Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2019

Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2019

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20. Katie Dey - Solipsisters

Katie Dey - Solipsisters
May 31, 2019
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

19. Priests - The Seduction of Kansas

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

They deliver fast punk songs and slinky surf rock songs alongside glittering pop-influenced dance jams, each of which still sound uniquely Priests.

18. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
35 reviews

Bolstered by the strongest back half The National have ever recorded, I Am Easy to Find is a much-needed rejoinder to the idea that the band has rested on their laurels, not a return to form but an indication that they are still open to exploring new ideas.

17. Sunn O))) - Life Metal

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

Life Metal brims with the white-hot intensity of the duo’s early records, when the primacy of the distended riff overrode all concerns.

16. Thom Yorke - ANIMA

June 27, 2019
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

With ANIMA, his revelatory beats create a full spectrum, as unnerving as they are welcome.

13. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

All Mirrors feels like the most fully-realized version of Olsen that we’ve gotten yet.

12. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Who’d have thought Brown would make it to old head status, much less a wise and witty elder statesman.

11. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

With When I Get Home, the end result is a series of songs that feel like similar but still distinct microclimates, built out of samples that appear and vanish without a moment’s notice.

9. Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Add two more pages to the bestiary: 1) a mostly domesticated beast; 2) the strangest, rarest creature in the Callahan biome: the happily married Shepherd.

7. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

Remind Me Tomorrow may delve into darker sonic terrain for the artist, what with its whirring and noisy synths, but Van Etten has never sounded as ecstatic as she does on this record, and her already considerable body of work seems poised to get even better.

6. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

Where the band’s three previous albums sounded like the byproduct of academic intellectuals fresh out of school, Father of the Bride feels more like an homage to pop with a decidedly more mature, domesticated California-leaning aesthetic.

5. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Igor is a triumph, another feather in the cap of an artist whose real aim has always been to emote, not provoke, and who has made his vulnerability an expansive palette from which to draw in an exploration of the shades and contours of his own emotional canvas.

4. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

With this gorgeous, gripping, thought-provoking album, she continues her enigmatic, glass ceiling-smashing trajectory thanks to some spectacular vocal performances and updating the sonic templates left to her by her forebears.

3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Ghosteen takes years of hurt, sorrow and reflection and releases them in an astonishing double-album, one of the most challenging and most beautiful of Cave’s career.

2. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

Norman Fucking Rockwell! is nothing if not entertaining in that most Hollywood of ways. Hype or no, art or artifice, it’s nonetheless well worth the experience.

1. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
17 reviews

Purple Mountains is the strongest return one could hope for from Berman, and far stronger than one might expect from someone so trapped in a quagmire of misery.

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