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Year End 2019

Music: 2019: A Year In Review

The best non-punk or metal of 2019 according to Dennis

1

Hania Rani

Esja (Gondwana Records)

This record was my go to record when I needed to calm myself down. It has exactly the right peaceful vibe you need every now and then. Basically a warm hug put to music. The great thing is that however peaceful the music is, it never goes dull.

2

Orville Peck

Pony (Sub Pop)

This is a truly fascinating piece of music. Effortlessly switching from country and americana to The Smiths to roots, while never forgetting what it is all about: great songs! The vocals raise it even more above it’s contemporaries. Highly recommended!

3

Frankie Lee

Stillwater (Loose)

This is the perfect record for late summer nights. Sitting outside with a cooled drink, enjoying the cool night. Mr Lee has the perfect voice and collected the perfect songs recording one of 2019’s highlights.

4

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse (Innovative Leisure Records)

Nick Waterhouse is an artist I have been following since his debut. I felt his second album was good, but a bit of a step down from his almost magical debut. His third album was a step up again, his fourth album, this one brings back the magic. I love his vibe here, which is laid back and upbeat all at once.

5

John Paul White

The Hurting Kind (Single Lock Records)

Once upon a time John Paul White was part of The Civil Wars together with Joy Williams. It hurt me a bit when they disbanded, what they did under that moniker was extremely well crafted and performed roots. This is his first solo album I like. He has to carry the torch alone, but shows he is more than capable of doing so. Joy Williams released a splendid album too by the way. Really good, but falling short of top five material.

- Dennis

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