I'd totally forgotten about this annual tradition until @VersusEvil reminded me earlier today, while at the same time telling me he didn't want to do it (lazy git). So I'll make the thread this year.
Share your favourite albums and/or music tracks of 2019 below.
Only two stand-out albums for me this year. While quite a few artists I listen to released new albums, most of them were very lacklustre (in this camp are blink-182's Nine, KoRn's The Nothing, Bat for Lashes' Lost Girls, Keep Shelly in Athens' 9 Years, and Marina's Love). That only left me with three great albums for 2019. These were:
3rd - K. Flay, Solutions.
Given that K. Flay delves into genres I loathe (rap, hip-hop), it's somewhat surprising I like any of her music. But I do like quite a bit of her recent work, including about half of her 2019 album Solutions. The best track on the album for me is Bad Vibes, which combines her obvious love of hip-hop and rap with rock music and lyrics that are actually comprehensible.
2nd - Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind.
Talking of comprehensible vocals - Slipknot. This one was a surprise for me. I like a few metal bands, but I've never been able to get into Slipknot, despite the band being one of the biggest influences on friends of mine when I was a teenager. Mostly because it's hard to make out the lyrics amongst the screaming and what I find to be very generic-sounding (although no doubt very difficult to play) metal guitar riffs. The only song I really liked from Slipknot before this album was Spit It Out and that's about where my appreciation for the band began and ended. Until this year, because when We Are Not Your Kind was making headlines for topping various charts and I decided to give it and the band another shot.
To start with I only liked the track Critical Darling (clever play on words btw), but I kept listening to the album and other tracks began to stand out - Neo Forte, Red Flag, Unsainted, and Solway Firth. I'm still not a convert to Slipknot (have re-explored their other albums since but can't get into them, aside from an odd track here and there), but this album is one I can finally appreciate.
1st - Rammstein, Rammstein.
Easily the best album of 2019 for me, and it comes after a series of what I consider to be very weak Rammstein releases (Liebe Ist für Alle Da, Raritäten, Klavier). This year's self-titled release shows they can still make amazing tracks. The best from this album? Easily Zeig Dich, just from the sound alone, but when I eventually translated the lyrics it made me love it even more. It might be my favourite Rammstein track of all time.
Puppe, Deutschland (the production values on the video - see below - are insane), and Was Ich Liebe are also great tracks. The rest of the pack isn't great imo but at least there aren't any bad songs (I'm pretty picky; even my favourite albums of all time have bad tracks).
Looking forward to seeing them next year as part of their arena tour. Will be pretty awesome and amusing to sing 'Deutschland, Deutschland über allen' along with ~70,000 fellow Brits.