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SPIN's The 10 Best Albums of 2019

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In 2019, the musical landscape was as fractured and multifarious as the world around it. The best albums of the year didn’t fit neatly along any one major narrative line, but if you peruse our list below, you might find a few patterns.



One of rap’s most dynamic (and unlikely) duos hits the bull’s-eye again.

Freddie Gibbs

Hip-Hop/Rap ·


Odds Against Tomorrow

The guitarist opts for a subtler—but just as expressive—investigation of folk and blues.

Bill Orcutt

Rock ·


Ilana (The Creator)

More innovative electronic Tuareg hybrids from the Nigerien songwriter.

Mdou Moctar

World ·



A rich, rivetingly erratic debut from London’s experimental rockers.

black midi

Alternative ·


Dance of the Cosmos

Takes us on a 30 minute journey way beyond the ionosphere.

Ras G & The African Space Program

Electronic ·