ILM's Top 77 Albums of 2019

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Here’s your Top 77 Albums of 2019 Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7N1gQj4VAAJEEHY4MbZNOW

As with the singles poll, we'd be happy to see anyone build an accompanying YouTube/Tidal/Apple/Amazon/Pono-for-your-Zune playlist, but Spotify is all I'm personally maintaining. Please feel free to post here if you want to take on an alternate service.

Also as with singles, this is run by Moka (images and rollout), myself (playlist and rollout) and seandalai (tabulation). I'll be linking each entry to its respective ILM artist/album threads and a noteworthy, generally laudatory online album review of note as a point of entry (NB: posting of reviews are neither an endorsement of opinions nor quality of writing).

Is this lineup likely to be as unpredictable as the 2019 singles were? Or has that poll already tipped our hand as to ILM's collective taste? I think you'll find we still have some surprises left and, hopefully, a fair amount of new music for you from the year past to liven up the year ahead.

I'll aim to knock out 77 to 61 today and start posting shortly. Talk amongst yourselves!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 February 2020 13:44 (three weeks ago) link

whoop whoop!

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 13:48 (three weeks ago) link

I think you'll find we still have some surprises left...

Purple Mountains to get 78'd

groovypanda, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:02 (three weeks ago) link

Bookmark set!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:03 (three weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/0bu78ww.jpg
#77 – Cate le Bon – Reward (181 points, 6 votes)

Cate Le Bon - classic or dud

https://thequietus.com/articles/26656-cate-le-bon-reward-review

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:03 (three weeks ago) link

TOO GOTH

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:04 (three weeks ago) link

woooo

nxd, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:05 (three weeks ago) link

let it be known I adopted this DN before NV started with all that

here's to enduring crazytimes

TOO LOW, the Curator (imago), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:06 (three weeks ago) link

I could never really get into this one, but love that Cate le Bon is getting more attention

Frederik B, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:08 (three weeks ago) link

love this record, feels like the prettiest possible descendant of early scritti politti at points

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:14 (three weeks ago) link

too lowwwwwww

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:19 (three weeks ago) link

could’ve sworn this was older than 2019

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:23 (three weeks ago) link

i'm here and ready to post

ciderpress, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:34 (three weeks ago) link

I think I voted for the Cate Le Bon but I'm not sure

It's a great art-pop record

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:35 (three weeks ago) link

great start

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:36 (three weeks ago) link

5/6 votes needed to be in this is a nice threshold. Bring it on!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:37 (three weeks ago) link

wasn't too keen on the Cate Le Bon song that placed in tracks but the Gorky's connection is interesting? Is it similar throughout?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:38 (three weeks ago) link

The Cate Le Bon did very little for me, I'm afraid (too much self-affected quirkiness?), but it's always nice to see Laurel Halo in a 77 (except when she's 'singing', of course).

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:39 (three weeks ago) link

how many ballots were there, out of curiosity?

ciderpress, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:39 (three weeks ago) link

never heard of this

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

Better Oblivion CC was the first 2019 album I liked. "Dylan Thomas" still the best tune.

The album's too nice to have made my ballot.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

Oberst "side projects" continue to be more reliable than the main event.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:41 (three weeks ago) link

Spotify has been insisting for months I should be into this BOCC album.

Chris L, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:41 (three weeks ago) link

xp, on ballot numbers: you'd need to ask seanandalai

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, I thought I hadn't heard of this one but I had heard that Oberst was doing something new, so I guess I'd sort of semi-heard of it? Not sure how much I care about actually listening to it, though.

emil.y, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

Simon, how could you! New Bright Eyes this year and we all can’t wait.

Never got around to giving this a proper listen, but I liked some of what I did hear.

tangenttangent, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

Is that *the* Conor Oberst? I think I'll pass.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:43 (three weeks ago) link

prettiest possible descendant of early scritti politti at points

Now this hadn't occurred to me! I think I dig it.

I voted for the CLB record. I really didn't think I liked her before this point. "Daylight Matters" prolly is kinda indicative, yeah.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:43 (three weeks ago) link

I'm more interested in BOCC as a Phoebe Bridgers side project than a Conor Oberst side project.

jaymc, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:44 (three weeks ago) link

Did any other DJ Kicks place in previous years? I know some are 'higher concept' than others

nashwan, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:44 (three weeks ago) link

Didn't vote for the Laurel Halo DJ Kicks but it is a great mix. The run of "Lachowa" -> "Koraimer Bro" -> "Temptation" in the middle is fire.

Also, 2017-Stranger in the Alps, 2018-boygenius, 2019-BOCC is impressive.

Indexed, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:46 (three weeks ago) link

better oblivion community center is... an ok record

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:48 (three weeks ago) link

Reward was the first Cate Le Bon album I really got into. It was on my long list.

There are a couple of nice moments on the Better Oblivion Community Center album, but it needed a lot less Conor Oberst.

kitchen person, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:49 (three weeks ago) link

Decent record, Dylan Thomas towers over the rest

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:49 (three weeks ago) link

Mug Museum still the best imo, but Reward comes pretty close. See also, in 2019: Deerhunter as produced by Le Bon, plus her album with Bradford Cox -- both very good!

geoffreyess, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:50 (three weeks ago) link

Jibes with my experience of all Bridgers-related projects—one knockout song per record

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:51 (three weeks ago) link

Nice enough album I never returned to after two or three spins.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

for youtube - would it be too contentious to have a "sampler" playlist - like one track per album?

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:54 (three weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/THye0EA.jpg
#74 – Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (183 points, 6 votes)

Sharon Van Etten

https://variety.com/2019/music/reviews/album-review-sharon-van-ettens-remind-me-tomorrow-1203111170/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:58 (three weeks ago) link

not as good as are we there but still very good

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:58 (three weeks ago) link

Distance between the album's placement and 'Seventeen's on the tracks poll seems about right.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Monday, 3 February 2020 14:59 (three weeks ago) link

Sharon got the bad congleton, angel got the good congleton

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 February 2020 15:00 (three weeks ago) link

Almost forgot this was happening today. Very excited that Cate Le Bon and Laurel Halo managed to sneak in, those are two if my favorites. The Halo mix deserves a lot more attention, one of the best I've heard in a long time.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 3 February 2020 15:00 (three weeks ago) link

Nowhere near as good as 'Are We There Yet', but still pretty good.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

The rest of the album is not as stunning as "Seventeen" but solid.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 February 2020 15:02 (three weeks ago) link

I should have voted for BOCC's Little Trouble in the tracks poll, love that song. I think of it as a great Phoebe Bridgers song. The album never clicked. Nor did Remind Me Tomorrow.

Frederik B, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:03 (three weeks ago) link

I thought RMT was SVE's best record by far. The others all blurred together for me by the fourth or fifth track.

Indexed, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:11 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks for an amazing rollout. I was surprisingly hivemind-y this year.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Friday, 7 February 2020 09:43 (three weeks ago) link

Honestly there isn't any point trying to convince Pom of this because 'generic' is one of those words that people throw around when they don't like the music enough to engage with what might be distinctive about it. A listen to Blackheart probably isn't going to change that.

Gutted that Sudan Archives didn't make the rollout by the way, stunning record.

Matt DC, Friday, 7 February 2020 09:48 (three weeks ago) link

lol ilm you so crazy

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Friday, 7 February 2020 10:44 (three weeks ago) link

I was joking about being to r&b as Tuomas is to rock. There are quite a few r&b albums I genuinely love, so I appreciate the reply, Drugs. I'll be sure to check out Blackheart.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 12:21 (three weeks ago) link

Anyway, I didn't expect to jive with the hivemind's #1 so: good job, ILM.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 12:24 (three weeks ago) link

Burial wuz robbed.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Friday, 7 February 2020 12:36 (three weeks ago) link

He has a track about that

nashwan, Friday, 7 February 2020 12:37 (three weeks ago) link

I like Burial a lot but I couldn't with a clear conscience vote for a compilation w/ tracks I've known for years already.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 7 February 2020 12:38 (three weeks ago) link

xp lol

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 7 February 2020 12:38 (three weeks ago) link

Belated thanks to the pollrunners, and a shout out to Moka for the lovely images.

Jeff W, Friday, 7 February 2020 13:08 (three weeks ago) link

Seconded!

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 13:10 (three weeks ago) link

And congratulations to Marissa for winning the poll

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Friday, 7 February 2020 13:16 (three weeks ago) link

lol

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 13:16 (three weeks ago) link

A+

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 7 February 2020 13:22 (three weeks ago) link

What's she up to these days, other than hanging out with LDR and releasing ILM's AOTY?

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 13:35 (three weeks ago) link

I had hoped she's in a better place now, but stumbling on this, I fear that that is not the case. She hasn't gone off the net because of us after all :(

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 7 February 2020 13:46 (three weeks ago) link

:(

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 13:55 (three weeks ago) link

Playlist is fully updated and put to bed. This year, Spotify got everything on the 77 album and singles lists except JME.

ILM’s Top Albums of 2019 Countdown

#01 - Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising (1158 points, 33 votes, 4 number 1 votes)
#02 - Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell (961 points, 29 votes, 2 number 1 votes)
#03 - Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains (952 points, 27 votes, 5 number 1 votes)
#04 - Big Thief - U.F.O.F. (918 points, 27 votes, 4 number 1 votes)
#05 - Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated (687 points, 21 votes)
#06 - Octo Octa - Resonant Body (685 points, 22 votes)
#07 - Tinashe - Songs For You (626 points, 19 votes, 4 number 1 votes)
#08 - Ariana Grande- Thank U, Next (551 points, 17 votes, 1 number 1 vote)
#09 - Big Thief - Two Hands (544 points, 15 votes)
#10 - Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (524 points, 18 votes)
#11 - Taylor Swift - Lover (504 points, 16 votes, 1 number 1 vote)
#12 - Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY! (501 points, 16 votes, 1 number 1 vote)
#13 - FKA Twigs - Magdalene (493 points, 18 votes)
#14 - Burna Boy - African Giant (492 points, 15 votes, 4 number 1 votes)
#15 - Caroline Polachek - Pang (488 points, 16 votes)
#16 - Dawn Richard - New Breed (486 points, 15 votes)
#17 - Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love (484 points, 18 votes, 2 number 1 votes)
#18 - 100 Gecs - 1000 Gecs (479 points, 15 votes, 1 number 1 vote)
#19 - These New Puritans - Inside the Rose (462 points, 15 votes)
#20 - Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride (442 points, 11 votes, 2 number 1 votes)
#21 – Charli XCX - Charli (423 points, 13 votes, 2 #1 votes)
#22 – Holly Herndon - Proto (420 points (nice), 15 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#23 – Charly Bliss – Young Enough (414 points, 16 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#24 – Underworld – Drift Series 1 (391 points, 12 votes, 3 #1 votes)
#25 – Nilüfer Yanya – Miss Universe (378 points, 13 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#26 – CFCF – Liquid Colors (365 points, 12 votes)
#27 – Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee (364 points, 13 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#28 – SAULT - 5 (354 points, 17 votes)
#29 – The Comet Is Coming – Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (354 points, 17 votes)
#30 – Richard Dawson - 2020 (352 points, 14 votes)
#31 – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Ancestral Recall (344 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#32 – Little Simz – Grey Area (330 points, 13 votes)
#33 – The Highwomen – s/t (326 points, 11 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#34 – Arthur Russell – Iowa Dream (323 points, 10 votes)
#35 – Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿ (317 points, 13 votes)
#36 – Men I Trust - Oncle Jazz (316 points, 11 votes)
#37 – Lingua Ignota - Caligula (311 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#38 – Erika De Casier – Essentials (306 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#39 – Kelsey Lu - Blood (301 points, 11 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#40 – Sunn O))) – Life Metal (293 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#41 (TIE) - Kim Gordon - No Home Record (288 points, 10 votes)
#41 (TIE) - SAULT - 7 (288 points, 10 votes)
#43 – Angel Olsen - All Mirrors (284 points, 10 votes)
#44 – Shura - Forevher (278 points, 9 votes)
#45 – Kali Malone - The Sacrificial Code (278 points, 8 votes)
#46 – Solange - When I Get Home (277 points, 12 votes)
#47 – Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q. (268 points, 9 votes)
#48 – Hatchie - Keepsake (266 points, 11 votes)
#49 – Chemical Brothers - No Geography (244 points, 7 votes)
#50 – Glass Beach - The First Glass Beach Album (242 points, 8 votes)
#51 – Lambchop - This (is what I wanted to tell you) (234 points, 8 votes)
#52 – Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp (228 points, 8 votes)
#53 – Koffee – Rapture (224 points, 7 votes, 1 number 1 vote)
#54 – Clairo – Immunity (223 points, 9 votes)
#55 – American Football – American Football (223 points, 7 votes, 2 number 1 votes)
#56 – Various Artists – 環境音楽 Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 (222 points, 8 votes)
#57 – Samthing Soweto – Isphithiphithi (220 points, 7 votes)
#58 – Thom Yorke – Anima (216 points, 8 votes)
#59 – Moodymann – Sinner (216 points, 6 votes, 1 number 1 vote)
#60 – Andy Stott – It Should Be Us (214 points, 9 votes)
#61 – Sacred Paws – Run Around the Sun (212 points, 8 votes)
#62 – Rapsody – Eve (211 points, 8 votes)
#63 – Barker – Utility (210 points, 8 votes)
#64 – Miranda Lambert – Wildcard (208 points, 8 votes)
#65 – Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel (204 points, 7 votes)
#66 – Tyler, the Creator – IGOR (202 points, 8 votes)
#67 – Caterina Barbieri – Ecstatic Computation (200 points, 7 votes)
#68 – The National – I Am Easy to Find (195 points, 8 votes)
#69 – Sampa the Great – The Return (194 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#70 – Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild (189 points, 6 votes)
#71 – clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood (188 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote)
#72 – Jme – Grime MC (187 points, 7 votes)
#73 – Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter 4: Memphis (184 points, 6 votes)
#74 – Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (183 points, 6 votes)
#75 – Better Oblivion Community Center – s/t (182 points, 6 votes)
#76 – Laurel Halo – DJ Kicks (182 points, 5 votes)
#77 – Cate le Bon – Reward (181 points, 6 votes)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 7 February 2020 14:36 (three weeks ago) link

sigh - fixed that for you:

#57 – Samthing Soweto – Isphithiphithi (220 points, 7 votes)

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 February 2020 14:44 (three weeks ago) link

give him a break, it’s a hard word to spell

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 7 February 2020 14:51 (three weeks ago) link

it's not "the ASDA"

dogs, Friday, 7 February 2020 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

...and yet so remarkably easy to copy and paste

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:27 (three weeks ago) link

idk i struggled with it

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 7 February 2020 15:29 (three weeks ago) link

that’s a phithi

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:34 (three weeks ago) link

Big Phith?

nashwan, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:50 (three weeks ago) link

Re: Dawn Richard, Blackheart is sounding pretty good so far.

toilet-cleaning brain surgeon (pomenitul), Friday, 7 February 2020 16:40 (three weeks ago) link

fixed in that list, thanks for the edit note... and for the pronunciation!
Iss-peety-peety, yeah?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 7 February 2020 18:23 (three weeks ago) link

thanx!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOKoDZZvuH8

check the chorus, from 1:00-1:20

breastcrawl, Sunday, 9 February 2020 12:35 (two weeks ago) link

My takeaway from the Jenny Hval album is that I would maybe enjoy a Jenny Hval instrumental album

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 13:44 (two weeks ago) link

Full version of BASQUIAT massively superior to the edit that made the tracks poll

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

Is there any poll that you could vote for that in, imago?

Oor Neechy, Monday, 10 February 2020 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

Jamila Woods?

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 18:45 (two weeks ago) link

Not is v much the only EOY representation Two Hands required. Talk about an album with a highlight

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

"shoulders," "the toy" > "not"

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

Lol fine.

I liked the Woods album! Good #1 choice

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:26 (two weeks ago) link

it's not "the ASDA"

― dogs,

who let the dogs in?

saer, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

Not is maybe my fourth, fifth favourite song on Two Hands

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

I mean, it's good and that, but I get the impression it stands out because it's their most hard-rockingest song since the Capacity album after the relatively sedate UFOF record. guitar solo is cool but I've heard guitar solos before and will again

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:37 (two weeks ago) link

The dog let himself in apparently

breastcrawl, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

that's a pretty accurate ranking. though i wouldn't call it a song. it's more like two separate parts which are in themselves no songs and together neither. it's not called not for nothing.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

Maybe I expected (and wanted) a whole album like that

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

i think not is a far-and-away highlight, but mainly because of live versions, which are almost unbearably intense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKmD6-piK2A

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:43 (two weeks ago) link

ah there's me thinking Not was a song. things are so very confusing these days

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

Fooled by that old verse-chorus structure

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Full version of BASQUIAT massively superior to the edit that made the tracks poll

what? i don't think there was a singles edit of this ever released?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 22:05 (two weeks ago) link

pretty sure there wasn’t, the YouTube link in the rollout linked to the full length video.

breastcrawl, Monday, 10 February 2020 22:56 (two weeks ago) link

full-length *track

breastcrawl, Monday, 10 February 2020 23:16 (two weeks ago) link

lol

maybe I just liked it way more this time and never noticed it was 7 minutes long

oops

imago, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

I've had the albums list playing on shuffle a lot since the rollout ended, and it's pretty much non-stop good vibes. It makes a strangely consistent listening experience despite the variety of the list itself. The only things I can't completely go with are the couple of country records, and that's very much my own personal biases at play.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 02:28 (two weeks ago) link

Time is running out and we need YOU to vote in ILM's 2019 metal & heavy music poll:

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romanesque architect (pomenitul), Sunday, 16 February 2020 16:07 (one week ago) link


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