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

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

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AJ Tracey - AJ Tracey
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
75
12 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
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
27 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?
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 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
January 25, 2019
Critic Score
75
18 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
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
12 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)
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
80
28 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
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
90
22 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
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
77
37 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
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
79
20 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
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 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
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

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
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
41 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
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
20 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
January 25, 2019
Critic Score
72
16 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
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 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
March 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 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
February 1, 2019
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
We need right-thinking rebel records like ‘Encore’ now more than ever.

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
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 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
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 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.

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