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Rewinding 2019 | The Most Powerful Supergroups

The best and the rest of the year's star-studded offerings.

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Look! At the top of your playlist! It’s a pop star! It’s a rock god! No, it’s a supergroup! And no wonder: In a year when nearly every hit movie and TV show is based on a comic book — sorry, graphic novel — you can’t be surprised that we’ve been swarmed by superstar musical ensembles. Here are the most powerful teams I came across in 2019:


TINNITIST’S PICK

The Raconteurs
Help Us Stranger

WHO ARE THEY? Former White Stripes leader, sometime Dead Weather guitarist and current Third Man Records mini-mogul Jack White’s indie-rock supergroup with fellow Nashville singer-guitarist Brendan Benson and The Greenhornes rhythm section of bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler.

WHAT IS THIS? Their long-overdue third album and first release in more than 11 years.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? A blast from the past. White loudly and clearly reconnects with his indie-rock days on this dozen-track comeback — and makes a much-welcome return to form after garnering deservedly mixed reviews for his meanderingly messy 2018 solo album Boarding House Reach.

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HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Africa Express | EGOLI
The Allman Betts Band | Down to The River
Anyway Gang | Anyway Gang
Beast Coast | Escape From New York
Broken Social Scene | Let’s Try the After Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Claypool Lennon Delirium | South of Reality
Down ’n’ Outz | This Is How We Roll
Filthy Friends | Emerald Valley
The Flesh Eaters | I Used To Be Pretty
Girlfriend Material | Cool Car
The Highwomen | The Highwomen
Mini Mansions | Guy Walks Into A Bar…
Mounties | Heavy Meta
The New Pornographers | In The Morse Code of Brake Lights

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