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The Best Rock Albums of 2018

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock Albums
(Read the reviews)

  1. Julia Holter: Aviary (Domino)
  2. Lonker See: One Eye Sees Red (Instant Classic)
  3. Daughters: You Won't Get What You Want (Ipecac)
  4. Sectioned: Annihilated (self)
  5. Moon Relay: IMI (Hubro)
  6. Bonnacons of Doom: Bonnacons of Doom (Rocket)
  7. Brockhampton: Iridescence (RCA)
  8. Soap And Skin: From Gas to Solid (PIAS)
  9. Kurushimi: What is Chaos (Art As Catharsis)
  10. Metasplice: Mirvariates (Trilogy Tapes)
  11. Datashock: Krauter der Provinz (Tapete)
  12. Denzel Curry: Ta13oo (Loma Vista)
  13. Rolo Tomassi: Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It (Holy Roar)
  14. Cat Power: Wanderer (Domino)
  15. High on Fire: Electric Messiah (SPV)
  16. XXXTentacion: ? (self)
  17. Imperial Triumphant: Vile Luxury (Gilead)
  18. Black Dresses: Wasteisolation (Black Squares)
  19. Korridor: End of Cycle (Northern Electronics)
  20. Celestaphone: Portrait of a Harlot (Drumhex)
  21. Julia Reidy: Beholder (A Guide to Saints)
  22. Los Siquicos Litoralenos: Medianos Exitos Subtropicales Vol 1 (self)
  23. Toad: Toad IV (La Novia)
  24. Astrid Sonne: Live from Berlin Atonal 2018 (2018)
  25. Bennie the Butcher: Tana Talk 3 (Griselda)
  26. Machine Girl: The Ugly Art (Kitty on Fire)
  27. A Forest of Stars: Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes (Lupus Lounge)
  1. Mike: Black Soap (Lex) 7.5/10
  2. Girl in Red: Chapter 1 (2018) 7/10
(Listen to them on Nick Vieira's spotify playlist)
  1. Julia Holter: I Shall Love 2
  2. Soap and Skin: Italy
  3. Sectioned: Starved Lives
  4. US Girls: Incidental Boogie
  5. Bonnacons of Doom Solus
  6. High on Fire: Electric Messiah
  7. Low: Poor Sucker
  8. Cat Power: Woman
  9. Daughters: The Lords Song
  10. Julia Holter: I Would Rather See
  11. Empath: The Eye
  12. Lupe Fiasco: Jonylah Forever
  13. Jpegmafia: Williamsburg
  14. Uboa: Thigh High Cat Tights
  15. John Prine: When I Get to Heaven
  16. 1975: Tootimetootimetootime
  17. Sunwatchers: Silent Boogie
  18. Death Grips: Black Paint
  19. Serpentwithfeet: Cherubim
  20. Father John Misty: Mr Tillman
  21. James Blake: If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead
  22. Neko Case: Last Lion of Albion
  23. How to Dress Well: A Memory, The Spinning of a Body/ Nonkilling 2
  24. Beach House: Lose Your Smile
  25. Brockhampton: Fabric
  26. Oneohtrix Point Never: Babylon
  27. XXXTentacion: Numb
  28. Uniform: The Walk
  29. Chris Cornell: When Bad Does Good
  30. Childish Gambino: This is America
  31. Los Siquicos Litoralenos: Las Variables de la Vida Sentimental
  32. Janelle Monae: Let's God Crazy
  33. Neneh Cherry: Natural Skin Deep
  34. Sophie: Ponyboy
  35. Polo G: Finer Things
  36. Denzel Curry: Clout Cobain
  37. Tropical Fuckstorm: The Future of History
  38. Kurt Vile: One Trick Ponies
  39. Idles: I'm Scum
  40. Machine Girl: Fuck Your Guns
  41. Tune-Yards: ABC 123
  42. Iceage: Catch
  43. Mekons: Still Waiting
  44. US Girls: M.A.H.
  45. Bennie the Butcher : Fast Eddie
  46. Alabaster dePlume: Did You Ever Hear About The Mau Mau
  47. Eartheater: Trespasses
  48. Black Dresses: Wiggle
  49. Guerilla Toss: Come Up With Me
  50. Lucrecia Dalt: Atmospheres Touch
  51. Celestaphone: Imagination
  52. Zeal & Ardor: Row Row
  53. Go Team: All the Way Live
  54. Jerusalem in My Heart: Bein Ithnein
  55. Lucy Dacus: Night Shift
  56. Lil Nas X: Old Town Road
  57. Goat Girl: Viper Fish
  58. Fucked Up: Accelerate
  59. Ichiko Aoba: Tsuki no oka/ Moon Hill
  60. 700 Bliss: Basic
  61. Rolo Tomassi: Alma Mater
  62. Viagra Boys: Shrimp Shack
  63. HIRS Collective: Women in Hordes
  64. Mid-Air Thief: Ahhhh These Chains
  65. Machine Girl: Fuck Your Guns
  66. Jack White: Corporation
  67. Sewerslvt: Pretty Cvnt
  68. Special Interest: The State, the Industry, the Community & Her Lover
  69. The Garden: Shameless Shadow
  70. Wende: Heb ik Dat Nodig?/ Do I Need that?

Extended compositions
(Listen to them on Nick Vieira's spotify playlist)
  1. Lonker See: Lillian Gish
  2. Juliana Venter: Concave
  3. Toad: La Marchienne
  4. Abu Lahab: Faad 1
  5. Kurushimi: I Know You
  6. Sanctioned Annihilation
  7. Deafheaven: Honeycomb
  8. Metasplice: Speculen
  9. Uboa: The Sky May Be
  10. Richard Chartier: Central
  11. Imperial Triumphant: Chernobyl Blues
  12. Caretaker: Synapse Retrogenesis
  13. Arooj Aftab : Ovid's Metamorphoses
  14. Lonker See: Solaris Pt. 3 & 4
  15. Astrid Sonne: Ephemeral
  16. Gas: Rauch 5
  17. Machine Girl: A Decent Man
  18. Mike: God Save The Queen
  19. Jute Gyte: We Are Making a New World
  20. Shit and Shine: You Were Very High
  21. Autechre: L3 ctrl
  22. US Girls: Time
  23. Mesarthim: Fragmenting
  24. Korridor: Fundamental
  25. Qu'qu'matz: Guatemalan Highlands
  26. Datashock: Spirituelle Enthaltsamkeit Im Sandwichverfahren
  27. Mike: For The Nation
  28. Himukalt: The American Redhead
  29. Machine Girl: A Decent Man
  30. Cloud Nothings: Dissolution
  31. Dwarfs of East Agouza: Ringa Mask Koshary
  32. Moon Relay: F–<::::
  33. (Hubro)
  34. Mike: NeverKnocked
  35. Yann Tiersen: Hent
  36. Neptunian Maximalism: The Conference Of The Stars
  37. Messa: Tulsi
  38. Julia Reidy: Beholder
  39. Sudan Archives: Escape
  40. A Forest of Stars: Tombward Bound
  41. i.o: Images Without Art
  42. Esoctrilihum: Exhortathyon Od Saths Scriptum

  1. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra Agg: Dirt ... and More Dirt (Pi)
  2. Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba (ECM)
  3. Wayne Shorter: Emanon (Blue Note)
  4. Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth
  5. Sam Harris: Harmony
  6. Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  7. Harriet Tubman: The Terror End of Beauty
  8. Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World
  9. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D’Agala (Intakt)
  10. Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret: The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  11. Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  12. Michael Leonhart Orchestra: The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)
  13. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work (New Amsterdam)
  14. GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star (Blue Note)
  15. Logan Richardson: Blues People (Universal)
  16. Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices
  17. Kurushimi: What Is Chaos (Art As Catharsis)
  18. Dan Weiss: Starebaby
  19. Bad Plus: Never Stop II

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