The 50 Best Albums of 2018

As ever, here at Loire I have spent the year listening to music and as ever it has been something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – or something like that.
The new? Well as normal it has been an absolutely fantastic year and there is so much out there. For me my favourite album was a small release on the Aviator label. It was Michael Blyth & The Wild Braid and entitled Indigo Train and it blew me away – leading me to rave about it to all and sundry.
Elsewhere Colter Wall‘s Songs of the Plains is sensational while in a similar country/Americana vein the great Chip Taylor released two full albums and one mini-album and the quality of songs is stupendous.
The genre that has blown me away, however, has been jazz and something quite wonderful is happening in that field and especially so in the UK. As next year proves to be a pivotal year in history for all sorts of ridiculous self-inflicted ways it will be jazz that soundtracks that. Oh and Sons of Kemet‘s Your Queen Is a Reptile should have won the Mercury but hey ho…
But for now here are my 50 albums of the year. There are some big hitter albums that many raved about that are missing as I thought they were gash. Then again I love Richard Ashcroft‘s Natural Rebel that got absolutely panned by many so there you go. It’s all subjective.
However whatever you like it has to be about moving on. I’ll repeat this again but life isn’t about sitting in the pub in your adidas reissues and anorak wittering on about how great Oasis and Stone Roses are.

Peace out



Bennett Wilson Poole
Bennett Wilson Poole

Bill Ryder-Jones

Candy Opera
45 Revolutions Per Minute

Cardi B
Invasion of Privacy

Cecile McLorin Salvant
The Window

Chip Taylor
A Bread Factory

Chip Taylor
Time Waits For No Little Girls Uncovered

Chip Taylor
Fix Your Words

Christine And The Queens

Colter Wall
Songs of the Plains

Donny McCaslin

Father John Misty
God’s Favorite Customer

Gilbert O’Sullivan
Gilbert O’Sullivan

Gruff Rhys

Jacob Banks

Janelle Monáe
Dirty Computer

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

John Prine
The Tree of Forgiveness

Jonathan Wilson
Rare Birds

Jorja Smith
Lost & Found

Kacey Musgraves
Golden Hour

Kamasi Washington
Heaven And Earth

Kurt Vile
Bottle It In


Mel Bowen
Everyday’s a Holiday

Michael Blyth & The Wild Braid
Indigo Train

Mary Gauthier
Rifles & Rosary Beads

Be The Cowboy

Moments in Time

Moses Boyd
Displaced Diaspora

Neneh Cherry
Broken Politics

Nick Ellis
Speaker’s Corner

Paul McCartney
Egypt Station

Paul Weller
True Meanings

Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger in the Alps

C’est La Vie

Richard Ashcroft
Natural Rebel

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

El Mal Querer

RW Hedges
The Hunters in the Snow

Ryley Walker
Deafman Glance


Sons of Kemet
Your Queen Is a Reptile

Stone Foundation
Everybody, Anyone

The Shakedown

The Fernweh
The Fernweh

The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Merrie Land

Tom Blackwell
Memphis Vol 1

Young Gun Silver Fox
AM Waves


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