Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2019

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50.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

49.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
76
19 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.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

47.

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.

July 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

45.

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.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
71
27 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.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
9 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.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
72
26 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.

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.

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
71
27 reviews

38.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

37.

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 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.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews
UK pop futurist conjures struggle while curating a killer creative team.

35.

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.

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
76
25 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.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
76
12 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.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
78
39 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.

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
77
34 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.

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

27.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
39 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.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
79
28 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.

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

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

24.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

23.

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
72
23 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.

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
29 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.

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
82
39 reviews
Conjuring dread and hopefulness, Justin Vernon blends electronic and acoustic elements into a soulful, kaleidoscopic whole.

20.

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

18.

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.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

16.

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 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.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 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.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 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.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 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.

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.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 reviews

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

10.

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.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

8.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
Miranda Lambert’s ‘Wildcard’ Is a Country-Rock Masterpiece.

7.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 reviews

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

6.

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.

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.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
73
25 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.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 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.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 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.

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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9mo
Kinda good, to be honest.
9mo
Ugh! This list is so vile...
9mo
Rolling Stone's horrible top ten. Only Lana Del Ray saves the game .Commercial and trashy top ten
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