The Best Albums of 2019, #16

16. Lingua Ignota, Caligula (Profound Lore) Whenever I think of fellow men listening to the brutally, relentlessly confrontational feminist manifesto that is Kristin Hayter’s second album under her Lingua Ignota moniker, I cant help but default to a classic exchange on Friends where a character is trapped in a horrible one-woman show, with the woman […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #17

17. Louise Burns, Portraits (Light Organ) This past decade Louise Burns has steadily established herself as one of the better singer-songwriters in Western Canada. Sadly, when you’re one of the better singer-songwriters in Western Canada, it’s not exactly easy to get the tastemakers in Toronto to notice. It’s not fair that Burns should be tagged […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #18

18. Bat For Lashes, Lost Girls (Awal) It feels like a lifetime ago when I first reviewed Bat For Lashes first album in 2006 and when I was absolutely transfixed by Two Suns three years later. 2012’s The Haunted Man was strong, but I had trouble getting into The Bride in 2016. I was slowly […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #19

19. Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse) After deliberately distancing myself from “extreme metal” in 2016-2017, it was interesting to see what aspects of that music would click with me again. The last couple years have marked a triumphant, joyful return to death metal for me, especially the groovier, slower stuff reminiscent of Swedish bands like Unleashed and […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #20

20. Carly Rae Jepsen, Dedicated (604) At one point four years ago I was locked in a pretty darn intense discussion about Carly Rae Jepsen, insisting that Emotion was an indisputable classic pop album. At the time it felt like I was talking to a brick wall, but as this decade comes to a close, […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2019

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Abbath, Outstrider (Nuclear Blast) Splish splash, here comes Abbath! The lovable Norwegian metal icon put out his best work in ages on Outstrider, thanks in large part to a group of supporting musicians who play to the man’s strengths. I always consider Abbath to be closer to […]

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