The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2019

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2019

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50.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
85
9 reviews
North Carolina rapper Rapsody's newest album is a thoughtful tribute to black women, and her most ambitious concept to date.

49.

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

1000 gecs contains the weirdest and wildest combinations of sounds I've heard this year.

48.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Fever sort of serves as a bold character portrait for Megan Thee Stallion, but more importantly, it's catchy as fuck.

47.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

TFS's unique brand of art punk gets even vivider on Braindrops.

46.

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Malibu Ken is pure fun for total weirdos.

45.

Anamanaguchi - [USA]
October 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

44.

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

With their self-titled debut, The Highwomen prove themselves to be a versatile country supergroup with a unique perspective.

43.

March 20, 2019
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

Flume's full-length followup to 2016's Skin takes a very welcome turn for the experimental.

42.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

PUP solidifies itself as one of this decade's best pop punk acts with Morbid Stuff.

41.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

Hiding Places is Billy Woods' most personally cutting project so far.

40.

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

Pyroclasts' improvisational concept yields Sunn O)))'s most stimulating set of drones all decade.

39.

Uboa - The Origin of My Depression
February 14, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

The Origin of My Depression is one of the most harrowing offerings in experimental music this year. Profoundly disturbing and not for the faint of heart.

38.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

With Sonic Citadel, the two Brians successfully take Lightning Bolt's sound in a more melodic and accessible direction.

37.

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
ZUU blows Denzel Curry's previous transitional projects out of the water.

36.

Blu & Oh No - A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night contains quite a bit of Blu and Oh No's best work to date.

35.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
85
17 reviews

I’m not disappointed. That’s for sure.

34.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

For the most part, uknowhatimsayin¿ is an amusingly subversive update on some classic rap formulas.

33.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

Lana Del Rey improves as a songwriter by leaps and bounds on NFR.

32.

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

GINGER is a return to form for the BROCKHAMPTON boys, albeit a decidedly downcast one.

31.

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
20 reviews

David Berman's wryly depressive (or depressively wry) songwriting seems to have only gotten sharper during his decade away from music.

28.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

It's hard to deny just how sweet, cleanly produced, and fantastical the bulk of Pang is.

27.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Sweetener is no longer Ariana Grande's strongest album.

26.

April 17, 2019
Critic Score
87
6 reviews

Beyoncé pulls out all the stops on HOMECOMING, a live album of epic proportions.

25.

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
27 reviews

Freddie and Madlib continue to bring out the best in each other on Bandana.

24.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

Despite some structural shortcomings, Guns is a great work of politically-charged jazz rap.

23.

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Even after 25 years, Matmos is creating some of the most fun and inventive electronic music you'll hear in your life.

22.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Make room in your annual Halloween-time music rotation for Clipping's latest.

21.

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

The Comet Is Coming is doing its part to bring jazz into the next decade.

20.

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Though it succumbs to some trends and has a bit of a loose framework, Lizzo's latest album is still a fantastic fusion of rap and soul music.

19.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
71
5 reviews
Return to Center finds Kirin J. Callinan putting a unique and hilarious spin on the covers album, somehow resulting in his most effective character portrait yet.

18.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

17.

April 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

A Quiet Farwell is an inventive and consistently stimulating collage of underground hip hop and various strands of abstract music.

16.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

On his debut album, slowthai proves himself to be an exciting new voice in the UK hip hop landscape.

15.

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Right out of the gate, black midi has crafted one of the decade's most creative rock albums.

14.

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

It's a shame that the popularity and promotion behind Billie Eilish has poisoned the well a bit, as When We All Fall Asleep is actually an artful, well-crafted, and unique pop album.

13.

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
74
20 reviews

King Gizzard takes a successful swing at thrash metal on their second album of 2019.

12.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

Weyes Blood comes through with an immaculately produced and performed baroque pop album in Titanic Rising.

11.

Otoboke Beaver - Itekoma Hits
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
Otoboke Beaver didn't need to go this hard!

10.

July 17, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

Flamboyant is a distillment of what has made bubblegum bass so interesting over the past few years, as well as an apt commentary on gender politics.

9.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

Alex Cameron has a talent for writing witty and smart songs about love and masculinity from a male perspective.

8.

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
88
5 reviews

The fourth installment of Matana Roberts' COIN COIN series is instantly one of the decade's most compelling jazz projects.

7.

Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.
November 12, 2019
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

H.A.Q.Q. is the culmination of all of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's musical innovations this decade.

6.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
18 reviews

Though Grey Area isn't the most cutting-edge rap album out there, there's not a spot on it where Little Simz falters even slightly.

5.

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
Xiu Xiu delivers what might be its most adventurous and harrowing album to date... which is saying a lot.

4.

July 19, 2019
Critic Score
86
8 reviews

Caligula is an even more incredible journey to hell than its predecessor.

3.

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

Richard Dawson outdoes himself with this modernist spiritual successor to 2017's Peasant.

2.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

IGOR is easily one of the best breakup albums of the decade.

1.

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

Charli is a near-perfect balance of trusty pop formulas and PC Music experimentalism.

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10mo
Very strong top 5: 3 to 5!
11mo
fantano wtf
11mo
do not like this
11mo
Okay, but how did two decent 8s top two light 9s?
11mo
Didn't agree with some parts but not a bad list overall
11mo
if theres one term i never want to hear again in 2020 it's "PC Music". i swear everything is fuckin pc music at this point
11mo
Happy for Little Simz and Dorian but very happy for Lingua Ignota <3
11mo
Tyler was snubbed
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