Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2019

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2019

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50. Bon Iver - i,i

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
34 reviews

This tricky, fickle, strange dedication to emotional progress is what defines Bon Iver, makes them so uniquely, irrefutably human, and so goddamn touching even when you can't understand what a single lyric means.

46. Big Thief - Two Hands

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

44. Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

42. Flying Lotus - Flamagra

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

Flamagra may not channel the raw angst of his previous works, but it still enacts that crucial moment of recognition.

41. Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

August 9, 2019
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Sure, We Are Not Your Kind is a little bloated and it occasionally stubs its toe on trying to be grandiose, but their determined focus on making this sound like Slipknot is wildly successful.

40. James Blake - Assume Form

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

He has found a confidence to use this palette to express more complex notions of his self, to enrich his life and command his ascension into the popular lexicon.

39. La Dispute - Panorama

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

What this adds up to, after four albums and a handful of EPs, is a band that is firing on all cylinders.

37. Tim Bowness - Flowers At The Scene

Tim Bowness - Flowers At The Scene
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

35. Soen - Lotus

Soen - Lotus
February 1, 2019
Critic Score
85
1 review

33. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

uknowhatimsayin¿ shows how that insanity can be packaged in a more unassuming container without ever losing its fury.

32. Moon Tooth - Crux

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

31. Torche - Admission

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

30. clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Blood, at its heart — if, indeed, it has one — is a puzzle, whether it intends to be or not.

28. Borknagar - True North

Borknagar - True North
September 27, 2019
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

27. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

26. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

25. PUP - Morbid Stuff

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

Morbid Stuff takes all the messy qualities that made PUP standout in the first place – nasally vocals, scathing lyrics, amped-up guitars – and condenses them into a more vibrant experience via the lens of power-pop.

23. Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

Words really can't accurately describe what makes Xiu Xiu and Jamie Stewart's writing so timeless no matter the sound or the subject matter, but it never fails to have an emotional power that very few can retain for so long and captivate with ease.

21. Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

This album is the first work by Kishi Bashi that feels like a mission, and it’s that same sense of purpose that drives Omoiyari to be the most gorgeous and impactful piece of his catalogue.

20. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
35 reviews

Far from a downer ... I Am Easy To Find crackles with energy. This army of collaborators and Mike Mills’ oddball editing habits seem to have revitalized the band’s willingness to stretch themselves far more than the curated, self-conscious shifts of Sleep Well Beast.

18. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

To put Magdalene in context, it’s clear that FKA Twigs has created her best album so far. It combines the addicting complexity of M3LL155X’s production aesthetics with the more elaborate and thoughtful songwriting of LP1.

15. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

It's the clarity of vision and production quality that called Donuts to my mind, but really IGOR is comparable to every instance good or bad where a rapper has stepped outside the box they made for themselves.

14. Copeland - Blushing

February 15, 2019
Critic Score
92
1 review

Blushing does anything but stick to a formula, even when that formula is to make music that sounds nothing like Copeland.

13. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

An undeniable stunner that should go down as one of the strongest art-pop albums of the year.

12. Tool - Fear Inoculum

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

Keenan was accurate to say that Fear…. would require patience to ingest, being a massive, compelling piece of music that unfolds beautifully and balances Tool’s unique style with plenty of rewarding new elements. Any fears that they would not live up to their past can be abated; Fear Inoculum is truly groundbreaking and one of the best albums of the decade.

10. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

9. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

8. Cult of Luna - A Dawn To Fear

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

6. State Faults - Clairvoyant

State Faults - Clairvoyant
June 21, 2019
Critic Score
100
1 review

5. American Football - American Football

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

LP3 is a house built brick by brick with patient songwriting - lush arrangements that blossom over a lengthy period of time, cultivating in fully fleshed out songs.

4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Ghosteen may be the biggest boon to his mythical career yet; it’s another masterpiece that will forever be enshrined in his ever-growing legacy. Absolute perfection.

3. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

2. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

This is her best album yet, and great moments abound amidst the fat.

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