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NME's Best Albums of 2019 (So Far!)

NME's Best Albums of 2019 (So Far!)

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AJ Tracey - AJ Tracey

AJ Tracey - AJ Tracey
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

As a document of British rap’s indefinable present ... AJ Tracey’s debut is perhaps the best of the current crop; twisted, vibrant and ever-shifting, but linked with that confident voice.

Ariana Grande - thank u, next

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

It could easily be a self-pitying album, one ready to dwell in the wreckage of incidents, but instead keeps picking up and moving on; providing a guide to how to keep on keeping on even when it feels like whatever you do is going to end in devastation.

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

‘When We All Fall Asleep…’ is a memorable and game-changing debut record, with Billie's disruptive streak front and centre. We'll no doubt see the mainstream scrabbling to replicate it.

Bring Me The Horizon - amo

Bring Me The Horizon - amo
January 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 reviews
It’s proof alone that this band can do what they want and get away with it. There’s nothing as exciting as a surprise that pays off. It ain’t rocket science, it ain’t heavy metal, it’s just class songwriting.

Dave - Psychodrama

Dave - Psychodrama
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
10 reviews

A moving, quasi-concept album, this debut from the 20-year-old rapper is bold and thought-provoking, the kind of record that comes along only rarely.

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
If this is just the first act of ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, then this era may just prove to be Foals’ making.

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
19 reviews

The Irish troubadours come good on a debut album that offers both a storyteller’s narrative voice and a snarling new vision of youthful disillusionment.

James Blake - Assume Form

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

The first five-star album of 2019! Proof that James Blake is one of the world’s greatest producers, this loved-up fourth record, featuring Andre 3000 and Travis Scott, sees him finally in control as a brilliant songwriter and emotive lyricist

Kevin Morby - Oh My God

Kevin Morby - Oh My God
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

The American songwriter questions it all on his divine fifth album, a remarkable achievement that may serve as a companion and guide in tough times.

Little Simz - GREY Area

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

London MC Simbi Ajikawo has come true on her early promise with this confident and unapologetic album, the best rap record of the year so far.

Ohtis - Curve of Earth

Ohtis - Curve of Earth
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats - Anger Management

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

This bracing, addictive record takes the listener on a journey through anger to acceptance, finally arriving at a sense of calm. It's a great concept, and a great album.

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 reviews
Don’t call it a comeback, but it may well be her most intoxicating and impressive work to date.

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
The Northampton rapper's unique debut album is authentic and honest in all its garish glory, an indication of the sprawling possible paths for his career to grow into.

Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis

Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis
January 25, 2019
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

A marked progression from her previous (brilliant) post-punk albums, Eva Moolchan’s third record is a woozy masterclass in understatement, endlessly inspired and fizzing with ambience.

Solange - When I Get Home

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

This surprise-released, self-produced record is a reminder that Solange is an R&B frontrunner in her own right. It’s a celebration of women, black culture and – above all – music.

Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

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

Enthralling and hugely relevant, the Australian singer-songwriter's debut album tackles difficult subject matter with cheekiness and real lightness of touch.

The Specials - Encore

The Specials - Encore
February 1, 2019
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
We need right-thinking rebel records like ‘Encore’ now more than ever.

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

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

‘IGOR’ is an accomplished and evergreen record that’s well worth putting your phone down, turning the TV off and devoting your full attention span to.

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

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

Depending on your mood, there’ll be songs you’d happily lop off for a more streamlined listen, but by and large, all of these songs make the patchwork much more vibrant.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

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

‘Titanic Rising’ harnesses convention and refashions it into something singular. At once a document of this “wild time to be alive” and an escape from it, it’s often remarkably good.

Original Source: https://www.nme.com/blogs/best-albums-of-2019-2449289
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