The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Generationals

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


Who: Generationals

What: Reader as Detective

When: July 2019

Where: Polyvinyl

Why: It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since Generationals released their debut LP, Con Law, a lively, irrepressible breath of fresh air. Reader as Detective, the Louisiana two's excellent 2019 release, is perhaps more urbane but no less magnetic than their upstart debut. These songs carry the same John Hughes-worthy appeal previous Generationals records have done; Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner definitely have a knack for crafting glossy, soundtrack-ready moments filled with heightened emotions. Their sunbleached blue summer sky rhythms and impeccable shared vocals once again prove to be a winning combination. 

[posted 3.22.20]


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