MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2018

1) The Bevis Frond We’re Your Friends, Man (Fire)
2) The Beths Future Me Hates Me (Carpark)
3) Idles Joy As An Act Of Resistance (Partisan)
4) Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Hope Downs (Sub Pop)
5) Tracey Thorn Record (Merge)
6) Hop Along Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek)
7) Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!/Marathon Artists/Mom + Pop)
8) Kamasi Washington Heaven And Earth (Young Turks)
9) Amy Rigby The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
10) Screaming Females All At Once (Don Giovanni)
11) Sarah Davachi Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital Program)
12) Guided By Voices Space Gun (GBV Inc)
13) Blood Orange Negro Swan (Domino)
14) Robyn Honey (Konichiwa/Interscope)
15) Superchunk What A Time To Be Alive (Merge)
16) Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)
17) Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer (Atlantic)
18) Richard Swift The Hex (Secretly Canadian)
19) Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (MCA Nashville)
20) Kurt Vile Bottle It In (Matador)
21) Angélique Kidjo Remain In Light (Kravenworks)
22) Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (Domino)
23) First Aid Kit Ruins (Columbia)
24) Loma Loma (Sub Pop)
25) Lucy Dacus Historian (Matador)

The Bevis Frond

Best Of 2018: Indie Roots

MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year

1 Jeremy Dutcher Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Fontana North)
2 Anna & Elizabeth The Invisible Comes To Us (Smithsonian Folkways)
3 Kaia Kater Grenades (Smithsonian Folkways)
4 Hannah Read Way Out I’ll Wander (Hudson)
5 Dom Flemons Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways)
6 Marc Ribot Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018 (Anti-)
7 Lonnie Holley MITH (Jagjaguwar)
8 Colter Wall Songs Of The Plains (Young Mary’s)
9 Kristina Murray Southern Ambrosia (Loud Magnolia)
10 Socalled Sings Di Frosh And Other Yiddish Songs (Membran)

Best Of 2018: Reissues

MAGNET’s A.D. Amorosi picks the best reissues of the year

1 Bob Dylan More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 (Columbia/Legacy)
2 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (Third Man)
3 Chic The Chic Organization 1977-1979 (Rhino/Atlantic)
4 The Beatles The White Album (Super Deluxe Edition) (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe)
5 The Art Ensemble Of Chicago The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles (ECM)
6 Haruomi Hosono Hosono House, Paraiso, Cochin Moon, Philharmony, Omni Sight Seeing (Light In The Attic)
7 Prince Piano & A Microphone (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
8 Elaine Brown Elaine Brown (Motown/UMe)
9 The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Super Deluxe Edition) (BMG)
10 R.E.M. R.E.M. At The BBC (Craft)

Best Of 2018: Metal

MAGNET’s Andrew Earles picks the best metal releases of the year

1 The Hand When All Of The Shit Hits All Of The Fans (The Hand Vol. 3 & 4) (self-released)
2 Innumerable Forms Punishment In Flesh (Profound Lore)
3 Tile Come On Home, Strange (Limited Appeal)
4 Geld Perfect Texture (Iron Lung)
5 Thou Magus (Sacred Bones)
6 Pious Faults Old Thread (Feel It)
7 Mournful Congregation The Incubus Of Karma (20 Buck Spin)
8 Svalbard It’s Hard To Have Hope (Translation Loss)
9 S.H.I.T. What Do You Stand For? (Iron Lung)
10 KEN mode Loved (Season Of Mist)

Best Of 2018: Singer/Songwriter

MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland picks the best singer/songwriter releases of the year

1 Neko Case Hell-On (Anti-)
2 Doug Paisley Starter Home (No Quarter)
3 Father John Misty God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop)
4 Israel Nash Lifted (Desert Folklore)
5 Colter Wall Colter Wall (Young Mary’s)
6 Ray Lamontagne Part Of The Light (RCA)
7 Ashley Monroe Sparrow (Warner Bros.)
8 John Prine The Tree Of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
9 Cat Power Wanderer (Domino)
10 Simone Felice The Projector (New York Pro)