Best Albums of 2018

THE ★★★★★ ALBUMS OF 2018 SO FAR From Joan Baez to LUMP: you need to hear these

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.

Brad Mehldau Trio - Seymour Reads the Constitution! ★★★★★  Prolific improvising pianist creates the apotheosis of the piano trio

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

Jon Hopkins - Singularity ★★★★★ Dazzling rollercoaster of an inner journey

LUMP – LUMP ★★★★★ Collaboration between Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng is a beautiful, odd little gift

Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage ★★★★★ Long-awaited follow-up to 2012 debut is wonderfully weird prog-odyssey

Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son ★★★★★ Stunning blast of stirring gospel and politics

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

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing ★★★★★ Still standing tall: Willie Nelson in late, great mode

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