Greetings once again, Afterworders. It’s that time of year again. Time for the platters that mattered, the songs that were strong, the tunes that made me swoon, the tracks that weren’t cack, and the CDs that were the bees’ knees. Yes, indeed, the hugely anticipated duco01 60 Favourite New Albums of 2019 list finally makes landfall.
You will remember, I’m sure, that my Favourite New Albums of 2018 chart contained a mere 40 albums. Well, 2019 must have been a bumper year, because I seem to have come up with a 60-album chart this time. Having said that, the ones lurking in the lower reaches of the charts only receive rather lukewarm recommendations.
Like anyone, I suppose, I tend to move chiefly within the safe zones of music that I know I’ll probably go for: low-key jazz, early music, American primitive guitar, 1970s roots reggae, the ambient genres, modern chamber music, English, Scottish & Irish folk, dub, a small dose of Americana, West African acoustic music, solo piano, and judiciously chosen singer/songwriter stuff. It’s more than enough to be getting along with.
In the time-honoured fashion, we count down from number 60, with the first batch of albums ending at no.41.