Albums of the Year 2019

Well what a year that was. Lots of great guitar bands coming through on the back of the Idles ‘post-punk’ new new wave. It seemed like each band offering something different. From the poetic, with Fontaines, to the brooding dark emotions of Murder Capital. Politics was back in fashion with bands finding they had something to say.

For the last few years, singer song writers have featured heavily but this year they have taken a back seat. This probably reflects who I’ve saw this year. It is also the first time a Jazz record has been on my list, with Jamie Branch. And for probably the only time, the list features a snooker player!

As usual, deciding on the order has been difficult. I’ve spent the last week re-listening to all my favourite albums to work out my top 20. The top three were especially difficult as they all were my favourite album at some point of the year.

  • Utopia Strong

Top 20 Albums of 2019

  1. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
  2. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
  3. Black Midi – Schalagenheim
  4. Dry Cleaning – Sweet Princess EP
  5. LIFE – A Picture of Good Health
  6. Drahla – Useless Coordinates
  7. Richard Dawson – 2020
  8. Erland Cooper – Sule Skerry
  9. Warmduscher – Tainted Lunch
  10. Avalanche Party – 24 Carat Diamond Trephine
  11. Girl Band – The Talkies
  12. Aldous Harding – Designer
  13. RAKTA – Falha Comum
  14. Jamie Branch – FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise
  15. Lewsberg – Lewsberg
  16. Automatic – Signal
  17. Ezra Furman – Twelve Nudes
  18. Snapped Ankles – Stunning Luxury
  19. The Utopia Strong – The Utopia Strong
  20. French Vanilla – How Am I Not Myself