Beau Brady of Excuse Me shares his 10 favorite albums of 2019:
10. Clams Casino - Moon Trip Radio
Surprise announced at the end of October and released weeks later, Clams Casino returns to his instrumental roots with an album that would make any long time fan (this guy) extremely happy.
9. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
I was lucky enough to give this album a listen before I fully comprehended Billie Eilish’s meteoric rise to superstardom this year. In a vacuum, it’s a dynamic debut album from a unique voice. In hindsight, this album has been pure rocket fuel that should help keep her a massive figure in music for years to come.
8. Chromatics - Closer to Grey
It’s not the long awaited Dear Tommy, but it’s much better than nothing after the seven year lull since the flawless Kill For Love.
7. Thom Yorke - ANIMA
Combined with the Paul Thomas Anderson directed video treatment, ANIMA instantly became Thom Yorke’s most cherished solo album.
6. Flying Lotus - Flamagra
All you need to do is see who showed up on this album (Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange) to know Flamagra was worth the five year wait.
5. DIIV - Deceiver
DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith checked into rehab after 2016’s Is The Is Are. The results are on full display with this year’s Deceiver. It showcases a band that’s more focused and stronger than ever.
4. Lana Del Rey - Norman F****** Rockwell!
Lana Del Rey released a lot of albums this decade. There’s a reason her newest album arrived at the end of the decade with an exclamation mark. Just when I thought she was out of gas, she releases her strongest album since her debut.
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
This massive double album tackles the tragic and untimely death of Nick Cave’s son. With hardly any percussion throughout, Nick cuts open his heart and shows us why he’s one of the greatest lyricists on the planet.
2. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe
In a fair world, Nilüfer Yanya would be as famous as Billie Eilish if that distinction was based on the strength of their debut albums alone. The amount of hits on Miss Universe is staggering. Centered around a fictitious self-help program, the album is conceptually designed to make you feel better and experience… paradise.
1. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
I never listened to David Berman’s previous band Silver Jews, so I was floored by his poetic lyrics tackling depression and sadness in an upbeat fashion. It was a tough record to reconcile given the grim lyrics. It became even harder when David Berman hung himself weeks after this album’s release. Purple Mountains now stands as his last message to the world that will hopefully comfort those in dark places in their lives and know they are not alone.