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TIME's The 10 Best Albums of 2019

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The most compelling albums released this year include three Brits with vastly different sounds, a 17-year-old Angeleno and an elder statesman of the New York underground rap world. Almost all of them deal, in one way or another, with the current moment of global anxiety—whether directly protesting authority figures or offering an escape valve.



1

MAGDALENE

“Something in its most simple form is beautiful.”


FKA twigs

Electronic ·


2

When I Get Home

The visionary singer returns with an ode to her H-Town childhood.


Solange

R&B/Soul ·


3

U.F.O.F.

On their third LP, the New York indie rockers marvel at the universe.


Big Thief

Alternative ·


4

Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Witty and psychedelic, Lana’s sixth LP is her strangest and strongest yet.


Lana Del Rey

Alternative ·


5

Hiding Places

A child’s game: funny and cruel, as brutal as a fairy tale.


Billy Woods

Hip-Hop/Rap ·