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BUST’s Top 22 Albums of 2018

by BUST Magazine


The year of 2018 has been undoubtedly heavy. Marching into a new year through obstacles like political corruption, climate change, and various astrological retrogrades (to name a few), it is a good time to look back at the year and see how many artistic women have been making music and using their voices, regardless of the state of affairs. Cat Power returned after a 6-year hiatus. Neko Case is back after a quiet 5 years. And hell, it’s been 8 years since we’ve heard anything from Robyn. Stunning studio album debuts have been released as well by genre-bending Japanese band CHAI, Scottish electronic producer SOPHIE, and the venerable queen, Cardi B. Since there are so many more releases that deserve honorable mention, we’ve gathered up the top picks from BUST co-founder Laurie Henzel and BUST music editor Emily Nokes and we’re listing them here in the order of their release dates. 

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(Burger Records, USA release in February)
Read our review.


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2. U.S. Girls
In a Poem Unlimited
(4AD, Feb 16)
Read our review.


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3. Camp Cope
How to Socialise & Make Friends
(Run For Cover, March 2)
Read our review.


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4. The Breeders
All Nerve
(4AD, March 2)
Read our review.


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5. Soccer Mommy
(Fat Possum, March 3)
Read our review.


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6. Cardi B
Invasion of Privacy
(Atlantic, April 5)
Read our review.


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7. Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse
(Carpark Records, April 17)
Read our review.


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8. Bodega
Endless Scroll
(What’s Your Rupture, June 1)
Read our review.


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9. Neko Case
(ANTI-, June 1)
Read our review.


10. Shannon Shaw
Shannon In Nashville
(Easy Eye Sound, June 8)
Read our review.


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11. Snail Mail
(Matador, June 8)
Read our review.


12. Lily Allen
No Shame
(Parlophone, June 8)
Read our review.



(Transgressive, June 15)
Read our review.


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14. Jenn Champion
Single Rider
(Hardly Art, July 13)
Read our review.


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15. Mitski
Be the Cowboy
(Dead Oceans, August 17)
Read our review.


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16. Tirzah
(Domino, August 28)
Read our review.


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17. Christine and the Queens
(Because Music, September 21)


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18. Cat Power
(Domino, October 5)
Read our review.


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19. Neneh Cherry
Broken Politics
(Neneh Cherry, October 19)
Read our review.


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20. Georgia Anne Muldrow
(Brainfeeder, October 26)


21. Robyn
(Embassy One, October 26)


22. boygenius
boygenius EP
(Matador, November 9)
Read our review.


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