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Top 5 – 2018

Last list for the year. Here are the overall top 5 for 2018.

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5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Distant Sky: Live in Copenhagen
Genre: Rock
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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4. Patricia Kopatchinskaja/Polina Leschenko – Deux
Genre: Classical
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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3. Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Genre: Folk/Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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2. Rebel Wizard – Great Addictions to Blindingly Dark, Worldly Life
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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1. Ammar 808 – Maghreb United
Genre: Electronica/North African
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Top Country/Folk Albums – 2018

Top 10 country/folk albums of the year! Going for 10 instead of 5, because there were so many good ones this year.

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10. Various Artists – Restoration: Reimaging the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Genre: Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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9. John Prine – Tree of Forgiveness
Genre: Folk/Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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8. David Francey – The Broken Heart of Everything
Genre: Folk
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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7. Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping over Rocks
Genre: Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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6. Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living
Genre: Folk
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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5. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Genre: Pop/Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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4. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
Genre: Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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3. HC McEntire – Lionheart
Genre: Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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2. Caitlyn Smith – Starfire
Genre: Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 
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1. Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Genre: Folk/Country
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Top Rock Albums – 2018

Top 5 rock albums of the year!

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5. Cloud Nothings- Last Building Burning
Genre: Punk Rock
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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4. Viagra Boys – Street Worms
Genre: Rock
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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3. Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
Genre: Psychedelic rock
More info: here.
Listen: Listen here.
 

 

 

 

 

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2. Hanterhir – The Saving of Cadan
Genre: Rock
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 
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1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Distant Sky: Live in Copenhagen
Genre: Rock
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Top 5 Metal Albums – 2018

Top 5 metal albums of the year!

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5. Ghost – Prequelle
Genre: Stadium Metal
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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4. Portal – Ion
Genre: Experimental Metal
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 

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3. High on Fire – Electric Messiah
Genre: Stoner metal
More info: here.
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 

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2. Sleep – The Sciences
Genre: Doom Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
More info: here.
Listen: here.
 

 

 

 

 
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1. Rebel Wizard – Great Addictions to Blindingly Dark, Worldly Life
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Rapid Round December

And the year is wrapping up and there are dozens of great albums I still haven’t posted. Here’s another rapid round, probably the last of the year unfortunately.

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Mark Knopfler – Down the Road Wherever
Genre: Rock
Rating: 6/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Senyawa – Sujud
Genre: Traditional/doom/drone
Rating: 8/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Solasta – A Cure for the Curious
Genre: Folk
Rating: 6.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Lisa O’Neill – Heard a Long Gone Song
Genre: Folk
Rating: 7/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Nanowar of Steel – Stairway to Valhalla
Genre: Parody Metal
Rating: 7/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping over Rocks
Genre: Country
Rating: 8/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Mongol – The Return
Genre: Folk Metal
Rating: 6.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus – boygenius
Genre: Pop
Rating: 8/10
Listen here

Rapid Round November 2018

And… so we’ll just stop pretending the grant writing season will ever end, so here’s another rapid round to get me a little caught up. We’ll call it “November” and hope for another in December.

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Viagra Boys – Street Worms
Genre: Rock
Rating: 7.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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High on Fire – Electric Messiah
Genre: Stoner metal
Rating: 7.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Phosphorescent – C’est la vie
Genre: Rock
Rating: 6/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Le Trio Joubran – The Long March
Genre: Arabic Jazz
Rating: 7.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Ashbury – Eye of the Stygian Witches
Genre: Dad Rock
Rating: 6.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Immortal Guardian – Age of Revolution
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 7.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Cloud Nothings- Last Building Burning
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 8/10
Listen here

Rapid Round October 2018

And… the grant writing season continues, so here’s another rapid round to get me a little caught up.

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Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
Genre: Psychedelic rock
Rating: 7.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living
Genre: Folk
Rating: 7.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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IDLES – Joy as Act of Resistance
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 6.5/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
Genre: Grindcore
Rating: 7/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Sandro Perri – In Another Life
Genre: Folk
Rating: 8/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Manticora – To Kill to Live to Kill
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 7/10
Listen here
 

 

 

 

 
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Dieterich Buxtehude / Vox Luminis – Lionel Meunier / Ensemble Masques – Olivier Forten / – Abendmusiken
Genre: Choral
Rating: 8/10
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Rebel Wizard – Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response

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Genre: Black Metal
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary: Rebel Wizard just continues to press all the right buttons for me. Trippy and profane, primal screaming, and utterly muscular guitar god licks. This is his second release of the year and both are in my top ten metal albums so far. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
More info: here.
Listen: here.