The Independent's 50 Best Albums of 2019

The Independent's 50 Best Albums of 2019

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50.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

No Home Record’s lack of cohesion is unlikely to pull you deep into its disjointed soundworld. What does unite the tracks, though, is the restlessly questing, non-conformist spirit of their creator.

49.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

Miss Universe is a brilliant collection of songs, an expansive melange of indie, jazz, pop and trip-hop that flits between a lo-fi sparseness and something The Strokes would play.

48.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
71
27 reviews

A viscerally entertaining album that never lingers for more than four minutes per song. Rock’n’roll isn’t dead: it’s just been sleeping.

47.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

Musically, Lost Girls couldn’t be more Eighties if it were playing a Commodore 64 while eating Angel Delight.

46.

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

45.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

It is ... balletic and haywire, refusing to follow traditional rules of song structure. Listening to it feels like accidentally pressing play on two songs at once, and finding the combination strangely inebriating.

44.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

This is a polished, playful album, though it has a DIY edge to it.

43.

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

The result is a quintessentially London record, as dark and moody as it is brash and innovative.

42.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

It lacks a centrepiece to match the arresting depth and space of Sweetener’s “God Is A Woman”, but Grande handles its shifting moods and cast of producers with engaging class and momentum.

41.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

40.

July 26, 2019
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

39.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

You don’t come away from this record feeling downcast. It’s more a reminder of how fleeting yet beautiful life is, and an appeal to make the most of it.

38.

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

Here, Lewis does what she does best: adds the glossy sparkle of Hollywood and a sunny Californian sheen to melancholy and nostalgia, with her most luxuriantly orchestrated album yet.

37.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

For the most part, When We All Fall Asleep is stiflingly dull and bloated, with subpar production from Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell.

36.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

The variety and scale of ambition on this album is breathtaking. Fans will be surprised to discover Tracey sings almost as much as he raps, in pleasingly gruff tones.

35.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

34.

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

It’s pure rock and roll: sleazy, slick and lots of fun. Sound & Fury marks another milestone for a remarkable artist.

33.

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
90
22 reviews

32.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
79
41 reviews

For long stretches, Father of the Bride feels less like a studio album than the sort of demo trove usually unearthed decades after a rock band splits.

31.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews

The follow-up to 2014’s LP1, made in the wake of heartbreak, is twigs at her sorrowful, scrappy best.

29.

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

28.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
70
24 reviews

Social Cues is an album where Shultz bares his soul, and apparently shakes off a few demons in the process.

27.

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

There’s no track on Jaime that is likely to make waves ... But what lovely ripples it makes.

26.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
39 reviews
After a period of tumult, Sharon Van Etten’s fifth album is a reinvention. But beneath its hazy synths and electronics are songs of endurance and inner peace, of settling after a flurry of activity.

25.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Crush is an insight into Shepherd’s brilliant mind and – such is the sheer variety of this album – a way to inspire one’s own imagination.

24.

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
Not only is it a drastic step up from his impressive debut, but it shows an artist keen to test himself emotionally, as well as artistically.

23.

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

A blunt, bold album on which Hackman’s beatific voice sits atop methodically messy instrumentals.

22.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

Where 2016's A Seat At The Table commanded respect, action and validation to an extent, When I Get Home offers respite, support and hope.

21.

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

20.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
82
13 reviews
He has Springsteen’s rousing holler, and the early indications of someone who could be the voice of a generation – not because he wants to be, but because he sees things and understands.

19.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
73
25 reviews

Swift’s seventh album feels like a partial resurrection of the Swift of old: moony romance and earnest earworms abound.

18.

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

The record is an introspective mix of psychey soul, blues, rock and funk, which skips and strolls and swaggers through its 13 tracks – but it is not simply an exercise in nostalgia.

17.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

16.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

For all its glimmering synths and the robotic pathos of Taylor’s idiosyncratic vocals, this is a record with both heart and soul.

15.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

If there’s any justice ... Saves the World, should see MUNA joining the ranks of those who have brazenly borrowed their sound.

14.

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

The sheer ambition on We Are Not Your Kind is just as staggering.

13.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

On her new album, Eve, she explores a lineage of black female icons in a way that is both tender and compelling.

12.

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

Grunge-rinsed, feminist-flipped, upcycled Fifties guitar an’ all: Crushing is a triumph.

11.

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Merging their asymmetrical early math pop with the deep space atmospherics of Total Life Forever and Holy Fire, plus added innovations ... they’ve created an inspired album of scorched earth new music that, in all likelihood, will only really be challenged for album of the year by Part 2.

10.

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
12 reviews

At 20 years old, Dave – born David Orobosa Omoregie – has just released one of the most thoughtful, moving and necessary albums of 2019 so far.

9.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

The artist ... accompanies her instrumental idiosyncrasies with strong, luscious melodies and unfussy lyrics.

8.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. And the politics sure got spiteful. But the good news is that the perma-brilliant James Blake has flooded his fourth album – Assume Form – with euphoric sepia soul and loved-up doo-wop.

7.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 reviews

Following the traumatised chaos of 2016’s Skeleton Tree, Ghosteen is a warm cloud of ambient solace – a sonic evocation of the communion he has experienced through his newly porous relationship with his audience.

6.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Tyler has never been one for traditional song structure, but on IGOR he’s like the Minotaur luring you through a maze that twists and turns around seemingly impossible corners, drawing you into the thrilling unknown.

5.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

Two Hands is Big Thief’s best to date, and undoubtedly one of the best of the year.

4.

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
Where most rock superstars sink into trad tedium by 69, Springsteen is still crafting sophisticated paeans of depth and illumination, a rock grandmaster worthy of the accolade. A must-have for anyone who has a heart.

3.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews

Rapper lands on a new, bold sound that incorporates an eclectic range of influences, along with three carefully chosen features.

2.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

The album is sultry and soporific, sitting somewhere between the minimalist trip-hop of Del Rey’s early days, and the scuzzy desert rock she has toyed with over the years.

1.

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

It’s layered with whimsical flutes, intricate guitar picking and sombre bass lines that meander with casual abandon. At an age where the pressure is on to have everything worked out, Harding sounds delightfully free.

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