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BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

For decades, my friend Todd has put together an email chain comprised of all of his music-obsessed friends. We email back and forth our lists of the BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR. He did this decades before there was Pitchfork or any best-of list. The albums below made the cut for me. Here is my list of the best albums of 2019.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

PRINCE ORIGINALS

PRINCE ORIGINALS | Best Albums Of 2019

+ This album carries with it unreleased recordings of songs Prince had written for other performers. But, sung by Prince! Check out his recording of Manic Monday!


KING PRINCESS – CHEAP QUEEN

KING PRINCESS - CHEAP QUEEN | Best Albums Of 2019

+ My friend Vanessa introduced me to her back in 13 BC — so I feel pretty rad for following King Princess’ career. Her voice and her sultriness are unmatched.


THE REPLACEMENTS - DEAD MAN'S POP | Best Albums Of 2019
+ Matt Wallace’s original mix, before it was Algae’d — and it comes equipped with a session with Tom Waits!

POST MALONE – HOLLYWOOD’S BLEEDING

POST MALONE - HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDING | Best Albums Of 2019

+ Post Malone showcases unbeatable hooks and versatile vox. Loving this album for my long commutes.


LIZZO – CUZ I LOVE YOU

LIZZO - CUZ I LOVE YOU

+ Her vox, her attitude, her everything. Go see her live if you haven’t already. I saw her twice this year and I plan on a trillion more outings.


VAMPIRE WEEKEND – FATHER OF THE BRIDE

VAMPIRE WEEKEND - FATHER OF THE BRIDE


+ This has everything you need. Versatility, political alertness, references and the finest musicianship. I dance through this entire album.


BRITTANY HOWARD – JAIME

BRITTANY HOWARD - JAIME+ All hail the queen. She brings all the soul and funk and heart from Alabama Shakes – and nothing less.


MISTY MTN – MISSED YOUR CALL EP

MISTY MTN - MISSED YOUR CALL EP

+ Misty Mtn are one to watch. The vocals are sweet and rich and you want to hear more.


DEVENDRA BANHART – MA

DEVENDRA BANHART - MA

+ A dedication to motherhood – soft, somber and beautiful.


ALICE SMITH – MYSTERY

ALICE SMITH - MYSTERY

+ Her pipes are sick and nostalgia-inducing. (Check out her recording of  The House of the Rising Sun even though it’s not on her latest EP)


BON IVER – i, i

BON IVER - i, i | Best Albums Of 2019

TAYLOR SWIFT – LOVER

TAYLOR SWIFT - LOVER | Best Albums Of 2019

+ I must say I have grown to love her. Good, fun, poppy beats and visual storytelling.



+ And there you go. Happy Holidays. Happy New Year. Put on those headphones and enjoy the rest of the year. I hope you enjoyed this post on the Best Albums of 2019.

xx, elaine