#NewMusicFriday: Albums of the Year

Here they are: my favorite albums of the year—all 215 of them. And still I know I’m forgetting something important.

What is it? What am I missing?


Nadah El Shazly: Ahwar
Mary Halverson: Code Girl
Low: Double Negative
Sons of Kemet: Your Queen is a Reptile
Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism
U.S. Girls: In A Poem Unlimited
Amgala Temple: Invisible Airships
Gaye Su Akyol: Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir
Park Jiha: Communion
Khôrada: Salt

Mr. Twin Sister: Salt
Heather Leigh & Peter Brötzmann: Sparrow Nights
Blood Orange: Negro Swan
Mitski: Be the Cowboy
Khruangbin: Con Todo El Mundo
Anthony Wilson: Songs and Photographs
Gang Gang Dance: Kazuashita
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything’s Fine
Mansur Brown: Shiroi
Sumac: Love in Shadow

Mike Cooper: Tropical Gothic
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids: An Angel Fell
Kamaal Williams: The Return
Morrow: Fallow
Deena Abdelwahed: Khonnar
Renata Zeiguer: Old Ghost
Noname: Room 25
La Luz: Floating Features
Peggy Gou: Once
KEN Mode: Loved

1000 Kings: Raw Cause
Yves Tumor: Safe in the Hands of Love
Lubomyr Melnyk: Fallen Trees
Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth
Lotic: Power
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, with Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens
Bixiga 70: Quebra Babeça
Christopher Ali Solidarity Quartet: To Those Who Walked Before Us
Lando Chill: Black Ego
Risa Rubin: I’m Reliving the End Over and Over Again and It’s Only the Beginning

Amnesia Scanner: Another Life
Armand Hammer: Paraffin
Author & Punisher: Beastland
Eric Lau: Examples Volume Two
Killiam Shakespeare: A Town Called Elsewhere
Swamp Dogg: Love, Loss, and Autotune
Khalab: Black Noise 2084
Glasser: Sextape
Aïsha Devi: DNA Feelings
The Armed: Only Love

Laurel Halo: Raw Silk Uncut Wood
Kelly Moran: Ultraviolet
Demdike Stare: Passion
Thom Yorke: Suspiria
Heather Leigh: Throne
Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings
Orbital: Monsters Exist
The Futurelics: Classic
Snail Mail: Lush
Soccer Mommy: Clean

Childqueen: Kadhja Bonet
Yob: Our Raw Heart
Kali Uchis: Isolation
Imperial Triumphant: Vile Luxury
Dos Santos: Logos
Eli Keszler: Stadium
Saba: Care for Me
Tierra Whack: Whack World
Rico Nasty: Nasty
Joseph Shabason: Anne

Open Mike Eagle: What Happens When I Try to Relax
Daughters: You Won’t Get What You Want
Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest
Kev Brown: Fill in the Blank
Felicia Atkinson and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Limpid as the Solitudes
Cult Leader: A Patient Man
Kaidi Tatham: It’s a World Before You
Orquestra Akokán: Orquestra Akokán
Møster: States of Minds
Chancha Via Circuito: Bienaventuranza

Jerusalem in My Heart: Daqa’iq Tudaiq
Puce Mary: The Drought
Moonface: This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet
Vessel: Queen of Golden Dogs
Spencer Zahn: People of the Dawn
Cedric Burnside: Benton County Relic
Guerilla Toss: Twisted Crystal
Knife Knights: 1 Time Mirage
Waxahatchee: Great Thunder
Djrum: Portrait with Firewood

La Mecánica Popular: Roza Cruz
Mournful Congregation: The Incubus of Karma
Julia Holter: Aviary
boygenius: boygenius
SRSQ: Unreality
Marc Ribot: Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018
Thou: Magus
Idles: Joy As An Act of Resistance
Vince Staples: FM
Travis Scott: Astroworld

Helena Huff: Qualm
Mac Miller: Swimming
Mesarthim: Coma Wall
Covet: Effloresce
Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose
Deafheaven: Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Blake Mills: Look
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: IC-01 Hanoi
Oneohtrix Point Never: Age Of
Natalie Prass: The Future and the Past

Eleanor Friedberger: Rebound
Sulpher Aeon: The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos
KTL: The Pyre: Versions Distilled to Stereo
serpentwithfeet: soil
Bobby Previte: Rhapsody
Beacon: Gravity Pairs
Bill Ryder-Jones: Yawn
Woven Skull: Woven Skull
Guttersnipe: My Mother the Vent
Richard Devine: Sort\Lave

Pandiscordian Necrogenesis: Outer Supernal
Tony Allen & Jeff Mills: Tomorrow Comes the Harvest
Jlin: Autobiography
Ben LaMar Gay: 500 Chains
Eric Chenaux: Slowly Paradise
Getter: Visceral
Bliss Signal: Bliss Signal
Andrew Weathers: Put the Ospreys On It and You’ll Know the End
Tim Hecker: Konono
Colin Stetson: Hereditary

Marissa Nadler: For My Crimes
tUnE-YaRdS: I can feel you creep into my private life
Helado Negro: Island Universe Story Four
The Goon Sax: We’re Not Talking
Anna Calvi: Hunter
Big Red Machine: Big Red Machine
Nothing: Dance on the Blacktop
Olafur Arnalds: re:member
Oh Sees: Smote Reverser
Kathryn Joseph: From When I Wake the Want Is

The Beths: Future Me Hates Me
Nicole Mitchell: Maroon Cloud
The Body: I Have Fought Against It, but I Can’t Any Longer.
Drake: Scorpion
Khemmis: Desolation
Lucy Dacus: Historian
Dean Blunt: Soul on Fire
Colin Self: Siblings
Jenny Hval: The Long Sleep
Lolina: The Smoke

Pusha T: Daytona
Robyn: Honey
Rosalía: El Mal Querer
Peggy Lee: Echo Painting
Tirzah: Devotion
Body/Head: The Switch
Dengue Dengue Dengue: Semillero
Centavrvs: Somos Uno
Planningtorock: Powerhouse
Vaudou Game: Otodi

Petit Noir: La Maison Noir
Koenji Hyakkei: Dhorimviskha
Infernal Coil: Within a World Forgotten
Binker and Moses: Alive in the East?
San Cha: Capricho del Diablo
Tomb Mold: Manor of Infinite Forms
Anteloper: Kudu
Anna Von Hausswolff: Dead Magic
Marlon Williams: Make Way for Love
Slugdge: Esoteric Malacology

Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time
Insect Ark: Marrow Hymns
Anna Burch: Quit the Curse
Mount Eerie: Now Only
Portal: Ion
Sudan Archives: Sink
Fire-Toolz: Skinless X-1
Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy
Pig Destroyer: Head Cage
Let’s Eat Grandma: I’m All Ears

Camp Cope: How to Socialise & Make Friends
700 Bliss: Spa 700
Eartheater: IRISIRI
Elysia Crampton: Elysia Crampton
Beach House: 7
Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy
Sophie: Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
Jon Hopkins: Singularity
Georgia Anne Muldrow: Overload
Sleep: The Sciences

Adrianne Lenker: abysskiss
Sonido Gallo Negro: Mambo Cósmico
P. Adrix: Álbum Desconhecido
Eddie Palmieri: Full Circle
Beastmaker: EPs 1-8
Empress Of: Us
Zeal & Ardor: Stranger Fruit
Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden
Dwarfs of East Agouza: Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers
Grouper: Grid of Points

Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed
Lonnie Holley: MITH
Father John Misty: God’s Favorite Customer
Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer
Parquet Courts: Wide Awake
Against All Logic: 2012-2017
Ails: The Unraveling
Petal: Magic Gone
Cat Power: Wanderer
Fancy Colors: Nighttimes

Smerz: Have Fun
High On Fire: Electric Messiah
Sigh: Heir to Despair
Balún: Prisma Tropical
Amen Dunes: Freedom