Saturday, December 21, 2019

the Top Ten Pop Albums OF 2019

It's that time of year again, to sort through the top 10 albums of all the respective genres, then use them, to compile the top 10 albums of the year. Later in the month I am making the top 10 lists for the decade, though to be blunt this is the decade's weakest year for music; Especially when it comes to new artists. This only one on this list and I am including hip hop on this list as well, since well it's pop. I am giving a brief explanation as to why these albums stand over their peers in lower positions on the list. The very fact these bands made it on the list speaks to how great these albums are so it's not a slight that the number 8 album is above the 9th album, there is something that just gives it an edge that makes me want to listen to it more

. After all we can try to look cool and pick the hippest albums for a list, but at the end of the day what makes an album the best is that it makes you want more, you look forward to listening to it again. Sure you can bitch and complain about your favorite band not being on the list. However I listen to five new albums a day so yes I heard your favorite album and was not impressed. No, I do not care what you think about it.;I do hope you can find your next favorite on this list.In most cases there are links to reviews of these albums if you want to check out audio on these guys. Some albums I did not review. Anyways here are the top 10 Pop albums of 2019.

10-Young Thug- "So Much Fun" 

 He peaked with "Beautiful Thugger Girls " and has yet to return to those heights. This is at least pointing him back in the right direction. This is lyrically non-sense, and production wise falls in line with his peers. Doesn't have any bad songs, but not all of them are created equal. There are however moments like "Light it Up" , "Bad, Bad, Bad" and "the London" that make this worth while.

9-Future - "Save me" 

Either he has learned from Post Malone that emotion sells, or this is a man who is approaching his bottom in a drug addled breakdown. Lyrically and musically this is surreal and desperate in it's dark pleading which is what is gives this edge over Young Thug, The show stoppers are "Please Tell Me", "Xanax Damage" & "Government Official".

8-Gucci Mane-"Delusions of Grandeur"

Gucci got sober and now he is into jewelry. Lyrically even with this masturbatory ego parade he is still bringing more depth than his other ATL peers at the top of the game. He also has more coherent songs . The best being "Love Thru the Computer" , "Bottom" and "Lame" 

7-Doja Cat-"Amala" 

This album grew on me. It has hooks not far removed from what Rhianna does though she is not shooting for the same level of commercial appeal here and more content doing her thing.  The more you listen to this you hear how refined her songs are putting it over the trap rap beneath it. The best of the bunch here is "Go to Town", "Juicy" and "Game"

6-Post-Malone- "Hollywood's Bleeding" 

The songs are not as sharp as those on "Beerbongs & Bentleys" . The Ozzy duet is the strongest moment. This is not dialed in, but the inspiration did not flow with the bigger buget and more studio time to screw around with. This is a more atmospheric album. His sense of hooks is just  more polished than Doja Cat. The strongest songs are "Take What You Want", "Saint Tropez"  and "Circles" .

5-Snoop Dogg- "I  Wanna Thank Me" 

The Dogg Father is back . This time he is honoring the past while staying current in the future sounds of hip-hop.  This album hit me harder the first listen . Since it has not been something I find myself wearing out, but these songs are pretty sure of where they are going. The best of the bunch are "I've Been Looking For You ",  'Do it When I'm In It" & "Ventilation"

4- Issues-Beautiful Oblivion

This album really grew on me thanks to their smart song writing skills. The fact they are not metal did not bother me after the `10th time I hit repeat on some these songs, Musically superior to Snoop's new one in every way.Pop music with real instruments. Who would have thunk it.  They show this best on "Drink About " , "Tappin Out" and :" Without You"

3- Taylor Swift- "Lover" 

This one has grown on me where her other albums connected the first listen. She is back to playing real instruments. This is not to say this is going back to her country roots, but it mixes the two pretty well. This range covers more ground better than what Issues does. The strongest songs are some of the singles "You Need to Calm Down" , "Lover" and "Death By a Thousand Cuts".


2- Bleached-"Don't You Think You've Had Enough"

This is the most organic album on this list. It has even more rock tendencies than Issues. These gals came out of the indie punk scene and evolved into this. This is catchy and was a tough call between this one and the album in the number two spot when it came down to songs I obsessively listened to this got the number two spot, it has more heart than "Lover" the best moments are "Hard to Kill" , "Valley to La"  and "Silly Girl"

 1- Miley Cyrus- "She is Coming" 

The only draw back to this album is the fact the Ashley O  song was not on this. This was supposed to be one of three mini albums that was coming out.The "Slide Away single dropped then her music got hi jacked by the drama of her personal life. This could be the last token of what a song writer she is. Her role on "Black Mirror" gave a slight glimpse of what she might look like as a serious when showing the other side to her alter ego. These songs are dark and introspective questions regarding the fall out of Hollywood partings which is her at her most honest. This combined with the infectious nature of these songs elevates her to this place.  The song's "Mother's Daughter", "Unholy" and "D.R.E.A.M"  prove this point.

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