AllMusic Best of 2019

AllMusic Best of 2019

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

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
22 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.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
80
12 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.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 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.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

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

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
84
16 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.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
76
12 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.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 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.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 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
July 5, 2019
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

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

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
78
27 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.

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

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

Christone Kingfish Ingram - Kingfish
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
71
25 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!
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

Fireraisers Forever! is one of their best albums in a long career full of them. Everything clicks into place right from the start and the emotion, the songcraft, and the power hooks never let up.

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.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

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

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews

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

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
18 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
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
90
1 review

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

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

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.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

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

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
79
29 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
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

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

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
85
28 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.

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

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

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 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.

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
89
6 reviews

The Livelong Day is a vigorously played, smartly arranged long game that sees classics like "The Wild Rover" and "Katie Cruel" stretched and driven into unpredictable minor epics using little more than the group's voices and a handful of acoustic instruments.

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

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 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.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 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.

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

Lost Under Heaven - Love Hates What You Become
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
72
12 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
February 1, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

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

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

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

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.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
28 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.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

Perhaps that may mean that Wildcard isn't as emotionally resonant as some of Lambert's other records, but there's no denying she's delivered exactly what she intended with this album: It's one hell of a good time.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 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.

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
84
12 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.

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 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.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
9 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
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
39 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.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
24 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.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
75
19 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.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

Her freest, richest, most accomplished work.

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

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
81
11 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.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 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
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
24 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.

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.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 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.

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
82
7 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.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 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.

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
15 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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8mo
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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