure — Tink
  143. Ray Ray from Summerhill — YFN Lucci
  144. Fredas Son — YFN Lucci 
  145. Dex Meets Dexter — Famous Dex
  146. Swervo — G Herbo & Southside
  147. Forever — Popcaan
  148. Age Of — Oneohtrix Point Never
  149. Queen Naija — Queen Naija
  150. Just Cause Y’all Waited — Lil Durk
  151. Apart — Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
  152. Karma 2 — Dave East
  153. Slime Language — Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records
  154. The Marina — Curren$y & Harry Fraud
  155. BEASTMODE 2 — Future
  156. Aura — Ozuna
  157. Sick Boy…Everybody Hates Me — The Chainsmokers 
  158. Hear No Evil — Young Thug
  159. First Time — Liam Payne
  160. Chained to the City — Kevin Gates
  161. No Stylist — French Montana
  162. Master the Day of Judgement — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  163. Until Death Call My Name — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  164. 2 Heartless — Moneybagg Yo
  165. Don Season 2 — Don Q
  166. Grow God — Money Man
  167. Don Talk — Don Q
  168. N****S Get Shot — Young Dolph
  169. Rich Hood — HoodRich Pablo Juan
  170. The Leek 4 — Chief Keef
  171. Bet On Me — Moneybagg Yo
  172. YBN: The Mixtape — YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir
  173. 4Respect — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  174. 4Loyalty — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  175. Luca Brasi 3 — Kevin Gates
  176. Decided — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  177. Pray For The Wicked — Panic! At the Disco
  178. 4Respect 4Freedom 4Liberty 4WhatImportant — YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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