My Favorite Albums of 2019

Update: this was published initially on 12/25/19, and I recognized, through doing a different “year in…” recap that I’d missed some stuff. I’ve added it. Hopefully y’all check back and find it.

Just in time for you to hopefully spend some of your holiday gift moneys on it, here’s my annual list. If you’re wondering where the 10 records that are on everyone else’s lists are (and my list isn’t devoid of that sort of thing), there were a bunch of records out this year that were objectively good to great, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy (my big playlist of noteworthy albums that were anything from recommendations to ubiquitous albums to “Hey, this act I’m familiar with released something” hovers around 72 hours long, and if you’re feelin’ frisky, it’s here), but these were the ones I had the best listening experiences with, and defaulted to listening to the most. Your mileage may, of course, vary.

In no particular order, beyond that the Karen O & Danger Mouse record was pretty much the soundtrack to my year, and that Julia Michaels’ “Happy” from “Inner Monologue Part 1” was my song of the year. (I loved both of Julia’s “Inner Monologue” records, but Part 1 got the edge from me over Part 2, if you’re curious.)

Karen O & Danger Mouse-Lux Prima

Julia Michaels-Inner Monologue Part 1

Julia Michaels-Inner Monologue Part 2

Mercury Rev-Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

The Young Gods-DATA MIRAGE TANGRAM

bis-Slight Disconnects

Mekons-Deserted

Wand-Laughing Matter

Lloyd Cole-Guesswork

Pissgrave-Posthumous Humiliation (Content Warning: the album cover is REALLY fucking gross and violent. Like, seriously, y’all. It’s a great record, but holy fuck, that record cover is literally the worst. I can provide a Spotify link as well, because they didn’t use the uncensored cover for the album on Spotify, but there are “also by Pissgrave” links from the album page that also point at the really gross album cover now because they used it for their singles there, so yeah, you kinda have to commit here.)

New Model Army-From Here

Darrin Bradbury-Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs

Tom Kiefer-Rise

Sturgill Simpson-SOUND & FURY

Black Marble-Bigger Than Life

Medicine-Scarred For Life

Candlemass-The Door To Doom

(As with last year, wherever I could, I got people links to as many different music outlet options as I could. When I couldn’t, I shot for Bandcamp. If I couldn’t do that, I went to Spotify.)

I’ve also made a brief Spotify playlist of some of the songs that stuck out the most this year, which is directly below this sentence.

Questions? Comments? Recommendations, if one of your favorites didn’t make my smaller or bigger lists (and please check, before you ask me why I didn’t mention this act or that one)? Discuss!