Exclaim!'s Top 29 Albums of 2019 So Far

Exclaim!'s Top 29 Albums of 2019 So Far

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29.

Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
77
33 reviews
They continue to look forward and create music that feels unlike anything else out there. This one is no exception: it's the perfect antidote for these bleak, modern times.

28.

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

Harding continues to keep listeners on their toes with Designer which, overall, is a unique, luminous record that's about whatever you need it to be about.

27.

2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

Aside from a few less-than-strong features, Rap or Go to the League allows 2 Chainz, a veteran rapper, to use his powers to acknowledge a picture much larger than him — it's one that's rooted in his past, but is planting the seeds for the feature.

26.

Jayda G - Significant Changes
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

25.

Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
Groove and melancholy exist simultaneously in Yanya's work, providing listeners with no single answer to the questions she poses.

24.

Whitechapel - The Valley
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

While it's tough to imagine Whitechapel ever topping This Is Exile — one of the most important deathcore albums ever — this record is an extremely close second. The Valley solidifies the band in their current musical direction and is easily Whitechapel's most diverse and well-composed album.

23.

The Chemical Brothers - No Geography
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

It certainly has a strong first half ... if less praise can be heaped on the latter half of No Geography, its contours will at least be sweetly familiar to longtime fans.

22.

Bring Me The Horizon - amo
January 25, 2019
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
Unfortunately, while amo has moments of absolute brilliance, highlighted by "Nihilist Blues," "Ouch" and "Fresh Bruises," it feels like BMTH weren't ready to fully commit to either sound and, as a result, we're left with a mixed bag of tracks that offers a little something for everyone but never quite enough.

21.

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

Young Enough makes clear that the band, particularly Hendricks' knack for weaving clear-eyed narratives into her writing, aren't about to have their vision hemmed in by any one scene or sound.

20.

James Blake - Assume Form
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
77
37 reviews

No longer masked by double exposure, deep blues and greys, Assume Form is Blake coming into focus.

19.

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 reviews

Now that they're mostly unburdened from the narratives of their past, Father of the Bride finds them at their most relaxed, jovial and inviting.

18.

Little Simz - GREY Area
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews

GREY Area, as the title suggests, is far from the theatrics of a black and white world, but lays in the complexities of everything in between.

17.

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
90
22 reviews

16.

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

On the Line is full of such raw realizations laid bare — it's Lewis squaring up a difficult period of her life with an affected but steady gaze.

15.

Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

LEGACY! LEGACY! is a complex and near-flawless reworking of genre ... as the singer-songwriter evolves her art, thought and reason for being.

14.

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

Big Thief are accepting the inherent beauty of life's invisible forces and their contemplation with the unknown has led them to a mindful state of raw, celestial power. U.F.O.F. is trembling with mystical energy and is truly one of the year's best records.

13.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Trapline
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

12.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

At its core, Cuz I Love You is dripping in a confident rebellion that has been a catalyst for the R&B/soul divas throughout the decades.

11.

Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Eilish's success is no fluke — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is a debut record that showcases a bold artistic vision and a willingness to move beyond the boundaries of pop conventions.

10.

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

Across 27 songs — many of them lasting between a minute and two — Flamagra plays like a staggered daydream, where you occasionally return to consciousness, only to slip back into slumber soon after.

9.

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

The best parts of the album, though, are the moments where it doesn't sound exactly like anything either artist has released before, yet still shows two songwriters at the height of their talents.

8.

Full of Hell - Weeping Choir
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

7.

The National - I Am Easy to Find
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
78
39 reviews

I Am Easy to Find feels like a restart for a band in its 20th year. It might challenge some fans and may not ever grow on others, but more than anything, it proves that the National are not the band you thought they were. They're way more than that.

6.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

Titanic Rising may draw inspiration from the past, but it's ultimately a clear-eyed look at love, catastrophe and hope that's perfect for the present moment.

5.

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

Driven by feelings, mindfulness and a newfound sense of purpose, the avant-garde album takes on an intensified jazz approach filled with sonic repetition, chord progression and freeform collaboration. And despite being light in lyrics, it's heavy in Houston traditions.

4.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

Dedicated is a more nuanced and subdued work than Jepsen's 2015 masterwork, trading in some of her last record's razzle-dazzle for a more refined emotional palette, but losing none of the songs' staying power.

3.

PUP - Morbid Stuff
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

At the heart of it, Morbid Stuff just still sounds like friends having fun and making catchy, cathartic punk anthems for teens and almost-adults alike — offering a brief, but much needed respite from the hell that is everyday life.

2.

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

1.

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

Remind Me Tomorrow is not only a reminder of the power of love but also features some of Van Etten's finest work to date.

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