The A.V. Club's Best Music of 2019 So Far

The A.V. Club's Best Music of 2019 So Far

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Anderson .Paak - Ventura

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

Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet

Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Bird has released live recordings before, but the 10 tracks that make up My Finest Work Yet feel even more present, more in the moment, while never sacrificing any musicianship.

Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Ariana Grande - thank u, next
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
83
24 reviews
With this new album and a looming Coachella headlining slot, Grande is clearly in the imperial phase of her recording career. The only question now is how much bigger her career is going to get.

Benny Sings - City Pop

Benny Sings - City Pop
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
70
1 review

Cate Le Bon - Reward

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

Charly Bliss - Young Enough

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

Denzel Curry - ZUU

Denzel Curry - ZUU
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

Flying Lotus - Flamagra

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

If it all sounds vaporous at times, or even predictable to listeners long familiar with Flying Lotus’ sound, then at least it represents his growth into a full-fledged record producer, someone capable of straight-up great songwriting as well as engagingly electronic funk.

Jade Bird - Jade Bird

Jade Bird - Jade Bird
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

Jenny Lewis - On the Line

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

On The Line preserves the irreverence and honesty of her past work, but underscores that Lewis is finding a new, deeper musical path drawing from—but not beholden to—grief and rebirth.

Little Simz - GREY Area

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

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

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

Lizzo’s best asset is her personality, and she’s at her best when she lets it shine bright.

Maxo - LIL BIG MAN

Maxo - LIL BIG MAN
March 15, 2019
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

NCT 127 - We Are Superhuman

NCT 127 - We Are Superhuman
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
83
1 review

Orville Peck - Pony

Orville Peck - Pony
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

Pile - Green and Gray

Pile - Green and Gray
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

PUP - Morbid Stuff

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

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

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

Anyone looking for tidy narratives won’t find them in Remind Me Tomorrow, as the album isn’t concerned with backstories or motivations. Instead, its 10 songs are much more focused on how their protagonists are dealing right now, in the present, with triumphs, traumas, and new beginnings.

Solange - When I Get Home

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

The National - I Am Easy to Find

The National - I Am Easy to Find
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
32 reviews
The National’s never been afraid to dial things down, but it’s rarely sounded as vulnerable as it does here—song after song, Dessner’s vibrant, moody arrangements serve to reflect Berninger’s precarious balance of hope and frustration.

Toro y Moi - Outer Peace

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

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 unlikely to find the universal praise that the immaculately constructed Modern Vampires did, but it will reward close listens. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for this moment in the band’s evolution.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

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

Rado’s opulent production gives the experience of listening to Titanic Rising—particularly on headphones—the feeling of being enveloped in sound, insulated from the outside world like an astronaut looking down at the earth through layers of atmosphere.

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