The year 2018 gave us a few of the best superhero movies of all time, some truly audacious debuts and breakthroughs, and a couple of followups from directors whose prior breakthroughs went on to win Best Picture. Here are some honorable mentions:
Avengers: Infinity War
(dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo)
(dir. Ryan Coogler)
(dir. Spike Lee)
(dir. Bo Burnham)
(dir. Panos Cosmatos)
The Old Man & the Gun
(dir. David Lowery)
(dir. Tamara Jenkins)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(dir. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman)
(dir. Warwick Thornton)
You Were Never Really Here
(dir. Lynne Ramsay)
For a period of time, it appeared as if The Fall would be the Gorillaz’s final outing following the April 7, 2012 announcement that the band had split. It would’ve been a somewhat gloomy end for the virtual band, as The Fall was little more than a pet project recorded on an iPad during the American leg of the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, hardly the swan song Gorillaz fans wanted or deserved. That period of time, however, only lasted between two to three weeks, as by April 25, 2012, co-founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had mended their relationship and were confident a fifth Gorillaz record would be in their future.
In the years following Albarn and Hewlett’s reconciliation, Humanz (then untitled) felt like a foregone conclusion, which made its absence all the more frustrating. But over the last two years, while we were waiting, they were hard at work—Humanz sports twenty tracks plus six on the deluxe edition—collaborating across the musical spectrum with some of the industry’s most interesting artists: old, new, and soon-to-be-discovered. Albarn’s ambitions transcend genre, and Humanz explores a lot of different musical ideas and guest combinations; unfortunately, Albarn doesn’t always use these guests correctly, nor does he explore many of these ideas in any sort of depth. The result is an album that can’t help but occasionally feel half-baked, even when it works.
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Repeat to yourself: My music will get me through the next four years. My music will get me through the next four years. My music will get me through the next four years. Here are ten great songs from last year. Maybe one of them will get you through the next four years.
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If music is as therapeutic to me as it is to everyone else, then 2016 gave music a new level of importance in all of our lives. It was a bad year, but at least we got some great albums out of it. Here are my favorite albums of 2016.