At HighClouds, we are aware of the issues of ranking, reviewing and grading artists.

First, no one can be objective, there’s no truth in music. Then, it can be mentally difficult for artists to accept these insights. We are music fans above all and we never want to hurt anyone. Our goal is only to discover new talents and to bring them to our readers’ ears. We know they don’t always have the time to listen to everything we scan and write about during the year so these lists are just recommendations of what they should first focus on. Nothing more.

We know it’s a shared subjective feeling: 2018 has been another great year for music. We got introduced to fascinating newcomers with strong concepts that prove that albums are certainly not dead yet. Some rising singer-songwriters confirmed their defining style while a few established artists successfully re-recorded their masterpiece or explored challenging new soundscapes. You can find below the 30 albums that made 2018 according to our staff and stay tuned for our usual 100 Tracks of the year list next week.

30) Amen Dunes – Freedom


Kadhja Bonet Childqueen album

29) Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen


Yves Tumor Safe in the hands of love

28) Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love


Whitney Ballen Shooting Star Sinking Ship review

27) Whitney Ballen – You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship


TIRZAH DEVOTION

26) Tirzah – Devotion


CupcakKe Eden review

25) CupcakKe – Eden


Rosalia El Mal Querer

24) Rosalía – El Mal Querer


Tomberlin At Weddings

23) Tomberlin – At Weddings


Sidney Gish No Dogs Allowed

22) Sidney Gish – No Dogs Allowed


ezra furman transangelic exodus review

21) Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus


Kali Uchis Isolation

20) Kali Uchis – Isolation


Janelle-Monae-Dirty Computer

19) Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer


Frankie Cosmos Vessel

18) Frankie Cosmos – Vessel


17) U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited


16) Ariana Grande – Sweetener


Ex:Re Romance

15) Ex:Re – Ex:Re


Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy

14) Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy


Tierra Whack World

13) Tierra Whack – Whack World


IDLES JOY ACT RESISTANCE

12) IDLES – Joy As An Act of Resistance.


illuminati hotties kiss yr frenemies

11) illuminaties hoties – Kiss Yr Frenemies


Mr Twin Sister Salt Review

10) Mr Twin Sister – Salt


SOPHIE OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES

9) SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Sides


LOW Double Negative

8) Low – Double Negative


Noname Room 25 review

7) noname – Room 25


Soccer Mommy Clean

6) Soccer Mommy – Clean


Beach House 7 review

5) Beach House – 7


Robyn Honey review

4) Robyn – Honey


Lucy Dacus Historian

3) Lucy Dacus – Historian


Snail Mail Lush

2) Snail Mail – Lush


Mitski Be The Cowboy Review

1) Mitski – Be The Cowboy


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