AllMusic Best of 2019

AllMusic Best of 2019

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A-WA - Bayti Fi Rasi

A-WA - Bayti Fi Rasi
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
90
1 review

Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

A singular talent, Harding seems to have hit her stride on album number three, and while the darkness of previous efforts is still pervasive, Designer feels like a summer record, though it's probably best suited for dusk.

Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Bird isn't afraid of melodrama or broad gestures, yet his emotional force is carefully focused and purposeful in these sessions, and this work speaks to the heart as well as the intellect.

Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Though she may have initially built her reputation on stark and brittle atmospheres, it turns out that her trademark vulnerability is only elevated by these stirring, highly stylized interpretations, making it a risk that pays off in spades.

Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

The difference with thank u next is, this time Grande is swaggering with the confidence that comes with unquestioned stardom.

Baroness - Gold & Grey

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
85
14 reviews

Thanks to maturity, Fridmann's mix, and uncanny sequencing, every song fits seamlessly inside each proceeding one, delivering a mercurial yet satisfying whole that makes Gold & Grey the band's finest outing to date, if not their masterpiece.

Bibio - Ribbons

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

This time, Wilkinson spotlights the acoustic elements that have added warmth to his sound since the beginning, and the freshness of Ribbons suggest that his break from song-based music reinvigorated him.

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

A foray into artful album rock for the band, U.F.O.F.'s shifts in presentation are subtle and seem wholly organic throughout. It's a record deserving of such an evocative title, which captures its dreamily impressionistic yet unsettling nature.

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

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

With When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, she demonstrates that she can do it all, hinting at a bright future that could truly go in any direction, as messy and hopeful as youth can get.

Bobby Krlic - Midsommar

Bobby Krlic - Midsommar
July 5, 2019
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

Bremer/McCoy - Utopia

Bremer/McCoy - Utopia
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

Fortunately, Jepsen is just as committed to her music as she is to the ideal of true love, and the way she's grown without sacrificing her uniqueness makes Dedicated a master class in what a 2010s pop album can be.

Cate Le Bon - Reward

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

Easily Le Bon's most involved, risky, and satisfying material up until this point.

Christone Kingfish Ingram - Kingfish

Christone Kingfish Ingram - Kingfish
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

Coldplay - Everyday Life

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
71
20 reviews

Closing a decade defined by stadium-sized hits of optimism, Coldplay manages to grow even bigger with Everyday Life, absorbing flavors from across the globe with their most indulgent and, perhaps, poignant album yet.

Comet Gain - Fireraisers Forever!

Comet Gain - Fireraisers Forever!
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Denzel Curry - ZUU

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

In less than a half hour, Curry establishes himself not only as one of the most capable and exciting artists of his generation, but also worthy of a place in Miami's rap pedigree, right alongside the local icons who inspired this gem.

Ex Hex - It's Real

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

Thanks to Ex Hex's sheer commitment to their rock & roll fantasies, It's Real never feels less than genuine.

FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

Like the dancer she is, Barnett pushes through pain in pursuit of beauty and truth, and the leaps she makes are breathtaking.

Floating Points - Crush

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

Crush certainly comes across as fragmentary, as if a dozen tracks, at least a couple albums worth of ideas, were truncated, quickly sequenced, and packed onto one LP. That said, it's hard to imagine more forethought and deliberation resulting in a listen more riveting than this one.

Foxes In Fiction - Trillium Killer

Foxes In Fiction - Trillium Killer
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
90
1 review

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

An LP more rounded and more stirring than the excellent first one.

Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

A winning combination of his long-standing and more recently developed gifts, This Is How You Smile is a culmination of Helado Negro's work and completely relevant to when it was released.

HTRK - Venus in Leo

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

This galvanizing declaration of pride, support, and discontent will no doubt inspire covers itself. Every public library should have at least one copy.

Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
77
26 reviews
Though earlier albums saw her crafting a strange otherworld, the perpetual sunset hinted at before is painted here in new dimensions, making this set of songs her best and easiest to revisit.

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes - Cypress Grove

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes - Cypress Grove
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Juan Luis Guerra 440 - Literal

Juan Luis Guerra 440 - Literal
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

Julia Jacklin - Crushing

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

It's this type of devastating emotional honesty -- one that admits both strength and weakness -- that, along with the performances, sets this record apart from others in its heavy-hearted category.

Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

Lux Prima is the sophisticated, sonically adventurous album Karen O deserves to make at this point in her career.

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

While much of her older material revelled in its own inconsolable sadness and detached numbness, the lush sonics and intimate narratives of NFR! draw out hope from beneath desolate scenes.

Lankum - The Livelong Day

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

Lila Downs - Al Chile

Lila Downs - Al Chile
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

Her evolution up to this point was a clear signifier, with all the components in place even in her early work; on Grey Area, it feels as if everything has come together in perfect unison, resulting in one of the strongest rap albums of 2019.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Fueled by megawatt energy that never lets up, Cuz I Love You is a triumphant showcase for every part of Lizzo's talent, physicality, and sexuality.

Loscil - Equivalents

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

Lost Under Heaven - Love Hates What You Become

Lost Under Heaven - Love Hates What You Become
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

With Love Hates What You Become, Lost Under Heaven hit you in the heart right out of the gate, but then spend the rest of the album building you back up, hammering a crack into reality to let the light in.

Luis Fonsi - Vida

Luis Fonsi - Vida
February 1, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Maluma - 11:11

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

Marc Anthony - OPUS

Marc Anthony - OPUS
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

Overall, this is one of Ronson's best works -- a complete pop album.

Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

With near-peerless levels of confidence, fearlessly bold lyricism, and relentless, expertly crafted beats, Fever establishes Megan Thee Stallion as a figure in Southern rap.

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

As fine as Love & Hate was -- worthy of all its accolades -- Kiwanuka stands head and shoulders above it as a complex, communicative, poetic, and sometimes even profound collection that wears its heart on its sleeve and its sophistication in its grooves.

Miranda Lambert - Wildcard

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Ghosteen sounds like the musings of a handful of lost souls, each trapped in their own barren prairie with memories that soothe and ache at once, and its power is overwhelming while the volume is low-key.

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

It may be the fourth entry in their progressive evolution, but it's their first to deliver the full realization of the band's potential.

Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

Filled with lonely songs that are as warm as a hug from a long-lost friend, Purple Mountains is more of a rebirth than a debut, as well as a potent, poignant reminder of how much Berman has been missed.

Rapsody - Eve

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
86
7 reviews

While nothing here is quite as creative as Laila standout "Jesus Coming," the MC's lyrical marksmanship, top-tier mike command, and service to her people and culture are indisputable.

Rocketship - Thanks to You

Rocketship - Thanks to You
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Throughout Remind Me Tomorrow, she plumbs the depths of contentedness, setting her satisfaction to a sound that's nominally dark yet strangely comforting and nourishing. Even if this album doesn't speak to your specific life, it will nevertheless enrich it.

Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

Compared to A Seat at the Table, the balance of which processed anguish and anger, this is lighter and freer, above all else a luxuriant bliss-out.

Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
For guitar fans, there's an abundance of fine playing here, but the songwriter's aesthetic shift delivers listeners his most consistent album to date.

Sudan Archives - Athena

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

Her freest, richest, most accomplished work.

Taylor McFerrin - Love's Last Chance

Taylor McFerrin - Love's Last Chance
August 16, 2019
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

that dog. - Old LP

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery is urgent, sophisticated, and humorous. It actually delivers the music of tomorrow via the traditions of past and present; it's a convulsive exercise in the articulation of inner and outer space.

The Highwomen - The Highwomen

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

The message, which is implicit nearly as often as it's explicit, may be at the forefront of The Highwomen, but the record's resonance lies in its deep emotions and sense of craft.

Theo Croker - Star People Nation

Theo Croker - Star People Nation
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Tool - Fear Inoculum

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

Considering the long gap between albums, there was a lingering fear that they couldn't live up to their own hype or legacy. Fortunately, Tool managed to improve and perfect their sound even further, resulting in one of the strongest statements in their catalog.

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

The productions are as nuanced and judiciously tricked out as they are on the previous album, adjusted to enhance all the agitation and grief, yet it's all ear candy -- spiraling synthesizers, vaguely psychedelic flourishes, and bumping drums galore. Roll down the windows, crank it, and keep the tissue on the armrest.

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

More complex yet more direct than anything they've done before, Father of the Bride finds Vampire Weekend embracing change and delivering some of their most mature and satisfying music in the process.

Vanishing Twin - The Age Of Immunology

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

The Age of Immunology's seamless flow reinforces Vanishing Twin's manifesto that different sounds -- and people -- can coexist in harmony. It's a message that is all the more refreshing, and necessary, during a time when figurative and literal barriers between people are only growing.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Fantastic songs, meticulously detailed production and a certain, hard to name spark of connection all gel into the near-perfect statement that every part of Mering's strange journey before this led up to.

William Tyler - Goes West

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
In essence, Tyler builds on his already sterling reputation as a player and composer, while further establishing himself as a bandleader, on this breezy but neatly sewn collection.
Original Source: https://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/2019/allmusic-best-of-2019
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1mo
A very strange list. Somehow ALLMusic managed to ignore These New Puritans, The Murder Capital and Fontaines D.C. Luckily, we have Luis Fonsi, the breakthrough innovative artist. Keep my fingers crossed for his total win.
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