AOTY 2019
Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2019

Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2019

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50. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 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. Black Belt Eagle Scout - At the Party With My Brown Friends

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 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. Hatchie - Keepsake

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
80
17 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. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 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. Clairo - Immunity

August 2, 2019
Critic Score
74
21 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

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. The Regrettes - How Do You Love?

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
71
9 reviews
The LA punk band put words and music to the fuzziest of feelings in the romantic experience.

41. Pivot Gang - You Can't Sit With Us

Pivot Gang - You Can't Sit With Us
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. Julia Jacklin - Crushing

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 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. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

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

37. Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

35. Jay Som - Anak Ko

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. Denzel Curry - ZUU

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. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

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

32. BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA
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. Anderson .Paak - Ventura

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
77
23 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. Charli XCX - Charli

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

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

29. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

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

28. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

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

26. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

25. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center

January 23, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 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. Flying Lotus - Flamagra

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
26 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. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 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. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

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

21. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

20. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 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. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

Jaime is 35 minutes of almost solely uninterrupted greatness.

18. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 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. Bon Iver - i,i

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

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

16. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 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. King Princess - Cheap Queen

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

14. PUP - Morbid Stuff

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 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. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

12. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

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

10. Tool - Fear Inoculum

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

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

9. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 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. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
34 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. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 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. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

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. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 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. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
30 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. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
18 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. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 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. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
22 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.

Original Source: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/12/top-albums-of-2019/
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Eilish is literally the worst out of that top 10
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