Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2019

Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2019

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51. Jaws - The Ceiling

Jaws - The Ceiling
April 5, 2019
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

50. Liz Lawrence - Pity Party

Liz Lawrence - Pity Party
October 25, 2019

48. Pip Blom - Boat

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

47. King Nun - Mass

King Nun - Mass
October 4, 2019
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

46. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

45. BABYMETAL - METAL GALAXY

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

Sure, it’s extremely well-produced and polished, to a point of occasional sickly sweetness, and the sometimes squeaky vocals and cheesy, inoffensive themes might not be to everyone's taste, but Metal Galaxy had me bopping along with a beaming smile throughout its whole 57 minute runtime, which is more than I can say for most metal releases this year.

43. Rex Orange County - Pony

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

His previous self-released work featured a lot of youthful optimism, and Pony is a matured evolution of this. He’s successfully maintained his signature spirited and upbeat sound but delivered it in a fresh and un-sickly package.

42. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

While every texture isn’t perfect on this record, (Sandy) Alex G has flexed all of his songwriting credentials.

41. Shura - forevher

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

40. Skepta - Ignorance is Bliss

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

39. Iggy Pop - Free

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
71
22 reviews

38. Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

It’s a giant leap from We Slept At Last.

37. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

Releasing her fifth studio album Remind Me Tomorrow, she tests the boundaries with what she can do, and has gone further than she ever imagined.

35. Two Door Cinema Club - False Alarm

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

It’s distinctly Two Door Cinema Club but it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard from them before. It’s clever. It’s big-league. It’s ballsy. And most of all it’s fun.

32. Bring Me The Horizon - amo

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

Amo is a record that pushes and pulls you, whether a hardcore fan or a casual listener, into almost every direction imaginable.

31. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
Amongst their infectious mystery, black midi offer an enticing musicality that transcends scene or common genre, but instead captures modern virtuosity at its finest.

30. AJ Tracey - AJ Tracey

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

28. Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

Late Night Feelings is a very listenable album with some excellent highlights, but a grand and new sonic statement it is not.

26. Pond - Tasmania

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

The LP is a declaration of love, a going-back-to-the-roots, a bucolic dream of Australia.

25. Metronomy - Metronomy Forever

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
73
18 reviews

24. Bon Iver - i,i

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
34 reviews

There’s a warmth to the album overall, delicately balanced with vulnerability, making it equal parts comforting and heartbreaking.

23. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard aren’t just exploring their musical capabilities – they’re telling a story.

21. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

A tumultuous mix of experimental jazz, psychedelic-infused guitar licks, and a vibrant array of warm tones seep through elements of bass guitar and synth – Jaime is sensational in its depiction of female sexuality, overcoming religious guilt and understanding comeuppance.

20. Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 2)

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

It’s triumphant, exciting and eminently listenable.

19. M. T. Hadley - Empty

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

18. Cage the Elephant - Social Cues

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
69
22 reviews

Social Cues spans 13 tracks laden with honey-sweet vocals and warm synths played over darker, seductive undertones, resulting in their most sophisticated and captivating offering yet.

17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Despite a few questionable experimental moments (that simply make the albums more Bad Seeds-eque) the highlights soar to towering heights, making the piece a triumph.

16. Kano - Hoodies All Summer

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

This is one of Kano’s strongest albums yet that has seen him take a more extrinsic outlook than on previous record Made In The Manor.

15. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
25 reviews

It's this strong songwriting that brings all these new sounds and styles together and is what will continue to set her apart from her contemporaries.

14. Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
82
11 reviews

Hypersonic Missiles isn’t just a collection of songs from a talented young man, it’s an education for anyone who wants to know the confusing reality of life in Great Britain in 2019 when you haven’t been handed everything on a plate.

12. Matt Maltese - Krystal

Matt Maltese - Krystal
November 8, 2019
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

11. Collard - Unholy

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

9. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

8. Tool - Fear Inoculum

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

Ultimately, Fear Inoculum is a record that will never lose its potency; it'll be passed down from this generation to the next, and the generation after that. And, crucially, the Tool back catalogue retains its prestige and indispensable greatness.

7. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 reviews

Dogrel definitely delivers on the tremendous hype, after their singles have done anything but fall on deaf ears. Watch this space.

6. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

A truly honest, empowering album of advice to dance, love and live your life by.

5. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

Blending a range of influences, sounds and themes to ensure a creative and compelling end result, this is one of the very finest recent R&B records, blending the personal, political, and pure to dazzling effect.

4. Dave - Psychodrama

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

3. Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
They may be a man down, but Foals have recalibrated and returned with a newfound creative synergy, culminating in something phenomenal and compelling, transcending us all.

2. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 reviews
Original Source: https://www.gigwise.com/features/3367915/gigwise-51-best-albums-of-2019
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