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Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)

Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)

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25. Charly Bliss - Young Enough

Charly Bliss - Young Enough
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

Young Enough introduces new moods and textures without tamping down the band’s irrepressible likeability.

24. Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile

Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

23. Aldous Harding - Designer

Aldous Harding - Designer
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

22. Toro y Moi - Outer Peace

Toro y Moi - Outer Peace
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
70
20 reviews

21. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
January 23, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Better Oblivion Community Center is the kind of warm and fuzzy record that provides listeners with a soul-lifting ending no matter which path they choose—to collapse into the arms of its devastating lyrical woe or to jump onstage with Oberst and Bridgers and bask in its giddy musical benevolence.

20. SASAMI - SASAMI

SASAMI - SASAMI
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

19. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

On U.F.O.F., Big Thief embrace their more subtle and mystical sides while capturing a wider array of landscapes.

18. Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock

Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

16. The National - I Am Easy to Find

The National - I Am Easy to Find
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

As has been the case upon nearly every release since Alligator, The National have put out another album that could easily be argued as their best—and it may be easier to make that claim now than ever before.

15. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

Maggie Rogers is a pure pop star and a deserving one, at that. She’s self-assured in a way other radio stars aren’t, never afraid to fold in her folk background and do whatever she wants. And you just can’t help but root for her.

14. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? has its faults, not quite hitting its full potential, but it gets damn well close, delivering an infectious record for the post-party hangover.

13. Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Flying Lotus - Flamagra
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

12. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

An imaginative indie-pop chronicle of millennial malaise.

11. Solange - When I Get Home

Solange - When I Get Home
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

10. Kevin Morby - Oh My God

Kevin Morby - Oh My God
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

9. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

Dedicated could’ve easily been either a woebegone heartbreak record or a carefree, lovestruck free-for-all had it been dreamt up by someone else. Instead, thanks to Ms. Jepsen’s talent for processing feelings, it’s an intersection of those two ends of the pop spectrum and a daring display of chart-topping sounds from across the decades.

8. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

Jenny Lewis - On the Line
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

7. Julia Jacklin - Crushing

Julia Jacklin - Crushing
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

Jacklin clearly had to sort through mountains of wreckage to arrive here, but the album’s autobiographical nature is what makes it so affecting ... in recognizing the non-exclusivity of her experiences, she made something singular.

6. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Her music and her persona may be inextricably entwined, but it’s a delightfully fun package.

5. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Tyler attempts to up the ante on IGOR and he succeeds to a large extent.

3. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Sharon Van Etten was already one of the great lyricists of the ‘10s, but with this breathtaking new project, she’s proved an artistic pliancy her contemporaries may not possess. She hit her stride with Are We There, but here she’s not even on the ground.

2. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

Now that we’re finally granted a listen to what he’s been working on for over half a decade, it’s simply impossible not to wonder what happened and where they lost their way, culminating in a major disappointment for perhaps the most anticipated indie rock album in recent memory.

1. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Titanic Rising ... finds Mering edging her peculiar psych-folk closer than ever to the sound of traditional pop music. For someone with a documented predilection for idiosyncrasy and experimentation, she sounds completely at ease in these new songs, and ready for bigger things ahead.

Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/06/best-albums-2019.html
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