Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2019

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2019

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100. Little Simz - GREY Area

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
17 reviews

99. Holly Herndon - PROTO

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
This album makes you think more and more with each listen as its layered brilliance unravels in new, exciting ways.

98. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews
Even if the Death Grips comparisons have always been ill-fitting, on his latest record it's clear, now more than ever, that Peggy is in his own lane.

97. Kim Gordon - No Home Record

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

96. Julien Chang - Jules

October 11, 2019
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

95. Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Dissolution

Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Dissolution
November 22, 2019
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

94. Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Though Helado Negro (aka Roberto Carlos Lange) might not have diagrammed a 12-step program for smiling, the resulting model is informed by a spirit of persistence that one cannot help but be influenced by.

93. Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

March 8, 2019
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Foals are not yet a bad band, they are still too competent for that, but this record's promise is blunted by its workmanlike enthusiasm.

92. Florist - Emily Alone

July 26, 2019
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

91. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

May 24, 2019
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

Atlanta Millionaires Club is an intriguing step up from Webster, and she's given herself permission to proceed in a number of directions from here.

88. Luke Temple - Both-And

Luke Temple - Both-And
September 13, 2019
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

85. Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy

June 21, 2019
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

They have been put on this planet to create beautiful, awe-inspiring packages of synth pop and alternative dance, a charge that A Bath Full of Ecstasy more than delivers on.

84. Girl Ray - Girl

November 22, 2019
Critic Score
68
12 reviews

83. The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

April 12, 2019
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

No Geography, the duo's ninth full-length over 25 years, is a seamless mix that throws in everything plus the kitchen sink.

82. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
86
19 reviews

LEGACY! LEGACY! educates and enrages but also moves, heals, and leaves you full-hearted with hips and shoulders swaying to each track's studied and hypnotic groove.

81. SOAK - Grim Town

SOAK - Grim Town
April 26, 2019
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

Granted, Grim Town does stretch on for a few minutes too long. But Monds-Watson still proves that the scenic route to adulthood is no less engaging—and certainly, that extra mile makes the humble closer "Nothing Looks the Same" all the more cathartic.

80. Charly Bliss - Young Enough

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

This is one of those rare records that sounds like a Greatest Hits compilation and simultaneously a summer mixtape while, by the time winter rolls around, we'll be digging deeper into the reflective, cracked mirror lyrics to provide us with a little familiar, melancholic comfort.

79. Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

Her sound has gained a wide-scope cinematic feel without losing any of its raw intimacy.

78. Caroline Polachek - Pang

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

77. Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom Pt. 2

Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom Pt. 2
November 8, 2019
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

76. Alex Cameron - Miami Memory

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

Cameron's third full-length sees him take on female perspectives to the toxic masculinity problem.

75. Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

With mercury in her reach, Wolfe recoiled to find freedom, Birth of Violence's folk and country comfortability hitting her resourcefulness in a tornado.

74. Temples - Hot Motion

September 27, 2019
Critic Score
67
11 reviews
Spend time with this album. I categorically promise you that it was leave you elated. And then press play again.

72. Vagabon - Vagabon

October 18, 2019
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

No doubt a gamble to make a wholesale change in your sound after an acclaimed debut, Tamko delivers a confidently mature album with the sonics to match.

70. Lower Dens - The Competition

September 6, 2019
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

69. Earthquake Lights - Distress Signals

Earthquake Lights - Distress Signals
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
70
1 review

67. Electric Youth - Memory Emotion

Electric Youth - Memory Emotion
August 9, 2019
Critic Score
60
4 reviews

64. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

House of Sugar tilts its cap at longtime (Sandy) Alex G fanatics, while opening a wide space for newcomers to dive into.

63. Fat White Family - Serfs Up!

April 19, 2019
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

On Serfs Up the band apparently shifted from cocaine and heroin to Ketamine and weed and, while correlation does not imply causation, this is a record less obtuse than previous offerings, though equally placed on a stage of ugliness.

62. Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

Twelve Nudes is a protest album ... it's also a fantastic, filthy, punk rock record that offers to cement Furman's growing reputation as one of the best and, coincidentally, most important artists working today.

61. Metronomy - Metronomy Forever

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
73
18 reviews

60. C Duncan - Health

C Duncan - Health
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

Health is easily Duncan's most three-dimensional release yet. It's fun, yet sincere, with top-notch compositions and arrangements that make it one of the best indie pop releases of 2019.

58. Whitney - Forever Turned Around

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
73
20 reviews

Influences begin to blend with the uninspired, and with that, Forever Turned Around fails to pack the punch Light Upon the Lake did so effortlessly.

57. American Football - American Football

March 22, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

It's easily their most relaxed and thematically cohesive record, with darker undertones than expected, even for a band known to make emo rock.

55. Wilco - Ode to Joy

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

Ode to Joy is a seemingly small-scale record; a pale-skinned beauty of an album that has much to say, says it deliberately, often quietly; like a whisper of advice from an old friend reminding you that you, me, we... need to carry on.

51. Charli XCX - Charli

September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Despite these brief lulls, Charli is another winning release from an artist who won't be stopped in pushing pop music into the 22nd century.

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