PopMatters' 70 Best Albums of 2019

PopMatters' 70 Best Albums of 2019

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70.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

69.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

68.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 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.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

64.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
26 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.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

62.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

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

61.

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.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

In its compositional diversity and its thoughtful commentary on the troubles we face, Giants sounds like a perfect accompaniment to this troubled period in human history.

59.

February 1, 2019
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

58.

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

57.

June 27, 2019
Critic Score
82
33 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
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 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.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
28 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.

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

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

51.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

49.

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

48.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
82
23 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.

February 1, 2019
Critic Score
75
20 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.

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

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

45.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

44.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
17 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.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Sampa the Great's The Return is both a willfully enigmatic and deeply revealing album. It serves as a dazzling celebration of her cultural and musical heritage that will resonate for years to come.

40.

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

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

39.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

38.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 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.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

36.

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
84
12 reviews

35.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
85
17 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.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

33.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

The album includes a retro, vintage quality in its sonic range, sounding as though it was recorded decades ago and went unreleased to great loss ... It captures you immediately.

32.

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
82
8 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
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

29.

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 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.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
78
39 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.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
79
20 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
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.

July 19, 2019
Critic Score
86
8 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.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
77
10 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.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

21.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
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11mo
Very good list in my opinion
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