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Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2019

Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2019

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50. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

As has been the case upon nearly every release since Alligator, The National have put out another album that could easily be argued as their best—and it may be easier to make that claim now than ever before.

49. Denzel Curry - ZUU

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

47. PUP - Morbid Stuff

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

45. Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
76
29 reviews

Full of transformation and deserved indignation, The Center Won’t Hold is the first Sleater-Kinney album since the rest of the world started to catch up.

44. Oso Oso - Basking in the Glow

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

42. Charli XCX - Charli

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Charli rockets down the same hyperspeed lane as Pop 2, and like its predecessor, it’s home to a staggering number of unyielding future-pop anthems.

41. Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
77
26 reviews

In under 30 minutes and in just nine songs, Pratt produces a warm, bewitching alternate dimension—but not the kind you fall into in a nightmare or thriller. The universe she’s fashioned for herself is more paradisal.

39. Hand Habits - placeholder

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

Meg Duffy’s humble, comforting vocals will help cushion the blow that will inevitably come with any relationship, and their poetic aptitude results in a record that’s just as therapeutic and affecting on the written page as it is in sung form.

37. Caroline Polachek - Pang

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

An immense, nearly overwhelming spaciousness takes over Pang, which is intricately produced and layered with resplendent, crystalline trinkets of noise and sound unspooling around Polachek, whose vocals, immaculate and exacting, are amplified and crushed by reverb and vocoder.

36. Charly Bliss - Young Enough

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

Young Enough introduces new moods and textures without tamping down the band’s irrepressible likeability.

34. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? has its faults, not quite hitting its full potential, but it gets damn well close, delivering an infectious record for the post-party hangover.

33. Mannequin Pussy - Patience

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

32. Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

This album—a treasure trove of zippy guitar hooks, glimmering synths and lemony vocals expertly curated by Hackman—is all about human connection. She hones in on her emotional and sexual connections both to herself and others post-breakup.

31. Bon Iver - i,i

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

If you have the patience to drill deep enough into i,i, the bright spots are incandescent.

29. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Even House of Sugar’s most fragmentary songs overflow with inescapable earworms of harrowing acoustic chords, sneering electric riffs, hyper-processed vocal snippets, queasy pianos, ghastly synths and simplistic drum programming.

28. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

This is an emotionally multi-faceted album to luxuriate in. Whether you take solace in her sultry, rich voice, instrumentals that range from bubbly to rugged or become invested in her confessional storytelling, Nilüfer Yanya’s Miss Universe can be easily enjoyed during a night out or night in.

27. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

26. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

Maggie Rogers is a pure pop star and a deserving one, at that. She’s self-assured in a way other radio stars aren’t, never afraid to fold in her folk background and do whatever she wants. And you just can’t help but root for her.

25. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

24. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

On U.F.O.F., Big Thief embrace their more subtle and mystical sides while capturing a wider array of landscapes.

23. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

There are no bangers on the album, but there aren’t any sleepers either; fans that just want a XXX 2 will likely be disappointed.

22. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Of this album’s 12 graceful, all equally important tracks, several bring new content to the country table.

21. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

An imaginative indie-pop chronicle of millennial malaise.

20. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

Now that we’re finally granted a listen to what he’s been working on for over half a decade, it’s simply impossible not to wonder what happened and where they lost their way, culminating in a major disappointment for perhaps the most anticipated indie rock album in recent memory.

19. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
The pop star has graduated from queen of bygone California beach vibes to a new title: President of Our American Feelings

18. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center

January 23, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Better Oblivion Community Center is the kind of warm and fuzzy record that provides listeners with a soul-lifting ending no matter which path they choose—to collapse into the arms of its devastating lyrical woe or to jump onstage with Oberst and Bridgers and bask in its giddy musical benevolence.

17. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Tyler attempts to up the ante on IGOR and he succeeds to a large extent.

16. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

He’s just as bummed out as ever on Purple Mountains, and he still makes being bummed out sound better than just about anyone else.

15. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Often, listening to Ghosteen feels like attending a surreal, freewheeling wake.

14. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
19 reviews

Dogrel is an album of tremendous ardor and vivid landscapes, and interspersed with an Irish underdog spirit, Fontaines D.C. are nearly untouchable.

12. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

11. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Schlagenheim is beyond weird. Schlagenheim is a legitimate one of a kind record. Schlagenheim is a masterpiece.

9. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Her music and her persona may be inextricably entwined, but it’s a delightfully fun package.

8. Julia Jacklin - Crushing

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

Jacklin clearly had to sort through mountains of wreckage to arrive here, but the album’s autobiographical nature is what makes it so affecting ... in recognizing the non-exclusivity of her experiences, she made something singular.

7. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

Dedicated could’ve easily been either a woebegone heartbreak record or a carefree, lovestruck free-for-all had it been dreamt up by someone else. Instead, thanks to Ms. Jepsen’s talent for processing feelings, it’s an intersection of those two ends of the pop spectrum and a daring display of chart-topping sounds from across the decades.

6. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

5. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

MAGDALENE is the sound of an artist gluing together the million tiny shards in which she found herself after an explosive breakup.

4. Big Thief - Two Hands

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
19 reviews

Two Hands does not dramatically depart from the mesmerizing folk-rock fusion of U.F.O.F., but its best moments emphasize the band’s gnarled electric energy, particularly on the career highlight “Not.”

3. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Sharon Van Etten was already one of the great lyricists of the ‘10s, but with this breathtaking new project, she’s proved an artistic pliancy her contemporaries may not possess. She hit her stride with Are We There, but here she’s not even on the ground.

2. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Her newfound embrace of violins, violas and cellos elevates her shadowy, often synth-infused rock to extraordinarily goosebump-inducing heights, making All Mirrors her third consecutive (and likely best) masterpiece to date.

1. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Titanic Rising ... finds Mering edging her peculiar psych-folk closer than ever to the sound of traditional pop music. For someone with a documented predilection for idiosyncrasy and experimentation, she sounds completely at ease in these new songs, and ready for bigger things ahead.

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