My favorite albums of 2019.

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Before running down the album list for 2019, kindly allow a bit of belated housekeeping.

November & December Discs

There were only two purchases. As noted previously, and speaking as a stubborn refusenik when it comes to playlists and non-album-oriented modernity, a great change in my listening procedures occurred during 2018-2019. I’ve acquiesced to streaming, most often experienced via a nice pair of noise-blocking headphones. What I like, I buy. 

The Who … WHO

Coldplay … Everyday Life

First, Coldplay. At this point musical polarization is highly likely; you enjoy the band, or not. Having conceded this, the new album is fun if not entirely free of pretentiousness.

As for WHO by The Who, it’s true: I’m biased, having been a partisan for 45 years. It’s far better than I imagined.

Here’s the TOP 10.

I’ve made comments about some of these at the time of release, but the list is enough for now. Click here and you’ll find all the posts in 2019 with the label “Roger’s Year in Music 2019.”

10. Sleaford Mods … Eton Alive
9. Liam Gallagher … Why Me? Why Not.
8. Bastille … Doom Days
7. Yak … Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
6. Sammy Hagar & the Circle … Space Between
5. The Who … WHO
4. The Hold Steady … Thrashing Thru the Passion
3. Bob Mould … Sunshine Rock
2. Foals … Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 2)

HONORABLE MENTION


These two albums were great favorites of mine in 2019. They weren’t released in 2019, so down go the asterisks.


Sunflower Bean … Twentytwo in Blue (2018)
Royal Headache … High (2015)

NUMBER ONE


Fastball … The Help Machine

During December I listened at length to these two 2019 releases.

Titus Andronicus … An Obelisk
White Reaper … You Deserve Love

I’ll be buying them soon, and they can be added to the comprehensive purchase list that starts … now.

Album releases 2019, November and December
The Who … WHO
Coldplay … Everyday Life

Album releases 2019, September and October
Foals … Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 2)
Temples … Hot Motion
Down N Outz … This Is How We Roll
The New Pornographers … In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
Fastball … The Help Machine
Elbow … Giants of All Sizes
Keane … Cause and Effect
The Hold Steady … Thrashing Thru the Passion
Ride … This Is Not A Safe Place
Fontaines DC … Dogrel
Liam Gallagher … Why Me? Why Not.

Album releases 2019, July and August
(no albums purchased)

Album releases 2019, May and June
The Amazons … Future Dust
Bruce Springsteen … Western Stars
Sammy Hagar & the Circle … Space Between
Bastille … Doom Days

Album releases 2019, March and April
Foals … Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
Royal Headache … High (2015)
Catfish and the Bottlemen … The Balance

Album releases 2019, January and February
Sunflower Bean … Twentytwo in Blue (2018)
Bob Mould … Sunshine Rock
Yak … Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats … Wasteland (2018)
Sleaford Mods … Eton Alive
Twilight Sad … It Won’t Be Like This All the Time

2019 was a fine year in music for Roger as it pertains to the sort of music Roger likes. And that’s as complicated as it needs to get.

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