The Best Albums of 2018
At the end of the year, it’s hard to come up with a consensus on music without the help of recommendations from passersby. Pop stars have shared the stage with indie artists in 2018, and the results are a wide enjoyable scope of a playlist. Be sure to check out the playlists of the women of Passerbuys from around the world that we featured this year over on Spotify.
Honey by Robyn
recommended by Mimi Packer, Angie venezia, Natalie O’Moore, Natalie Fält, Erika Spring
In the most recommended album by passersby, Robyn has graced us with her first solo album in eight years, Honey (Konichiwa, Interscope). The album catches us in our emotions with pop songs that always lead us to the dancefloor no matter where we are.
Negro Swan by Blood Orange
recommended by Holly Liss, Mariana Orkenyi, Natalie Fält, Jenna Saraco, Erika Spring
In this fourth studio album by Dev Hynes also known as Blood Orange, Negro Swan (Domino) delivers a range of alt-pop, R&B, indie music with world-weary tracks about black depression and his childhood in England.
Us by Empress Of
recommended by caitlin mcmullen, Natalie Fält
Lorely Rodriguez’s debut album, Us (Terrible Records), brought a new and refreshing record by introducing us with her alt-pop R&B music and gave a second album filled with contributions from Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, DJDS, and Pional.
Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
recommended by Suzanne Middlemass, Mariana Orkenyi
Released in January, Con Todo El Mundo (Night Time Stories) is the second album by the Houston-based alternative/indie group with heavy influences from Thai funk music which helped create a unique and laidback record.
A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper
recommended by Angie venezia, caitlin mcmullen
The official soundtrack to the 2018 film, A Star is Born (Interscope) was released in October and filled with one of the biggest pop songs of the year, “Shallow,” sung by Lady Gaga which inevitably led people to the movie theaters.
Words by Jessica Jacolbe