PopMatters' 70 Best Albums of 2019

PopMatters' 70 Best Albums of 2019

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70. Angel Bat Dawid - The Oracle

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

69. Orville Peck - Pony

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

68. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

While The Highwomen may not quite live up to its individual members best work, the group and their various collaborators and guest stars all bring strong songs and enthusiasm to the project.

66. Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

64. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Technically proficient but emotionally shallow, Schlagenheim too often feels like feeding all mathcore and post-punk into a neural network and releasing the result.

63. Jade Bird - Jade Bird

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

62. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

Solange's abstract fourth album When I Get Home plays like a dream, but its logic is sound.

61. Slayyyter - Slayyyter

Slayyyter - Slayyyter
September 17, 2019
Critic Score
70
1 review

As an effort to create a world where Juicy Couture lockets are prized amulets and the Playboy mansion grotto is a historic mecca, Slayyyter is a highly successful, succinct debut.

60. Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

59. Boy Harsher - Careful

February 1, 2019
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

58. Anna Meredith - FIBS

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

57. Thom Yorke - ANIMA

June 27, 2019
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's third solo album ANIMA offers relatively peppy music to accompany his unsurprisingly bleak lyrical worldview, but it all works rather wonderfully.

55. Adia Victoria - Silences

Adia Victoria - Silences
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
This is an album greater than the sum of its genre-related parts, a masterpiece of musical control and an outstanding next step for Adia Victoria as storyteller and singer alike.

54. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Yes, the album is impressive. But without much depth beyond its own self-absorption, it doesn't come on as strong as it thinks it does.

53. Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

Blanck Mass' Animated Violence Mild drops unrelenting electro-industrial melodies, practicing excess to explore personal grief and the global devastation of consumerism.

51. Loraine James - For You and I

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

49. Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

48. The Twilight Sad - It Won/T Be Like This All the Time

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews
It's the album the Twilight Sad have always been destined to make, and it's the album fans have always known they would make.

47. Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready

February 1, 2019
Critic Score
74
18 reviews

With its personal perspectives on the effects of the current cultural zeitgeist, Cherry Glazerr's Stuffed & Ready is not simply a great rock record, but an important document in the early days of 2019.

46. Cate Le Bon - Reward

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

Cate Le Bon's fifth album Reward offers treasures beyond the everyday realm.

45. Caroline Polachek - Pang

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

44. Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

Sleaford Mods' astonishing and deceptively subtle Eton Alive provides plenty of food for thought to counter the bread and circuses on offer during a time of political austerity.

43. Sampa The Great - The Return

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

40. Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

With Any Human Friend, British singer-songwriter Marika Hackman largely ditches her folk leanings and makes a sharp, emotionally resonant statement.

39. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

38. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

The most powerful tool at Mering's disposal is her voice, a rich, clear bell of a voice that pierces through the album's pianos and lethargic strings.

37. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

36. Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

35. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

On All My Heroes Are Cornballs, experimental rapper and producer JPEGMAFIA broadens his visceral online image and sounds into a more vulnerable, humanizing, and melodic project.

34. Weval - The Weight

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

33. Yola - Walk Through Fire

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

32. Vanishing Twin - The Age Of Immunology

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
Music like this may not change your life, but it would be most surprising if it did not seriously alter your perspective.

30. Ekiti Sound - Abeg No Vex

Ekiti Sound - Abeg No Vex
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

29. Holly Herndon - PROTO

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

PROTO demonstrates that small data and machine learning can be used to evolve our practices of art, community, and tradition, using AI to enhance our most human practices.

28. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

The National's eighth album is not as easy to locate or to live with, as its title suggests, but it contains passages of sublime beauty and grace.

27. Hatchie - Keepsake

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

Keepsake contains nihilism and optimism at once. This tender, overwhelming pop music has a way of feeling like the soundtrack to the end of the world.

26. Hælos - Any Random Kindness

Hælos - Any Random Kindness
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
The band's second album finds HÆLOS expanding on their core sound while reminding themselves and the listener of just why they are such an exciting and intriguing outfit.

24. Lingua Ignota - Caligula

July 19, 2019
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

Lingua Ignota's second full-length CALIGULA continues her blend of opera, neoclassical darkwave, and death industrial. She transforms shattering lamentations into empowered declarations against misogyny, while also complicating the dominant narratives of women's trauma.

23. Durand Jones & The Indications - American Love Call

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

American Love Call takes Durand Jones and the Indications to new heights of musicianship, and it turns out that they are, indeed, much stronger the more they work together.

22. Gary Clark Jr. - This Land

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

21. Kano - Hoodies All Summer

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
12 reviews
Original Source: https://www.popmatters.com/best-albums-of-2019-2641547956.html
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1mo
Very good list in my opinion
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