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The Needle Drop's Best Albums of 2019 (So Far...)

The Needle Drop's Best Albums of 2019 (So Far...)

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Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Ariana Grande - thank u, next
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Sweetener is no longer Ariana Grande's strongest album.

Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM

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

Beyoncé pulls out all the stops on HOMECOMING, a live album of epic proportions.

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

It's a shame that the popularity and promotion behind Billie Eilish has poisoned the well a bit, as When We All Fall Asleep is actually an artful, well-crafted, and unique pop album.

Little Simz - GREY Area

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

Though Grey Area isn't the most cutting-edge rap album out there, there's not a spot on it where Little Simz falters even slightly.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

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

Though it succumbs to some trends and has a bit of a loose framework, Lizzo's latest album is still a fantastic fusion of rap and soul music.

Matmos - Plastic Anniversary

Matmos - Plastic Anniversary
March 15, 2019
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Even after 25 years, Matmos is creating some of the most fun and inventive electronic music you'll hear in your life.

Otoboke Beaver - Itekoma Hits

Otoboke Beaver - Itekoma Hits
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
Otoboke Beaver didn't need to go this hard!

Quelle Chris - Guns

Quelle Chris - Guns
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

Despite some structural shortcomings, Guns is a great work of politically-charged jazz rap.

Slauson Malone - A Quiet Farwell, 2016-2018

Slauson Malone - A Quiet Farwell, 2016-2018
April 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

A Quiet Farwell is an inventive and consistently stimulating collage of underground hip hop and various strands of abstract music.

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

On his debut album, slowthai proves himself to be an exciting new voice in the UK hip hop landscape.

The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
March 15, 2019
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

The Comet Is Coming is doing its part to bring jazz into the next decade.

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

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

IGOR is easily one of the best breakup albums of the decade.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

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

Weyes Blood comes through with an immaculately produced and performed baroque pop album in Titanic Rising.

Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit

Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
Xiu Xiu delivers what might be its most adventurous and harrowing album to date... which is saying a lot.
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