The old year is almost gone and the new year is on the way. With the countdown to the calendar change nearing its annual end, critics are preparing their annual year-ender lists or have already posted said “Best Of” lists. This critic has waited a while to make sure as many albums and EPs have been considered, and now with less than two weeks left in the year, the time is right to offer the first of many “Best Of” lists.
Opening this year’s multitude of year end “Best Of” lists from Phil’s Picks is the year’s top new independent albums. Independent can mean acts signed to independent labels — of which there are many — and those who are straight up unsigned. This year’s list presents a variety of acts and sounds, not the least of which is Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ new album 50 Foot Woman. Also featured in this year’s list is the surprisingly enjoyable self-titled album from Am I Dead Yet. Its mix of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and other similar acts makes its musical content strong in its own right. The addition of its lyrical content adds even more interest to its whole. Hard rock band Bad Blood is also featured in this year’s list with its self-titled debut. These are just some of the acts featured in Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Independent Albums. It should be noted that while the list is the “Top 10,” it features five additional honorable mention titles for a grand total of 15 albums, as in every past year.
It should be noted that the choices featured on this list were not easy. The honorable mention titles are not bad albums. They are all good in their own way. It was just that difficult to choose, as every listed album had its own positives. Some had more positives than others. Now with all that said here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Independent Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW INDEPENDENT ALBUMS
1.Hannah Williams & The Affirmations — 50 Foot Woman
2. Am I Dead Yet? — Am I Dead Yet?
3. Bad Blood — Bad Blood
4. The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey
5. Aree And The Pure Hearts — Never Gonna Die
6. Wargirl — Wargirl
7. Lullwater — Voodoo
8. Sara Potenza — Road To Rome
9. Corroded — Bitter
10. Awake At Last — The Change
11. Blacktop Mojo — Under The Sun
12. Stone Leaders — Stone Leaders
13. Dark Station — Down in The Dark
14. Them Guns — From The Shadows
15. Damn Your Eyes — Kill The Outside
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