December 5, 2019

Nominations for Best Albums of 2019

Here are our 73 nominations for best albums of 2019. I'll post the survey link next week, so you have plenty of time to listen to albums you haven't heard yet. I encourage you to advocate for albums and shout out new favorites in the comments.

(Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar
Genre: Alternative, Pop

Abstract Orchestra - Madvillain vol 2
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz

Ages and Ages - Me You They We
Genre: Indie Pop, Folk

Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
Genre: Blackgaze, Shoegaze, Post Metal

Alex Lahey - The Best of Luck Club
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet
Genre: Alternative, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop

Ashbringer - Absolution
Genre: Blackgaze, Shoegaze, Post Metal

Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Genre: Alternative

Beyoncé - Homecoming
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Hip Hop, R&B, Pop

Big/Brave - A Gaze Among Them
Genre: Metal, Experimental

Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Alternative, Pop

Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race
Genre: Metal, Death Metal

Borknagar - True North
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Metal, Hard Rock

Boy Harsher - Careful
Genre: Electronic, Coldwave

Brittany Howard - Jaime
Genre: Alternative, Singer-Songwriter

Charly Bliss - Young Enough
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative

Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence
Genre: Alternative, Folk

Cool Original - I Never Said I Didn't Care
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Earth - Full Upon Her Burning Lips
Genre: Metal, Drone, Stoner Rock

Enforced - At The Walls
Genre: Metal, Thrash Metal

Eve - Rapsody
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap

FIDLAR - Almost Free
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Alternative, Skate Punk

Fontaines DC - Dogrel
Genre: Punk, Indie Rock

French Vanilla - How Am I Not Myself?
Genre: Post Punk, Art Punk

Fuming Mouth - The Grand Descent
Genre: Punk, Hard Core

Gatecreeper - Deserted
Genre: Metal, Death Metal

Haelos - Any Random Kindness
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Electronic, Trip Hop

Illusion - Magic with a smile
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Punk, Hard Core

Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap

James Blake - Assume Form
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Alternative, Singer-Songwriter

Jenny Lewis - On the Line
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Alternative, Pop

Jeremie Albino - Hard Time
Genre: Folk, Roots, Singer-Songwriter

Julia Jacklin - Crushing
Genre: Folk

Juls - Colour
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: World, Hip Hop, Soul

Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari
Genre: Indie Rock, Chamber Pop

Lana del Ray - Norman Fucking Rockwell
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Alternative, Pop

Layperson - The Divide
Genre: Indie Pop, Folk

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Soul, R&B, Pop

Mandolin Orange - Tides of a Teardrop
Genre: Alt. Country, Folk

Mapache - Lonesome LA Cowboy
Genre: Folk, Country, Psychedelic

Matthew Logan Vasquez - Light'n Up
Genre: Indie Rock, Roots

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

Genre: Soul, Pop

MIKE - Tears of Joy
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap

Orville Peck - Pony
Genre: Country, Shoegaze, Alternative

Paul Cauthen - Room 41
Genre: Country, Roots

Pernice Brothers - Spread The Feeling
Bandcamp, YouTube
Genre: Indie Pop, Folk

Pronoun - I'll Show You Stronger
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Dream Pop

Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Genre: Alternative, Singer-Songwriter, Folk

Rich Brian - The Sailor
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Rap

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Acoustic, Latin, Instrumental

Rosalía - Fucking Money Man
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Latin, R&B, Pop

Sadness - Circle of Veins
Genre: Metal, Black Metal, Ambient

Sampa the Great - The Return
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap, Soul

Sinkane - Depayse
Genre: Soul, Funk

Slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap, Grime

Strand of Oaks - Eraserland
Genre: Alternative, Folk

Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
Genre: Alternative, Country, Synth Rock

Sudan Archives - Athena
Genre: R&B, Soul

Sunn O))) - Life Metal
Genre: Metal, Drone, Psychedelic

Surf Curse - Heaven Surrounds You
Genre: Indie Rock, Surf

Swans - Leaving Meaning
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Post Rock, Experimental

Taylor Swift - Lover
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Pop

Tei Shi - La Linda
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: R&B, Pop, Synth Pop

Teskey Brothers - Run Home Slow
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Soul

The Black Doors - Deviants
Genre: Psychedelic, Goth, Alt. Country

The Felice Brothers - Undress
Genre: Alt. Country, Folk, Roots

The Head and the Heart - Living Mirage
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Indie Pop, Folk

The Shivas - Dark Thoughts
Genre: Rock n' Roll

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
Genre: Electronic, Chiptune, Synth Pop

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
Bandcamp Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Alternative, Pop

Vukari - Aevum
Genre: Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal

Westkust - Westkust
Genre: Shoegaze, Post Punk, Surf, Indie Rock

Yola - Walk Through the Fire
Spotify, YouTube
Genre: Soul, Country


awmercy said...

Any egregious omissions?

Ben said...

Dave - Psychodrama
But thats my own fault. I was going back through everything and I had a memory of not likely this album. And, to be fair, sometimes an album needs a few listens to get into it.

Along those lines, I appreciate Slowthai being on the list. Another album that deserves a second (third?) listen.

Other than that, its a pretty comprehensive list.

Rain Hiawatha Kernytsky said...

Damn! This list is ALL OVER THE PLACE, and that's probably a good thing.

I wanted to give a little shout out to Icelandic musician/singer/composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. This year, she composed the soundtracks for both Chernobyl and Joker (both of which almost made my list of 5) AND is an active member of Sunn ))) (which DID make my list). She rules. Check her out...

Rain Hiawatha Kernytsky said...

Also, while I have immense respect and growing appreciation for Billie Eilish, as a dude has bled black goth blood since the mid 80's, I don't think that she fits into that genre classification. I hate to nitpick...I LOVE to nitpick.

awmercy said...

Ha! Got it. Removing the goth tag.

Ben said...

And.. what to do with Tierra Whack? She released five singles at the start of the year. No album. No EP. But shes gold. I would be thrilled to listen to those five on my desert island.

Jeremy said...

No Sharon Van Etten! I don't love the whole album so I didn't include it on my top 5 but I thought she would get some hipster love. I'm okay with The National snub - I can't wrap my head around it as an album but I love a few of the individual tracks

Ben said...

Oh.. and Big Thief.. either album. They should be on this list.

Nesto said...

This list is hilariously messing with Spotify's ability to classify my musical tastes. It's pure 2019 gold.

Fuck you machine learning! Another win for the humans!

awmercy said...

Jeremy, yeah, there are a couple of the usuals missing this year: SVE, National, New Pornographers. Hold Steady, Beirut, the Heavy, Justin Townes Earle, Josh Ritter, Black Keys, Sheer Mag. They've all made the final list in the past.

Personally, I think the New Pornographers and Hold Steady albums were their best in years. Listened to both a ton. Also loved the return of Meet Me In The Bathroom era band, Longwave. Brought me back to living in DC in the early aughts. Black Keys album also was a lot of fun.

My top bands that didn't make my list: Sego, the Orange Kite, Petite League, Big Quiet, Good Shade, Aan, Souvenir Driver, and Tincho.
All various shades of indie rock, shoegaze, pysch, and power pop. All had albums I listened to a ton.

But that's what I love about this list, it introduces me to the best albums in genres I pay less attention to.

awmercy said...

We've got a lot of good soul and funk related albums on list, but there are a couple others that didn't make it: Black Pumas, Los Coast, Seratones, Neal Francis, and Michael Kiwanuka all come to mind. My boys particularly love Los Coast.

Also, I was bummed to realize that Delgres' Mo Jodi came out in 2018. It definitely would have made my list if it came out this year.

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