UNCUT - - Contents - Michael Bon­ner, Editor. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @michael­bon­ner

One of them is a de­but by a bunch of thir­tysome­thing Aus­tralian cof­fee ad­dicts. The ti­tle of an­other is de­noted en­tirely by sym­bols. A third, mean­while, imag­ines an en­tirely new ver­sion of the monar­chy… Wel­come, then, to Uncut’s Best new Al­bums Of 2018. Over the past few month, our writ­ers have been busily com­pil­ing their endof-year lists, and af­ter an in­struc­tive week or so buried in a spread­sheet, I’m de­lighted to be able to share the re­sults with you as part of our leg­endary Re­view Of The Year. In th­ese pages you’ll find a com­pre­hen­sive look back at our favourite al­bums, archive re­leases, films and books from the past 12 months. And to help us, we’ve in­vited some cel­e­brated friends to of­fer their own thoughts on 2018 – in­clud­ing Jack White, Paul Weller, Court­ney Bar­nett and Stephen Malkmus. Mean­while, our free cov­er­mount CD fea­tures 15 tracks that have helped sound­track our year – from Fa­ther John Misty to Ry Cooder, Cat Power to Rolling Black­outs, Ty Se­gall to Ju­lia Holter. else­where, we un­earth the lat­est trea­sures from neil Young’s archives, salute the re­turn of Fleet­wood Mac and pre­view some ex­clu­sive un­seen Prince im­ages.

Oh, and I’d also like to in­tro­duce a new con­trib­u­tor – elvis Costello, no less, who gra­ciously of­fered to write his own Al­bum By Al­bum fea­ture for us. As­ton­ish­ingly, this piece also marks elvis’s first ma­jor ap­pear­ance in Uncut – a mere 260 is­sues down the line.

But rather than flam to­gether some kind of pos­i­tive con­clud­ing mes­sage about the year in mu­sic, I’ll leave it in­stead to our cover star – Jack White. In an un­usu­ally frank and open in­ter­view with Peter Watts, White ex­plains what it is that drives him to make mu­sic. The an­swer is sur­pris­ingly straight­for­ward – but nev­er­the­less, I sus­pect the sen­ti­ment is some­thing all our in­ter­vie­wees would agree with. “I’m not a pop star, so I don’t have to come up with hits to stay alive,” he con­tin­ues. “I’m glad I don’t have that sort of pres­sure, as that wouldn’t be in­ter­est­ing. I get to serve the song rather than any im­age. That’s some­thing peo­ple might not know about me, but it’s al­ways about the song. What­ever it takes to keep the song alive.”

In­ci­den­tally, do please send us your own end-ofyear charts. I’d like to pub­lish a read­ers’ Al­bums Of The Year list in a fu­ture is­sue of Uncut. So send your en­tries to me at Michael.Bon­[email protected]­dia.com.

Hope to hear from you soon!

On the cover: Jack White by David Levene/ The Guardian/ Eyevine “I want love to roll me over slowly/Stick a knife in­side me, and twist it all around”

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