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2019: So Far So Good

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2019 so far… Album releases & * ratings (see further on for fresh posts); thanks for pic by Casper Johansson
This is the selections of one person: MCS. I hope they can guide you into enjoying the most modern and innovative music today.
Click on group/artist in green and this will take you to their biography; the associated review paragraph is situated towards the end.
Note that I will try my best to review fresh albums ASAP; probably within a week and few days after the UK/US chart positions (Friday nights UK; and Tuesday afternoons US)
Remember to look through the other 2000 acts by clicking on the Q link and inserting the correct artist/group name. See below list of fresh portfolios.
Top 20:-
1. TOOL – Fear Inoculum {*9}
2. The FLAMING LIPS – King’s Mouth: Music And Songs {*9}
3. Sharon VAN ETTEN – Remind Me Tomorrow {*9}
4. The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights {*9}
5. FONTAINES D.C. – Dogrel {*8}
6. PANDA BEAR – Buoys {*8}
7. The NATIONAL – I Am Easy To Find {*8}
8. GUIDED BY VOICES – Zeppelin Over China {*8}
9. GUIDED BY VOICES – Warp And Woof {*8}
10. Billie EILISH – When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? {*8}
11. FOALS – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1 {*8}
12. Richard DAWSON – 2020 {*8}
13. THESE NEW PURITANS – Inside The Rose {*8}
14. TEMPLES – Hot Motion {*8}
15. The TWILIGHT SAD – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time {*8}
16. SLIPKNOT – We Are Not Your Kind {*8}
17. Joe JACKSON – Fool {*8}
18. HAWKWIND – All Aboard The Skylark {*8}
19. WHITE LIES – Five {*8}
20. TINDERSTICKS – No Treasure But Hope {*8}

A-Z artists (the others…)
AIRBOURNE – Boneshaker {*6}
(ALABAMA SHAKES‘) Brittany HOWARD – Jaime {*8}
The ALARM – Sigma {*6}
ALTER BRIDGE – Walk The Sky {*7}
Jon ANDERSON – 1000 Hands: Chapter One {*7}
The AVETT BROTHERS – Closer Than Together {*6}
Devendra BANHART – Ma {*8}
BASTILLE – Doom Days {*7}
BAT FOR LASHES – Lost Girls {*8}
BEIRUT – Gallipoli {*7}
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – Days Of The Bagnold Summer (soundtrack) {*7}
BIFFY CLYRO – Balance, Not Symmetry (soundtrack) {*8}
Andrew BIRD – My Finest Work Yet {*7}
The BLACK KEYS – Let’s Rock {*7}
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS – Underdog Heroes {*7}
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace {*6}
BLACK STONE CHERRY – Back To Blues, Vol.2 {*7}
James BLAKE – Assume Form {*7}
BLINK-182 – Nine {*5}
BLOC PARTY – Silent Alarm Live (live) {*6}
(BLOC PARTY‘s) KELE – 2042 {*7}
James BLUNT – Once Upon A Mind {*6}
BON IVER – i,i {*8}
Joe BONAMASSA – Live At The Sydney Opera House {*6}
BRING ME THE HORIZON – Amo {*7}
Ian BROWN – Ripples {*6}
CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Social Cues {*7}
CALEXICO AND IRON & WINE – Years To Burn {*7}
Lewis CAPALDI – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent {*8}
Eliza CARTHY – Restitute {*7}
Nick CAVE And The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen {*8}
Michael CHAPMAN – True North {*7}
CIRCA WAVES – What’s It Like Over There? {*7}
CITY AND COLOUR – A Pill For Loneliness {*6}
Gary CLARK Jr. – This Land {*8}
Lloyd COLE – Guesswork {*7}
Edwyn COLLINS – Badlea {*8}
(Alice COOPER off-cut) HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Rise {*6}
Alice COOPER – Breadcrumbs {*6}
The CRANBERRIES – In The End {*7}
(CREED’s) Scott STAPP – The Space Between The Shadows {*6}
Sheryl CROW – Threads {*7}
Cherie CURRIE & Brie Darling – The Motivator {*5}
Roger DALTREY – The Who’s Tommy Orchestral {*6}
The DARKNESS – Easter Is Cancelled {*7}
Miles DAVIS – Rubberband {*6}
DEERHUNTER – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? {*7}
Lana DEL REY – Norman Fucking Rockwell! {*8}
The DIVINE COMEDY – Office Politics {*7}
Peter DOHERTY & The Puta Madres – Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres {*7}
The DREAM SYNDICATE – These Times {*8}
DREAM THEATER – Distance Over Time {*8}
(EAGLES OF DEATH METAL affiliated) DESERT SESSIONS – Vol.11 & 12 {*7}
Steve EARLE & The Jukes – Guy {*7}
808 STATE – Transmission Suite {*7}
ELBOW – Giants Of All Sizes {*8}
Jeff Lynne’s ELO (aka ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA) – From Out Of Nowhere {*6}
(EVERCLEAR‘s) Art ALEXAKIS – Sun Songs {*7}
FKA twigs – Magdalene {*8}
FAT WHITE FAMILY – Serf’s Up! {*7}
FEEDER – Talulah {*6}
Sam FENDER – Hypersonic Missiles {*8}
FOALS – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2 {*8}
FOCUS – Focus 11 {*7}
Peter FRAMPTON Band – All Blues {*6}
Jon FRATELLI – Bright Night Flowers {*7}
Liam GALLAGHER – Why Me? Why Not. {*7}
GANG OF FOUR – Happy Now {*6}
Howe GELB – Gathered {*6}
Thea GILMORE – Small World Turning {*7}
GONG – The Universe Also Collapses {*7}
GOO GOO DOLLS – Miracle Pill {*6}
(GRANDADDY‘s) Jason LYTLE – Arthur King Presents Jason Lytle: Nylon And Juno {*6}
David GRAY – Gold In A Brass Age {*7}
Steve HACKETT – At The Edge Of Light {*8}
Peter HAMMILL – Not Yet Not Now (live) {*6}
PJ HARVEY – All About Eve (soundtrack) {*6}
Richard HAWLEY – Further {*8}
Peter HOOK – New Order’s Technique & Republic {*6}
Jesca HOOP – Stonechild {*7}
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH – Imperfect Circle {*6}
HOT CHIP – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy {*7}
HOZIER – Wasteland, Baby! {*7}
IDLEWILD – Interview Music {*7}
(JANE’S ADDICTION’s) Perry FARRELL – Kind Heaven {*6}
JIMMY EAT WORLD – Surviving {*7}
Rickie Lee JONES – Kicks {*6}
Damien JURADO – In The Shape Of The Storm {*7}
KAISER CHIEFS – Duck {*6}
KEANE – Cause And Effect {*6}
Dermot KENNEDY – Without Fear {*7}
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Atonement {*7}
KORN – The Nothing {*8}
(Mark KOZELEK’s) SUN KIL MOON – I Also Want To Die In New Orleans {*6}
Mark KOZELEK with PETRA HADEN – Joey Always Smiled {*4}
L7 – Scatter The Rats {*6}
LACUNA COIL – Black Anima {*6}
LAMBCHOP – This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You) {*6}
Mark LANEGAN Band – Somebody’s Knocking {*8}
Jamie LAWSON – The Years In Between {*6}
Cate LE BON – Reward {*8}
The LEMONHEADS – Varshons II {*6}
LIGHTNING DUST – Spectre {*7}
Nils LOFGREN – Blue With Lou {*7}
The LONG RYDERS – Psychedelic Country Soul {*7}
The LUMINEERS – III {*7}
MADONNA – Madame X {*7}
Stephen MALKMUS – Groove Denied {*7}
MARINA – Love + Fear {*7}
Steve MASON – About The Light {*7}
John MAYALL – Nobody Told Me {*7}
MEAT PUPPETS – Dusty Notes {*7}
MERCURY REV – Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweet Revisited {*6}
Keb’ MO’ – Oklahoma {*7}
MOBY – Long Ambients 2 {*5}
Aidan MOFFAT & RM HUBBERT – What The Night Bestows Us (live) {*6}
Eddie MONEY – Brand New Day {*5}
The MONOCHROME SET – Fabula Mendax {*8}
James MORRISON – You’re Stronger Than You Know {*7}
Van MORRISON – Three Chords & The Truth {*7}
MORRISSEY – California Son {*7}
Bob MOULD – Sunshine Rock {*7}
The MOUNTAIN GOATS – In League With Dragons {*7}
Marissa NADLER – Droneflower {*7}
NEW MODEL ARMY – From Here {*8}
NEW ORDER – ∑ (No,12k,Lg,17Mif) So It Goes… (live) {*7}
Willie NELSON – Ride Me Back Home {*6}
OF MONSTERS AND MEN – Fever Dream {*7}
(Will OLDHAM‘s) BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, BRYCE DESSNER, EIGHTH BACKBIRD – When We Are Inhuman {*6}
(Will OLDHAM‘s) BONNIE PRINCE BILLY – I Made A Place {*7}
Angel OLSEN – All Mirrors {*8}
(The ONLY ONES’) Peter PERRETT – Humanworld {*7}
OPETH – In Cauda Venenum {*7}
PAPA ROACH – Who Do You Trust? {*6}
Alan PARSONS – The Secret {*6}
PASSENGER – Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All {*6}
PERE UBU – The Long Goodbye {*7}
P!NK – Hurts 2B Human {*6}
PIXIES – Beneath The Eyrie {*8}
Iggy POP – Free {*7}
(PORTISHEAD’s) Beth GIBBONS – Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No.3… {*7}
Jessica PRATT – Quiet Signs {*7}
(PRETENDERS‘) Chrissie HYNDE – Valve Bone Woe {*6}
QUEENSRYCHE – The Verdict {*8}
RAMMSTEIN – Rammstein {*8}
Gruff RHYS – Pang! {*7}
RIDE – This Is Not A Safe Place {*8}
Freya RIDINGS – Freya Ridings {*7}
RIVAL SONS – Feral Roots {*8}
Alasdair ROBERTS – The Fiery Margin {*7}
Robbie ROBERTSON – Sinematic {*7}
RUNRIG – The Last Dance (Farewell Concert) {*7}
Kate RUSBY – Philosophers, Poets & Kings {*7}
SANTANA – Africa Speaks {*7}
Jack SAVORETTI – Singing To Strangers {*6}
SAVOY BROWN – City Night {*7}
SAXON – The Eagles Has Landed 40 Live {*7}
Leo SAYER – Selfie {*4}
The SCRIPT – Sunsets & Full Moons {*4}
SEBADOH – Act Surprised {*7}
Ed SHEERAN – No.6 Collaborations Project {*6}
The SHERLOCKS – Under Your Sky {*6}
SIMPLE MINDS – Live In The City Of Angels {*8}
SIMPLY RED – Blue Eyed Soul {*5}
Sturgill SIMPSON – Sound & Fury {*7}
(SILVER JEWS off-shoot) PURPLE MOUNTAINS – Purple Mountains {*8}
SLEAFORD MODS – Eton Alive {*7}
SLEATER-KINNEY – The Center Won’t Hold {*7}
SLEEPER – The Modern Age {*7}
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – How It Feels To Be Lost {*6}
(SLOWDIVE off-shoot) The SOFT CAVALRY – The Soft Cavalry {*7}
(SMOG’s) Bill CALLAHAN – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest {*8}
SNOOP DOGG – I Wanna Thank Me {*7}
SNOW PATROL – Reworked {*5}
SOAK – Grim Town {*7}
SOFT CELL – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (live) {*8}
SON VOLT – Union {*7}
(SONIC YOUTH‘s) KIM GORDON – No Home Record {*7}
SOUNDGARDEN – Live From The Artists Den (live) {*7}
The SPECIALS – Encore {*8}
Bruce SPRINGSTEEN – Western Stars {*7}
Bruce SPRINGSTEEN – Western Stars: Songs From The Film {*6}
Ringo STARR – Why’s My Name {*6}
(STARSAILOR’s) James WALSH – Tiger On The Bridge {*7}
STATUS QUO – Backbone {*6}
STEELEYE SPAN – Est’d 1969 {*7}
STEREOPHONICS – Kind {*7}
STING – My Songs {*5}
(The STROKES‘ offshoot) CRX – Peek {*6}
SUM 41 – Order In Decline {*8}
SWANS – LEAVING MEANING. {*7}
SWERVEDRIVER – Future Ruins {*7}
(TALK TALK’s) RUSTIN MAN – Drift Code {*8}
The TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream {*8}
THIRD EYE BLIND – Screamer {*5}
THUNDER – Please Remain Seated {*7}
Robin TROWER – Coming Closer To The Day {*7}
Frank TURNER – No Man’s Land {*7}
Nik TURNER – The Final Frontier {*7}
Jeff TWEEDY – Warmer {*6}
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – False Alarm {*7}
UB40 – For The Many {*6}
U.K. SUBS – Subversions II {*6}
UNDERWORLD – Drift (episodes 1-5)… {*8}
The UNTHANKS – Lines: Parts One, Two & Three {*7}
VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Father Of The Bride {*8}
VANGELIS – Nocturne: The Piano Album {*6}
VIOLENT FEMMES – Hotel Last Resort {*7}
Tom WALKER – What A Time To Be Alive {*7}
The WATERBOYS – Where The Action Is {*7}
Jane WEAVER – Loops In The Secret Society {*7}
The WEDDING PRESENT – Live 2017 (Part 2) (live) {*6}
WEEZER – Weezer “Teal Album” {*4}
WEEZER – Weezer “Black Album” {*7}
Paul WELLER – Other Aspects: Live At The Royal Festival Hall {*7}
Kanye WEST – Jesus Is King {*5}
(Jack WHITE’s) The RACONTEURS – Help Us Stranger {*8}
WHITE DENIM – Side Effects {*7}
WHITESNAKE – Flesh & Blood {*7}
WILCO – Ode To Joy {*7}
(YEAH YEAH YEAH’s) Karen O – Lux Prima {*8}
YES – 50 Live (live) {*7}
Thom YORKE – Anima {*7}
James YORKSTON – The Route To The Harmonium {*8}
Jesse Colin YOUNG – Dreamers {*7}
Neil YOUNG & Crazy Horse – Colorado {*7}

Stop Press: new portfolios from July 2019 onwards:-
A.R. & MACHINES
ABACUS
ACHE
AGITATION FREE
AHORA MAZDA
ALQUIN
AME SON
AREA
BADLY DRAWN BOY
BANGLES
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
Mike BLOOMFIELD
The BLUES PROJECT
Jacques BREL
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ
Sandy BULL
Paul BUTTERFIELD
Lewis CAPALDI
CAST
CHICKEN SHACK
Gerry CINNAMON
CIRCA WAVES
Gary CLARK Jr.
COLOSSEUM
Betty DAVIS
DOVES
The DREAM SYNDICATE
808 STATE
Billie EILISH
The ELECTRIC FLAG
EVERLAST
FKA twigs
Georgie FAME
Sam FENDER
FEVER TREE
The FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
FOGHAT
FONTAINES D.C.
The FREE DESIGN
Serge GAINSBOURG
The GO-GO’S
GOMEZ
GRANDADDY
GREEN ON RED
GREENSLADE
Tom GRENNAN
GRIZZLY BEAR
Buddy GUY
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH
HOUSE OF PAIN
ICE CUBE
ICE-T
IDLES
Joe JACKSON
JAMIROQUAI
JAY-Z
Dermot KENNEDY
KLAXONS
KOOL & THE GANG
Al KOOPER
Kris KRISTOFFERSON
L7
LACUNA COIL
LIGHTNING DUST
LIVE
The LONG RYDERS
Nick LOWE
John MILES
MINISTRY
MOBY
MOBY GRAPE
Eddie MONEY
James MORRISON
MUD
MUNGO JERRY
Willie NELSON
The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
OPETH
Gilbert O’SULLIVAN
P!NK
PINK FAIRIES
POCO
Alan PRICE
Maddy PRIOR
RAG’N’BONE MAN
The RAIN PARADE
The RAPTURE
Chris REA
Freya RIDINGS
Minnie RIPERTON
RIVAL SONS
RUFUS / RUFUS featuring CHAKA KHAN
SAVOY BROWN
Leo SAYER
The SCRIPT
The SHERLOCKS
SILVER JEWS
SLINT
SLOWDIVE
SPARKLEHORSE
SPIN DOCTORS
STORMZY
SUM 41
TEMPLES
David THOMAS
TRAIN
TRICKY
The TWILIGHT SAD
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Melvin VAN PEEBLES
Rufus WAINWRIGHT
Tom WALKER
WAR
Jane WEAVER
Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON (II)
Bill WITHERS
Link WRAY
YOUNG FATHERS
Warren ZEVON
The ZUTONS
note: to access all press Q on bar and type in artist’s name; try other artists also (there are around 2,000 available).

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