Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2019

Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2019

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50. Floating Points - Crush

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

While certain elements—a distorted rhythm here, a shuddering synth there—can be traced back to those rough-and-tumble live shows with the xx, the LP as a whole is strikingly melodic and often beautiful, even in its most frantic moments.

49. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s third album is serene folk-pop with a mellow soul tinge and the melancholy clarity of someone twice her age.

48. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
On his fifth album, executive-produced by Q-Tip, Danny Brown ascends to a sort of hip-hop classicist nirvana and remains one of the most inventive and dimensional rappers working today.

47. Barker - Utility

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

46. CHAI - PUNK

February 13, 2019
Critic Score
83
13 reviews

PUNK is a record written in earnest about being yourself, loving your friends, and not caring about what anyone else thinks about the way you live your life.

45. DaBaby - Baby On Baby

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

44. Holly Herndon - PROTO

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

PROTO is Herndon’s most technologically adventurous work to date, but it is also by far her most ecstatically humanistic.

43. Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats - Anger Management

April 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

Anger Management is a hell of a rap-production slapper, but most of all it’s a turning point in Rico’s evolution.

42. 100 gecs - 1000 gecs

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
74
3 reviews
Even at their most accessible, 100 gecs sound like a bunch of fireworks stuffed into a fax machine, or human beings singing in the key of dial-up. They traffic in pure and uncut absurdity, but even their most outrageous moments radiate a strange sincerity—the kind that could only come from two denizens of a perpetually logged-on generation.

41. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
94
7 reviews
At every point, you hear a band going somewhere new, hurtling towards a forever-receding spot in the consciousness.

40. Thom Yorke - ANIMA

June 27, 2019
Critic Score
82
29 reviews
The third solo album from Thom Yorke is the first one that feels complete without his band behind him. It floats through the uneasy space between societal turmoil and internal monologue.

39. Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

The third album from the impressionistic New Zealand singer-songwriter eludes easy classification, which makes her delicately built and beautifully rendered songs all the more alluring.

38. RAP - Export

RAP - Export
February 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
1 review

The UK duo’s ambitious second album has an alluring and unclassifiable sound. Rarely has a hybrid of new wave and experimental electronic music led to such an introspective place.

37. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

The rapturous debut from the British singer-songwriter takes adventurous pop-rock crucibles to new heights with her illusory songwriting and stunning voice.

36. Denzel Curry - ZUU

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

The South Florida rapper puts on for his city and delivers the best, most dynamic, and altogether hardest album of his career.

35. Mannequin Pussy - Patience

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

The Philly band has achieved a balance between seething chaos and quietly devastating vulnerability. It’s one of the best punk rock records of the year.

34. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

The Bajan-British rapper’s debut tackles the UK’s pressing crises—a looming Brexit, class hostility, widening poverty—with great jokes and writerly candor.

33. Polo G - Die a Legend

June 7, 2019
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

Polo G blends pop and drill with ease and delivers a standout Chicago street rap debut that is meticulously crafted and honestly told.

32. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 reviews
On her fifth album, Sharon Van Etten conjures tempests and explores their subsequent calms. It is the peak of her songwriting and her most atmospheric, emotionally piercing album to date.

31. MIKE - tears of joy

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
86
4 reviews

The Bronx rapper drags himself back and forth between agony and breakthrough on his latest record, the fullest and most realized album of the 20-year-old’s career.

30. Oso Oso - Basking in the Glow

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

29. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Released five months after the catharsis of Sweetener, these songs of affirmation feel lighter, freer, and more fun, carried effortlessly by Grande’s undeniable voice.

28. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Forty years into his career, Nick Cave emerges with one of his most powerful albums yet, an endlessly giving and complex meditation on mortality and our collective grief.

27. Florist - Emily Alone

July 26, 2019
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

Her latest album as Florist grapples with change, death, and uncertainty with some of the most arresting songwriting of the year.

26. Burna Boy - African Giant

July 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

25. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

There are still moments of conflict, but in general, you get the sense the band is just relieved to have run the gauntlet of their existential doubts and come out relatively unscathed, grateful to be here.

24. Kim Gordon - No Home Record

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

After 38 years of making music, Kim Gordon’s thrilling solo debut lives at the vanguard of sound and performance, shot through with the beautiful, unsparing noise that has always defined her art.

23. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Tyler, the Creator’s sixth album is impressionistic and emotionally charged, the result of an auteur refining his style and bearing more of his soul than ever before.

22. Cate Le Bon - Reward

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

On her fifth album, the Welsh musician is at her best. The more elaborate and eccentric her music becomes, the more she sounds like herself.

21. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

The debut album from the meteoric pop star lives in a world of its own: gothic, bass-heavy, at turns daring and quite beautiful.

20. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

The Norweigan artist brings her heady, personal text into the world of dance music to create an affecting, transcendental album that lives on the boundary of pop and the avant-garde.

19. Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
77
26 reviews
The Los Angeles folk musician’s third album is her best yet—a collection of hushed reveries that unspool like daydreams.

18. Clairo - Immunity

August 2, 2019
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

On her debut album, the young viral star moves beyond the lo-fi bedroom-pop of her early recordings and into a restrained, detailed style of songwriting all her own.

17. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

The enigmatic songwriter’s latest album is full of vignettes that shift to reveal and conceal themselves in ways too unpredictable to be easily faked. It might be his best yet.

16. Bon Iver - i,i

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
32 reviews
On his fourth album, Justin Vernon reassembles the familiar Bon Iver elements like a cubist collage, with his voice fearlessly front and center. The result is his most honest and forthright music ever.

15. Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

A peerless storyteller gazes deep into domestic life and offers a long, sun-warmed double album that is a highlight of his career.

14. Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM

April 17, 2019
Critic Score
87
6 reviews

Beyoncé’s historic Coachella set is preserved as a stunning live album that captures an artist at her peak, flexing her catalog and shining a light on the genius of black artists that came before her.

13. Big Thief - Two Hands

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
The second landmark album this year from Big Thief is raw, tactile, and essential. The intimate songs zoom in on a band that feels, at this moment, totally invincible.

12. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

The exceptional solo debut from the Alabama Shakes singer-songwriter is a thrilling opus that pushes the boundaries of voice, sound, and soul to new extremes.

11. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

The Chicago artist marries political commentary with deep introspection, resulting in a richly composed R&B album about the echoes of the past and the promise of the future.

10. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

David Berman’s first new music in over a decade is a marvelous collection of heartbreak, grief, and bitterness. His careful writing has never sounded so exacting or direct.

9. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Natalie Mering’s fourth album is a grand, sentimental ode to living and loving in the shadow of doom. It is her most ambitious and complex work yet.

8. Fennesz - Agora

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
The experimental musician’s sweeping, ambient album works in small, fascinating ways from moment to moment but has a cumulative force that is unlike anything he’s done in years.

7. Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth and best album as Helado Negro deepens and expands upon the imagistic nature of his lyrics and cosmic synth-folk. It is a sublime, masterful piece of music.

6. Bad Bunny - X 100PRE

December 24, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

The expertly sequenced and always vibrant debut from the Puerto Rican rapper collects every fascinating side of Bad Bunny into one singular statement.

5. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

Solange’s fourth album is unhurried, ambient, and exploratory. Using everything from spiritual jazz to Gucci Mane, Solange conjures her hometown with exceptional songcraft and production.

4. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
The breathtaking songs of Angel Olsen’s fifth album are fleshed out by a 12-piece string section and deliver grand gestures about romance, authenticity, and being simply at the mercy of how we feel.

3. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
The third album from the Brooklyn quartet is an intimate and surreal experience, a true masterpiece of folk music from a band working together at the highest level.

2. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

With limitlessly innovative songwriting and production, the cinema of twigs’ music has never been more affecting. MAGDALENE is not just on the vanguard of pop, it’s in a breathtaking class of its own.

1. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
Where her elegant wordplay once made her the Patron Saint of Internet Feelings, she now sounds like a millennial troubadour—singing tales of beloved bartenders and broken men, of fast cars and all of the senses, of freedom and transformation and the wreckage of being alive.
Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-albums-2019/
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1mo
hmmm There are a lot more Best New Music albums missing this year than usual. Schlagenheim not there too.
1mo
And Young Thug
1mo
Where’s Maxo Kream?
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