Northern Transmissions' Best Albums of 2019

Northern Transmissions' Best Albums of 2019

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20. Kim Gordon - No Home Record

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

It is the sound of a singular artist stepping out on her own, sounding as fresh as she ever has, as defiant as she ever has and as unforgiving as she ever has and all this adds up to an extremely satisfy musical treat for all of us.

19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews
It’s an intriguing, somewhat beguiling listen and, surprise or not, an infinitely beautiful, heartbreaking album that only a master can create.

18. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

‘Lux Prima’s MO is lush orchestration and bruised delicacy, it can’t be stressed enough how sumptuous this album sounds.

17. Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Designer is a heavenly listen that will certainly hold up in years to come, unburdened by the time-stamped pop production that defines so many modern releases.

16. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

14. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

‘Schlagenheim’ is an adventure through ever-changing noise and evolving, textured soundscapes.

13. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Sometimes the best art is created in a vacuum and in the case of (Sandy) Alex G, the vacuum is lined with infinity relatable and gorgeous inspiration that few and far between can capture.

12. Big Thief - Two Hands

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

Big Thief have crafted a beautiful, intimate and striking album in Two Hands.

10. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

All Mirrors is a record that implores you to spend time with it. This isn’t a one and done for the type of people that need an instant gratification fix. This is something that you can hear the amount care and thought that went into every note and every production choice.

9. DIIV - Deceiver

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

Through their work on Deceiver, DIIV have found that sweet spot of writing to exorcise their own demons all the while helping the listener with theirs. Rebirth has never sounded so good.

8. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

Father of the Bride is a less satisfying listening experience than any of the imminently replayable, nearly flawless, Vampire Weekend, Contra, or Modern Vampires of the City. But its best songs reach, perhaps exceed, Vampire Weekend’s previous heights.

7. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

slowthai finds himself as the poster boy for Brexit Britain and it’s a mantle that this street poet will no doubt relish.

6. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

Solo act Weyes Blood brings grandeur to a lonely stage production, ethereal at times while shockingly concrete at others, thanks to its intoxicating blend of cosmology and cinema.

5. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews
Her unique point of view is so relatable and throughout the running time of this masterful record we are allowed a glimpse into her world or perhaps just what it is she chooses to share about herself.

4. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

Never rushed yet often urgent, MAGDALENE is a work of great tension and balance. It never falls into complacency, and it’s never indulgent.

1. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 reviews

This is an album that brings the Irish city to life, as the plucky five piece take you on a journey through rain-soaked streets, violent encounters and a reassured confidence that comes from struggle.

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