There’s always new music releases out there that are worth our time; we just have to look—and listen. Unfortunately, some may slip through the cracks and we won’t allow them to go unnoticed.
Here are a few of those great albums released in August 2019 that are worth your time.
|North Carolina rapper Rapsody / Photo by: Coup d'Oreille via Wikimedia Commons|
1. Rapsody - Eve
In her third studio project, North Carolina-based rapper Rapsody doesn’t shy away from being so vocal about her admiration towards black female icons throughout history who inspired her to become the MC she is today. These include Nina Simone, Oprah Winfrey, Sojourner Truth, and Afeni Shakur. The result is a powerful 16-track album with a lot of personality and depth.
|Rock band Bon Iver / Photo by: Bruce via Flickr|
2. Bon Iver - i, i
Justin Vernon, the pioneer behind the musical act Bon Iver, has yet again showed how playful he can get with his lyrics while keeping the theatrics in his music intact. While all of that is nothing new to Bon Iver as “i, i” is already the band’s fourth studio album, it is still a refreshing journey around the folky-electronic world that Bon Iver establishes throughout the duration of the album.
|All-girl rock band Sleater-Kinney / Photo by: Tyler Craft via Wikimedia Commons|
3. Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won’t Hold
This three-act girl band is as abrasive as ever when it comes to projecting their anger towards the wrong norms in society. However, in their 9th studio album “The Center Won’t Hold,” they’re protesting with style with St. Vincent working the production from the background, which results in a musical undertaking that is as sexy as it is empowering.
|King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard rock band / Photo by: Paul Hudson via Flickr|
4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats’ Nest
There’s really no predicting King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard other than they’re really good at releasing more than one album a year that we couldn’t keep up with how many studio albums they’ve put out so far, only that “Infest the Rats’ Nest” is their second album this year after “Fishing for Fishies.” Releasing two albums in six months is no longer a surprise, but them paying homage to early-years thrash metal—and being good at that—certainly is.
|Lana del Rey / Photo by: Neon Tommy via Wikimedia Commons|
5. Lana del Rey - Norman F*ck*ng Rockwell
Lana del Rey is back and she doesn’t care how many F-bombs and other expletive words she can drop there. She’s definitely still making loads of bucks out of it, and we love her for it. How can we not, now that she appears more in touch with the present whilst keeping the baroque appeal that made her rise to the top in the first place?
|Boy band Brockhampton / Photo by: Nicolas Padovani via Wikimedia Commons|
6. BROCKHAMPTON - GINGER
The “best boy band since One Direction” is back with their fifth album since breaking out into the scene in 2017 with their banging Saturation trilogy. But those days are gone and the boys are more mature than ever. Fret not, though, as GINGER is an evolution to the band’s sound, pulling more heartstrings than they ever did in their last four albums. We can only hope they’re doing fine because this album made us cry a lot.
|Taylor Swift / Photo by: Ronald Woan via Flickr|
7. Taylor Swift - Lover
Perhaps the most anticipated record in the Billboard Top Charts of the entire list, Taylor Swift’s new album “Lover” is a fantastic return to form after diving into the dance-pop territory. Here, Swift is as vulnerable as she was in her earlier records but has grown wiser compared to her debut days.
What was your favorite album last month?