Ranking My Favorite Albums Of 2019

Since it has been a few weeks since my last update of my favorite albums of the year, I decided to give you a bit of a concise rundown about each album, focusing on what I liked the most about each one.

So here’s that assessment, followed by the cumulative list of best albums in 2019.


1. Oh My God – Kevin Morby

  • How much it reminded me of my favorite band, Girls.
  • The production has a fuzz about it that resonates with me.

2. Raw Honey – Drugdealer

  • How the little things stand out in each song, especially in the masterpiece Honey, a top-five song of the year.

3. Dogrel – FONTAINES D.C.

  • How from the opening drum crash and filthy bass line, you know it is going to be an audacious debut.

4. Guns – Quelle Chris

  • How the album tells a poignant message while remaining cool as hell.

5. ARIZONA baby – Kevin Abstract

  • How Kevin juxtaposes the complexity of his ideas with the quaint, personable approach of his songwriting.

6. Anger Management – Rico Nasty, Kenny Beats

  • How Rico is cementing herself as one of the most fiery emcees in the world, and how Kenny is solidifying his place on the hierarchy of great producers.

7. Ventura – Anderson .Paak

8. Designer – Aldous Harding

  • How she is the perfect microcosm for the Australia/New Zealand dynamic. She is similar, both in her songwriting prowess and thematic elements, to the Australian artists Stella Donnelly and Julia Jacklin–but there’s something just a little different and unique about the Christchurch native.

9. Invitation – Heather Woods Broderick

  • How much it reminds me of Kate Bush, especially in Nightcrawler. That melody at :29 is beautiful and haunting.

10. CrasH Talk – ScHoolboy Q

  • How consistent this project is. Almost every song is a certified Banger™.

11. CORRESPONDENCE – Jens Lekman, Annika Norlin

  • How Jens shows he can craft compelling songs regardless of how it sounds sonically. Typically, he has booming drums and shining synths, but this whole album feels intimate and nuanced. It’s a nice album, even if I prefer the older stuff.

12. Warp and Woof – Guided By Voices

  • How Guided By Voices churns out music at a seemingly super-human pace. Their previous full-length album was released Feb. 1, 2019.

13. Laughing Matter – Wand

  • How Rio Grande resonates with me the same way Belle & Sebastian does. It has a lot of the same elements.

14. Cuz I Love You – Lizzo

  • How crazy-talented she is. I didn’t like this album, though. I’m not very high on music where the vocals are so emphatically at the forefront of everything. It got a little exhausting, to be honest.

15. Where Polly People Go to Read – Gus Dapperton

  • Famed soft-boy Gus Dapperton has the potential to be really good. I’m Just Snacking, a previous release, is enjoyable. I wasn’t a big fan of anything on here.

16. Life Metal – Sunn O)))

  • I get it. I do. But it’s not my thing. Sunn O))) considers themselves to be “a synthesis of diverse: drone, ur, noise, metal, minimalism/maximalism.” I think it’s the drone that doesn’t click with me.

17. Violet Street – Local Natives

  • It’s fascinating how hard some bands fall. Their first few albums are really good. This album is atrocious. Totally devoid of personality, this album is an effective sedative more than it is anything else.

EVERY NEW ALBUM I’VE LISTENED TO THIS YEAR, RANKED BEST TO WORST

  1. Paris – OWEL
  2. IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME – The Twilight Sad
  3. Titanic Rising – Weyes Blood
  4. PSYCHODRAMA – Dave
  5. Phoenix – Pedro the Lion
  6. Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers 
  7. Sucker Punch – Sigrid
  8. To Each His Own – E.B. The Younger
  9. When I Get Home – Solange
  10. Remind Me Tomorrow – Sharon Van Etten 
  11. In Search of the Miraculous – Desperate Journalist
  12. LP3 – American Football
  13. Outer Peace – Toro y Moi
  14. Beware of the Dogs – Stella Donnelly
  15. Oh My God – Kevin Morby
  16. Crushing – Julia Jacklin
  17. Raw Honey – Drugdealer
  18. The Big Freeze – Laura Stevenson
  19. Girl With Basket Of Fruit – Xiu Xiu
  20. WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
  21. Morbid Stuff – PUP
  22. Dogrel – FONTAINES D.C.
  23. Guns – Quelle Chris
  24. Ulfilas’ Alphabet – Sundara Karma
  25. ARIZONA baby – Kevin Abstract
  26. Anger Management – Rico Nasty, Kenny Beats
  27. Gallipoli – Beirut 
  28. Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center 
  29. Ventura – Anderson .Paak
  30. Designer – Aldous Harding
  31. Invitation – Heather Woods Broderick
  32. CrasH Talk – ScHoolboy Q
  33. Rap Or Go To The League – 2 Chainz
  34. The Seduction of Kansas – Priests
  35. Olympic Girls – Tiny Ruins 
  36. Good At Falling – The Japanese House
  37. Me You They We – Ages and Ages
  38. Nowhere Now Here – MONO 
  39. Electric Lady Sessions – LCD Soundsystem
  40. The Door to Doom – Candlemass
  41. Tasmania – Pond
  42. On The Line – Jenny Lewis
  43. SUGA – Kyle Dion
  44. This is Not the End – Spielbergs
  45. Almost Free – FIDLAR
  46. FIVE – White Lies
  47. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
  48. Betty – Betty Who
  49. Assume Form – James Blake
  50. CORRESPONDENCE – Jens Lekman, Annika Norlin
  51. LOVE – MARINA
  52. Everythings For Sale – Boogie
  53. Future Hndrxx Presents: THE WZRD – Future
  54. GREY Area – Little Simz
  55. Warp and Woof – Guided By Voices
  56. Laughing Matter – Wand
  57. Five Stars – Higher Brothers
  58. The World Is Yours 2 – Rich The Kid
  59. Homebrew – DIRE GNOME 
  60. placeholder – Hand Habits
  61. This Is How You Smile – Helado Negro
  62. Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? – Deerhunter
  63. Vernissage My Heart – Bilderbuch
  64. Stuffed & Ready – Cherry Glazerr 
  65. AJ Tracey – AJ Tracey
  66. Death Race For Love – Juice WRLD
  67. Love Hates What You Become – Lost Under Heaven
  68. Berkeley’s On Fire – SWMRS
  69. VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR – HEALTH 
  70. Goes West – William Tyler
  71. What Chaos Is Imaginary – Girlpool 
  72. Zeppelin Over China – Guided By Voices 
  73. Cuz I Love You – Lizzo 
  74. Nothing Happens – Wallows
  75. Helium – HOMESHAKE 
  76. Groove Denied – Stephen Malkmus
  77. American Love Call – Durand Jones & The Indications
  78. Quiet Signs – Jessica Pratt 
  79. XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4 – XXXTENTACION 
  80. Where Polly People Go To Read – Gus Dapperton
  81. Lux Prima – Karen O and Danger Mouse
  82. Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited – Mercury Rev
  83. Life Metal – Sunn O)))
  84. Violet Street – Local Natives

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