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Allmusic 2019

Year In Review

Long-awaited returns by Hootie & the Blowfish, the Long Ryders, Redd Kross, and Josh Homme's Desert Sessions series served as welcome blasts from the past, while Charly Bliss, Big Eyes, and Amyl and the Sniffers injected some youthful energy into the rock world.

Amyl and the Sniffers

Amyl and the Sniffers

A riotous debut from the Australian punks that is fit for the thrills of a sweat-and-beer-covered bar brawl.

Big Eyes

Streets of the Lost

The group's dual guitar attack reaches its full potential here, making them sound like a bantamweight Thin Lizzy with Joan Jett on vocals.

Bob Mould

Sunshine Rock

A thundering tsunami of guitars and drums accompanies a passionate emotional inventory from the alternative rock icon.

Brittany Howard

Jaime

On her solo debut, the Alabama Shakes singer revisits her past through a funky, adventurous prism.

Bruce Springsteen

Western Stars

A beguiling evocation of the hippie twilight of the early 1970s.

Charly Bliss

Young Enough

The '90s grunge-pop disciples outshine their promising debut with a sleeker follow-up that delivers a steady mix of earworms and angst.

Chris Shiflett

Hard Lessons

Chris Shiflett revs up the heartland rock on Hard Lessons.

Claypool Lennon Delirium

South of Reality

On their second album, the Claypool Lennon Delirium continue to expand their horizons.

Coldplay

Everyday Life

This globe-trotting double album finds the band confronting society's ills with optimism and hope.

Desert Sessions

Desert Sessions, Vols. 11 & 12

The first Desert Sessions album in 16 years is a surprisingly bright, playful, and concise affair.

Duff McKagan

Tenderness

On his third solo album, the iconic Guns N' Roses affiliate unexpectedly turns towards socially conscious country rock.

Hootie & the Blowfish

Imperfect Circle

On their first album in 14 years, Hootie & the Blowfish fuse their '90s sound with Darius Rucker's sunny country-pop.

Jeff Whalen

10 More Rock Super Hits

Hooky, ridiculously fun power pop from the former leader of the under-appreciated 2000s band Tsar.

Jenny Lewis

On the Line

A hazy, late-night counterpart to its shiny predecessor, The Voyager.

Jimmy Eat World

Surviving

A late-career peak, the Arizona quartet approaches middle age by maturing their emo-rock sound.

Juliana Hatfield

Weird

A barbed ode to the joys of being a weird recluse.

Lukas Nelson / Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Turn Off the News, Build a Garden

A bright, optimistic Americana album that functions as a tonic in a troubled times.

Mikal Cronin

Seeker

The singer/songwriter's impressively huge-sounding and inventively arranged fourth album finds him fully playing the part of a classic rock troubadour.

Mini Mansions

Guy Walks into a Bar...

On the band's third album, the highs and lows of a whirlwind romance add depth to their fizzy fusion of glam, new wave, and disco.

Nick Cave / Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Ghosteen

Eloquent and atmospheric, this song cycle rooted in grief, family, and regret is a spare but remarkable work of art.

Olivia Jean

Night Owl

A clever, giddy blast of stylish garage pop.

Redd Kross

Beyond the Door

Their first album of new material in 20 years doesn't miss a trick and delivers the hard rock bubblegum thrills in established Redd Kross style.

Rival Sons

Feral Roots

Feral Roots showcases the band's versatility in both songcraft and execution, a feat all the more impressive by their recording live in the studio.

Sheer Mag

A Distant Call

A rousing and heartfelt set of songs that make you want to roll the windows down, light up a smoke, and pound the dashboard in agreement.

Sum 41

Order in Decline

The band's intensely political seventh set is an evolution in sound and lyrical maturity for the Canadian punks.

The Black Keys

Let's Rock

The Black Keys reconvene for a colorful album that sounds like a fantasy jukebox.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood / Chris Robinson

Servants of the Sun

The CRB best funky mid-'70s Grateful Dead with this buoyant album.

The Gotobeds

Debt Begins at 30

A big roster of indie rock guests have made these Pittsburgh noise rockers leaner, harder, and crankier than ever.

The Long Ryders

Psychedelic Country Soul

The first studio album since 1987 from the Paisley Underground heroes is subtle, but as smart, passionate, and heartfelt as ever.

The Minus 5

Stroke Manor

A sometimes dark but always fascinating album written by leader Scott McCaughey in the wake of a major stroke.

The Raconteurs

Help Us Stranger

The Raconteurs enliven classic rock and pop forms on this lively, satisfying album.

The Regrettes

How Do You Love?

The Regrettes sharpen their focus with a a song cycle about a love affair.

The Who

Who

The Who grapple with aging and the chaos of the modern world in this surprisingly lively album.

The Yawpers

Human Question

Third album from the Colorado roots rock trio documents them at their taut, fiery, and passionate best.

Thee Oh Sees

Face Stabber

A wildly expansive album that finds the band pushing their psychedelic formula even further out without breaking it even a little.

Weezer

Weezer [Black Album]

Weezer teams up with producer Dave Sitek for a slick, stylish collection of catchy hooks and catchphrases.

White Reaper

You Deserve Love

The band dive deeper into '80s album rock and radio pop on this joyous slice of carefree good-time music.

Wild Billy Childish & CTMF / CTMF

Last Punk Standing...

The band's sixth album adds a bit of psychedelia to their sound, but it remains as reliably raw and punk as any Billy Childish project.

Amyl and the Sniffers