Clash Albums Of The Year 2019

Clash Albums Of The Year 2019

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40.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

39.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

‘Jaime’ is arguably Howard’s most important work to date spiritually, let alone critically.

38.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

The singer-songwriter has created an astoundingly original piece of work; every track sends shivers down the spine, but hitting different vertebrae - sometimes the impact is measured and controlled, others it’s shocking and bold.

37.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews
The sound of someone delicately yet decisively knitting themselves back together...

36.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
85
17 reviews
After listening to ‘All My Heroes Are Cornballs’ it could be described as anything but disappointing. Peggy has filled it full of the same playful bounce, and reactionary lyrics, that made ‘Veteran’ such a powerful and intoxicating listen.

35.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

33.

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

It is easily one of the most interesting and exciting pop records of the year.

30.

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

‘Designer’ is a striking return, pursuing solitary aesthetic goals in a fashion both unrelenting and admirable.

29.

August 2, 2019
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

28.

November 29, 2019
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
It appears JME has gone full circle. Having been there from the start, he continues to make the music he makes because it’s the music he loves. Take it or leave it.

27.

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

‘ZUU’ is further proof that Denzel Curry is one of hip-hop's most interesting and progressive MCs.

26.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
An emphatically alluring experience.

25.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

‘All Mirrors’ is a record that is so intuitive and interior, that it feels it could be difficult to penetrate - but it’s one hell of a prize if you give it the chance.

24.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

Listeners are given consistency and quality throughout.

23.

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

22.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

Although on first listen it may appear inaccessible and tedious to some listeners due to its Californian themes and static aura, it marks itself as one of Lana’s most cohesive and constitutional albums.

21.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

On his self-titled debut LP, the Ladbroke Grove wordsmith is at the peak of his powers.

20.

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
‘Heavy is the Head’ absolutely hits it out of the park. It’s the same winning mix of grime bangers and radio friendly singing as last time, but, crucially, it’s better at making sure they work together on the same project.

19.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 reviews

Another open letter straight from artist to audience that cuts right to the core of what means to have loved, lost and loved again.

18.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews
While his singular vision is to be admired, it comes at the expense of variation – the sedate pace remains constant, as if it’s building up to something that never quite gets started.

17.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
39 reviews
Atmospheric scenery mingles with new aesthetics that add colour to her widescreen laments.

16.

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

On ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, Skepta is back with a renewed hunger and sense of purpose, overcoming a new set of challenges and proving once again why he is a grime mainstay.

15.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
‘uknowhatimsayin’ succeeds in flipping our expectations of a Danny Brown album, delivering a project that’s masterfully produced and exquisitely executed.

14.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

Overall, ‘When I Get Home’ is a triumph, and is the kind of album you put on to reach your calming, safe place, when you get home at the end of a long day.

13.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
82
12 reviews
‘Hypersonic Missiles’ is packed with high octane hits, all of which translate into an impeccable record. Sam Fender’s debut is brave, confident and evocative.

12.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
This compelling and provocative record is a haunting echo of a seemingly hopeless vignette of Britain today, where slowthai offers the slightest glimmer of optimism for a potentially brighter future. slowthai is the unexpected hero for the people we didn’t know we needed, but so many, justly deserve.

11.

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
In an age of hostile austerity manufactured by moral panic-inducing powers, Ezra Collective’s debut effort is a polyrhythmic balm for disillusioned youth seeking a dose of musical dopamine.

10.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

A brilliant palate cleanser to the vast majority of overblown, raucous and vapid compositions that have taken over the genre over the course of the last three decades or so.

9.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Michael Kiwanuka has undoubtedly created a timeless album, one made with impressive confidence.

8.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

On her debut LP ‘Athena’ Sudan Archives has created an album that is the logical next step on her evolution, but also features call-backs to her previous three releases.

7.

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
12 reviews

6.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
90
22 reviews

Authentic, raw and honest, it is eclectic, original and a work of multifaceted expression.

5.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

An arresting, astonishing experience, ‘Schlagenheim’ is a vital, stunning, puzzling album, one that demands to be heard.

4.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ is a brave and fortuitous debut album from the LA teen, capturing the hopes, fears and vulnerabilities of an entire generation. The genius in this record is its unaffected relatability.

3.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews

‘Grey Area’ feels like a transition for Little Simz, taking her music to the next level by working with British hip-hop producer, Inflo. His impact permeates the entire album, with its an incredibly raw, poignant air – from the record’s instrumentation to the inimitable way Simz attacks nearly every track.

2.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

With his sixth album ‘Igor’ Tyler again not only pushes himself, but what hip-hop should be in 2019.

1.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
Whilst the lyrics are direct and, in your face, the production is just as precise and thought out. It flows with Kano’s quick pace and ability to turn on the heat so quickly. The album offers 10 tracks of quality and meaning over the meaningless repackaged corporate sound that is found more often than not in this day and age.
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