Jof's Albums Of The Year 2019
1. Girl Ray - Girl
Sean's got this theory that the best album by any band is always their first album. I mean, it's not really an actual theory as such - just something he randomly mumbles to people every now and then - but it's funny how often it's true. Orange Juice, The Strokes, Linkin Park!! All their best albums were their debuts. Not Girl Ray though!! Their second album is a pop masterpiece and it's even BETTER than their first album. A beautiful collection of Summery R&B pop bangers that sounds like a cross between Marine Girls and Ariana Grande and reminds me of everything I've ever loved about pop music.
2. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs
"Ohhhh we liked Thrush Metal, but we don't like thiiis" whined all the losers when this came out. "It's too poppy. We don't like jam with seeds in". SHUT UP YOU PATHETIC WET WIPES! Beware Of The Dogs is way better than Thrush Metal. Urgh. It reminds me of Kate Nash's masterpiece My Best Friend Is You. Stella Donnelly is hilarious and angry and sad and sounds like a character from Home And Away when she sings and I love her.
3. Miranda Lambert - Wildcard
Like the rest of you I was really worried when it was announced that Jay Joyce was on board as the producer of Miranda's seventh solo album. I know, I know. His style is perfectly suited to a pop country diva like Carrie Underwood, but we all remember what happened with Brandy Clark's Big Day In A Small Town. How would that glossy pop production sit with Miranda Lambert, the shit-talking, whiskey-drinking, pistol packing, puppy loving outlaw queen of Texas?! We didn't need to worry though did we guys. Miranda knows what she's doing. Has she ever let us down before?! Wild Card is solid country fucking gold. The best Miranda Lambert album yet.
4. Lana Del Rey - NFR!
It's a masterpiece. Lana Del Rey is my Bob Dylan.
5. The Highwomen - The Highwomen
It was a disappointing year for country records on the whole, but it was saved at the last by Miranda Lambert and The Highwomen, a fourth wave feminist country supergroup made up of Natalie Hemby, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile. Alex even thinks their regendered version of The Highwaymen is BETTER than the original!! And when has Peanut ever been wrong about anything?!
6. Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride
It's kind of like Sandanista or the White Album. A sprawling over ambitious mess that only a band as great as The Clash or The Beatles or Vampire Weekend could make. It's eighteen songs long and I wouldn't take a single song off it. Nope. Not even the one that sounds like Hocus Pocus by Focus. It's absolutely perfect as it is. The songs Ezra sings with Danielle from Haim are out of this world. If you don't love Vampire Weekend at their Father Of The Bride you don't deserve them at their Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.
7. Hannah Cohen - Welcome Home
My favourite moment of End Of The Road this year was when I dragged Liv and all her friends to see Hannah Cohen and Sam Evian on the tiny piano stage and it ended up being the best fifteen minutes of the whole weekend! It's smooth and effortless and creamy and reminds me of that time I lived in LA and spent the Summer drinking Butterscotch Coquitos and playing Battle Royale with Beachwood Sparks.
8. Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police
All of the hits and none of the Sting. Perfect.
9. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
I love Bright Eyes. And I love Phoebe Bridgers. So I double love this. That's maths!
10. Taylor Swift - Lover
Taylor Swift is back!! And she's in love and happy again. It's even got a Dixie Chicks duet on it so I'm calling it a RETURN TO COUNTRY. You Need To Calm Down, Lover and The Archer were all absolute bangers, but it was The Man that put the album into my Top Ten. SONG. OF. THE. YEAR!! Taylor Swift is a feminist issue. I even liked London Boy. Whatever.