LS Read the full review. ‘IGOR’ was different from his previous albums. Whether in grunge ballads (Jenni), front-porch blues (Orange) or the ambient indie-folk that sways reed-like throughout, the mood is as melancholy as it is beautiful. One of the UK’s greatest ever MCs ... Kano. The last record put out by Josh Homme’s motley crew of rock stars arrived in 2013 and marked the 10th volume in the series – a pretty natural number to round things off on. Best bit: The throat-cracking vocals on ‘God Is’, where Kanye admits that his faith helped him overcome sex addiction and gave his life renewed purpose. WR, In a nutshell: Jungian K-pop with an intellect as big as the hooks. Odd Future’s class clown grew up to become the biggest hearted member of the bunch. Climate change, washed-out love, existentialism and nostalgia for simpler times were some of the record’s resounding themes. Where its predecessor ‘Still In Wonderland’ was a knotty, complex concept album, here she stripped everything back. His self-titled third album featured sparkly modern production from Danger Mouse – weird, distorted percussion here, buzzing electric guitar there – which prevented ‘KIWANUKA’ from coming off like a throwback. Opening track ‘A Lot’s Gonna Change’ best tethered those ideas together: “Go back to a time when I was just a girl,” she crooned, “When I had the whole world”. Over metronomic garage-rock, frontman James McGovern sings like a man reading a list of demands out of a high window, but also modulates into sweeping gothic romance. Combining elements of mid-noughties emo with breathtakingly honest lyrics about drug addiction and mental health, this is a compelling, clearly realised record. On 18 May 2019, music fans in the UK took a look at Twitter and promptly lost their shit. Best bit: The cinematic, Steve Lacy-featuring tracks ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Flower Moon’. In a nutshell: Josh Homme’s super-group get lost in a desert jam. Charli XCX’s long-awaited third album proper firmly puts to bed asinine questions about whether she is a mainstream pop star or a left-field one: here is someone not just punching above their weight but operating in an entirely different cosmos, unconcerned about putting goofy nostalgia (1999) next to deeply queer bass workouts (Click), trance-tinged, cocksure flexes (Next Level Charli) alongside cage-rattling anxiety anthems (Gone). A subtly defiant assertion that Del Rey is here for the long haul, no matter what. It was a deeply personal moment being simultaneously digested. Twenty-seven tracks long, and with guests ranging from Solange to David Lynch, Flamagra is the most ambitious vision yet from the LA beatmaker. But its status in the band’s catalogue is beyond reproach. There are moments when Cave appears to be slowly coming to terms with what has happened: “Sometimes a little bit of faith can go a long, long way,” he sings. LS Read the full review. These albums won’t change the world, but they do offer us a different perspective and help us to stand in someone else’s shoes for little while. LS Read the full review. Best Moment: Those absolutely flawless high notes on ‘Cellophane’. BBT Read the full review. Kacey Musgraves won album of the year over Cardi B and Drake, while Childish Gambino was a no-show for his record of the year win – see who else took home the awards. Key track: ‘Comeback Kid’ was Van Etten’s snarling, ‘80s-styled, erm, comeback. Theresa May was gone. At Maggie Rogers’ online store you can buy a range of merch that declares her to be a “witchy feminist rock star”. HM. Until this year, rapper Dave was a singles artist – he managed 11 before his debut album was released – but Black marked a sea change: serious, reflective and grown-up. If this woman could go through these things and make something so beautiful out of them, there was hope for you too. Calvin Harris and The 1975 led the field with two wins each at the 2019 Brit Awards. Humbling beyond measure. LS Read the full review. And ‘Cellophane’ was an anguished cry: “They want to see us, want to see us apart,” she sang, addressing a vague, collective spectator once again. Best bit: The moment, midway through ‘Spin Girl, Let’s Activate!’, when the tempo woozily slows, before gearing up again as the exhilarating piano riff kicks in. [See the critics’ lists of the best songs of 2019.] This clue was last seen on Daily Celebrity Crossword May 21 2020 In case the clue doesn’t fit or there’s something wrong please contact us! BBT Read the full review. Erland Cooper The Brooklyn band’s second album of the year is earthier than UFOF, the glowing collection that arrived in spring. RD, In a nutshell: Dreamy campfire debut from the man with the year’s greatest new look. A future cult classic ... (Sandy) Alex G. Modern classics ... Durand Jones and the Indications. LS Read the full review. When did you last hear a genuinely new sound?! Best bit: When ‘Winners Circle’ samples ‘90s gangster movie A Bronx Tale: “You’re only allowed three great women in your lifetime. ‘When I Get Home’ is short, sharp and perfectly formed. That was the secret of ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’, a 17-track effort built for streams and listeners’ own personal curation. The Grammys this year expanded the major categories of album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist from five nominees … It was alive with possibility. Lanre Bakare Read the full review. There were at least three tracks in here that you’d enjoy and put on a summer playlist, and three you’d skip. The best music of 2019. BBT Read the full review. Though it used sounds and textures familiar from the 80s, Remind Me Tomorrow didn’t sound like an 80s record. Felicity Urquhart is an award winning australian singer/songwriter/(former) radio & tv presenter. This allowed them to explore the full capabilities of storytelling from a place of humour, comfort and curiosity. Album Of The Year Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile Scorpion, Drake H.E.R., H.E.R. Climate change, washed-out love, existentialism and nostalgia for simpler times were some of the record’s resounding themes. It was Tyler the Creator, in a pink and red suit stood in front of Buckingham Palace. This is a band caught deep in one of the songwriting grooves of the century. But, as his third album revealed, with success came sadness. From the future first-dance favourite that was the title track to the tongue-in-cheek ode to IRL boyfriend Joe Alwyn ‘London Boy’, it was a gorgeous collection of shimmering pop tunes. Alabama Shakes hardly cleaved to one genre, but frontwoman Brittany Howard shows just how astonishingly broad and instinctive her talent is here. Taylor was angry on sixth album ‘Reputation’. Dense layers of fluttering gauze ... Amber Bain. AT, In a nutshell: North Carolina singer-songwriter turns up the colour filters. LS Read the full review. winner, Despite the departure of bassist Walter Gervers in the making of this record, Old dudes in masks don’t age – they just get better. Physicality was absolutely key to Twigs’ art, and she wielded it like a weapon. Even before you get to Aldous Harding’s magnetic, bug-eyed live shows, the New Zealander’s third album operates on its own unique logic: inscrutable lyrics and tender folk settings that are deeply eerie yet obviously benign, like the traditional music of some beatific lost civilisation. Its successor, ‘Assume Form’, was a gear change, trading the unsettling splutters of noise for warmly plunking bursts of piano. Jon Pareles. Best bit: In the closing track ‘Hollywood’, Cave concludes that no matter how profound grief may seem, “Everybody’s losing someone”. Like Caroline Polachek, Hannah Diamond and so many others this year, Amber Bain uses super-synthetic electropop and soft rock to say much rougher, grittier truths. Here was a rapper unafraid of tackling the hard stuff, of speaking out against the status quo, of being vulnerable in a musical space that doesn’t always allow for emotional candour. In a year that saw BTS go from stars to superstars, the Korean seven-piece proved that they had the substance to back up the stats. CA, In a nutshell: Self-love anthems from the people’s pop star. Pang details a rebirth – the end of a marriage, a new start, a new creative partnership with producer Danny L Harle – and its avant-garde mix of airy synthesis and human tactility glistens with wonder. Featuring album reviews, ratings, charts, year end lists and more. Huge. AJ Tracey started out making grime and, in February, told NME: “I’m a legendary grime MC”. It’s goofy and utopian, an idealism that blows through Father of the Bride with its Edenic genre inclusivity, jam-band brightness and Ezra Koenig’s odes to love and marriage. It’s a body of work that’s comforting and heartening in the way a journey towards enlightenment should be, but it’s also challenging, full of ambivalence and irresolvable confusion. The heartbreak-inspired ‘amo’ proved that Oli Sykes and co. can change up their sound and retain their unique identity. TS, In a nutshell: A genre-hopping collection from trap’s divisive court jester. Rhian Daly, NME said: “‘Immunity’ is an album to burrow into and become resident in its songs. ‘Morbid Stuff’ was joyous and positive – a handbook to help you get by. Yet the darkness of their first three albums is never far from the door, antisemitism and apocalypse snapping a little harder at the heels of a new father and husband who’s realised how much more he has to lose. The fourth Bon Iver album brought Justin Vernon full circle. On this page you will find the solution to Her “Girl” won the 2019 CMA for Album of the Year: 2 wds. Mixing dreamy R&B with modern rap production, she broke the mould with tracks such ‘Almeda’ and ‘My Skin, My Logo‘, which respectively featured rap heavyweights Playboi Carti and Gucci Mane. Top music of the year. GE, In a nutshell: The statesman of grime puts an arm around the youth. Without resembling anything so cliched as a “getting it together in the country” record, her fifth solo album runs on that solitary, spartan existence: sad and lovely piano-led songwriting unfolds in its own unruffled time, but then a post-punk scribble like Mother’s Mother’s Magazines upsets Le Bon’s calm, like a momentary wigout at her dislocation from society. These Melbourne punks are best enjoyed from just out of gobbing-range of the stage, but their debut album proper was ludicrously good fun nonetheless, a collection of unreasonably great songs that – at just 29 minutes total – rush by like a strawpedo-ed tinny. RD, In a nutshell: Viral star goes the distance. HOW TO VOTE 1. On his wildly inspired self-titled record, though, he spread his wings. Kind of loveable, kind of disappointing, ultimately very endearing. BBT Read the full review. RD, In a nutshell: Young buck treads in the footsteps of Florida forebears. Ben Beaumont-Thomas Read the full review. “They’re waiting and hoping I’m not enough,” she sings on Cellophane in the album’s final moments, contemplating the fallout from the end of her relationship. Illustration: Guardian Design/Getty/Kevin Kane, The 50 best albums of 2019: the full list. Best bit: The beat-switch in ‘Bad Guy’s final third, where a monstrous bassline rips through the song. Or do they say jelly out there? His death is tragic, his legacy indisputable. ‘IGOR’ found Tyler at his most honest and most evolved state. After Manchester, the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and a called-off engagement with Pete Davidson, Grande gracefully considers how life could have been and how it turned out, tangling sweet melodies with embattled production. But it summoned to mind that strain of 80s pop when older musicians would reach the top end of the charts with sophisticated, modern records that used production techniques from records for teenagers, and applied them to songs unmistakably written about adult life. He resembles a heart-eyes emoji at various points, swooning over girlfriend Jameela Jamil on Power On and Can’t Believe the Way We Flow. From the opening squelches of ‘Imminent Spirit Arrival’, it was stuffed with exuberant house licks, drum ’n’ bass beats and techno soundscapes. They don’t make ‘em like Michael Kiwanuka any more: the north London singer-songwriter makes lush, politicised soul that harks back to genre’s ‘70s golden era. That track saw signature pungent vocals soaring atop a sample of Florida greats Plies and Trina’s ‘So Clean’, and they were name-checked in the lyrics: “, The emergence of a new Desert Sessions album in 2019 was something of a surprise. Best moment: When she rapped over the riff from Blink-182’s ‘Adam’s Song’ on ‘Bottom Bitch’. Jubilant stuff. The Chicago musician flips between them – from Zora Neale Hurston to James Baldwin – with warmth and close attention, her sandy voice full of tenderness and the jazz-influenced backing sun-baked and dazzling. He’s clearly an old soul at heart: there’s a whiff of Roy Orbison in his heartworn balladeering. – and in our world of lies and gaslighting, we need that north-star constant more than ever. Best bit: Finding yourself slinking along to the sexy ‘Spiders’, then remembering you’re listening to Slipknot. From Stereolab to LCD Soundsystem and Hookworms, almost every year produces a band who replicate the soothingly simple, eternal groove of Neu! Best moment: When that sweet slather of distortion hits in ‘Sofia’. The result was a strikingly cinematic conclusion, evoking a Joni Mitchell-like quality as she opened up to declare herself “a modern day woman with a weak constitution”. The band’s picture of Dublin is as vivid and impetuous as the Joycean visions they clearly admire, all rough beauty and “ready-steady violence”; the pint-chucking songs have the blithe, amused swagger of someone who enjoys a fight, but the ballads (Roy’s Tune, Television Screens) are equally good, with a bleating, pub-piano sadness to them. BBT Read the full review. BBT Read the full review. These are notable albums, defined as having received significant coverage from reliable sources independent of the subject. While that warmth glows through Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, Callahan’s understanding of his inherent masculine violence, and his way with lucid profundity, means his domestic treatise was never cloying. By playing the jester, he became the voice of a British generation at the turn of a turbulent decade. LS Read the full review. There are spectral strings and synths, bells, electronics, a smattering of piano notes. These 13 tracks formed a taut, swaggering tone studded with moments of menace. Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe **Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves Black Panther: The Album, feat. 2019 was a relatively quiet year when it came to album releases from the biggest stars in music. Sure, Radiohead’s “Idioteque” kind of banged, and the singer has been known to flail around to syncopated rhythms from time to time. The album format has been stretched to its limitations, but still it stands, a potent vehicle for fresh expression. She had also mastered Wushu, an intricate martial art involving razor-sharp swords. While ‘Pony’ lost none of the melodic immediacy of his previous releases, lyrically it ventured into darker territory, depicting tougher times over jazz wanderings, slow jams and baroque-pop. 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