Healthy Music Obsession

Music reviews and musings.

Top Albums

This page will be dedicated to my favourite releases of the year (in no particular order). The list will continue to be updated as the year goes on, and all of the albums that feature here will be eligible to appear on my year end list.

2018

2018 – LPs

  • Sovereign nose of (y)our arrogant face by Scallops Hotel
  • POST- by Jeff Rosenstock
  • Never Stop II by The Bad Plus
  • I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life by Tune-Yards
  • Obsidian by Kit Downes
  • The Great Nostalgist by Danny Fox Trio
  • The Influencing Machine by Elliot Galvin
  • Modern Lore by Julian Lage
  • Broken Stay Open Sky by Red River Dialect
  • One Drop Of Truth by The Wood Brothers
  • Too Hot To Sleep by Sam Reider
  • TWIO by Walter Smith III
  • Thought You Knew by Snowpoet
  • See You Around by I’m With Her
  • Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest
  • Romaria by Andy Sheppard Quartet
  • We Are by Alina Engibaryan
  • Veteran by Jpegmafia
  • Animal Image by Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio
  • Traveling Pulse (Live) by Cloudmakers Five
  • We Out Here – Various Artists
  • Return To Mind by Eyolf Dale
  • After The Fall (Live) by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette
  • Ravensburg by Mathias Eick
  • Hummingbird by Helge Lien and Knut Hen
  • Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  • After Bach by Brad Mehldau
  • Moksha by Ivo Neame
  • Criss Cross by Alcyona Mick and Tori Freestone
  • Returnings by Jakob Bro
  • Czarface Meets Metal Face by Czarface and MF DOOM
  • Code Girl by Mary Halvorson
  • Bark Your Head Off, Dog by Hop Along
  • Currents, Constellations by The Nels Cline 4
  • Rise and Rise Again by Shake Stew
  • Swagism by Ghost-Note
  • Sun Go Nova by Denmark Vessey
  • Motel Bouquet by Caitlin Canty
  • Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae
  • Disco Erosion by Shatner’s Bassoon
  • Starebaby by Dan Weiss
  • Wonder Trail by Dinosaur
  • Starting Today by Joe Armon-Jones
  • Unless by Hawktail
  • Quartet by Bob Reynolds
  • (((echo chamber))) by MC Paul Barman
  • Seymour Reads the Constitution! by Brad Mehldau Trio
  • Still Dreaming by Joshua Redman
  • Enemy – Self Titled
  • The Return by Kamaal Williams
  • DAYTONA by Pusha T
  • ye by Kanye West
  • Weather Walker by Tim Garland
  • KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Self Titled
  • Shelter by Olivia Chaney
  • Alive in the East? by Binker and Moses
  • Juniper by Slowly Rolling Camera
  • Nocturnes and Visions by Huw Warren
  • Stranger Fruit by Zeal and Ardor
  • Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven
  • Lamp Lit Prose by Dirty Projectors
  • Seven Sisters by Don Kipper
  • All Ashore by Punch Brothers
  • Tonadas by Julian Argüelles
  • Time by Louis Cole
  • Swimming by Mac Miller
  • Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  • Third Journey by Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg
  • Book of Travellers by Gabriel Kahane
  • Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  • Big Red Machine by Big Red Machine
  • Ask For Chaos by Gilad Hekselman
  • Temporary Kings by Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson
  • Room 25 by Noname
  • We Are All by Phronesis
  • Bristopia by Get the Blessing
  • Fluid World Building 101 With Shaman Bambu by Dustin Wong
  • The Window by Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • The Journey by Lionel Loueke
  • The Dream Thief by Shai Maestro
  • 8 Songs by Linan Dorin’s 1000 Boats
  • Blow. by Donny McCaslin
  • Passport by Huntertones
  • Where the River Goes by Wolfgang Muthspiel
  • THINK:PEACE by Clarence Clarity
  • The Seasons by Ben Wendel
  • Short Stories by Fabled
  • Little Big by Aaron Parks
  • 12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding
  • Here If You Listen by David Crosby
  • Pieces of a Man by Mick Jenkins
  • Long Ago and Far Away by Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau
  • 13th Floor by Eric Harland Voyager
  • In the Corners of Clouds by Satori
  • Mad Skillet by John Medeski’s Mad Skillet

2018 – EPs

  • When We Are by Nubya Garcia
  • The Fearless Fliers – Self Titled
  • Point of Departure by Trichotomy
  • Light It Up by Moonhooch
  • Darkworld Gleaming by Twig Twig
  • What Happens When I Try to Relax by Open Mike Eagle
  • FM! by Vince Staples

2017

2017 – LPs (See Top 50 Albums list here)

  • RTJ3 by Run the Jewels
  • My Iris by Trish Clowes
  • Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Self Titled
  • Godspeed by Morten Schantz
  • Known-Unknown by Trichotomy
  • Memories are Now by Jesca Hoop
  • Drunk by Thundercat
  • The Iceberg by Oddisee
  • Mount Royal by Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
  • The Roc by Daniel Herskedal
  • The Traveller’s Tale: The Brass Project Live! by John Warren/John Surman
  • Dirty Projectors – Self Titled
  • Universal Favorite by Noam Pikelny
  • Anti-Hero by Kneebody
  • Semper Femina by Laura Marling
  • Guitar Band by Bob Reynolds
  • Regina by Becca Stevens
  • Golijov: Azul by The Knights
  • The Behemoth by Phronesis
  • First Dance on Second Avenue by She’koyokh
  • Petite Afrique by Somi
  • Brutalism by IDLES
  • Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
  • ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ by Joey Bada$$
  • Migration Blues by Eric Bibb
  • What Now by Sylvan Esso
  • The Imperfect Sea by Penguin Cafe
  • Powerplant by Girlpool
  • Cross-Platform Interchange by Misha Mullov-Abbado
  • Fly or Die by Jaimie Branch
  • Relaxer by Alt-J
  • Strange Circles by Bokanté
  • A Place I’ll Always Go by Palehound
  • Nightfall by Quercus
  • The Underside of Power by Algiers
  • over the carnage rose a voice prophetic Mixtape by Scallops Hotel
  • 4:44 by Jay-Z
  • Saluting Sgt. Pepper by Django Bates
  • GT Ultra by Guerilla Toss
  • Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting
  • Queen of Hearts by Offa Rex
  • Known Unknowns by billy woods
  • Flower Boy by Tyler the Creator
  • Riser by Rob Luft
  • Dark Matter by Randy Newman
  • Thrēq by FORQ
  • Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! by Milo
  • Fever Dream by Everything Everything
  • Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  • Hit The Ground Running by Newton Faulkner
  • Brewed by Väsen
  • Hindsight by Bob Reynolds
  • Dark Days + Canapés by Ghostpoet
  • Instinct by Malija
  • TRYPNOTYX by Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, Bob Franceschini
  • Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle
  • Gathering by Josh Ritter
  • Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • Laila’s Wisdom by Rapsody
  • Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  • Sky Trails by David Crosby
  • Strangers by The Young’Uns
  • Circle of Chimes by Marius Neset
  • A Meeting of Spirits by Gary Husband
  • Jersey by Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
  • 1970 by Avishai Cohen
  • Echolocations: River by Andrew Bird
  • Setembro by Mário Laginha, Julian Argüelles and Helge Andreas Norbakken
  • MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent
  • Loafer’s Hollow by Mostly Other People Do The Killing
  • Echo In The Valley by Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
  • Irreversible Entanglements – Self Titled
  • Rome by Armand Hammer
  • Shadow Work by Mammal Hands
  • The Dreamer Is The Dream by Chris Potter
  • Small Town by Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan
  • The Way Is Read by The Staves and yMusic

2017 – EPs

  • Not the Actual Events by Nine Inch Nails
  • Ruler Rebel by Christian Scott aTunde Adjua
  • Drive 2 Meet U by Turnip King
  • City Live by Stuart McCallum
  • Joshua Tree by Moon Hooch
  • Drive It Like It’s Stolen by Injury Reserve

2016

2016 – LPs (See Top 50 Albums List Here)

2016 – EPs

And for those who want even more to listen to, here is a link to my top 30 albums from 2015:

https://healthymusicobsession.com/2015/12/15/the-best-of-2015-top-30-albums-of-the-year/

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