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Favorite Albums of 2019 (Balto edition)


Erik did his music roundup yesterday, beating me to the punch and probably stealing all the good discussion. So it goes. Here are 40ish albums I really liked this year. Unlike my favorite fiction list, it’s required that these be released this year. There’s a bit of overlap with Erik, but not much. It was a good and diverse year for music.

By popular request, here is a link to the below songs (one of my favorite tracks from each of my favorite records) in Spotify form:

Yola — Walk Through Fire

Hiss Golden Messenger — Terms of Surrender

Humbird — Pharmakon

Bon Iver — i,i

Lizzo — ‘Cuz I Love You

Brittany Howard — Jaime

Joan Shelley — Like the River Loves the Sea

Big K.R.I.T. — K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

Tyler Childers — Country Squire

The Paranoid Style — A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life

Little Brother — May the Lord Watch

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster — Take Heart, Take Care

Shane Leonard — Strange Forms

Carsie Blanton — Buck Up

Rapsody — Eve

J.S. Ondara — Tales of America

The Highwomen — The Highwomen

Coyote Brother — Coyote Brother

Jamila Woods — LEGACY! LEGACY!

Jake Xerxes Fussell — Out of Sight

Field Report — How We Tell It Now and Under Glass EPs

Anna Tivel — The Question

Jenny Lewis — On the Line

Missy Elliot — Iconology EP

Lula Wiles — What Will We Do

Our Native Daughters — Our Native Daughters

Black Pumas — Black Pumas

Charlie Parr — Charlie Parr

Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated

Maren Moris — GIRL

The National — I Am Easy to Find

Tanya Tucker — While I’m Livin’

Madison Cunningham – Who Are You Now

Mike and the Moonpies — Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold

Big Thief — Two Hands

Molly Tuttle — When You’re Ready

Big Thief — U.F.O.F.

Mavis Staples — We Get By

Bruce Springsteen — Western Stars

Kelsey Waldon – White Noise/White Lines

Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon – Solstice

William Tyler — Goes West

Jade Bird — Jade Bird

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