Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2019

Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2019

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50.

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

Despite the lower volume, Bruce Springsteen sounds positively invigorated on Western Stars. With a new sonic palette and renewed focus on the LP as a means of writing short stories, it’s easily his best album of new material since 2007’s Magic.

49.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

Offering sanctuary to anyone with a soul full of longing, At the Party with My Brown Friends is a beautiful affirmation of our common needs and a reminder that love is possible.

48.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

It is through this searching and continual movement that Hatchie etches her own lines to define her persona through her music, constantly propelling herself and her ideas in new directions and trusting that we’ll keep up.

46.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

Though House of Sugar can be a difficult record, those who take the time to delve into its layers will be treated to a piece that captures the modern psyche in a way few other pieces of art manage to do.

45.

August 2, 2019
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

Immunity highlights her vulnerabilities while showcasing the full range of her formidable strength as a producer and songwriter.

44.

Lady Lamb - Even In The Tremor
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
69
5 reviews
The record’s highs validate Spaltro’s position as one of indie’s storytellers to watch while its lows only make you feel like she tried to cram two records’ worth of tales into a single disc

43.

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
72
10 reviews
The LA punk band put words and music to the fuzziest of feelings in the romantic experience.

41.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

The record is a labor of love, and it was also made by completely independent artists, which makes it even more impressive.

40.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

Crushing is by and large a breakup album, but it’s more a reckoning with one’s mysterious and daunting personal potential than a reflection on someone else.

38.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Lewis’ songs have always been mature and introspective, but On the Line reaches new heights as she explores from a changed perspective.

37.

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

35.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

The record and its seamless transitions from one heavily enticing, tender, and softly delivered track to the next paints a captivating and enthralling self-portrait.

34.

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

This is an album for the day ones, a soundtrack to the Dade County summer experience filled with aggressive parties, violence, and the consequences they demand.

33.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

Their focus on meaningful songwriting and infectious camaraderie lead to a project whose sum is greater than its parts.

32.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
71
12 reviews

With Map of the Soul : Persona, they deliver a ready-for-action EP, hopping easily between genres like hip-hop, rock, R&B, and trap in a multifaceted exploration inside the lives and hearts of one of the biggest boy bands on Earth.

31.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

Now, Anderson .Paak has learned how to use those tremendous resources to his advantage and made a personal statement to satisfy his nostalgic soul. Ventura is lean and lovely.

30.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

Charli packs in plenty of wow and proves to be more than worth the wait.

29.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews

While concise in length, MAGDALENE paces FKA twigs through the unguarding of her traumas, ceremoniously giving way for her next act.

28.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
28 reviews

With Heard It in a Past Life, Rogers proves that the success of her singles was no mere accident.

26.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

25.

January 23, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

More a revitalizing burst of energy than a passing of the torch, Better Oblivion Community Center frequently finds Bridgers and Oberst bringing out the best of each other.

24.

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

The brilliant auras of sound and feeling swirl together to create moments of joy and tranquility; Flamagra is an experience that invites listeners to come together and listen to what that fire has to say.

23.

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

David Berman is one of our greatest living songwriters and he’s returned in beautiful, melancholic form as Purple Mountains to speak to the lifelong nihilistic depressive in all of us.

22.

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Beware of the Dogs shines in its concrete approaches to meaningful subject matter.

21.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews

20.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 reviews

The simplicity is mesmerizing, inviting us into meditation as light piano pieces and sparse, melodic lines weave through an omnipresent haze shimmering with feathery light.

19.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

Jaime is 35 minutes of almost solely uninterrupted greatness.

18.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

When I Get Home offers so much to be immersed in ... With the album and accompanying video, Solange emerges a true visionary with a piece of self-discovery that trusts its audience enough to eschew hand-holding and easy answers.

17.

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
82
39 reviews

i,i is a mature masterpiece and a stunning marriage of ambition and technique.

16.

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

Faye Webster’s understated, self-deprecating persona almost dares you not to take her seriously. Don’t be fooled. Atlanta Millionaires Club is a masterpiece of claustrophobic intimacy that brings compelling immediacy to a time-tested story.

15.

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

14.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Morbid Stuff is a bold step forward for PUP, an incredibly mature record given how filled with anger and contempt it is, containing true moments of insight.

13.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

12.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
27 reviews

Bandana concentrates the grimy energy of Piñata into an even more potent punch, and the result is a knockout.

10.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

Fear Inoculum lives up to its daunting expectations with songs that showcase Tool in peak performance as musicians and compositional arrangers.

9.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
After nearly a year of releasing bewitching singles, the chanteuse’s sixth album features some of her most indelible lyrics and melodies to date while blending the songs into an allusive, romantic, gimlet-eyed mural of contemporary America.

8.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 reviews

Father of the Bride may not have the initial excitement and glistening energy of the band’s now-classic first three albums, but it offers a rewarding and audacious achievement of its own.

7.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

With Cuz I Love You, Lizzo has sidestepped the majority of frustrating industry standards to present a musical breathe of fresh air. The record is purposefully compact, genre-blending, unifying, reaffirming, devoid of corniness.

6.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

By closing the door on the philosophies and musical approaches he used to take, Tyler discovers an open window, leading him to new, peaceful strength and mastery of his craft.

5.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Of course, the album is a highly polished product and not some diary page. But it feels lived in, truthful, authentic. thank u, next is a personal statement from a generational talent who is still only 25 years old.

4.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

All Mirrors is a successful example of how being bold and staying true to yourself pays off. Undeniably, this is Olsen’s most cohesive, self-aware, and searing album to date, and the era of Olsen is far from finished.

3.

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

Woods embodies the cultural makeup of Chicago, tackles the multiplicity of identity, and balances her dominance with flawlessly selected features that build her up.

2.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
41 reviews
Lyrically and emotionally, it’s a scrapbook of those “lost” years, funneled through 10 essential tracks that all find her on steadier footing. Those feet are now on new terrain, but Van Etten ably strolls by the worn-out footprints of so many crooners who have previously stumbled or worn out their soles with such a departure.

1.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Whatever missteps there may be, Eilish’s commanding, yet vulnerable, performances easily overcome them to create one of the best debut albums of the young year.

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11mo
Eilish is literally the worst out of that top 10
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