Pitchfork's Best Rock Albums of 2019

Pitchfork's Best Rock Albums of 2019

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Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 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.

Big Thief - Two Hands
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
85
22 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.

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 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.

Black Belt Eagle Scout - At the Party With My Brown Friends
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
Over the course of the album, this near-hour spent in the presence of the people she loves, she is reminded that she is equal to any challenge which may befall her.

black midi - schlagenheim
June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

The London guitar band’s debut is twitchy, hair-raising, always on the move. They harken back to a more esoteric era of indie with a magnetic and dazzling style.

Bon Iver - i,i
August 9, 2019
Critic Score
82
39 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.

Boy Scouts - Free Company
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

Brittany Howard - Jaime
September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 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.

Cate Le Bon - Reward
May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
17 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.

CHAI - PUNK
February 13, 2019
Critic Score
83
15 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.

Charly Bliss - Young Enough
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

The Brooklyn band’s second record is bigger and darker, amplifying their ’80s new-wave sparkle into ecstatic triumph.

Crumb - Jinx
June 14, 2019
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

The New York City psych-rock quartet’s debut full-length beckons the listener with dreamy keyboards, twinkling guitar, and a recognizable buzz of stoic anxiety.

Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
77
33 reviews
Though the band is now squarely in its pop era, the nostalgia that laced its early records has morphed into a timely, fatalistic vision of the future and national decay.

DIIV - Deceiver
October 4, 2019
Critic Score
77
19 reviews

The shoegaze band’s third album is another portrait of addiction and recovery, but this time there’s no suggestion of a victory lap. The lyrics may wallow, but the music soars.

Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary
February 1, 2019
Critic Score
74
24 reviews

Weaving in and out of concrete, direct, indie-rock songwriting and meditative, impressionistic dream pop, Girlpool’s third album features their most expansive and surreal songs to date.

Jenny Lewis - On the Line
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

The fourth album from the California indie rock icon features some of her strongest songwriting, sung gorgeously and told with biting detail.

Julia Jacklin - Crushing
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

On an album that mines failed relationships for self-discovery, the Australian singer-songwriter shows her talent at distilling complex situations into searing couplets.

Kim Gordon - No Home Record
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
80
28 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.

Mannequin Pussy - Patience
June 21, 2019
Critic Score
80
8 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.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 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.

Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

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

Oso Oso - Basking in the Glow
August 16, 2019
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

Peaer - A Healthy Earth
August 16, 2019
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

PUP - Morbid Stuff
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

Morbid Stuff is 37 minutes of safe, sweaty space to process your worst feelings when a half-assed meltdown just won’t cut it.

Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 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.

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
39 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.

Sheer Mag - A Distant Call
August 23, 2019
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

A Distant Call is an album with depth of production, more deliberate songwriting, and a commitment to style.

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 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.

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 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.

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