The A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2019

The A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2019

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20. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
35 reviews
The National’s never been afraid to dial things down, but it’s rarely sounded as vulnerable as it does here—song after song, Dessner’s vibrant, moody arrangements serve to reflect Berninger’s precarious balance of hope and frustration.

19. Anderson .Paak - Ventura

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

18. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

Anyone looking for tidy narratives won’t find them in Remind Me Tomorrow, as the album isn’t concerned with backstories or motivations. Instead, its 10 songs are much more focused on how their protagonists are dealing right now, in the present, with triumphs, traumas, and new beginnings.

17. Floating Points - Crush

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

16. Dave - Psychodrama

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

15. Jenny Lewis - On the Line

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

On The Line preserves the irreverence and honesty of her past work, but underscores that Lewis is finding a new, deeper musical path drawing from—but not beholden to—grief and rebirth.

14. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 reviews

13. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

It’s fatiguing to listen to All Mirrors straight through, which makes it easy to overlook the collection’s highlights.

12. Barker - Utility

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

11. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

10. Cate Le Bon - Reward

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

8. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

Del Rey’s Instagram filter-tinted malaise is her calling card, but on this album she jettisons any sonic sluggishness in favor of crisp, unadorned instrumentation: wistful piano, light horns and string accents, sighing guitar.

7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

What Cave sends us from this new place is remarkable. Ghosteen is both his most solitary recording since 2001’s No More Shall We Part and impossible to imagine without the contributions of The Bad Seeds.

6. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

5. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

Rado’s opulent production gives the experience of listening to Titanic Rising—particularly on headphones—the feeling of being enveloped in sound, insulated from the outside world like an astronaut looking down at the earth through layers of atmosphere.

4. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

The first record was a grower, gradually establishing itself as one of the great producer-emcee efforts of the young millennium, but Bandana seems designed to dazzle, to assert a joint legacy.

2. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

1. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
Original Source: https://music.avclub.com/the-20-best-albums-of-2019-1840367171
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