Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far

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Aldous Harding - Designer

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

Aldous Harding uses oddness as both lure and armor ... you can hear it in the language of Designer, her quizzically beautiful third LP, where she pivots artfully from folk eccentric to pop eccentric.

Anderson .Paak - Ventura

Anderson .Paak - Ventura
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

Overall, Ventura‘s grooves are scintillating, with percussive filigree sputtering like fireworks across the album’s mix, and at its best the LP conjures vintage soul with modern beat science underpinnings, an elegant mix of tough and plush.

Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM

Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM
April 17, 2019
Critic Score
87
6 reviews

Homecoming: The Live Album is the type of victory lap worthy of a queen.

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

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

UFOF sends a shiver down your spine in its simplicity.

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
21 reviews

It’s an album full of dressed-down avant-pop with D.I.Y. immediacy and intimacy that can still hold its own amid Top 40 maximalists like Ariana Grande and Halsey.

Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

Western Stars shows Springsteen pulling back the curtain on his craft in much the same way Springsteen on Broadway did. In fact, in its elliptical narratives, it might have the makings of a good musical itself.

Cage the Elephant - Social Cues

Cage the Elephant - Social Cues
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
68
20 reviews

Social Cues is full-on American gothic.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

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

With all its polish and production, Dedication can sound less like an artistic benchmark and more like throwing gum drops at the ceiling to see which ones stick.

Cate Le Bon - Reward

Cate Le Bon - Reward
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

It’s hard to go back and listen to earlier albums after Reward—the enhanced instrumentation and dreamy songwriting make this the singer’s strongest album yet.

Charly Bliss - Young Enough

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

Young Enough is poppier than its predecessor but not always as immediately catchy. Sometimes that feels intentional and it can often be a good thing, often slowing down the band’s torpedo tunefulness to negotiate trauma in real time.

Empath - Active Listening: Night on Earth

Empath - Active Listening: Night on Earth
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

A fierce, spacey, cacophonous, 27-minute-long LP. Like the EP and singles that preceded it, Active Listening: Night On Earth is defined by manic mood swings.

Ex Hex - It's Real

Ex Hex - It's Real
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

On her latest album Atlanta Millionaires Club—ten tracks of blustery loneliness and introspective songwriting—the only party Webster crashes is her own.

Flying Lotus - Flamagra

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

Gary Clark Jr. - This Land

Gary Clark Jr. - This Land
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

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

Legacy! Legacy! is about community, about legacies as heritage but also as that which is forged on the ground in the moment.

Jeff Tweedy - WARMER

Jeff Tweedy - WARMER
April 13, 2019
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

Jenny Lewis - On the Line

Jenny Lewis - On the Line
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

As glorious as the sound of this thing is, glinting with letter-perfect ‘70s-’80s rock sonics and touches of 21st-century psychedelic irony, the songs are the show, written by a woman of a particular age from a perspective well past jaded.

Juice WRLD - DEATH RACE FOR LOVE

Juice WRLD - DEATH RACE FOR LOVE
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
61
13 reviews

While his melodrama tends to grow old over the course of a 22-track, 72-minute album, it is captivating in small doses.

Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
March 15, 2019
Critic Score
75
23 reviews

While the sound of Lux Prima feels unexpected based off these artists’ distinct histories, Karen O and Danger Mouse have unlocked a new creative force within each other.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

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

Cuz I Love You follows through on the legend she’s been steadily building over the past few years.

Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy

Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
61
28 reviews

These stark songs are meditative, lonely, and stubbornly isolated, like spending 45 minutes petting a cat. A static search for comfort.

Maluma - 11:11

Maluma - 11:11
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

Marc Anthony - OPUS

Marc Anthony - OPUS
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

Maren Morris - GIRL

Maren Morris - GIRL
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
67
7 reviews

This album is where Morris makes her pop move. She’s stretching out musically, going for more of a Selena Gomez-Camila Cabello vibe.

Mavis Staples - We Get By

Mavis Staples - We Get By
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

Mekons - Deserted

Mekons - Deserted
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

Moon Tooth - Crux

Moon Tooth - Crux
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
73
1 review

Pip Blom - Boat

Pip Blom - Boat
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

Priests - The Seduction of Kansas

Priests - The Seduction of Kansas
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

The Seduction of Kansas follows its evocative title ... into wide-open new territory via multi-faceted explorations of what Greer calls “the manufactured mythology of Americanism.”

Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats - Anger Management

Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats - Anger Management
April 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

This overpowering 18-minute release reveals Rico and Kenny to be the most high-voltage rapper-producer combo around.

Santana - Africa Speaks

Santana - Africa Speaks
June 7, 2019
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

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

Her fantastic new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, ups her ambitions even further, pushing toward a grand, smoldering vision of pop that can bring to mind Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent ... and the New Wave warrior-queen spirit of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.

Sigrid - Sucker Punch

Sigrid - Sucker Punch
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

On her debut LP Sucker Punch, she smooths out strange moods into glistening songs, making for top-shelf coffee shop synth-pop.

Solange - When I Get Home

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

She offers brief but potent statements; over half the tracks are under three minutes and each one bleeds into the other like watercolors on her canvas.

Stef Chura - Midnight

Stef Chura - Midnight
June 7, 2019
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Midnight pushes well past the hard-scrabble drive of her 2017 debut Messes, with a bigger, rangier sound.

Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

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

Beware of the Dogs is a triumph on its own terms, going from high point to high point as she maps the pains, pleasures and anxieties of her personal patch of twentysomething bohemia.

Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied

Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied
March 15, 2019
Critic Score
70
18 reviews

Not everything on Groove Denied works, but it’s gratifying to see a great songwriter still busy being born.

Supa Bwe - Just Say Thank You

Supa Bwe - Just Say Thank You
April 10, 2019
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

The National - I Am Easy to Find

The National - I Am Easy to Find
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
32 reviews
Like the short movie, it doesn’t offer any morals or profound truths. Just beauty, and an invitation to savor it while you can.

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

Across IGOR, he achieves a happy balance by tempering his wonky song structures bordering on the surreal and dogged pursuit of synthgasms with a clear narrative arc and careful calculated swerves in tone and texture.

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

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

Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and meticulously contoured that you easily sink into its inventions.

Weezer - Weezer (Black Album)

Weezer - Weezer (Black Album)
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
50
22 reviews

The band’s 13th album portends a musical change-up, but its core is still precise, poker-faced pop-rock.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

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

It’s a strangely addictive mix, comfort-food nostalgia that telegraphs knowingness without sarcasm, parody or airquotes.

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