Haley's Top 10 Albums of 2018
At Distinction Music Management we realize that not everyone's music taste is 100% the same. Even with this realization you will probably notice that pretty much 99% of all end of year lists are pretty much identical. That's why we wanted to change it up and showcase what we consider each of our top albums of the year. We're not saying they're the best albums, but that they are our favorites and meant the most to us this past year, because who are we to judge one persons art over another's.
This list was way harder to make than I expected. The was SO MUCH good music this year! The hardest part was ranking these albums because art is not a competition! These positions are fluid and based on how I'm feeling right now, but that doesn't mean the number 10 album means any less to me than the number 1!
10. Expectations - Bebe Rexha
Bebe Rexha really became one of my many pop queens this year. I had a friend introduce me to her album when it came out over the summer and it was life-chaninging. If you need a little extra encouragement in your life, I'd highly reccommend "I'm a Mess" and "Ferrari" for a boost.
9. Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae
This album is a goddamn masterpiece. Take a listen to the robotic, sex-positive anthem, "Screwed" and ask yourself, whose REALLY screwing who?
8. All Nerve - The Breeders
This was one of my most anticipated albums this year. I practically worship Kim Deal and she didn't let me down with this project. The O.G. Last Splash lineup came together to creat a beautiful addition to the near flawless Breeders discography.
7. Phantom Limb - Mary Claire
This was another highly anticipated album for me. Mary is absolutely brilliant. The lyrical depth of Phantom Limb will startle you and awake the pain you've kept locked away, while reminding you that life still has some bright spots. This album has been years in the making, but is only the beginning for Mary. She's absolutely one to watch in 2019.
6. SLUFF - Naked Giants
I cannot emphasize enough how long I've waited for this album. I was there for the damn R.I.P. EP release party and you bet I was there for the SLUFF release party. Listening to this album is exactly what it feels like to be a 20-something living in Seattle. It's fun, hectic, and self-critical in the best way possible.
5. Negro Swan - Blood Orange
This album came out in late August and nothing has ever been planned better. The sound of it will always bring me back to driving in my car while sun streams through my windows. Dev Hynes is an angel.
4. Clean - Soccer Mommy
2018 was the year of the Sad Girl and I've gotta say, Soccer Mommy resonated with me like no other. Sophie Allison knows how to put my feelings into words better than anyone else. From the biting "Your Dog" to the meloncholy "Blossom (Wasting All My Time)" Soccer Mommy hits on emotional abuse, jealousy, love, and self-respect.
3. Be the Cowboy - Mitski
Do I even really need to say anything about this album? I think it's on just about everyone's list and I'm no exception. I felt Mitski on every single track. Her commentary on the heartlessness of the music industry and being stuck in the past as everyone around you tries to move forward has elevated her to a whole new level. This album was Mitski's Flower Boy. It has brought put her in front of a new audience, while still satisfying her oldest fans.
2. Some Rap Songs - Earl Sweatshirt
FINALLYYYYY!! We've all been waiting for some new Earl and he really delivered. Rap has been amazing this year, but has also experienced some turmoil. Shoutout to Earl Sweatshirt for being a pioneer of the genre and remaining an unproblematic figure to look up to.
1. God's Favorite Customer - Father John Misty
I LOVE THIS ALBUM! I was pleasantly surprised when Josh Tillman announced that there would be a new FJM record this year since Pure Comedy was released just last year. GFC strays from the dark narrative the folk singer was pushing in his previous release and gets back into the bigger ballads of I Love You, Honeybear while still touching on the dismal state of the world. I couldn't get enough of "Date Night" and "Please Don't Die" plus, the rest of the project as a whole.
iridescence - BROCKHAMPTON
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships - The 1975
Twin Fantasy - Car Seat Headrest