50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far
Via Rolling Stone
By Christopher R. Weingarten, David Fricke, Jody Rosen, Jon Dolan, Jon Freeman, Hank Shteamer, Elias Leight, Jonathan Bernstein, Brittany Spanos, Charles Aaron, Mosi Reeves, Kory Grow, Jessica Hopper,Simon Vozick-Levinson, Richard Gehr, Maura Johnston, Joe Levy, Will Hermes, Rob Sheffield,Meaghan Garvey
David Byrne, 'American Utopia'
We Say: American Utopia – abetted by an old comrade (Brian Eno, contributing beats) and new ones (Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin, Sampha/XX producer Rodaidh McDonald) – boasts some of the most exciting music Byrne has made in years. The balance of light and dark is especially compelling on "Bullet," a travelogue of just that ("His skin did part in two/Skin that women had touched") and "Everybody's Comin' to My House," a sort of agoraphobic's kidnapping fantasy. W.H.