Album Roundup: October 19-25

A strong week!

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Lost — Brent Faiyaz

20-minutes of R&B minimalism at its very finest. A goddamn work of art.


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Nuthin’ 2 Prove — Lil Yachty

I’m coming around to Lil Yachty’s weirdness. Or, maybe, he’s coming around to his own weirdness, and thus coming into his own.


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Suncity — Khalid

Besides “Better” — which slaps — where’s the spunk? 2018: the year THE pop-R&Ber (The Weeknd) and his soon-to-be successor (Khalid) both muted the scale of their sounds on more intimate, and intimately-lengthed, EPs.


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Bloom — Troye Sivan

He’s most comfortable on the minimalist-pop end of the musical spectrum, far from the grating and grated obviousness of the four-on-the-floor, big-room house centered around derivative drops that pervades too much of the album.


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Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS — Future & Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD: yay!

Future: nay.

Am I alone in preferring the latter’s breathless voice — heard here on “Oxy”; most memorable from his verse on “King’s Dead” — over his signature autotune?


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Ella Mai — Ella Mai

You know how starting with a definition is the most cliche way to begin what will most likely be an equally-conventional piece of writing? Well, the same holds true for music! An R&B album beginning with the definition of emotion — emotion!!! what could be more on-the-nose, unless she defined, like, the genre of R&B itself, or something like that — is the perfect introduction to its impending, imperfect boredom. The autotune is roooough; there’s just a manufactured quality to her sound that reminds me of Ally’s pop-phase in A Star is Born. Spend your time listening to who she’s (poorly) imitating: Alina BarazSydKali Uchs, H.E.R., Teyana TaylorSZA, Toni Braxton, Jorja Smith, Madison Beer, etc. etc. etc.


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Last Day of Summer — Summer Walker

R&B overload of underloaded R&B. It’s like elevator music: soft jazz with vocals. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to claim it’s the same song repeated 12 times, but her voice definitely barely and rarely varies.


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Northsbest — Lil Mosey

Smooooooth, but unremarkable in every way.


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. Redemption — Jay Rock
  13. Swimming — Mac Miller
  14. The Color of You — Alina Baraz
  15. Light of Mine — KYLE
  16. beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone
  17. Man of the Woods — Justin Timberlake
  18. Lost — Brent Faiyaz
  19. Scorpion — Drake
  20. Testing — A$AP Rocky
  21. ye — Kanye West
  22. EVERYTHING IS LOVE — The Carters
  23. Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
  24. DAY69 — 6ix9ine
  25. Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
  26. ZOO — Russ
  27. ? — XXXTENTACION
  28. Culture 2 — Migos
  29. YSIV — Logic
  30. K.T.S.E. — Kanye West & Teyana Taylor
  31. SR3MM — Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi
  32. The Now Now — Gorillaz
  33. Hive Mind — The Internet
  34. My Dear Melancholy, — The Weeknd
  35. Bobby Tarantino II — Logic
  36. MUDBOY — Sheck Wes
  37. Vacation in Hell — Flatbush Zombies
  38. GANGIN — SOB X RBE
  39. Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
  40. Cry Pretty — Carrie Underwood
  41. Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack — The Coup
  42. Head in the Clouds — 88rising
  43. Survive the Summer — Iggy Azalea
  44. LIFE’S A TRIP — Trippie Redd
  45. ONEPOINTFIVE — Aminé
  46. Isolation — Kali Uchs
  47. Blindspotting: The Collin EP — Daveed Diggs
  48. D6: Reloaded — Lil Wayne
  49. KOD — J. Cole
  50. QUAVO HUNCHO — Quavo
  51. For My Fans — Fetty Wap
  52. Little Dark Age — MGMT
  53. Blue Madonna — BØRNS
  54. TA1300 — Denzel Curry
  55. Tha Carter V — Lil Wayne
  56. How We React and How We Recover — Jason Robert Brown
  57. ASTROWORLD — Travis Scott
  58. 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
  59. Amen — Rich Brian
  60. Five Five — Pouya
  61. It’s Complicated — Wale
  62. Beach House 3 Bonus Tracks — Ty Dolla $ign
  63. Nuthin’ 2 Prove — Lil Yachty
  64. STAY DANGEROUS — YG
  65. Self Promotion — Wale
  66. Suncity — Khalid
  67. I Used to Know Her: The Prelude — H.E.R.
  68. Punken — Maxo Kream
  69. Expectations — Bebe Rexha
  70. 4275 — Jacquees
  71. Common Ground — Above & Beyond
  72. Love Yourself Tear — BTS
  73. Lost & Found — Jorja Smith
  74. Trapholizay — Zaytoven
  75. Cosmic — Bazzi
  76. I Want to Die In New Orleans — $uicide Boy$
  77. California — Diplo
  78. When We (Remix) — Tank
  79. 2.23 — Blac Youngsta
  80. Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  81. That’s A Girl’s Name — DRAM
  82. Life of a Dark Rose — Lil Skies
  83. Beloved — Dave East & Styles P
  84. As She Pleases — Madison Beer
  85. Bloom — Troye Sivan
  86. Still Run — Wet
  87. Legends of the Summer— Meek Mill
  88. Youngblood 5 Seconds of Summer
  89. Ready — Ella Mai
  90. BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI — Ski Mask the Slump God
  91. Activated — Tee Grizzley
  92. God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty
  93. Trench — twenty one pilots
  94. Vibras — J Balvin
  95. By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
  96. The Big Pescado — Berner
  97. Rico — Berner
  98. Free Lunch — Wale
  99. Play — Dave Grohl
  100. Hoodwolf 2 — HoodRich Pablo Juan & Danny Wolf
  101. Rolling Papers 2 — Wiz Khalifa
  102. P2 — Dave East
  103. Camila — Camila Cabello
  104. I Like It Loud — Tiesto
  105. M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
  106. Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
  107. MEMORIES DON’T DIE — Tory Lanez
  108. Human — Steve Angello
  109. International Artist — A Boogie wit da Hoodie
  110. Fuck Everybody 2 — Blac Youngsta
  111. Bless Yo Trap — Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz
  112. Goodbye & Good Riddance — Juice WRLD
  113. Reckless — NAV
  114. The Longshot — The Longshot
  115. Fate — Tammy Rivera
  116. The World is Yours — Rich the Kid
  117. 23 — Jaydayoungan
  118. Kolorblind — DJ ESCO
  119. Edgewood — Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It
  120. Future & Juice WRLD Present… WRLD ON DRUGS — Future & Juice WRLD
  121. Hurtin’ Me — Stefflon Don
  122. F.A.M.E. — Maluma
  123. Rearview Town — Jason Aldean
  124. This One’s For You Too — Luke Combs
  125. Ella Mai — Ella Mai
  126. Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Lena Hall
  127. November — SiR
  128. The Chocolate Box — Jeremih
  129. Sweetener — Ariana Grande
  130. Voicenotes — Charlie Puth
  131. The Vault — G-Eazy
  132. Last Day of Summer — Summer Walker
  133. Dan + Shay — Dan + Shay
  134. Heart Break Kodak — Kodak Black
  135. Die Lit — Playboi Carti
  136. Ottopsy — Chief Keef
  137. Lil Boat 2 — Lil Yachty
  138. Glock Bond — Key Glock
  139. Drip Season 3 — Gunna
  140. Spiritual Conversations — Mozzy
  141. SUPERFLY — Future & Co.
  142. DIME TRAP — T.I.
  143. Northsbest — Lil Mosey
  144. On the Rvn — Young Thug
  145. Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  146. We Beefin? — at Wendys
  147. Until Death Call My Name Reloaded — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  148. Harder Than Ever — Lil Baby
  149. The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It — 2 Chainz
  150. Real Hasta la Muerte — Anuel AA
  151. Bad Witch — Nine Inch Nails
  152. Mansion Musick — Chief Keef
  153. Humble Beast (Deluxe) — G Herbo
  154. 4Freedom — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  155. Rich As In Spirit — Rich Homie Quan
  156. Pain and Pleasure — Tink
  157. Ray Ray from Summerhill — YFN Lucci
  158. Fredas Son — YFN Lucci 
  159. Dex Meets Dexter — Famous Dex
  160. Swervo — G Herbo & Southside
  161. Forever — Popcaan
  162. Age Of — Oneohtrix Point Never
  163. Queen Naija — Queen Naija
  164. Just Cause Y’all Waited — Lil Durk
  165. Apart — Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
  166. Karma 2 — Dave East
  167. Slime Language — Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records
  168. The Marina — Curren$y & Harry Fraud
  169. BEASTMODE 2 — Future
  170. Aura — Ozuna
  171. Sick Boy…Everybody Hates Me — The Chainsmokers 
  172. Hear No Evil — Young Thug
  173. First Time — Liam Payne
  174. Chained to the City — Kevin Gates
  175. Drip Harder — Lil Baby & Gunna
  176. No Stylist — French Montana
  177. Life After Fame — Quando Rondo
  178. Master the Day of Judgement — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  179. Until Death Call My Name — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  180. 2 Heartless — Moneybagg Yo
  181. Don Season 2 — Don Q
  182. Grow God — Money Man
  183. Don Talk — Don Q
  184. N****S Get Shot — Young Dolph
  185. Rich Hood — HoodRich Pablo Juan
  186. The Leek 4 — Chief Keef
  187. Bet On Me — Moneybagg Yo
  188. YBN: The Mixtape — YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir
  189. 4Respect — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  190. 4Loyalty — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  191. Luca Brasi 3 — Kevin Gates
  192. Role Model — Young Dolph
  193. Decided — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  194. Pray For The Wicked — Panic! At the Disco
  195. 4Respect 4Freedom 4Liberty 4WhatImportant — YoungBoy Never Broke Again

OUT OF CONTENTION

  1. Dancing Queen — Cher
  2. Revamp — Elton John & Co
  3. Graceland — Paul Simon & Co.
  4. Scary Hours — Drake
  5. Restoration — Elton John & Co

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