The Best Albums of 2018, #20

20. Kelly Moran, Ultraviolet (Warp) I greatly admired Kelly Moran’s 2017 album Bloodroot, which saw the talented composer performing restrained, minimalist pieces on what she describes as “prepared piano” – in other words, piano that has been altered by various foreign objects to create sounds both dissonant and percussive. Where that album felt alluring and […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2017

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black (Metal Blade) The death metal greats seldom, if ever, disappoint me, and their 14th album yet again serves up a headbang-inducing helping of intricate, thrashy riffs, dive-bombing solos, and plenty of cartoonish gore spewed by the inimitable George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer. This remains […]

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