Best Albums of 2018

Disc of the Day reviews new albums, week in, week out, all year. Below are the albums to which our writers awarded five stars. Click on any one of them to find out why.

The Breeders - All Nerve ★★★★★ Kim and Kelly Deal - plus reconciled bandmates - prove gloriously unaffected by time

Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind ★★★★★ No rust, but plenty of diamonds in her final album

The Go! Team - Semicircle ★★★★★ A triumphant fifth album from Brighton mavericks

Xylouris White - Mother ★★★★★ The simple magic of two maestros interlocking their styles continues to intensify