Loud and Quiet's Best 40 Albums of 2019

Loud and Quiet's Best 40 Albums of 2019

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40. Holly Herndon - PROTO

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

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

39. These New Puritans - Inside the Rose

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
75
20 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. William Tyler - Goes West

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
14 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

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

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

35. Lungbutter - Honey

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

34. Kano - Hoodies All Summer

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

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

33. clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

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

31. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 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. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

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

28. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 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. Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
82
15 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. Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 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

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. Ezra Collective - You Can't Steal My Joy

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 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. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 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. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 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. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 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. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
17 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. Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

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

17. Self Esteem - Compliments Please

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
81
10 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. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 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. Dave - Psychodrama

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

14. Deliluh - Beneath The Floors

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

13. Kim Gordon - No Home Record

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

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

12. Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
77
14 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. Anna Meredith - FIBS

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

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

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
82
9 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. Floating Points - Crush

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

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

6. Julia Jacklin - Crushing

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
84
27 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. Richard Dawson - 2020

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

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

4. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
17 reviews

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

3. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 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. Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 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. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 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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