The Observer: Kitty Empire's Best Pop and Rock of 2019

The Observer: Kitty Empire's Best Pop and Rock of 2019

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10. Stormzy - Heavy Is the Head

December 13, 2019
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

9. Aldous Harding - Designer

April 26, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

As previously, the rest of the record repays deep investment, as Harding’s pauses and supporting instrumental actors are often as significant as what’s going on up top, all creating a sense of tensile beauty as certain as physics but impossible to pin down.

8. Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

June 14, 2019
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Callahan’s gnomic half-smile and his ability to pull the rug out under certainties remain.

7. Brittany Howard - Jaime

September 20, 2019
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

6. Charli XCX - Charli

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

It is, hands down, the best iteration of XCX yet, the one where Aitchison’s pop capabilities line up most persuasively with her avant garde ear.

5. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

Ultimately, it is Titanic Rising’s fusion of ancient and contemporary, 70s singer-songwriter tropes and electronic burbles, that convinces; the beauty Weyes Blood offers has its eyes wide open.

4. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Colourful, positive and shamelessly retro, US singer and rapper Melissa Jefferson’s third album is the biggest, most focused set of her career thus far.

3. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

It’s an album that exudes warmth and no little sonic familiarity, while reflecting what is a radically altered set-up.

2. 75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

In the first album wholly written since the death of his son, Cave reaches an extraordinary, sad and beautiful artistic evolution.

Original Source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/30/kitty-empire-best-rock-pop-2019
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