Editors' Choice for November, 2019

ATO
R&B
The soulful vocalist's third album nicely draws inspiration from '70s soul and the '90s New Jack Swing sound.
- Matt Collar
Rune Grammofon
The four-LP, double-disc box comprised of mostly unreleased archival material is a compelling, provocative entry in the artist's catalog.
- Thom Jurek
Accentus
Claudio Abbado's critically acclaimed live recordings of Bruckner's First and Ninth Symphonies are paired in this 2019 package from Accentus.
- Blair Sanderson
CUP
Northern Spy
Delightfully eccentric art-pop project from musical and marital partners Nels Cline (Wilco) and Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto).
- Timothy Monger
Tafelmusik Media
The first Tafelmusik album under new director Elisa Citterio suggests an exciting new direction.
- James Manheim
Fire Records
The first release from Jane Weaver's ambient pop project is an alternate soundtrack to the 1981 cult animation classic Fehérlófia.
- Paul Simpson
Young Turks
Musically wide-ranging and emotionally naked, Tahliah Barnett's breathtaking second album focuses on wounded yet resilient feminine energy.
- Heather Phares
ATO
A commanding and appealingly austere debut from this young Melbourne-based folk singer/songwriter.
- Timothy Monger
Capitol / Decca
On their first album in 14 years, Hootie & The Blowfish fuse their '90s sound with Darius Rucker's sunny country-pop.
Vivat
A superb survey of the elegy in the music of Purcell and Blow, culminating in Blow's ode on Purcell's death.
- James Manheim
Verve
The bandleader's second album of joyous, soulful jazz recorded during his 2018 residency at the Village Vanguard.
- Matt Collar
Solitaire Recordings
The indie rock and singer/songwriter debut of a one-time jazz phenom presents a songwriter fully formed.
- Marcy Donelson
Brainfeeder
Lapalux follows the excellent Ruinism with an equally ambitious, complex album about the fluid, perpetual cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
- Paul Simpson
SME
Luke Combs doubles down on his straight-ahead '90s country revival.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
6131 Records
The Long Island combo fuses technically impressive chops with warm-hearted, melodic indie rock on their charming debut.
- Timothy Monger
BR Klassik
Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra deliver a satisfying performance of Mahler's popular Symphony No. 1.
- Blair Sanderson
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Long-running acid folk songwriter goes off the deep end with this fried, funky, and blissfully damaged album.
- Fred Thomas
Interscope
R&B
On his third long-player, the British singer/songwriter comes into his own in a collection of bracing, affirmative, psychedelic soul tunes.
- Thom Jurek
Sony Music
Miranda Lambert freshens her sound with the playful Wildcard.
Chandos
A fresh group of works by women composers, likely only sparsely known even among those specializing in the repertory.
- James Manheim
Sub Pop
The band's third album, and first for Sub Pop, is tighter, more focused, and more melodic, making it their most compelling yet.
Tapete Records
The former Weather Prophet's third solo album recaptures some of that band's rollicking feel on a set of melancholy and comforting indie pop.
- Tim Sendra
Rad Cult
The Pennsylvania shoegaze group enlist close friend and frequent tourmate Tobacco to rough up their gauzy, panoramic sound.
- Paul Simpson
Stones Throw
R&B
The Stones Throw violinist, singer, songwriter, and producer follows two EPs with an even richer first album.
- Andy Kellman
Motéma Music
Showcasing her new band, the drummer offers many articulations of modern jazz as they intersect with topical protest and pop culture.
- Thom Jurek
BMG / BMG Rights Management
The wild and wooly career of the punk pioneers turned goth icons, documented in 39 songs.
- Mark Deming
Anti-
The third set by the rural acoustic trio of Rwandan farmers pairs aching poignancy with themes of hope and beauty.
- Timothy Monger
Seattle Symphony
Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony perform works by Rued Langgaard and Richard Strauss, inspired by Nietzsche's Der Antichrist.
- Blair Sanderson
House Arrest
A surprisingly spacious yet intimate set of songs concludes Robert Alfons' cathartic third album.
- Heather Phares
Strut
Strut's compilation of latter-day sides by Detroit's iconic jazz collective offers a historic portrait of its continuing relevance and creativity.
- Thom Jurek
Drag City
On their fourth long-player, the international duo use dirges and folk ballads to explore the unknown.
- Thom Jurek