Tomorrow, our review of 2019 begins. Musically, it's been a year of splendid highs and some utterly devastating lows (the deaths of Scott Walker, Mark Hollis, David Berman and Kim Shattock). Throughout it all though, we somehow found beautiful and life affirming music to make such a toxic and dispiriting year bearable.
Over the next week we will unveil our list of our twenty favourite albums of 2019. Along the way we'll also reveal our favourite single, live act, video, re-release, the act that we're delighted to have discovered and the one person we've nominated as our Artist of the Year.
Before we run through the list, here are eleven albums from 30 - 21 that we felt were worthy of a mention:
30 - Psychodrama - Dave
29. There Will Be No Intermission - Amanda Palmer
28. Nothing Great About Britain - slowthai
27. Flamagra - Flying Lotus
26. Stubborn Heart - Ratso / Norman Fucking Rockwell - Lana Del Ray
25. To Believe - The Cinematic Orchestra
24. Stunning Luxury - Snapped Ankles
23. Ghosteen - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
22. Jaime - Brittany Howard
21. Athena - Sudan Archives
#16 Sudan Archives - She who wears those shoes while playing the fiddle holds the crown, Gloriously...
Jason Lewis is a Birmingham based music, movie and arts obsessive. Jason's encyclopedic knowledge of 80s/90s Arts films is a debt to his embedded status in the Triangle Arts Centre trenches back then.