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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.



6

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

“This is my child, and you get to hold it while it throws up on you.”


Billie Eilish

Alternative ·


7

i,i

“I got really into acid and the Dead.” Behind the scenes of album four.


Bon Iver

Alternative ·


8

Cheap Queen

Soulful, pensive pop songs about identity, sexuality, and young love.


King Princess

Pop ·


9

Turn to Clear View

Panoramic beats and tones from the London jazz keyboard phenom.


Joe Armon-Jones

Jazz ·


10

Assume Form

The auteur breaks down features from Travis Scott, André 3000, and more.


James Blake

Electronic ·