Ken Tucker Picks His Favorite Albums Of 2018

Ken Tucker Picks His Favorite Albums Of 2018

1:49pm Dec 19, 2018
Tracey Thorn's album Record tops Ken Tucker's list of the best music of 2018.
Tracey Thorn's album Record tops Ken Tucker's list of the best music of 2018.
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From Courtney Barnett's brooding on Tell Me How You Really Feel to Cardi B's hip-hop styling on Invasion of Privacy, the range of female artists was remarkable in 2018.

Tracey Thorn's Record, in which she sings about the various roles women assume, tops my list of the year's best albums. Here's a list, in order, of all my favorites:

1. Tracey Thorn, Record

2. Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour

3. Kendrick Lamar, Black Panther: The Album

4. Amy Rigby, The Old Guys

5. Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

6. Pistol Annies, Interstate Gospel

7. Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer

8. John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness

9. Courtney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel

10. Robert Christgau, Is It Still Good to Ya? (book)

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