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CHIRP Radio Best of 2018

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2018. Our next list is from substitute DJ Danielle Sines.

In 2018 I listened to more female artists than ever, without even deliberately trying to do so. The ladies killed it this year! Here's my top ten & honorable mentions of 2018!


#1   Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B (Alantic)
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Cardi B Invasion of PrivacyEvery track on this record is insanely explicit, AND I LOVE IT. This record was on repeat all year, and my end-of year Spotify let me know it. No shame. It's great. Perfect summer, perfect post-breakup, insane raps that are so downright dirty they are both inspiring and liberating. THANK U CARDI!



#2   Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett (Milk Records)
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Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really FeelI told anyone who would listen that track, "Nameless, Faceless" is the punk-rock feminist anthem of the year. With the year that women have endured, screaming lyrics, "I hold my keys between my fingers," sung by the guitar goddess herself, makes 2018 a bit more bearable, albeit not much. Plus her live performance of this record at P4K this year was unreal.



#3   Future Me Hates Me by The Beths (Car Park)
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The Beths Future Hates MeThis was hands down the catchiest, feel good record of the year. Hooks for days and bright, sarcastic lyrics over indie pop-punk perfection. I'm sold.



#4   LONER by Caroline Rose (New West)
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Caroline Rose LonerOkay... so maybe I'm a sucker for this record from the get-go because of the cover of Rose smoking a carton of cigarettes all at once, in a red track-suit... but this album really delivers! The organ sounds that she achieved on this release is worthy of it's own grammy, and tracks like "Smile" and "Bikini" are so on point with their satire and frustration with egomaniacal men, it's almost uplifting.



#5   Historian by Lucy Dacus (Matador)
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Lucy Dacus HistorianFine Lucy, you made me sad this year. And maybe I cried a bit to this record. You win. It's beautiful, fun, fierce and satisfyingly direct. Thank you, I guess.



#6   Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves (MCA)
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Kacey Musgraves Golden HourThis record is a lovely country pop crossover with beautiful ballads, fun funky grooves and sequined nudie-suits. Kacey leans into her stardom with Dolly Parton kitsch perfection.



#7   boygenius EP by boygenius (Matador)
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boygenius boygeniusThese ladies have my heart. Finally, an album as iconic as Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris' "Trio" with pitch perfect harmonies to match. "Me & My Dog" might be my favorite track on the record - slowly building to the point when Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus harmonize together. Absolute magic.



#8   Restless by Emily Jane Powers (Self-Released)
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Emily Jane Powers RestlessCatchy guitar riffs, pristine vocals, and endless emotions abound on this release by Chicago singer-songwriter Emily Jane Powers. Emily shouts and screams at times, but only as some sort of release from the beautiful music she is creating. On this record, she demonstrates that she is a master songwriter, capable of capturing and exuding emotions, gorgeous harmonies and intricate guitar work.



#9   So Happy by Sad Baxter (Cold Lunch)
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Sad Baxter So HappyThis record is what happens when you're inspired by 90's grunge and you never grow up, never grow out of it, and instead keep perfecting it. Deezy Violet's vocals are Cobain incarnate, her guitars are dripping in sludge and it's AWESOME and CATCHY as hell.



#10   Black Magic by FURY (Self-Released)
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FURY Black MagicFURY combines '90s hip hop with funk and jazz to create a style that's all her own on this release. Fans of Lauryn Hill, Left Eye, Queen Latifah and Noname will relate to Samantha Jordans’ quick rhymes and bold, impressive lyricism. Each track showcases the strength of the musicians on this record to boot. Great record from an energetic, passionate local hip hop artist!


Things that are also AMAZING:

  • Haley Heynderickx - I Need To Start A Garden
  • Noname - Room 25
  • Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
  • Mitski - Be The Cowboy
  • Fauvely - Tides
  • Pill - Soft Hell
  • Kim Richey - Edgeland
  • Bleach Party - NOLA




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