Continuous Music’s Best Albums of 2019.
As we come to the years close, it’s a great time to go back have a look at some truly (in our opinion), stand out albums. It’s been a year of outstanding debuts, as well as albums released by some of the greats of the recording industry.
To list two outstanding debuts:
Brittany Howard’s album ‘Jaime’ sees Alabama Shakes frontwoman step out and hits us straight between the eyes with a mix of country, gospel, soul and rock – all with a kind of psychedelic soundscape.
Originally from Zambia, Sampa Tempo, aka Sampa The Great, released ‘The Return’ to much acclaim. This girl is quickly becoming the next big Australian export. Picking up an ARIA award for ‘Best Hip-Hop Release’, she is the first woman of colour to do so.
Big mentions to:
Amyl & The Sniffers self-titled debut. All I can say is – PLAY IT LOUD! This band is killing it overseas.
Also releasing her second album is Julia Jacklin with ‘Crushing’, proving that she is really one of Australia’s best songwriters. It’s an album of pop hooks and alt-country. As The Independent said, its a “masterclass in narrative songwriting”. Five stars.
The fourth album from Weyes Blood titled ‘Titanic Rising’ is impossible to categorise. This album is topping most of the critic’s polls this year and for good reason. It’s intriguing and changes on you before you know it. Pitchfork said, “Titanic Rising is vintage sounding music for people who don’t want to live in the past”. Great news: Weyes Blood will be at the Farmer & The Owl Festival in Wollongong in February 2020.
But really, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds released an album, unlike anything Nick Cave has ever made in his nearly 40 years of making music. ‘Ghosteen’ is about loss – the loss of his teenage boy and how he will now deal with eternal loss. This is essential not just for Nick Cave fans, but for any record collection.
Special shout outs to:
- Bruce Springsteen and his fabulous 19th album “Western Stars’
- Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’
- The National’s ‘I Am Easy To Find’
- Angel Olsen’s “All Mirrors.
- Purple Mountain’s ‘Purple Mountains’
It was a great year for music indeed!