musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2019

musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2019

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50. Sleaford Mods - Eton Alive

February 22, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

49. Sunn O))) - Life Metal

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

Life Metal resonates in the surrounding air particles long after the last track concludes, and will reverberate in the minds of listeners longer still. A truly magnificent, very real, and ultimately restorative record.

48. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
26 reviews

This is easily one of the best pop albums of the year as it is.

47. These New Puritans - Inside the Rose

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

Inside The Rose is a wonder. A beautiful, dramatic, idiosyncratic album.

46. Rustin Man - Drift Code

February 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

45. Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
83
13 reviews

There might be more anger, darkness and politics on this album but Giants Of All Sizes shows they are still fundamentally one of the best bands around at offering consolation and comfort when the surrounding turbulence threatens to get too much.

44. Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

Lost Girls is hardly uncharted territory, yet Khan manages to embolden it with her canny narrative, some truly beautiful sonic touches and her trademark gorgeous harmonies.

43. Acid Arab - Jdid

Acid Arab - Jdid
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
1 review

42. Cate Le Bon - Reward

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

This album, though not what anybody on the face of the Earth would call ‘fun’, is an absolute classic of modernist architecture. It’s certainly the best thing she’s ever done.

41. Fat White Family - Serfs Up!

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Serfs Up! is ... an oddly neutered beast, lacking passion while veering towards the cliff-edge of credibility and acceptance. There are moments of brilliance and experimentation, but these are too often outweighed by pedestrian tunes and indistinct vocals.

40. Bruce Hornsby - Absolute Zero

Bruce Hornsby - Absolute Zero
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

39. Hayden Thorpe - Diviner

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
This is a very carefully thought out new page to Hayden Thorpe’s career, yet the page has freshly written calligraphy on it. There is much to admire and much to relate to, in what is surely just the start of this particular Wild Beast’s solo migration.

38. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

thank u, next is a very accomplished album which showcases Grande’s inner strength and emotional maturity in the face of the undeniably harrowing trauma she has suffered in the past couple of years. Forget Grande: This album is a Venti, with an extra shot.

36. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

These songs might not be his most immediate, but House Of Sugar, it rewards repeated listening as these songs start to reveal their hidden depths with every listen.

35. Erland Cooper - Sule Skerry

Erland Cooper - Sule Skerry
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

34. Kim Gordon - No Home Record

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

33. Skepta - Ignorance is Bliss

May 31, 2019
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

The combined effect is that of an artist at the top of his game, with the newfound artistic freedom that Konnichiwa granted him but the energy of still having something to prove.

32. Ride - This Is Not a Safe Place

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
70
19 reviews

31. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
23 reviews

In a year where R&B and hip hop have proved the most innovative and original genres Solange has delivered a brilliantly crafted record that places her right at the top.

30. Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

Overall The Book Of Traps And Lessons is best with a healthy dose of thoughtfulness and nuance, and while it falters on the occasions when these are disregarded, this album is another example of why Tempest’s spoken-word works now routinely amplify well beyond her poetic beginnings.

29. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 reviews
Fontaines DC wear their influences close to their sleeve, with nods to The Pogues, The Strokes and Joy Division, but these influences are absorbed into their identity, to create something that instantly familiar and accessible, but also thrillingly compelling.

28. Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

It is thrilling, a whirlwind of textures wrapped up in a relatively short run-time, with a sonic consistency that wasn’t always present in 2017’s World Eater.

27. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

For most Big Thief fans, UFOF is a natural, welcome progression, and one that you likely won’t want to tear yourself away from.

25. The Twilight Sad - It Won/T Be Like This All the Time

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

It seems unfair to describe this as The Twilight Sad’s masterpiece as, truth be told, they haven’t made a bad record in their career – but this certainly feels like a ‘moment’, the time where they step up and deliver a truly special album.

24. Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold

August 16, 2019
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

The Centre Won’t Hold sees them as vital, compelling and as searingly relevant as ever.

23. Richard Dawson - 2020

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

22. Taylor Swift - Lover

August 23, 2019
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

While it never quite hits the musical heights of 1989 or Red, Lover feels like a necessary recalibration after Reputation. It’s an album that screams out for an editor, but when it hits the right notes, it demonstrates just why Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the world.

21. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

It’s an intriguing album with few dips, and it adds up to Tyler, The Creator’s best work to date.

20. Chromatics - Closer To Grey

October 2, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

19. Lingua Ignota - Caligula

July 19, 2019
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

With CALIGULA, Kristin Hayter (aka LINGUA IGNOTA) has delved deep into themes of control, domestic abuse, violence, vengeance, depravity, love and most importantly, transformation to create a truly unsettling yet hugely rewarding album.

18. Dave - Psychodrama

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

It’s rare to hear a debut album so confident and accomplished, especially when the artist himself has just turned 20 years old. Yet Psychodrama is pretty close to a masterpiece and raises the bar for a new standard in British rap.

17. Sudan Archives - Athena

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

16. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

If you’re willing to invest the time, there’s plenty to enjoy in Father Of The Bride. Although they may have been away for six years, it’s the sound of a band re-centring themselves.

14. The National - I Am Easy to Find

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
35 reviews

With its 16 tracks clocking in at 63 minutes, it’s the band’s longest album to date and, despite a smattering of classy highlights, it feels laboured and cumbersome.

13. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

Magdalene is an album that, like FKA twigs herself, defies both genre and classification.

12. Anna Meredith - FIBS

October 25, 2019
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

11. Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

At over an hour long, this isn’t an album to dip in and out of – it’s that rare album that you have to commit to, and let it wash over you.

10. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

By this point, she’s probably preaching to the converted, and won’t attract anyone previously immune to the Del Rey charm – yet this is probably her finest record since Born To Die.

9. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
36 reviews
It may be very different to her previous work, but in it’s own way, it provides just as much an emotional gut-punch.

8. black midi - schlagenheim

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Schlagenheim will open up a whole new bottle of weird, if you let it in.

7. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

Olsen, her arrangers and producer have created an album that simply bulges with perfection and timeless songs.

6. Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

A lush, adventurous experience, immersive and refreshing.

4. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

November 1, 2019
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

KIWANUKA doesn’t waste a single one of its 51 minutes, and seems destined to receive the same sort of acclaim as its predecessor.

3. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

Yes, it can be painful, but there’s a beautiful catharsis contained within Ghosteen that makes it one of the most essential records of recent times – a lifejacket for anyone surfing that dreadful wave of grief.

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