As the year finally winds down its final days, the attention for many companies turns to the new year and the new crop of records already planned for the first quarter of the year. As attentions turn to thew new year and its new albums, attention should also remain on the current year’s albums. This year produced so many standout records from across the musical universe. From rock and hard rock to pop to neo-soul and more, the offerings presented to audiences were many to say the very least. Keeping that in mind, any critic will agree assembling the list of the year’s top new albums overall is a chore, but one that must happen. This year’s top new albums are mainstream and independent alike, at least on this critic’s list.
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations easily made their way onto this critic’s final musical year-ender list with their new album 50 Foot Woman as did Slipknot, Sara Potenza and even Joel Ross. Again, this list was anything but easy to assemble, but it did finally come together. It is presented here complete with five honorable mention titles. Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2019 Top 10 New Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations — 50 Foot Woman
Devin Townsend — Empath
Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
Joel Ross — Kingmaker
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis — Jazz & Art
This has been a productive year for the realms of country, bluegrass and Americana. The genres are their own, but are so closely akin to one another that they are really one in the same. To that end, the three genres deserve to be combined into one on any critic’s year-end list. That is what this critic has done and is doing again this year.
This year’s list of the top new Country/Bluegrass/Americana records features a number of familiar names and some who might be slightly less familiar, but are still names worth getting to know. There are also some compilations featured on this critic’s list this year. From The Magpie Salute to Son Volt to Willie Nelson and the Carter family and more, this year’s list is full of music that fans of all three genres will enjoy. As with every previous list, this collection features this critic’s Top 10 titles and five additional honorable mention title for a total of 15 titles.Each title is deserving of its own accolades as there is no negative title. Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 Country/Bluegrass/Americana albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2019 COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/AMERICANA ALBUMS
Willie Nelson — Ride Me Back Home
George Strait — Honky Tonk Time Machine
The Magpie Salute — High Water II
The Shootouts — Quick Draw
The Vegabonds — V
Old Salt Union — Where The Dogs Don’t Bite
Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns
The Carter Family — Across Generations
Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues — Roots & Branches: The Songs of Little Walter
Steve Earl & The Dukes — Guy
World Music Network — The Rough Guide To The Roots of Country Music