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Although we’re not even two months into 2019, this year has already proven fantastic for music. Artists ranging from household names to cult darlings have released albums as beloved by their listeners as by critics. Below, we’ve provided some interesting tidbits about the five albums released in 2019 that have the highest scores on Metacritic, which compiles critics’ reviews into one number between zero and 100 that represents a weighted average of these critics’ individual scores.
To qualify for this list, an album must have received at least 10 critic reviews. The album’s Metascore is listed in brackets to the right of its title.
Ariana Grande: thank u, next . Following her headline-dominating 2018, Ariana Grande has already released a new album. thank u, next features the titular smash hit, her most recent single “7 Rings,” and the late-2018 track “Imagine.” It’s Grande’s first release to not include featured artists, and it arrived two days before she won her first Grammy for 2018’s Sweetener.
Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow . Van Etten’s newest album is her first since 2014’s Are We There (which also achieved a Metascore of 86). Between that album and this one, she became somewhat more of a mainstream name thanks to her acting and singing on the Netflix series The OA. Comedian John Mulaney recently opened her New York tour date, which took place at Manhattan’s legendary Beacon Theatre.
Bring Me the Horizon, Amo . Amo is Bring Me the Horizon’s sixth release since it debuted in 2006 with its deathcore album Count Your Blessings. The band’s 2008 album Suicide Season proved its breakout; a full decade later, Bring Me the Horizon has a massive following, with 5.7 million Facebook likes.
The Twilight Sad, It Won’t Be Like This All the Time . The Twilight Sad’s newest album follows its 2014 release Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. It Won’t Be Like This All the Time has the highest Metascore of any Twilight Sad album, beating out Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave by four points.
For a full list of current releases sorted from highest to lowest Metascore, click here. Let us know in the comments which of these releases is your favorite!