The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2019

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2019

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50. Rapsody - Eve

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

49. 100 gecs - 1000 gecs

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

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

48. Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

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. Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

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

46. Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Malibu Ken is pure fun for total weirdos.

45. Anamanaguchi - [USA]

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

44. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

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. Flume - Hi This Is Flume

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. PUP - Morbid Stuff

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

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

41. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal - Hiding Places

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

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

40. Sunn O))) - Pyroclasts

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

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

39. Uboa - The Origin of My Depression

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.

37. Denzel Curry - ZUU

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

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. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

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

34. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

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

33. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

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

32. BROCKHAMPTON - GINGER

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

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

31. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
17 reviews

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

28. Caroline Polachek - Pang

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. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

Sweetener is no longer Ariana Grande's strongest album.

26. Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM

April 17, 2019
Critic Score
87
6 reviews

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

25. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

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

24. Quelle Chris - Guns

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

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

23. Matmos - Plastic Anniversary

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

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

22. clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

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

21. The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

March 15, 2019
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

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

20. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 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.

18. Yazz Ahmed - Polyhymnia

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

17. Slauson Malone - A Quiet Farwell, 2016-2018

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. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

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

15. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

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

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

March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
23 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. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats' Nest

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

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

12. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

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

11. Otoboke Beaver - Itekoma Hits

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

10. Dorian Electra - Flamboyant

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. Alex Cameron - Miami Memory

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

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

8. Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis

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.

Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.
November 12, 2019
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

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

6. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 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. Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit

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. Lingua Ignota - Caligula

July 19, 2019
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

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

3. Richard Dawson - 2020

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

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

2. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

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

1. Charli XCX - Charli

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

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

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1mo
Very strong top 5: 3 to 5!
2mo
fantano wtf
2mo
do not like this
2mo
I’m still shocked that Titanic rising didn’t make the top 10
2mo
Okay, but how did two decent 8s top two light 9s?
2mo
Didn't agree with some parts but not a bad list overall
2mo
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
2mo
Happy for Little Simz and Dorian but very happy for Lingua Ignota <3
2mo
Tyler was snubbed
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