I just don't remember 2018 being as good a year for music as last year was. Old fave Neko Case's new album opened with a nice single, with Bad Luck having some cute lyrics (I particularly like her description of love as 'the most contrary asset of them all'):
The one album that I most eagerly awaited in 2018 was the debut LP by Australian band Middle Kids, who I posted about last year. The first single of their album was the fantastic Mistake, which has a heavier sound than their earlier releases:
I'd have to say that my expectations were exceeded with this release. If I can think of more outstanding songs from this year, I will post addenda. Now, readers, have there been any 2018 musical releases that stood out for you?
ADDENDUM: No sooner did I hit 'post' when I remembered that Courtney Barnett's Nameless Faceless, a brilliant sendup of toxic male behavior on the internet, was released this year. The video perfectly captures the subject matter:
I even posted about this one when it first came out here in the 'States.
SECOND ADDENDUM: This year also saw the release of Leon Bridges' second album. He's got a great 'retro' sound, and the song Bad Bad News is fantastic:
His vibe is so smooth, it's smoove, and the backing vocals are terrific.