Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Albums of 2019 (So Far)

Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Albums of 2019 (So Far)

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25. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center

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

More a revitalizing burst of energy than a passing of the torch, Better Oblivion Community Center frequently finds Bridgers and Oberst bringing out the best of each other.

24. Pivot Gang - You Can't Sit With Us

Pivot Gang - You Can't Sit With Us
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

The record is a labor of love, and it was also made by completely independent artists, which makes it even more impressive.

23. Julia Jacklin - Crushing

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

Crushing is by and large a breakup album, but it’s more a reckoning with one’s mysterious and daunting personal potential than a reflection on someone else.

22. American Football - American Football

American Football - American Football
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

This isn’t a full departure from the American Football sound, but the band successfully traverse new territory.

21. Lady Lamb - Even In The Tremor

Lady Lamb - Even In The Tremor
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
69
5 reviews
The record’s highs validate Spaltro’s position as one of indie’s storytellers to watch while its lows only make you feel like she tried to cram two records’ worth of tales into a single disc

20. Little Simz - GREY Area

Little Simz - GREY Area
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

19. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

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

These are two artists who know when to pull back and when to pile on, with enough technical knowledge to execute their vision and enough passion to work until the little details are right.

18. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

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

Beware of the Dogs shines in its concrete approaches to meaningful subject matter.

17. James Blake - Assume Form

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

Blake hasn’t lost his love of percussion, and his gift for melody seems without limit. This is Blake at his most focused, stripped of electronic frills, and down to his emotional underwear.

16. Stef Chura - Midnight

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

Chock-full of mature songwriting, sometimes hard-hitting and sometimes sweeping from low-lit nadirs to explosive zeniths, Midnight is a brawny performance from a young artist.

15. Anderson .Paak - Ventura

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

Now, Anderson .Paak has learned how to use those tremendous resources to his advantage and made a personal statement to satisfy his nostalgic soul. Ventura is lean and lovely.

14. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

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

13. Flying Lotus - Flamagra

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

The brilliant auras of sound and feeling swirl together to create moments of joy and tranquility; Flamagra is an experience that invites listeners to come together and listen to what that fire has to say.

12. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

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

Faye Webster’s understated, self-deprecating persona almost dares you not to take her seriously. Don’t be fooled. Atlanta Millionaires Club is a masterpiece of claustrophobic intimacy that brings compelling immediacy to a time-tested story.

11. BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
71
12 reviews

With Map of the Soul : Persona, they deliver a ready-for-action EP, hopping easily between genres like hip-hop, rock, R&B, and trap in a multifaceted exploration inside the lives and hearts of one of the biggest boy bands on Earth.

10. Solange - When I Get Home

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

When I Get Home offers so much to be immersed in ... With the album and accompanying video, Solange emerges a true visionary with a piece of self-discovery that trusts its audience enough to eschew hand-holding and easy answers.

9. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

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

Despite the lower volume, Bruce Springsteen sounds positively invigorated on Western Stars. With a new sonic palette and renewed focus on the LP as a means of writing short stories, it’s easily his best album of new material since 2007’s Magic.

8. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Ariana Grande - thank u, next
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

Of course, the album is a highly polished product and not some diary page. But it feels lived in, truthful, authentic. thank u, next is a personal statement from a generational talent who is still only 25 years old.

7. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

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

Father of the Bride may not have the initial excitement and glistening energy of the band’s now-classic first three albums, but it offers a rewarding and audacious achievement of its own.

6. PUP - Morbid Stuff

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

Morbid Stuff is a bold step forward for PUP, an incredibly mature record given how filled with anger and contempt it is, containing true moments of insight.

5. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

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

By closing the door on the philosophies and musical approaches he used to take, Tyler discovers an open window, leading him to new, peaceful strength and mastery of his craft.

4. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

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

With Cuz I Love You, Lizzo has sidestepped the majority of frustrating industry standards to present a musical breathe of fresh air. The record is purposefully compact, genre-blending, unifying, reaffirming, devoid of corniness.

3. 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

Whatever missteps there may be, Eilish’s commanding, yet vulnerable, performances easily overcome them to create one of the best debut albums of the young year.

2. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
Lyrically and emotionally, it’s a scrapbook of those “lost” years, funneled through 10 essential tracks that all find her on steadier footing. Those feet are now on new terrain, but Van Etten ably strolls by the worn-out footprints of so many crooners who have previously stumbled or worn out their soles with such a departure.

1. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

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

Woods embodies the cultural makeup of Chicago, tackles the multiplicity of identity, and balances her dominance with flawlessly selected features that build her up.

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