Skip to main content

KMMR's Top 50 Albums of 2018 // 30-21


Now we start moving the albums into the territory of what you should most definitely listen to. I'd recommend all of these albums and I think most people would enjoy a lot of them - so without further ado...

Albums 50-41
Albums 40-31

30. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

So I think it's safe to say this definitely isn't going to be their most revered album ever. In fact it may be the most hated album of the past year but there's strikes of genius here if you can move past the insufferable stroking of Alex Turner's ego throughout. The idea and story of the album keeps you involved throughout a whole listen and songs like "The Ultracheese" and "Star Treatment" have flashes of what could have been a truly amazing album... it's just not Arctic Monkeys.

29. Everything Is Recorded - S/T

A well produced album can cover over a lot of cracks. Richard Russel's Everything Is Recorded is one of the most riveting and interesting listens of the past year due to some of the most well rounded and vibing beats. Coating in features from the likes of Sampha and Giggs makes this album one of the most important British albums of the year. However, there's no signal or direction for the album and some of the songs don't flow into each other.

28. Goat Girl - S/T

Goat Girl are one of the most important female bands of our era, whether it be their punk-infused dark rock which explores the problems with the patriarchy or whether it's their pop-laden bangers which get the crowd going. The strangest thing about the album though is that at circa 22 tracks it really isn't that long at all. Most of the tracks sit at around 2 minutes which means you can never really get your teeth into them and many interludes cover the tracklist.

27. The Vaccines - Combat Sports

A sort of return to form for The Vaccines despite their last album not really hitting the general masses, they released some great singles prior to this albums drop including "I Can't Quit" and "Your Love Is My Favourite Band" and the rest of the album did sort of live up to those but there was no real direction and diversification on the album.

26. Peace - Kindness Is The New Rock 'N' Roll

Peace are one of the most polarising bands of recent years. Like the Marmite of the indie scene, I personally love them but I know of a few people who despise them. I love the lead singers voice coupled along with the catchiness of their rock 'n' roll infused bangers and this album is unlike anything they've made before.

25. Breathe Panel - S/T

Lo-Fi at it's very best. There aren't many albums on this list that captivated me quite as much as Breathe Panel's. Which probably leaves you wondering why it's so low, well I haven't had chance to digest it as much as I have the others on this list which means I'm spending the beginning of 2019 over consuming it. Can't wait to pick this up on vinyl.

24. Tim Burgess - As I Was Now

Charlatans frontman, bestselling author, solo man, label owner etc... the list goes on with Tim Burgess' talents. This album doesn't appease the Charlatans fans out there and I like that, it's Tim proving there is a different side to him which proves to be a little more experimental than The Charlatans' iconic sound. The story of this album being lost for 10 years just makes me sad because I would have loved to have had it for longer.

23. Anna Burch - Quit The Curse

I saw Anna Burch live in Leicester in mid-2018 and she captivated me there and then. Her folk-like indie rock drifts swiftly through your ears leaving you with some truly beautifully written love songs and an album that is full to the brim with cheerful anthems that will leave you with a huge smile on your face after a listen. A must-listen for fans of the likes of St. Vincent and Marika Hackman.

22. Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny & Oh So Bright Vol 1

It's truly criminal that I only discovered these alt-rock gods this year and it's mostly thanks to this being the incredible album that it is. Easily one of the most unique and intriguing bands of the past 20 years, despite frontmans Billy Corgan's insistence on trying to make everyone hate him it hasn't quite worked yet. This album takes everything that Smashing Pumpkins do so well and multiplies it tenfold, which is no mean feat.

21. James - Living In Extraordinary Times

I went to see James at the end of 2018 and they produced a circa 2 hour set that was full of songs from this album and I have to say, I think they stood out a lot more than some of the older ones for the right reasons. "Hank" has some of the most pounding drums to be laid (no pun intended) on a track in the past year, not to mention the soon-to-be iconic outro of "Many Faces" which is incredibly powerful when sung by an entire audience.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Introducing... NAMES

NAMES are a band hailing from Wales, a music scene that appears to be bursting at the seams at the moment with phenomenal acts such as Boy Azooga, Estrons & We're No Heroes it's easy to see why a lot of labels are focusing their attention on that area. NAMES are different though, more sincere and genuine than a lot of musical acts out there with a voice to die for and the melodies to match. Their single "Limb By Limb" is an absolute cracker and I recommend checking it out immediately.

Question. Why did you call yourselves NAMES?
Ioan Hazell:
We always felt that Names had a refreshing sense of anonymity (it was also what we had written as the title of the list of potential band names.
Joey Robbins: The fact that it's such an unusual name, and the kind of mysterious vibe it carries appealed to us.

Q. Was there ever the thought process that it was never going to get you to the top of a google search?
IH:
Yeah, thats an unfortunate truth of it, it forces people to le…

Introducing... The Covasettes

The Covasettes first came to my attention a while back, their indie-tune 'This Feeling' grabbed me immediately and from that first listen I knew this band were something special. Coming from the land of music royalty, Manchester, it's in their DNA to build on the foundations of an already fantastic musical heritage. They've just released the latest banger to add to their discography 'Top Drawer' which is a clear sign that The Covasettes have found their sound and now they're hellbent on perfecting it! I was lucky enough to chat with lead singer, Chris Buxton, regarding their uprising, their Manchester roots and what is the ultimate plan for the band...

Question. Where did the name The Covasettes come from?
The Covasettes:
There are a fair few stories floating around as to how our name came to be, so we think we’ll leave it to the people to decide which story they believe, but we can safely say, that it came from the heart.

Q. What made you want to get into mus…

Introducing... Chloe St. Claire

Australian singer-songwriter Chloe St. Claire recently submitted her music to KMMR, and after listening to her EP 'Young Like That' I couldn't wait to get her onto my 'Introducing...' series. Her wistful music courses through my headphones to create such hush tones with her soft voice and interesting matters in her music. Whether that be tackling issues behind sexuality or anything else, it seems that Chloe's songwriting is the driving force behind her music, and it's always inspiring to see such brilliant aspiring writers. I chatted with her about her favourite music, her EP & what song she really loves most from 'Young Like That'...

Question. Firstly, what made you want to pursue music?
Chloe St. Claire:
My dad, without a doubt. I used to watch him play on his guitar and I just thought it was so cool how he could move his fingers so fast and make intricate and delicate sounds. He showed me my first guitar chords, and from then I was hooked.

Q. H…