The Line of Best Fit's Best Albums of 2019

The Line of Best Fit's Best Albums of 2019

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50. Self Esteem - Compliments Please

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Her love of hip hop is imbued in the very core of Compliments Please, shirking much of the folkish arrangements of Slow Club for a sound far bolder, and at 16 tracks strong it is clear that Taylor is not short of ideas.

49. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

On All My Heroes Are Cornballs, Peggy’s process from production to release has been fresher and faster, and in turn the songs feel more raw, less tweaked with and the conflict he creates between the melody and rhythm hit harder.

46. Girl Band - The Talkies

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

The Talkies is a devastating and jaw-dropping record that provokes awe and anxiety in equal measure.

45. KAYTRANADA - Bubba

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

A record which builds on its predecessor's legacy, albeit directed a little more consciously at the dancefloor.

44. Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
68
13 reviews

With a title inspired by one of his grandfather’s poems, he has etched his name further into the fabric of music, creating a wholesome space of honesty that has the ability to inspire positivity while tackling heavy themes of pain and frustration.

43. Mahalia - Love and Compromise

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

The Leicester-born R&B singer has tapped into something unexpected and exhilarating.

42. clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

With There Existed An Addiction To Blood, Clipping have artfully seized upon the viscera of the horrorcore genre, creating an album which is both disheartening and sonically intriguing. It is yet another successful experiment for the group and one of the eeriest examples of modern hip-hop to date.

40. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

It is an exceptional modern hip-hop album unafraid of exploring the darker sides of the modern rap persona, all whilst creating a rich, textured sonic environment within which it can be best ingested.

39. Sudan Archives - Athena

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

Sudan radiates confidence on Athena, uniting distinct musical elements as if they belonged together all along. It’s an album that sounds like nothing else.

38. King Princess - Cheap Queen

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

37. Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

Injury Reserve cycles through different forms – the bone-crushing and bass heavy, the feather-light and confessional – totalling every single one.

35. Caroline Polachek - Pang

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Pang is a remarkable debut album assured of its legitimacy and brilliance, one that should be celebrated for its shimmering beauty and the success of its authorial intent.

34. Charli XCX - Charli

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
Although she could often benefit from an editor, her process and vision doesn’t adhere to the music industry’s prioritisation of the album format – which feels right for an artist whose music could be read as an attempt to dissolve time itself.

33. Rapsody - Eve

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
8 reviews

32. Shura - forevher

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
Rather than coming across as naïve, Shura has created something hopeful and delightfully light in this record, setting it apart from much of pop’s current offerings. It is the perfect soundtrack to the end of summer, and all the months after spent remembering it.

31. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
17 reviews

Purple Mountains is a project born of perspective and circumspection, not self-indulgence or score-settling. It may not be the 2019’s easiest listen, but it’s certainly its most honest, and one of the year’s most rewarding.

30. Loraine James - For You and I

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

29. Kojey Radical - Cashmere Tears

Kojey Radical - Cashmere Tears
September 13, 2019
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

28. Hayden Thorpe - Diviner

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
This is, as advertised by the record label, a “very special debut album indeed”. It’s evidently, demonstrably and obviously a flawless work of genius, and may just be one of the best albums this writer has heard this decade.

27. Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Trapline

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Trapline
May 10, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

26. Eli Moon - Bodies

Eli Moon - Bodies
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
70
1 review

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

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

She has created an album so unquestionably true to her quirks and personality traits that fans are offered a true insight into her process and psyche.

24. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
It is an unsparing, anguished release in which we see an artist laid bare and tapping into a more natural and resonant version of her sound and self. It is the fullest and most developed work from FKA Twigs to date.

23. Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Any Human Friend is an explosive body of work, one that isn’t afraid to discuss sex and female eroticism with a microscopic lens.

22. Rina Mushonga - In A Galaxy

Rina Mushonga - In A Galaxy
February 15, 2019
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

21. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

An album that makes for pleasant easy listening, with frequent traces of genius.

20. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

This is an exceptionally compelling, absorbing, rich, and genuinely human piece of work.

19. Stormzy - Heavy Is the Head

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

If Heavy Is The Head is one thing, it’s aware of its own worth. It doesn’t need me to tell you that.

18. IDER - Emotional Education

IDER - Emotional Education
July 19, 2019
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
As complex and multi-faceted as any woman in her early twenties, IDER’s debut LP is an album made for people like those who wrote it, and is all the stronger for it.

17. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Though it lacks in the experimentation of Atrocity Exhibition, it compensates with cohesion and undeniable quality. As a presentation of Brown as an exceptional rapper, it ticks all the right boxes.

16. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

Sharon Van Etten’s new album is the crown jewel in her peerless catalogue .... By not pulling her punches, Van Etten has seemingly done the impossible – reinvented herself by doubling down on her own artistic tendencies.

15. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

Unlike Del Rey’s past work, Norman Fucking Rockwell sees the singer walk the fine line between tragedy and comedy.

14. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Showing no desire to even the scales or to polish the extremities of his vision, as we near the end of this decade (Sandy) Alex G has re-established himself and one of our most inventive and intriguing voices.

13. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

12. Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Designer could be considered to be the second consecutive modern classic that Harding has released. Designer is disciplined despite its speedy gestation, thoughtful and reserved.

11. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

Like all the best musicians and songwriters before her, she’s plumbed the depths of her imagination and brought forth a masterpiece from the depths.

10. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center

January 23, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

It’s the honest, insightful manner with which both Oberst and Bridgers have approached Better Oblivion Community Center that makes it such a delight.

9. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

It’s at times a brutal listen, but hidden between the hard knocks is the sound of a charismatic young artist who knows he’s making a debut album to remember.

8. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 reviews

Dogrel is evocative, meticulous and rich in a love for the character of Dublin, and all the little things that, past and present, contribute to that.

7. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

It’s all at once a whirlwind of colliding ideas both past and present, a bold stride into the future, a new sound pushed beyond expectation, an album that marks the passing of time and the changing of minds, a continued rebirth.

6. Kano - Hoodies All Summer

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

Hoodies All Summer is an exceptional achievement, proving once again that Kano is one of the UK’s most versatile, thoughtful and talented voices.

5. Ohtis - Curve of Earth

Ohtis - Curve of Earth
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

4. Dave - Psychodrama

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

PSYCHODRAMA isn’t an album to stand up and rejoice to. It’s a sit-down-and-consume, a listen-and-learn. In doing that, you appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the prose.

3. Clairo - Immunity

August 2, 2019
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Cave has written affectingly about love before, but it’s never felt so profound as this; rather than revelling in love, he is audibly clinging to it for dear life.

1. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 reviews
If you listen to any Little Simz track, you'll know instantly she's a great MC, but with this project she has stepped beyond that to become a uniquely gifted artist. An incredible album.
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