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.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
78
39 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.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

18.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
41 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.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

16.

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
12 reviews

15.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
27 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.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews

13.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

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

12.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

11.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

10.

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

8.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 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.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 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.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

5.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 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.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
27 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.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

1.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews
Original Source: https://music.avclub.com/the-20-best-albums-of-2019-1840367171
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