Clash Albums Of The Year 2019

Clash Albums Of The Year 2019

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40. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

39. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

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

38. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 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. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
The sound of someone delicately yet decisively knitting themselves back together...

36. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 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. Rapsody - Eve

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
8 reviews

33. Rex Orange County - Pony

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

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

30. Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

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

29. Nérija - Blume

August 2, 2019
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

28. JME - Grime MC

November 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

27. Denzel Curry - ZUU

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. Floating Points - Crush

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

25. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 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. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Listeners are given consistency and quality throughout.

23. Swindle - No More Normal

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

22. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 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. AJ Tracey - AJ Tracey

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

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

20. Stormzy - Heavy Is the Head

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
78
16 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. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 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. James Blake - Assume Form

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
77
34 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. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews
Atmospheric scenery mingles with new aesthetics that add colour to her widescreen laments.

16. Skepta - Ignorance is Bliss

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
76
14 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. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

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

14. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
23 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. Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
82
11 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. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
17 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. Ezra Collective - You Can't Steal My Joy

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 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. Orville Peck - Pony

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 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. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

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

8. Sudan Archives - Athena

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. Dave - Psychodrama

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

6. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 reviews

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

5. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

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

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

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
23 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. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 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. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

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. Kano - Hoodies All Summer

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
12 reviews
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