Editors' Choice for November, 2018

Harmonia Mundi
Amandine Beyer and Marco Ceccato are brilliant soloists in these Haydn concertos, performed in period style by Gli Incogniti.
- Blair Sanderson
ECM
On his sophomore date for ECM, the rhythm explorer engages Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith in a classy, elegant exercise in musical magic-making.
- Thom Jurek
Epitaph
The British metalcore stalwarts' eighth full-length effort is their first without founding member and lead songwriter Tom Searle, who passed away in 2016.
- James Christopher Monger
Columbia / Sony CMG / Sony Music
A heartfelt, lushly produced album showcasing Streisand's rich vocals and deep concerns for the state of the world.
- Matt Collar
Ghostly International
The Brooklyn duo's third album for Ghostly International is their most expressive, rhythmically diverse set of wounded love songs yet.
- Andy Kellman
Ens
Thrill Jockey
Joyous, heartfelt solo effort from Koen Holtkamp (Mountains), recorded as he was anticipating the birth of his first child.
- Paul Simpson
Columbia Records / Legacy / Sony CMG / Sony Music
This 87-track deluxe box offers a complete, truly revelatory portrait of one of the songwriter’s most enigmatic albums.
- Thom Jurek
Hyperion
A contemporary of Josquin, Antoine de Févin receives a long-delayed appraisal by the Brabant Ensemble on this Hyperion release.
- Blair Sanderson
BMG
The Roxy Music singer expands upon his Babylon Berlin performances with more vintage jazz reworkings of his classic songs.
- Matt Collar
Signum Classics
The Calidore String Quartet explores the endurance of art in times of adversity in its 2018 Signum Classics release, Resilience.
- Blair Sanderson
Impulse! / Universal
Intimate, deeply lyrical duo performance from the pianist and bassist recorded in Germany in 2007.
- Matt Collar
Mute US
Excellent box set of lesser-heard solo recordings by Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey.
- Paul Simpson
A&M / Universal
Decades-spanning highlight reel that chronicles Cornell's career as a solo artist and iconic grunge frontman.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Tapete Records
The singer/songwriter crafts a subtly more epic, ominous sound on his eighth studio album.
- Marcy Donelson
Erato
Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, ensemble director Christina Pluhar, and L'Arpeggiata explore gorgeous, unknown works between Schütz and Bach.
- James Manheim
Mute
The work of a fictional WWI poet is given elaborately detailed treatment by these collaborators in an extended meditation on horror.
- Thom Jurek
Village Green
Stunning, inventively designed work from filmmaker and musician Anthony Tombling, Jr. which addresses environmental and political decay.
- Paul Simpson
New West
The shapeshifting Canadian takes an exhilarating trip into pastoral U.K. folk and acoustic psych.
- Timothy Monger
PIAS
The esteemed Aussie art pop duo delivers a bacchanalian oratorio inspired by the Greek god of wine and ecstasy.
- James Christopher Monger
God?
On its first album in over a decade, this Japanese psych-rock group pushes its sound into unprecedented exciting new places.
- Fred Thomas
Linn Records
Handel's festive Ode for St. Cecilia's Day receives a spirited performance by John Butt and the Dunedin Consort on this 2018 Linn Records release.
- Blair Sanderson
ATMA Classique
Fabien Gabel and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec present a brilliant showcase of works by Offenbach, Ravel, and Poulenc.
- Blair Sanderson
Naïve
Sympathetic performances of daring and recently unearthed Vivaldi violin concertos from the last part of his career.
- James Manheim
Rhino
The best-ever compilation of Fleetwood Mac touches upon every phase of the band's career in chronological order.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Anti-
The daydreamy debut of a band led by singer/songwriter Andy Shauf is very much for fans of his solo material.
- Marcy Donelson
PentaTone Classics
Gustavo Gimeno and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg present key works from Stravinsky's Russian, neoclassical, and serial periods.
- Blair Sanderson
Upset the Rhythm
Chaotic yet remarkably focused debut full-length from electro-shocked noise rock duo Guttersnipe.
- Paul Simpson
Decca
Hahn returns to Bach's solo sonatas and partitas, 21 years after beginning her recording career with them, and triumphs.
- James Manheim
Damaged Goods
On her 11th solo album, the storied garage rocker sticks to her winning formula of big-beat rock & roll and her distinctive brand of cool.
- Fred Thomas
Sub Pop
Mostly acoustic solo effort from the Dinosaur Jr. leader is a strong and well-focused set with some welcome electric accents.
- Mark Deming
Polyvinyl
Trading in his relaxed paisley pop for warmly cinematic synths, Gardner's third album is a welcome departure.
- Tim Sendra
New West
The Oklahoma-born singer's first album of wry, rockin' holiday music.
- Matt Collar
Erato
Playful and mysterious, Jean Rondeau delivers a program of Domenico Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas that keeps one guessing.
- Blair Sanderson
dBpm
The first original solo effort from the Wilco frontman is an evocative message of hope and caring against long odds.
- Mark Deming
Fire America
The folk singer/songwriter returns with a collection of crystalline, psych-bathed songs spread across a double album.
- Bekki Bemrose
RCA
A savvy, canny expansion of his genre-bending country debut.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bloodshot
Laura Jane Grace steps outside of Against Me! to indulge in her fondness for Tom Petty and power pop.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Columbia / RCA / Sony Music
Rap
Culled from previously unreleased tracks, the posthumous sequel to this emo rapper's 2017 debut has an eerie significance in the wake of his untimely death.
- Fred Thomas
Omnivore
Previously unreleased demo session captures the strength and spirit of these '80s cowpunks better than their official albums.
- Mark Deming
Linn Records
This exquisite album of music by Ravel and Duparc features Magdalena Kozena with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
- Blair Sanderson
Hyperion
Mahan Esfahani has always had an abiding interest in the music of the English virginalists, which he demonstrates on Hyperion's The Passinge Mesures.
- Blair Sanderson
Blue Note
On his sophomore Blue Note offering, the saxophonist and composer traces the African diaspora from history into the future.
- Thom Jurek
Epic
R&B
A measured and understated collection of slow and midtempo R&B ballads with support from Blood Orange, Slick Rick, and Timbaland.
- Andy Kellman
Three Lobed
Two long-acquainted folk experimentalists get the chance to collaborate and make magic from the opportunity.
- Thom Jurek
Night School
After a decade of making gloomy synth pop, Nilsson lightens up a touch sonically while still dishing out sad, stately gems.
- Tim Sendra
Warner Bros.
Bathed in neon-washed '80s synths, the stadium rock titans deliver their most immediate set in over a decade.
- Neil Z. Yeung
WB
A loose, warm, and fun collection of highlights from Neil Young's acoustic tour in 1976.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Novum
Robert Quinney and the Choir of New College, Oxford, present Parry's introspective Songs of Farewell with Mendelssohn's influential Sechs Sprüche.
- Blair Sanderson
Erato
Semi-period-instrument performance of Beethoven's most famous piano concertos, breaking new ground.
- James Manheim
Harmonia Mundi
Nikolai Lugansky presents a selection of Debussy's best-loved piano pieces on this 2018 centenary release from Harmonia Mundi.
- Blair Sanderson
Harmonia Mundi
Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat receives a straightforward reading in French in this 2018 release from Harmonia Mundi.
- Blair Sanderson
Requiem for a Twister
A second album of breezy, sunny, and delightful lo-fi, high-quality indie pop from a French duo now living in Florida.
- Tim Sendra
Linn Records
Phantasm explores Matthew Locke's suites for viol consort, the first of a series of albums exploring his music.
- Blair Sanderson
DFA
The producer's fourth album is an utterly captivating musical memoir that celebrates music's power to transform, connect, and heal.
- Heather Phares
Felte
The project's second album brings more focus and clarity to its moody electronic collages without sacrificing any mystery.
- Heather Phares
Trouble in Mind
The band's second album cleans up their scrappy punk sound to lend some vintage, pre-C-86 indie pop melody and finesse to the mix.
- Tim Sendra
Erato
An attractive collection of show tunes from a French violinist.
- James Manheim
Atlantic / Warner Bros.
After a six-year limbo, the English pop singer returned triumphant with this effervescent sophomore effort.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Century Media / Insideout
The Swedish guitarist and composer weds past to present with a host of familiar collaborators on this ambitious offering.
- Thom Jurek
Blue Note
A rich and rewarding collection of songs that speaks to the singer and songwriter's talent, passion, and maturity.
- Mark Deming
Naxos
Detailed, often delightful brass arrangements of British choral and string orchestra works.
- James Manheim
Exploding in Sound
Ovlov's Steve Harlett's second record as Stove is his first with a band, and it's emotionally charged, sonically thrilling indie rock at its finest.
- Tim Sendra
Morr Music
Truly sublime collaboration between Danish ambient dub trio System (aka Future 3) and German pianist/composer Nils Frahm.
- Paul Simpson
Capitol
A sprawling two-record epic showcasing the fraying quartet's still mesmerizing sonic extremes.
Skeleton Key Records
Brilliantly autumnal neo-psychedelia with elements of British folk, soundtrack music and the Jefferson Airplane added to the mix.
- Tim Sendra
New West
The Georgia band's second album is a lost classic that benefits from sleek production, finely honed hooks, and the continued songwriting genius of Ross Shapiro.
- Tim Sendra
New West
The Georgia band's debut is a shaggy, big-hearted collection of indie rock and pop driven by the low-key genius of bandleader Ross Shapiro.
- Tim Sendra
New West
Collection of unreleased songs recorded between 1996 and 2003 by the underrated and much-loved Athens, Georgia indie rock band.
- Tim Sendra
Dirtnap Records
Bracing collection of the garage punk band's singles released between 2003 and 2010.
- Tim Sendra
Pelagic
After more than a decade, the German extreme music collective circles back to deliver a punishing but beautiful sequel to 2007's Precambrian.
- Thom Jurek
Coro
The Sixteen present an album of Christmas music from the Renaissance, including works by Lassus, Tallis, Byrd, Victoria, and other masters.
- Blair Sanderson
Napalm Records
The reunited Smashing Pumpkins deliver a shiny, bright, melodic album that's disarmingly positive.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Houndstooth
Throwing Snow's club-focused side is every bit as ambitious and suspenseful as his first two proper albums.
- Paul Simpson
Various Artists
Cherry Red
Wild and swinging collection of garage rock, psychobilly, and just plain trash gathered from the underbelly of the early-'80s U.K. music scene.
- Tim Sendra
Various Artists
Anthology
Fantastic collection of some of the brightest, strangest, and surprisingly influential moments of pre-recorded film music libraries.
- Fred Thomas
Various Artists
NMC
British composer Cutler offers eclectic styles, with a satisfying sense of wrestling with the musical materials in each one.
- James Manheim
Lawo Classics
Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra complete their Scriabin cycle with the First Symphony and Prometheus: The Poem of Fire.
- Blair Sanderson
Onyx Classics
A superb fresh take on Pärt from Russian violinist Mullova, approved by the composer.
- James Manheim