From Carly Rae Jepsen and Lizzo to Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend and Billie Eilish, the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast takes a look taste of 2019’s best albums so far. Rob Sheffield, Brittany Spanos, and Jon Dolan join host Brian Hiatt to take a look at the year in music and share some personal picks.
Here’s the full list of albums mentioned on the episode: Lizzo’s ebullient breakthrough Cuz I Love You, Billie Eilish’s smash When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Sharon Van Etten’s synth-y detour Remind Me Tomorrow, Philadelphia punk band’s Mannequin Pussy’s turn toward songcraft on Patience, Carly Rae Jepsen’s strong Emotion follow-up Dedicated, indie-rocker Stef Chura’s hook-laden Midnight, Bruce Springsteen’s solo LP Western Stars, Priests’ politically charged The Seduction of Kansas, Stephen Malkmus’ electronic experiment Groove Denied, Tyler the Creator’s assured, melodic Igor, Jenny Lewis’ gorgeous On the Line, Solange’s atmospheric When I Get Home, Maren Morris’ super-eclectic Girl, and the self-titled debut by Better Oblivion Community Center (which teams Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers)
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