Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019

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50. Moon Tooth - Crux

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

49. Priests - The Seduction of Kansas

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

The Seduction of Kansas follows its evocative title ... into wide-open new territory via multi-faceted explorations of what Greer calls “the manufactured mythology of Americanism.”

48. Yola - Walk Through Fire

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

47. Post Malone - Hollywood's Bleeding

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
71
8 reviews

The rapper’s third album further demonstrates his gift for turning dreamy darkness into Top 40 gold.

46. Burna Boy - African Giant

July 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

45. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats - Anger Management

April 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

This overpowering 18-minute release reveals Rico and Kenny to be the most high-voltage rapper-producer combo around.

44. The Black Keys - "Let's Rock"

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
70
23 reviews

“Let’s Rock” is in the emotional tradition of most Sixties garage-rock: the singer on a bummer, the band making a noise to raise him up.

42. Rapsody - Eve

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
8 reviews

Easily one of the best rap records of the year, it’s the sound of a skilled artist becoming a vital one, and asserting her place not only in the genre but in the world.

41. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
25 reviews

At its core, Heard It In a Past Life is a collection of self-searching moments: miniature mental flashbulbs of realization from a young adult striving to adjust to the swiftly shifting world around her.

40. Juice WRLD - DEATH RACE FOR LOVE

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
61
14 reviews

While his melodrama tends to grow old over the course of a 22-track, 72-minute album, it is captivating in small doses.

39. Beck - Hyperspace

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
70
25 reviews

38. Summer Walker - Over It

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

37. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
17 reviews

Purple Mountains is the sound of that guy starting to come to terms with his reality, and maybe building a new emotional architecture in the wreckage. In any case, keep ’em coming. The journey is worth it.

36. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
UK pop futurist conjures struggle while curating a killer creative team.

35. BROCKHAMPTON - GINGER

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

The 13-member “boy band” zips between sounds, signifiers and moods, usually staying on the surface but sometimes showing real depth.

34. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

While the sound of Lux Prima feels unexpected based off these artists’ distinct histories, Karen O and Danger Mouse have unlocked a new creative force within each other.

32. Sheer Mag - A Distant Call

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

Building on their prior LP, Sheer Mag broaden their scope just a little more on A Distant Call while retaining the DIY grit and edgy concision that made them so arresting in the first place.

30. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
35 reviews
Like the short movie, it doesn’t offer any morals or profound truths. Just beauty, and an invitation to savor it while you can.

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

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
76
30 reviews
Sleater-Kinney have always made meaning in physical spaces where we can experience sweaty liberation from dated rock tropes. Here, physical connection feels more essential than ever.

28. Coldplay - Everyday Life

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
71
22 reviews
The easy-listening rock kings deepen their politics and globe-trotting sound on a downright compelling LP.

27. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

Her fantastic new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, ups her ambitions even further, pushing toward a grand, smoldering vision of pop that can bring to mind Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent ... and the New Wave warrior-queen spirit of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.

26. Wilco - Ode to Joy

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

Ode To Joy shows off some of Wilco’s prettiest and most comforting songs, Tweedy’s enlarged heart transplanted back into a band ... that’s never sounded more empathic.

25. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
86
19 reviews

Legacy! Legacy! is about community, about legacies as heritage but also as that which is forged on the ground in the moment.

24. Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

23. Harry Styles - Fine Line

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
It’s a streamlined, party-ready, primary-colors take on the enduring concept of the rock & roll starman. It’s also as much as fun as anyone short of Bruno Mars is having with a band these days.

22. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Western Stars shows Springsteen pulling back the curtain on his craft in much the same way Springsteen on Broadway did. In fact, in its elliptical narratives, it might have the makings of a good musical itself.

21. Bon Iver - i,i

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
34 reviews
Conjuring dread and hopefulness, Justin Vernon blends electronic and acoustic elements into a soulful, kaleidoscopic whole.

20. Polo G - Die a Legend

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

18. Young Thug - So Much Fun

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

The album feels like a hinge, a turning point, for better or worse, as Thug has finally garnered the mainstream acceptance and exposure to match his talent.

17. Big Thief - Two Hands

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

16. Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

Simultaneously the most left-field, decisively non-country offering of Simpson’s career and precisely the record anyone who has been paying any attention to his career over the last several years would have expected him to make.

15. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

It’s a total departure, her kaleidoscopic mix of decades’ worth of R&B, hip-hop, blues, and gospel, steeped in trippy laptop sonics and deeply personal political urgency.

14. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

It’s worth the investment; the emotion’s as visceral as it is complex, and it ranks among the best sounding records this year, deserving to be cranked on a good sound system — an album to spend time with, to fall into, to shut up and let yourself be kissed by.

13. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

As glorious as the sound of this thing is, glinting with letter-perfect ‘70s-’80s rock sonics and touches of 21st-century psychedelic irony, the songs are the show, written by a woman of a particular age from a perspective well past jaded.

12. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Across IGOR, he achieves a happy balance by tempering his wonky song structures bordering on the surreal and dogged pursuit of synthgasms with a clear narrative arc and careful calculated swerves in tone and texture.

11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

His latest ... seems like a broader, and altogether more stunning reaction to losing his son.

10. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

What’s most impressive about The Highwomen... is how artfully, and matter-of-factly, it engages social issues.

9. DaBaby - Baby On Baby

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

8. Miranda Lambert - Wildcard

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

7. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and meticulously contoured that you easily sink into its inventions.

6. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Cuz I Love You follows through on the legend she’s been steadily building over the past few years.

5. Bad Bunny - X 100PRE

December 24, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

X100PRE is everything you could possibly want from a debut album: Plenty of the stuff that initially brought Bad Bunny fame along with some impressively executed forays into new styles — no small feat, considering how many genres he has already infiltrated.

4. Taylor Swift - Lover

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

Lover is, fittingly, evolutionary rather than revolutionary. But nevertheless it feels like an epiphany: free and unhurried, governed by no one concept or outlook, it represents Swift at her most liberated, enjoying a bit of the freedom she won for her cohort.

3. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

The long-awaited Norman Fucking Rockwell is even more massive and majestic than everyone hoped it would be. Lana turns her fifth and finest album into a tour of sordid American dreams, going deep cover in all our nation’s most twisted fantasies of glamour and danger.

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

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

It’s an album full of dressed-down avant-pop with D.I.Y. immediacy and intimacy that can still hold its own amid Top 40 maximalists like Ariana Grande and Halsey.

1. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
This is one of the year’s best pop albums so far, even in a 2019 that’s already turning out to be a great one for new music.
Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-2019-914750/
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2mo
Kinda good, to be honest.
2mo
Ugh! This list is so vile...
2mo
Rolling Stone's horrible top ten. Only Lana Del Ray saves the game .Commercial and trashy top ten
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