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Allmusic 2019

Year In Review

Lizzo stormed the world's hearts and playlists in 2019 with her breakthrough, 'Cuz I Love You,' while debuts from Steve Lacy, Los Coast, and Devin Morrison sat nicely alongside albums from established R&B figures like Raphael Saadiq, Lee Fields, and P.P. Arnold.

Allen Stone

Building Balance

The soulful vocalist's third album nicely draws inspiration from '70s soul and the '90s New Jack Swing sound.

Anderson .Paak

Ventura

The Grammy winner's most concentrated and R&B-oriented album yet, recorded at the same time as 2018's Oxnard.

Carlton Jumel Smith

1634 Lexington Avenue

The veteran Harlem singer and songwriter hooks up with Helsinki's premier soul outfit Cold Diamond & Mink on his Timmion debut.

Dawn Richard

New Breed

Showing no signs of artistic depletion after her expansive trilogy, the Danity Kane member delivers another round of authoritative progressive pop.

Devin Morrison

Bussin'

Thoroughly appealing debut from an R&B do-it-all with a novel aptitude for refashioning various late-'80s and '90s modes.

Jamila Woods

LEGACY! LEGACY!

A galvanizing declaration of pride, support, and discontent from the poet and modern R&B singer/songwriter.

Lee Fields / Lee Fields & the Expressions

It Rains Love

The veteran soul singer hits a sweet spot between gritty funk and quiet storm passion on this master class in modern soul.

Lizzo

Cuz I Love You

The boundary-breaking artist's major-label debut is a triumphant showcase for every part of her talent, physicality, and sexuality.

Los Coast

Samsara

The debut of the eclectic Austin-based combo delivers a hip-shaking amalgam of pop, soul, R&B, funk, gospel, and psychedelic rock.

Mahalia

LOVE AND COMPROMISE

The all-caps title is the only unfortunate attribute of this breezy and fun set of modern hip-hop soul.

Mavis Staples

Live in London

The gospel and soul legend celebrates her 79th birthday and shines throughout a set drawn primarily from her 2010-2017 albums.

Michael Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka

On his third long-player, the British singer/songwriter comes into his own in a collection of bracing, affirmative, psychedelic soul tunes.

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse

The vintage R&B scholar's fourth album contains some of his sharpest writing and most energizing performances.

P.P. Arnold

The New Adventures Of...

Expansive and fully energized return from the underappreciated pop-soul singer, produced with love by Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Cradock.

Rahsaan Patterson

Heroes & Gods

The veteran R&B artist's sixth album contains several of his best originals and a fine Luther Vandross cover.

Raphael Saadiq

Jimmy Lee

The R&B giant breaks from background work to make the most riveting and autobiographical LP of his career.

Sault

5

Potent mix of psychedelic soul, Afro-beat, funk, and post-punk from figures behind 2010s triumphs by the likes of Michael Kiwanuka and Little Simz.

Shafiq Husayn

The Loop

Nearly a decade in the making, a set of uplifting and progressive R&B made with Erykah Badu, Bilal, Thundercat, and Anderson .Paak, among dozens more.

Solange

When I Get Home

The singer and songwriter follows her deeply pained, chart-topping third album with a luxuriant joy ride.

Steve Lacy

Apollo XXI

Brave and playful debut of the Grammy-nominated Internet member, who was on numerous Top Ten albums by his 21st birthday.

Sudan Archives

Athena

The Stones Throw violinist, singer, songwriter, and producer follows two EPs with an even richer first album.

Summer Walker

Over It

The rising R&B artist's first true album (following a mixtape) is another perceptive and unguarded set of slow jams and ballads.

Tank and the Bangas

Green Balloon

The seasoned R&B band's colorful and generous major-label debut, following their NPR Tiny Desk Contest victory.

Taylor McFerrin

Love's Last Chance

Casually affecting and more song-oriented second album from the R+R=Now member.

The O'Jays

The Last Word

The studio farewell from Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, and Eric Grant favorably emulates their '70s peak on Philadelphia International.

Velvet Negroni

Neon Brown

The project's haunting debut album delivers R&B at its moodiest and most experimental.

Zo!

FourFront

Lorenzo Ferguson's fourth Foreign Exchange LP freshly refines his first three, featuring new collaborators Devin Morrison and Madison McFerrin.

Tank and the Bangas