2019 Albums of the Year

December 4th, 2019

This year, I decided to listen to a LOT more than I usually do. If my spreadsheet is accurate, I took in and rated 148 records this time around (there’s some EPs in there, though).

The extra intake only lasted for about six months before being bogged down with other stuff, but I did try and keep up during the back half of the year. With that said, this year’s list is definitely tinged with a bias towards early-year releases, namely because I didn’t get around to as much after about July.

As always, it’s a subjective ranking. But if you haven’t listened to any full albums this year, and for some reason you trust my judgement, any of these records are a great place to start.

Local bands denoted by the asterisk!

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1. Pedro the Lion - Phoenix

2. The Worn Flints - Gloria Avenue *

3. Julia Jacklin - Crushing

4. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

5. Oso Oso - Basking In The Glow

6. B Boys - Dudu

7. Gary Clark Jr. - This Land

8. Foals - Pt. 1 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

9. John Vanderslice - The Cedars

10. billie eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

11. Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready

12. PUP - Morbid Stuff

13. Bad Books - III

14. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

15. American Football - LP3

16. Mike Krol - Power Chords

17. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

18. Good Shade - Way Out *

19. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Safe and Also No Fear

20. Fontaines DC - Dogrel

21. Potty Mouth - Snafu

22. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

23. The National - I Am Easy to Find

24. Sun Kil Moon - I Also Want to Die in New Orleans

25. Foals - Pt 2 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

26. Spielbergs - This is Not the End

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

28. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

29. Angela Perley - 4:30 *

30. Jade Bird - s/t

31. Hana Vu - Nicole Kidman / Anne Hathaway

32. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin?

33. The Murder Capital - When I Have Fears

34. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

35. Big Thief - Two Hands

36. Hobo Johnson - The Fall Of Hobo Johnson

37. DIIV - Deceiver

38. The Cordial Sins - Cruel *

39. Liam Gallagher - WHY ME, WHY NOT?

40. Local Natives - Violet Street

41. Stella Donnelly - Beware the Dogs

42. Amyl and the Sniffers - s/t

43. The Kyle Sowashes - I Don't Know What to Tell You *

44. Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club

45. Priests - The Seduction of Kansas

46. Thom Yorke - Anima

47. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

48. White Reaper - You Deserve Love

49. K.Flay - Solutions

50. Cage The Elephant - Social Cues