Every Album I’ve Listened to in 2019 Ranked

Last week, I hit the 50 album threshold. This week, I heard two of my absolute favorites of the year so far. Here are each of the new albums I listened to this week:

To Each His Own

  • This album is so, so good. I didn’t discover it until the week after its release, but it is totally deserving of praise. My favorite track is Used to Be. Those drums are hypnotizing.

PSYCHODRAMA

  • By far the premier rap record of the year. Dave, only 20, addresses systemic racism, mental health, and more in this perfectly-produced yet deeply personal masterpiece. My favorite track here is Psycho which features the grittiest beat-change of the year, as well. 2:19 for the cherry-pickers. It’s the kind of the beat that should come with Ibuprofen.

Lux Prima

  • I like Karen O. I like Danger Mouse (particularly his work in Broken Bells). But man alive, I hated this album. It felt so derivative of music that I already loathe. The production doesn’t give Karen O a chance to scream nearly as much as she should. Danger Mouse’s work here is somnolent, honestly. Dang.

Groove Denied

  • Pavement rules, even if they are slightly overrated. Give me Built To Spill any day. But Stephen Malkmus returns with this totally un-rock n’ roll album. And it’s bad. One of the icons of indie/garage rock comes out with an electronic album and it’s not good? Color me not surprised. Imagine if Jeff Mangum released an EDM record. OK, that could actually work. Throw in some saws and french horns and we may have something.

  1. IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME – The Twilight Sad
  2. PSYCHODRAMA – Dave
  3. Phoenix – Pedro the Lion
  4. Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers 
  5. Sucker Punch – Sigrid
  6. To Each His Own – E.B. The Younger
  7. When I Get Home – Solange
  8. Remind Me Tomorrow – Sharon Van Etten 
  9. In Search of the Miraculous – Desperate Journalist
  10. Outer Peace – Toro y Moi
  11. Beware of the Dogs – Stella Donnelly
  12. Crushing – Julia Jacklin
  13. Ulfilas’ Alphabet – Sundara Karma
  14. Gallipoli – Beirut 
  15. Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center 
  16. Rap Or Go To The League – 2 Chainz
  17. Olympic Girls – Tiny Ruins 
  18. Good At Falling – The Japanese House
  19. Nowhere Now Here – MONO 
  20. Electric Lady Sessions – LCD Soundsystem
  21. The Door to Doom – Candlemass
  22. Tasmania – Pond
  23. SUGA – Kyle Dion
  24. This is Not the End – Spielbergs
  25. Almost Free – FIDLAR
  26. FIVE – White Lies
  27. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
  28. Betty – Betty Who
  29. Assume Form – James Blake
  30. Everythings For Sale – Boogie
  31. Future Hndrxx Presents: THE WZRD – Future
  32. GREY Area – Little Simz
  33. Five Stars – Higher Brothers
  34. Homebrew – DIRE GNOME 
  35. placeholder – Hand Habits
  36. This Is How You Smile – Helado Negro
  37. Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? – Deerhunter
  38. Vernissage My Heart – Bilderbuch
  39. Stuffed & Ready – Cherry Glazerr 
  40. AJ Tracey – AJ Tracey
  41. Death Race For Love – Juice WRLD
  42. Love Hates What You Become – Lost Under Heaven
  43. Berkeley’s On Fire – SWMRS
  44. VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR – HEALTH 
  45. Goes West – William Tyler
  46. What Chaos Is Imaginary – Girlpool 
  47. Zeppelin Over China – Guided By Voices 
  48. Helium – HOMESHAKE 
  49. Groove Denied – Stephen Malkmus
  50. American Love Call – Durand Jones & The Indications
  51. Quiet Signs – Jessica Pratt 
  52. XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4 – XXXTENTACION 
  53. Lux Prima – Karen O and Danger Mouse
  54. Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited – Mercury Rev

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