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50. Bon Iver – i,i

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Bon Iver decides to look outward now, a nice evolution from the introverted and elusive nature of 22, A Million. His latest is a bit more inviting and less fragmented, while maintaining the unique sounds of Million. More than ever, Justin Vernon sounds more open here, crooning of his belief in album highlight “Faith” and generally providing a brighter musical tone. The vulnerable nature of “Hey, Ma” and “Marion” recall the more traditional nature of Bon Iver’s earlier work, but like many other tracks, they end just as you become familiar with them. i,i feels like a series of vignettes from a certain point of view; a kaleidoscope of moments in time that capture feelings, important events, and revelations with his usual quirky lyrical style and fusing of musical styles and tones. –Benjamin Kuettel

49. The Tallest Man On Earth – I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream.

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There’s never been anything particularly flashy about Kristian Matsson’s music. Simplicity and a raw earnestness have been the Swedish songwriter’s calling card for well over a decade, lightly touched up by sparse, elegant instrumentation and a seesaw wail of a voice that has, over the years, matured into an incisive, finely-honed blade. Nearly a decade after 2010’s seminal The Wild HuntI Love You. It’s a Fever Dream encapsulates everything that Matsson still does better than all his contemporaries, relating greyscale narratives that slowly come alive with color as his melodies unfurl – hues of red, green, and many, many shades of blue. There’s been some criticism of Matsson releasing a record that continues mining the same bedrock that he’s been excavating his whole career; where Dark Bird Is Home dealt bluntly with Matsson’s divorce, I Love You examines the aftermath, the loneliness of hotel bars in nameless second-rate cities and the disorienting impermanence of a life on a constant road. To be disappointed in Matsson’s unwillingness to depart from what may be considered a tired formula, however, is to miss some of the most resonant, rewarding music of his career. I Love You is emotionally devastating and musically assured, a contrast that speaks to Matsson’s persistent growth as a songwriter and the deft production choices sprinkled throughout. The music, shifting from upbeat stomps to wistful dissonance, reflects an ongoing struggle to regain his footing, to find some center in a man seemingly lost in two places at once: away from the only home he’s known in the form of a person he can no longer go back to. Yet the beauty of I Love You is that Matsson is still able to find some romance in those empty, untethered moments in the middle of nowhere while he searches for some way to regain a stability he may never find again. If this is The Tallest Man on Earth spinning his wheels, I’ll be happy to stay in place a little longer, listening. –Rudy K.

(tie) 47. The Comet is Coming – Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

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Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery is exactly what you’d expect jazz to become in 2019. The modern sound of electronic drum and bass permeates the experience, providing our futuristic landscape, while the constant improvisation of horns and reeds keeps the sound human and jazz – whether they’re getting the same semi-robotic distortion or not. “Summon the Fire” and “Super Zodiac” have an intense, danceable energy, while tracks like “Birth of Creation”, “Blood of the Past”, and “Unity” are more tribal and ritualistic, but all of the tracks synthesize into a journey for horn-centered improvisational music from its early roots to its place in a society where the cars are only just beginning to drive themselves. –Thompson D. Gerhart

(tie) 47. Desolate – Exceptionalism

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Exceptionalism, for all its purported ego, stands as an unassuming master work for Sven Weiseman’s alter ego Desolate. Slowly transitioning away from the kind of atmospheric garage shufflers that became the plug to fill the void that was Burial shying away from doing anything Burial to something more mysterious and ethereal has truly breathed new life into Weiseman’s already impeccable pedigree. In turns rapturous and melancholic, Exceptionalism glides on threads of picturesque histories, twisting and pirouetting through panoramas of cavernous luster. What truly elevates this release though is how simply the record is presented – there’s no ordained pomp or ceremony, just the most welcome overburdening of the senses. Exceptionalism melts into the marrow; beauty and conviction are in abundance here, and comfort and motivation are both provoked from this. Unflinching in its depth and unwavering in its attempts at meditative seduction, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better release this year that throws everything at you in the hopes that you’ll do absolutely nothing in return. –Dev

46. Big Thief – Two Hands

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I’ve known – truly known, not just fleetingly – Big Thief’s music for less than a month and they’ve already bruised my soul in the gentlest of ways. Adrianne Lenker’s lyrics are cryptic enough that when they abruptly become plain you sit the fuck up and pay attention, like when “Shoulders” rides that sweet lullaby melody straight into the “blood of the man who killed my mother with his hands” chorus, or how “Cut My Hair” takes the album’s distorted self-image and anxiety and reduces it to a plea for a haircut; or when, of course, Lenker screams, “It’s not the hunger revealing” and changes the landscape of the entire record. U.F.O.F. is clean and pristine in its own way, but I think Two Hands sits a little closer to the chest, much as it lets imperfections and studio hiss bleed across the mic. It’s brilliant how they released these albums in the wrong order, forcing us now to look back and re-evaluate: the only way I can imagine hearing them is to let Two Hands cut, scald and excoriate you, making it all the sweeter when U.F.O.F. bathes and cleans your wounds. –Rowan

45. Counterparts – Nothing Left to Love

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In the span of ten years with six full-length releases, Counterparts have fine-tuned and perfected their blend of metallic melodic hardcore into a well-greased, powerful machine. On Nothing Left to Love, vocalist Brendan Murphy continues to be the heart and soul of the band: dire, life-beaten lyrics collide with despondent vocals, but the strength here is in that delivery of his, that charisma, which continues to have legions of fans flock to each subsequent album and sing (yell) back at Counterparts’ live shows. The riffs fly and collide like normal; everything about Nothing Left to Love is very by-the-books Counterparts. But that also means it still measures up to the high-quality standards of the band’s past work, too, if not being some grand next evolutionary step for them as artists. You come to Counterparts knowing what you’ll get, and Nothing Left to Love will absolutely not let you down. –Jared P.

44. Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

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Opeth managed to end this decade with the strongest material from their ongoing progressive rock odyssey. In Cauda Venenum sums up into a very cohesive whole, with previous experimentation in structure and versatility, while heavily boosting the emotional side. Its contrasts are gorgeous, using gentle, melancholic acoustic segments amid sturdy rhythms. Everything flows amazingly well throughout the epic, 70-minute journey. Front man Mikael Åkerfeldt nicely balanced the wandering progressions with the melodic detours here. Most importantly, he boldly sang some of his most emotional hooks that really do justice to the presented story. There’s more passion and power in his voice than we were previously accustomed to. As we are led into vulnerable territory (“Lovelorn Crime”, “The Garroter”, or “All Things Will Pass”), the soft heart of the LP unfolds. The results are above expectations and also opened new doors for the group to further explore next. –Raul Stanciu

43. Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan

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Periphery IV: Bad Subtitle has, shockingly, finally found the balance between bombast, melody, and structure that the band have been simultaneously winding towards and away from for the better part of the decade. It doesn’t feel like Misha Mansoor and company have given up much in the way of their polyrhythmic roots, but something in the spacing of their melodies, breakdowns, time signature changes, and assorted prog metal bells and whistles gives P4 an authentic, naturally-evolving sound that continues to carry the band’s signature bravado and excess while finally catering to the way your brain wants to process music.

The real question is whether or not good ol’ Stan could do us a favor and convince Periphery to write better subtitles for their albums now. A record this good deserves better. –Thompson D. Gerhart

42. Flying Lotus – Flamagra

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Whatever your thoughts ended up being surrounding Flylo’s last LP You’re Dead! was always going to be a difficult body of work to follow up. Steven Ellison has always weathered a fair amount of well-deserved acclaim throughout his career, and while his fascinatingly morbid approach to life’s last great mystery might not have been his most notable of works, as a statement of intent it remains as his most profound, his most defining — but also his most daunting. Flamagra pares back a little on the grandiosity, and it remains all the more vital for it. Five years in the making, dining with David Lynch and eternal burning fires on the hilltop aside, Flamagra doesn’t require existential tomfoolery to be consumed. It succeeds by acting like an excursion back to the more stylistically smoother elements of his earlier works, while retaining all the flash and the technical ferocity he’s accumulated over the years. The album is still a dense and abstruse affair, riddled with impenetrable passages that flash and pierce like helicopter lights over LA skies, but it all feels more remarkably palatable and succinct. A kaleidoscopic and energetic verve permeates this album at every turn, and while its intricacies might be a touch more normalized than what Flylo has been accustomed to knocking out recently, the worlds created on Flamagra are as every bit elaborate and shockingly inventive as every thing that’s come before it. A rush of memories captured in fleeting moments doesn’t stop this album from being a boldly cohesive and crucial entry in the evidence for Flylo’s continued acceptance as the most forward thinking beatmaker of our time. Life after death indeed. –Dev

41. Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

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Slipknot’s rather obvious decline this past ten years brought little hope for We Are Not Your Kind, to put it politely. However, like a lot of the older metal acts this year, they’ve defied all the odds and served up a record that represents everything the band is about. This is easily the best album Slipknot have produced in fifteen years. The band sit on a razor’s edge, balancing their accessible anthemic choruses with the instrumental brutality of their former years. Long has Corey been a detriment to Slipknot, serving up complacency and banality for his vocal performances; now, here he can proudly proclaim to be the leader he once was. The fire in his belly is evident, and the album as a whole sounds like a calling to the band’s visceral years, only with a more mature handling on the songs. This is easily the biggest surprise of the year, so if you were reluctant to check it out initially, it’s well worth giving a go. –Simon

40. James Blake – Assume Form

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You’d be forgiven for thinking Assume Form narcissistic, at least in comparison to Blake’s other works. Though the musician appears in some form or another on all three prior album covers, it’s never with as much confidence, as little distortion, as on his latest. Blake stares past the viewer, as though through a mirror, striking a pose signalling either the artist’s despair or his feeling himself. Whichever, I think Assume Form reflects a genuine attempt at overcoming despair via self-affirmation. To be sure, the album is, in spite of being Blake’s poppiest — dare I say happiest to date — still a moody affair. But on it, Blake displays a confidence (in himself, his anxieties, his relationships) that makes Assume Form his most intoxicating to date. –BlushfulHippocrene

39. La Dispute – Panorama

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In spite of some big moments (at least one per song, really), something about Panorama feels effortless. For some, that might pose a problem; after all, La Dispute have always been about the melodrama. What’s striking, though, is that in spite of this seeming effortlessness, the melodrama remains: it’s in “YOU ASCENDANT”‘s preoccupation with death; in the huge, shouted-word chorus of “VIEW FROM OUR BEDROOM WINDOW”; in the title “ANXIETY PANORAMA”, all caps. It’s just that these moments are, ironically, overshadowed by the band’s increased mastery over subtlety, their more developed confidence in La Dispute’s softer songwriting. “YOU ASCENDANT”‘s climax is, for this reason, nowhere near as heartrending on first instance as, say, a “King Park”; its final minute, however – its literal and emotional crescendo – feels far more hard-earned. Jordan Dreyer has, at last, come to terms with the searching, the uncertainty. To what end? I don’t know. –BlushfulHippocrene

38. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest

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I don’t know what decade King Gizzard (and his Lizard Wizard) are stuck in, but time travelers of the world, please let them be. The insanely catchy psyched-out proto-thrash of Infest the Rats’ Nest strikes a surprising complement to its space-traveling futurism and pseudo-environmentalist message. Who would think that refrains of a guttural “THERE IS NO PLANET B!” reprised throughout an album with the punk roots and fast-but-not-’90s-fast riffing of early metal would be so damn astonishing to us in 2019? This sort of sound is steadily becoming lost to time and its sudden reemergence may be a contributor, but it’s the absurd genre-chameleon talent of King Gizzard that makes Infest the Rats’ Nest a piece out of time that’s both relevant and impressive in today’s cosmic space. –Thompson D. Gerhart

37. Tim Bowness – Flowers at the Scene

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Tim Bowness goes for a classic sound here, but in no way is it redundant or a throwback to something you’ve heard before. The album traverses a range of moods, some more successful than others, and is strongest in the last third with highlights like “Borderline”, “Ghostlike”, and “Killing to Survive”. An impressive roster of guest musicians add their talent to the project, including Andy Partridge, Peter Hammill, and Steven Wilson. The diversity is welcome and recalls Wild Opera from his band with Steven Wilson, No-Man. Bowness’ vocals are as strong as ever and the songwriting is immediate and even catchy in places, particularly the title track and “Borderline”. Bowness has proven a remarkable ability to churn out fantastic music this year with this and the new No-Man. He’s created an impressive roster of solo albums this whole past decade culminating with this, an unpredictable record that strikes a fine balance of being eclectic and accessible. –Benjamin Kuettel

36. Black Midi – Schlagenheim

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The debut of London genre-bending luminaries Black Midi is in a class by itself. It almost seems like the band just selected a myriad of divergent genres to create some music out of them. Yet, they succeeded tremendously producing a record that’s equally complex, visceral and batshit crazy, a surprising amalgam of noise rock, math rock, post-punk and jazz fusion that may confuse some listeners used to tried-out formulas of popular music. In fact, Schlagenheim needs time to draw you in and exudes its allure with subsequent listens. When it does so, you’re in for a treat as superbly crafted dissonance is complemented by totally unhinged vocals and the permeating atmosphere of mystery. It’s not all about the noise and schizoid mindset though. Black Midi provide some respite from the outbursts of seemingly uncontrolled noise with effectively spaced-out build-ups, which makes every song into a trippy, one-of-a-kind experience. This is a mightily impressive debut which shows that their potential for growth is limitless. –Greg.

35. Soen – Lotus

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Soen have settled into a dependable place as a progressive metal supergroup to be regarded as more than just the Tool clones they were once known as. The addition of keyboards adds color to their main sound, providing a nice contrast from the heavier sections and some quiet, reflective moments as well. Lotus further establishes a confidence for the band to be themselves and follow their own musical path. They’ve held their own and evolved into something special this decade, being among the best of the genre in that time. –Benjamin Kuettel

34. Wicca Phase Springs Eternal – Suffer On

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I felt embarrassed, maybe, listening to Wicca Phase Springs Eternal in high school. Tigers Jaw was fine; Adam McIlwee was not. If I loved it – and God knows, deep down, I did – it had to be justified by some thin veil of irony only the initiated were privy to, an intentional glibness on the part of McIlwee that said, ‘I know this shit ain’t good, man; I know I can’t sing, but that’s the point.’ It might still be the point – one doesn’t listen to Wicca Phase for his technical prowess – but let’s face it, Suffer On is nothing if not sincere. It wears its heart on its sleeve and isn’t afraid to show its hand at first instance. Which isn’t to say there’s nothing to it – there is – but if there is a “point”, it’s its unabashedness: Suffer On marries overproduced (i.e., Will Yip-handled) acoustic emo music with trendy hook-driven pop trap and shameless four-on-the-floor(ish) bombast with little irony to genuinely magnificent results. –BlushfulHippocrene

33. Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿

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Though the question Danny Brown’s latest poses is clearly a rhetorical wisecrack – that punctuation mark brooks no dissent about that – the answer would be: uhh… not really? While it would overstate the case to suggest that this represents a polar opposite to 2017’s This Is A Statement™ Atrocity Exhibition, it’s certainly a lot more fun, a lot more boastful, a lot more japing and less introspective and — oh, right. The hybrid.

We’ve seen Danny focalise his hybrid personae to effect before, but never across albums: this one is all hedonistic Danny, trying to “live his best life” and positing “what’s in the dark, always come to light” across jaunty, soulful beats, including three excellently narcotic-OD ones by Q-Tip. The whole thing feels different and could be accused of being mellow, or not treating subjects with the gravity they deserve, but what makes uknowhatimsayin¿ great is knowing that Danny is still an iconoclast – and that for the last ten years he hasn’t been so damn stressed. Ever seen a roach with babies have babies? Haven’t seen it but I think I’ve heard it. –Winesburgohio

32. Moon Tooth – Crux

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I’m a simple man. I heard catchy, modern metal with saxophones in “Trust” and I was sold. Crux is an album with roots in modern metal from the Periphery school of aggressive lows, but with a slower, more deliberate approach that rises above with progressive accents like the twang of “Awe at All Angles”, the piercing keyboards of “Musketeers”, and the sparse use of that sweet, sweet sax on “Trust”.

Crux is an album built on bending conventional structures, but never quite breaking them; writing tight, crushing lows, but counterbalancing them with moments of appropriate air and melody. It’s this duality that grants Crux incredible crossover appeal to both those that want something they can bang their head to on the open road and those who want an album they can meditate over and get lost in on a quiet night at home.

Either experience offers an opportunity to discover a new nuance inserted masterfully into the album by Moon Tooth, making it a pleasure to revisit again and again. –Thompson D. Gerhart

31. Torche – Admission

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One of the most rewarding albums in Torche’s catalog so far, Admission displays a more mature sound while retaining the qualities of highlights such as Harmonicraft or Meanderthal. Featuring a diverse range of earworms, the quartet switches from punk (“From Here”, “What Was”), to sludgy doom (“Times Missing”, “Infierno”), as well as shoegaze-oriented, alternative rock-on-steroids numbers (the title track, “Changes Come”). The fuzz-drenched riffs are always really dense and groovy, whereas the pounding drums push them forward as much as possible. It’s been a while since the band felt this inspired and rejuvenated, so you can feel their enthusiasm seeping throughout the tracks. Admission‘s energy is infectious; plus, the harder it kicks, the more fun it becomes. –Raul Stanciu

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SowingSeason
12.18.19
Great work to all our writers and behind the scenes gurus. It's finally that time of year! Stay tuned for our top 30 as they're unveiled in the coming days...

SlothcoreSam
12.18.19
Good work gurus, interesting to see where this leads.
What's everyone's prediction for number 1?

Relinquished
12.18.19
Torche and FlyLo made it, I'm content. Their write-ups are excellent too.

Sniff
12.18.19
Ugh didn't know there was a new Desolate

tectactoe
12.18.19
Weyes Blood or FKA Twigs

nightbringer
12.18.19
47 looks interesting.

Relinquished
12.18.19
funny how that made it on here

CUZ DEV CAME BACK

Willie
12.18.19
Soen and Periphery were really good. The new Opeth is better than they've been for years. I am surprised about Slipknot, though. I didn't think it was nearly as good as the last album. Nice work on the write-ups, of course.

BlazinBlitzer
12.18.19
Looking at staff rankings, I see State Faults having a great shot at #1.

Divaman
12.18.19
I liked the Soen, anyway.

TheNotrap
12.18.19
Congrats to everyone who voted Soen

DDDeftoneDDD
12.18.19
First part went swell

Sniff
12.18.19
I mean 47 is most likely gonna be the best album in the top 50

Sniff
12.18.19
Assuming none of you nerds voted for CoL

Sniff
12.18.19
And yes i mean both 47's

NOTINTHEFACE
12.18.19
Nice, I've been looking forward to doing my annual 50-1 through-listen since I was bad at keeping up with 2019 music. I think 50 is the only one I've heard already.

dedex
12.18.19
Cool, Black Midi! Write-ups are top notch.

Comatorium.
12.18.19
That torche album is sick

Bedex
12.18.19
Nicely done gurus

luci
12.18.19
yikes at these picks so far

ProjectFreak
12.18.19
#1 will either be State Faults or Lana Del Rey. Copeland's got an outside chance

Josh D.
12.18.19
wow, this year wasn't interesting

NOTINTHEFACE
12.18.19
This The Comet is Coming album is weird af. I dig it.

Keyblade
12.18.19
had to double check the date said 2019 and not 2009

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.18.19
Happy for flylo and blake, 2 good albums is better than usual for the entire top 50 staff so good work

pjquinones747
12.18.19
good start, but i must say im surprised to see danny brown this high. hes top 5 on my list

luci
12.18.19
that danny brown didn't leave much of an impact, solid record tho

robertsona
12.18.19
oh man oops

Slex
12.18.19
Would be ecstatic but surprised to see State Faults at 1

Darius the Great
12.18.19
ewww

Slex
12.18.19
Man that Two Hands writeup is fire

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.18.19
Is this slex's aoty.list

Slex
12.18.19
Even I have standards, that shopping mall arthouse Robin Thicke album Assume Form is nowhere near my list

JohnnyoftheWell
12.18.19
Imagine going to a shopping mall but all anyone sells is used Julien Baker LPs

JohnnyoftheWell
12.18.19
*in every window*

Slex
12.18.19
I'd go broke

Jasdevi087
12.18.19
damn the staff list usually crushes the userbase one but this might be the worst start i've seen ever

JohnnyoftheWell
12.18.19
I'm sure the user list will sink to the occasion, go have a skim in the forums if in doubt

Slex
12.18.19
I imagine Northlane will be on the users list which is truly hysterical

JohnnyoftheWell
12.18.19
Holy shit, I was out of the picture for pretty much the whole month when that dropped, but just seen it and Nocte's review. Does it need an objectivity boost spin?

Conmaniac
12.18.19
Ofc blush wrote about all of the albums I love off this first go

nightbringer
12.18.19
Heard most of these and La Dispute is the only one I like.

alamo
12.18.19
cant stand these bon iver and james black records

Ryus
12.18.19
theres 1 deserving album on here good job staff

GreyShadow
12.18.19
King Park as a song is probs better than You Ascendant but "I will Be everything you need" hits harder than "Can I still get into heaven if I kill myself?" imo. glad Panorama is on here but obviously would have wanted it way higher :/

Willie
12.18.19
--theres 1 deserving album on here good job staff--

Did you not get the e-mail we sent asking for your personal top 50? I mean, it was obvious your picks were the only 'real' deserving albums of 2019. I knew we should have sent the message certified mail, but no....

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.18.19
Willie on dat 'tude lately

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.18.19
@slex is it shopping mall or is it arthouse make up your mind

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.18.19
If the former, I've seen your entire 2019 list in the record section of urban outfitters
If the latter then theres no problem

SowingSeason
12.18.19
If you hate the list then write better and become staff so your voice can be heard. Be the change you want to see!

Also, I'm a tad disappointed that no one has said "list is shit, lol butts" yet.

JohnnyoftheWell
12.18.19
new james blake is arthouse for people whose primary art is curating the whiteness of their toothpaste :]

Dylan620
12.18.19
list is shit, lol butts

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.18.19
Johnnys song of the decade is Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze

JohnnyoftheWell
12.18.19
Did u just foreshadow my sudden departure from this realm of the interweb?

Ryus
12.18.19
"Did you not get the e-mail we sent asking for your personal top 50? I mean, it was obvious your picks were the only 'real' deserving albums of 2019. I knew we should have sent the message certified mail, but no...."

lmao


BlazinBlitzer
12.18.19
Never mind my last comment. I just looked at all the staff ratings and Lana Del Rey is likely running away with the #1 spot and it might not be close.

BlazinBlitzer
12.18.19
So far I'm seeing this as the top 10 for now:

1. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!
2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
3. Copeland – Blushing
4. State Faults – Clairvoyant
5. (Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar
6. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
7. American Football – American Football (LP3)
8. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
9. Laura Stevenson – The Big Freeze
10. The National – I Am Easy to Find


BlushfulHippocrene
12.18.19
Is James Blake trying to be arthouse? The problem with these lists is they're not curated but based on consensus, so the options will almost always be safe (accounting for the popular cross section and rounding out any unique tastes individual staffers may have) which is fine, it's just what it is. And how much trouble will I be in when they realise I got The Big Day on this list?

BlazinBlitzer
12.18.19
Having The Big Day on the list would make my day tbh.

JohnnyoftheWell
12.19.19
I was rolling with the bit re. James Blake; arthouse isn't the word I'd go for, but insofar as it's also a common lazy backhand for savoury, vogue things that also happen to be distinctly dull, I'm not about to my boi Slex out on it ;]

BlushfulHippocrene
12.19.19
...That turned into something very wholesome. :3

Winesburgohio
12.19.19
as a special treat for anyone who correctly guesses the top10 i'll appear in your abode naked and brandishing Japanese field recording records [LEGAL DISCLAIMER: WINESBURGOHIO WILL NOT DO THIS]

Rowan5215
12.19.19
*copypastes the top 10, licks lips*

Dewinged
12.19.19
list is shit, lol butts

Dewinged
12.19.19
j/k nicely done, staffers, gonna read those wholesome blurbs while I sip my post luch coffee later.

Slex
12.19.19
@patsy I'm saying it's basically an artsy-artsy Robin Thicke album
It's the music critic equivalent of girls thinking Halsey is alternative

plane
12.19.19
The James Blake album is great.

Slex
12.19.19
finally someone who gets it, agreed

oltnabrick
12.19.19
https://this-page-intentionally-left-blank.org/

dmathias52
12.19.19
Who would have imagined Bon Iver releasing a new album and barely squeaking in? I love it, but both an indication of it being a weaker album and this being a stellar year.
Was hoping between Scuro and Channing that Orville Peck would make the list, but I can't imagine it being higher than 30. Oh well! Still excited for the whole thing

BrushedRed
12.19.19
If #1 is Lana I’m gonna lose my mind. And I feel it will be. And I’m already preparing myself.

Artuma
12.19.19
at least bon iver is at the start and not at the end of the list

Nocte
12.19.19
This leaves the next 29 pretty much wide open.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.19.19
@slex your contrived platitudes wont protect your year end list from being copywrited by aritzia

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.19.19
Why the fuck you know what robin thicke sounds like btw

JohnnyoftheWell
12.19.19
interweb mafia alert right there, why is there no report button or hush money on staff lists?

Azazzel
12.19.19
lol at a Top 50 album not having a single rating on this site (#47 Desolate) https://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Desolate-DE/120828/

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.19.19
Dev nearly died from dysentery and u gonna deadass talk shit about his year end sway

BlazinBlitzer
12.19.19
This year's lists are going to be hilarious. Cult of Luna is running away with the leading vote count in the user's polls but won't make the Staff's top 50.

Demon of the Fall
12.19.19
Cult of Luna WILL make the staff list I reckon, maybe that's just me being hopeful but usually a couple of highly-rated metal albums are popular enough with staff to break through. Blood Incantation will be there as well imo. Maybe Falls of Rauros.

Slex
12.19.19
lmfao Potsy touche

Also i'd be shocked if CoL isnt on the list y'all need to chill

Demon of the Fall
12.19.19
we chill bro, OK maybe not Brushed as he seems kind of irate, but he's throwing shade at Lana. CoL have got this, I can feel it.

Slex
12.19.19
I'd also be quite surprised if Lana is #1, besides Sowing I dont think staff was all that crazy about it I believe

Slex
12.19.19
nvm I just looked at the ratings and I'm definitely wrong lol, Lana is gonna be #1

alamo
12.19.19
lana will be #2, #1 is slayyyter

Demon of the Fall
12.19.19
Press x to doubt.

5secondsofsummerfan
12.19.19
How is it possible that a band can be top 50 and have no ratings? That's pretty impressive

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.19.19
It's not like having the staff and user lists being different is a bad thing

Relinquished
12.19.19
"Dev nearly died from dysentery and u gonna deadass talk shit about his year end sway"

lmao it's catching on

devsentery

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.19
forgot to vote, oopsie. and new lana album is among her worst so yeah it'll probably take the #1 spot

Jom
12.19.19
The Desolate problem came about because someone fucked up all the artist pages, so we had to start from scratch. I'll be sure to transcribe on your Oregon Trail tombstone that you died from Devsentary though!

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.19
are you sure dev did't just dump all of his points into that one album just like he dumped his..... nvm forget it

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.19
great spa music tho

Winesburgohio
12.20.19
i keep telling u that this is Toshiya Tsunoda's year to win the gong!!!! falling upon deaf ears I see

no, tentatively proud out of the caliber of these here write-ups - really professional and insightful. luv u all, martha

Deviant.
12.20.19
There’s a lot of talk surrounding me and rectums. And I must say, I’m not sure how I feel about this new movement

JohnnyoftheWell
12.20.19
A lot of hot air tbf

Deviant.
12.20.19
Kinda blowing me away

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.19
Ha ha "movement"

BlushfulHippocrene
12.20.19
😏

BlushfulHippocrene
12.20.19
Apostrophes barely work here; I don't know why I thought an emoji would.

JohnnyoftheWell
12.20.19
😏is a cool emoji in the making, what does it mean?

JohnnyoftheWell
12.20.19
(oh wow, the above was the result of me trying to copy and paste your first comment lmao)

BlushfulHippocrene
12.20.19
...incredible.

Like some of these blurbs. That Two Hands write-up, goddamn.

Rowan5215
12.20.19
...blush is just normalising expectations so everyone falls over prostrate in awe at his UFOF writeup

Jom
12.20.19
Bummer that it got relegated to the Honorable Mentions entry but agreed hard otherwise

BlushfulHippocrene
12.20.19
U.F.O.F.? More like U (can) Fuck Off from the Final (list)... or something like that.

Rowan5215
12.20.19
Uhhh Fellas? Offyou Fuck

KevinKC
12.28.19
Album of the year contains an uplifting subtly man-hating song about a woman who gets sexually abused in a basement, pisses on the grave of her aggressor and courageously recovers by singing a song. Of course.

JohnnyoftheWell
12.28.19
0/10 hipster trash yes definitely does no-one remember the kacey musgraves glory days when everyone was 123% happier with the site? hope they bring back lyrics that matter soon !

butt.
12.28.19
Half of the albums in the top 10 of this year’s charts somehow didn’t garner enough votes to make this top 50? Lol wtf

Willie
12.30.19
Because this is the Staff list which, generally speaking, doesn't line up with the users' lists. I'm sure all your missing top 10 albums will be on there, as long as the people rating the albums are the same ones voting.

TundraL5Z
01.01.20
Mods like periphery now so y'all can't hate on them anymore, it's how it works

valek
01.01.20
The 1st and 2nd are laughable to say the least, some bullshit in here tbh. Nick Cave, Cult of Luna, Tool, Soen lower than Lana Del Rey just feels wrong. No Chelsea Wolfe or Alcest btw, what is this? I feel robbed haha.

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