2019 Albums of the Year

1Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

2Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Ghosteen

3Aldous Harding
Designer

4Weyes Blood
Titanic Rising

5American Football
LP 3

6Elbow
Giants Of All Sizes

7Jenny Lewis
On The Line

8Angel Olsen
All Mirrors

9Cate Le Bon
Reward

10Rose Elinor Dougall
A New Illusion

11Lana Del Rey
NFR!

12The National
I Am Easy To Find

13Big Thief
U.F.O.F.

14James Blake
Assume Form

15Jesca Hoop
Stonechild

16Damien Jurado
In The Shape Of A Storm

17Robert Forster
Inferno

18Richard Dawson
2020

19Modern Nature
How To Live

20Jay Som
Anak Ko

21Julia Kent
Temporal

22Deerhunter
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared

23Chuck Cleaver
Send Aid

24Edwyn Collins
Badbea

25Sleater-Kinney
The Center Won’t Hold

Album of the year was a difficult choice this year. The piece of music I listened to most this year was actually Descending Moonshine Dervishes by Terry Riley (from 1982). A single fifty minute plus piece of ambient drone-heavy organ music. It was my go to listen – particularly at night – for months across spring and summer.
I didn’t really listen in any focused way to this year’s releases until November – before that it was just listening to things on shuffle. I listened to so much music in such a short period of time that it got a little confusing. In the end though the Sharon Van Etten got the nod simply because I like more songs on it than anything else from 2019.

A significant change to my listening this year was caused by the gradual drying up of music worth buying at eMusic. Sadly after fifteen years my membership of the site ended on the last day of 2019 – even on my outrageous grandfathered deal I couldn’t justify it any more. It was a sad ending to an important part of my music listening/buying since 2004. I own more than 16,000 tracks bought from eMusic over my membership – it made a real impact on my music collection and tastes.

Author: Greig

Professional Librarian from Fife who likes books and music.