Loud and Quiet's Best 40 Albums of 2019

Loud and Quiet's Best 40 Albums of 2019

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40.

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

PROTO sounds both like and unlike the sum of its parts: impersonal but human, robotic but curiously beautiful.

39.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

While we’ve come to anticipate maverick innovation from TNP, ‘Inside The Rose’ is their most immediate and open-handed album to date.

38.

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
He may have upped sticks and gone west as the title suggests, but that distance has imbued his interpretations of home with poignancy, clear appreciation, and newfound depth.

37.

BABii, Kai Whiston, Iglooghost - XYZ
September 18, 2019
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

It’s as varied and completely nuts as you’d expect.

36.

Common Holly - When I Say to You Black Lightning
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
In spite of its faint flaws, this is a brave, well-wrought album where its creator’s potential begins to fully unfurl.

35.

Lungbutter - Honey
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
90
1 review

34.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

Hoodies All Summer wants you to be angry, because if anything’s going to change we all need to be.

33.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

In an era of easy-listen playlists, Clipping should at least be applauded for creating a record so thoroughly demanding.

31.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

The audience that their work so far has amassed, and the goodwill that it has bought them, appear to have granted them real creative freedom, as this is their most stylistically ambitious record yet.

30.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

For all the giddy, unruly energy, each song on Bandana flows together to make a poetic, poignant body of work.

28.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
90
22 reviews

In its madcap polemicist playfulness and sincerity, there’s a record that starts with all the earnestness of Bobby Gillespie pining for a hit and ends with an exquisitely territorial ballad.

27.

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

The Book of Traps and Lessons feels needed, not to make sense of the chaos, but to gain some comfort in knowing your fears are everyone else’s.

26.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

At Sleaford Mods’ most commercially successful and culturally influential moment to date, in ‘Eton Alive’ they have delivered one of their strongest records so far; a hellfire missive thrown down by a band still very much at the peak of their powers.

25.

Show Me The Body - Dog Whistle
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

While the production ensures the edges are somewhat smoother that doesn’t serve to extract their potent sting but simply to make it a smidgeon more digestible.

24.

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

You Can’t Steal My Joy is more than just a spiritual Mahavishnu marching band. As far as nu-jazz rising and jazz fusion will curtail, this is a pop album at its apex; a catchy and carefree excursion into joy.

23.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

More and more songs spill out, 17 of them in all, each tarnished with sharp distinctive hooks and the nasal jazz-pop tooting of Yanya’s voice. It’s full of intrigue and playfulness, a careful but bolshie response to any pressures of expectation.

22.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

For the most part, this is her biggest sounding release to date and it could have been given the alternative title All Ambition.

21.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

On ‘Titanic Rising’, her fourth release under the Weyes Blood moniker, the LA-based musician has drifted further away from the psych-folk and ’70s Laurel Canyon of her early years and towards soft rock.

20.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
Brutally honest and amusingly witty with his flow, aggressive and dynamic with his production work, and captivatingly appealing with his charm and charisma, all taken together it assembles a hugely impressive, compelling and socially important listen.

18.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

A razor sharp and nonconformist debut, elevated by its playful self-awareness.

17.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Offering an exhaustive catalogue of romantic disappointments and dramatic feelings, ‘Compliments Please’ is about as subtle as it sounds. But then that’s precisely the point.

16.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Schlagenheim possesses a genuine sense of experimentalism – just for the wonderment of creating something that feels new, rather than simply for the sake of it.

15.

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
12 reviews

14.

Deliluh - Beneath The Floors
November 15, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

13.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

Remarkably her first solo album, this is a record that surprises, despite its author’s truly enormous legacy.

12.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Holding their gaze firmly on the worst of us, TFS deliver an essential second album of strange structures, strange topics, and a lot of ferocious noise.

11.

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

10.

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

Shabaka Hutchings, alongside keyboardist Dan Leavers and drummer Max Hallett, have conjured an album as much in love with grime, punk rock and G-funk as it is with the textural longing of classic spiritual jazz, and the result is a wonderfully bracing, forward-facing melting pot.

9.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Whatever wavelength Shepherd is on, Crush is the almost untouchable proof that no-one else is anywhere near it.

6.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

‘Crushing’ is a strikingly candid exploration into the highs and lows of the end of a relationship and what comes next. On the surface it seems more like lows and lows, but the more you listen the more you get the full spectrum of what the word ‘crushing’ can mean.

5.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

Where Peasant was spidery, Beefheart-influenced avant-folk, 2020 is Dawson utilising pop at its most base iteration.

4.

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

Ultimately, Purple Mountains, more than any other of his records, is his attempt to atone, to grow.

3.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews
Arising out of what Ajikawo refers to as a time of “confusion”, ‘GREY Area’ explores darker themes as she grapples with the value of making her art despite the many obstacles and sacrifices it may entail.

2.

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The ambition of the release is more subdued than its predecessor ... but its move towards a more fulsome sound is married to a newfound ease in her diction.

1.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews

MAGDALENE is as holistically complete as any pop record released this decade ... an exceptional and empowering account of an artist in full control of their sound.

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