Album Of the Year

RIGHT YOU LOT. Here are the official Midland Mania top 80 albums (to be eventually fleshed out to a full 100) of the year 2018, as voted for by… me. Yep, me and me alone.

This has been an especially hard list to compile, as the standard of releases over the last twelve months has been ESPECIALLY high: higher in fact than any year since 2012, when I first started to keep an annual tally at my Former Place Of Employ Which Shall Not Be Named. As it stands, I’m still working my way through over two thirds of them anyway, much as I am still trawling through the rest of the intervening five years: since January 2018 alone, I have either bought, downloaded or been given over a thousand (at least) new releases, and there are only so many hours in a day one can devote to this stuff!! Apart from anything else I need to sleep, eat, watch TV, follow football and have sex occasionally!! And that’s before I even start on the amount of shows I have to review.

Nonetheless, I’ve done my best out of what I have heard- and the results have been fascinating. So dig in, and if your particular favourite isn’t included, don’t get all aeriated or drey me a kop: it’s only my personal choice after all. Gerrit? Gorrit? Good.

Verily and indeede:

  1. THE DAMNED- Evil Spirits
  2. DEADCUTS- Hit On All Sixess
  3. THE LEMON TWIGS- Go To School
  4. REEF- Revelation
  5. MANIC STREET PREACHERS- Resistance Is Futile
  6. PAUL MCCARTNEY- Egypt Station
  7. BILL NELSON- Auditoria
  8. ENUFF Z’NUFF- Diamond Boy
  9. GRYPHON- Reinvention
  10. SUEDE- The Blue Hour
  11. CAROL HODGE- Hold On To That Flame
  12. CURRENT 93- The Light Is Leaving Us All
  13. NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA- Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough
  14. RICHARD THOMPSON- 13 Rivers
  15. GILBERT O’SULLIVAN- Gilbert O’Sullivan
  16. DEATH IN JUNE- Essence
  17. IDLES- Joy As An Act Of Resistance
  18. UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS- Wasteland
  19. MAGNUM- Lost On The Road To Eternity
  20. AMERICAN TEARS- Hard Core
  21. ZEAL & ARDOR- Stranger Fruit
  22. JANELLE MONAE- Dirty Computer
  23. SLEEP- The Sciences
  24. JOHNNY MARR- Call The Comet
  25. TIGER MOTH TALES- Story Tellers Part II
  26. NICK HEYWARD- Woodland Echoes
  27. SOFT MACHINE- Hidden Details
  28. FU MANCHU- Clone Of The Universe
  29. ROGER DALTREY- As Long As I Have You
  30. JAMES- Living In Extraordinary Times
  31. BLANCMANGE- Wanderlust
  32. PAUL WELLER- True Meanings
  33. GRETA VAN FLEET- Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
  34. MONSTER MAGNET- Mindfucker
  35. LINDA PERHACS- I’m A Harmony
  36. HUGH CORNWELL- Monster
  37. IHSAHN- Amr
  38. AIRRACE- Untold Stories
  39. GO-KART MOZART- Mozart’s Mini-Mart
  40. HAWKLORDS- Brave New World
  41. ACE FREHLEY- Spaceman
  42. THERAPY?- Cleave
  43. GRAHAM COXON- The End Of the Fucking World
  44. ANNA VON HAUSWOLFF- Dead Magic
  45. HAWKWIND- The Road To Utopia
  46. URIAH HEEP- Living The Dream
  47. THE BREEDERS- All Nerve
  48. EMMA RUTH RUNDLE- On Dark Horses
  49. CYPRESS HILL- Elephants On Acid
  50. FANNY- Fanny Walked The Earth
  51. THE MAGPIE SALUTE- High Water I
  52. THE STRUTS- Young And Dangerous
  53. KRISTIN HERSH- Possible Dust Clouds
  54. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS- Stone Temple Pilots
  55. GINGER WILDHEART- Ghost In The Tanglewood
  56. RIVERSIDE- Wasteland
  57. THE PINEAPPLE THIEF- Dissolution
  58. LET’S EAT GRANDMA- I’m All Ears
  59. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY- No Cross No Crown
  60. SLUGDGE- Esoteric Malcology
  61. SHE MAKES WAR- Brace For Impact
  62. GHOST- Prequelle
  63. SPEAR OF DESTINY- Tontine
  64. TVAM- Psychic Data
  65. JUDIE TZUKE, JULIA FORDHAM & BEVERLEY CRAVEN- Woman To Woman
  66. STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS- Sparkle Hard
  67. PINKSHINYULTRABLAST- Miserable Miracles
  68. THE ALARM- Equals
  69. LOW- Double Negative
  70. FAILURE- In The Future, Your Body Will Be The Farthest Thing From Your Mind
  71. NEIL & LIAM FINN- Lightsleeper
  72. JUDAS PRIEST- Firepower
  73. MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT- Like A Radio
  74. NAZARETH- Tattooed On My Brain
  75. INTERPOL- Marauder
  76. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTORS- Look Now
  77. WAND- Perfume
  78. HOWLIN’ RAIN- The Alligator Bride
  79. WHITE DENIM- Performance
  80. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB- Wrong Creatures

This list is obviously to be added to as time goes by- but for now, it remains the definitive chronicle of 2018. Everything’s in there, from extreme metaaaaaaaaaaaaaal to soul to indie via goth, doom, stoner, AOR, glam, punk, psych, powerpop and prog: open your minds and your ears, and discover. And feel free to contact me with your own estimations!! I want to hear them.

Here’s to a prosperous 2019.

DARIUS DREWE

 

 

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