Richard Dawson - 2020
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2019 Ratings: #18 / 789
User Score
Based on 490 ratings
2019 Ratings: #75
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Capping off a decade where he has announced and solidified himself as possibly the country’s finest songwriter, Richard Dawson has produced another record of incredible melodic talent, compositional nouse and gloriously empathic writing.

100
The Guardian

Dawson adds pop-facing elements to folk on this brilliant album, full of stories of a benighted Britain.

90
No Ripcord

2020 is more pop-leaning than Dawson's previous experimental forays, yielding some of his catchiest work to date.

90
The Needle Drop

Richard Dawson outdoes himself with this modernist spiritual successor to 2017's Peasant.

90
Loud and Quiet

Where Peasant was spidery, Beefheart-influenced avant-folk, 2020 is Dawson utilising pop at its most base iteration.

78
Pitchfork

On his dense but meticulously rendered new album, the British folk singer uses grander pop arrangements to wade into the barbarism of modern life.

WhatTheFunk
68

Ah, this good old Richard! 🇬🇧
Richard Dawson is really in my top 3 favorite artists of the decade but I think you will understand this by reading my review of "Peasant". Today, the best bard of his time is back, with an album entitled "2020", goodbye the Middle Ages and hello the zeitgeist....

Dawson is originally from Newcastle, England. He has two masterpieces in his discography: "Nothing Important" (2014) and "Peasant" (2017); a record that has ... read more

dearsongs
NR

Probably the perfect and most natural follow up to Peasant. While the melodies might not be as painfully beautiful as peasant, 2020 is still meticulously crafted.

Peasant covered the minutiae of medieval life, 2020 deals with the now.

Amazon fulfillment center workers, soul crushing insurance jobs, finding out your spouse is cheating via some 3am texts, UFO's, soccer games, mentions of today's growing anti-immigrant sentiments.

If you feel guilty about listening to leaks just preorder the ... read more

Aoaystheory
93

The hardest test for any artist, especially coming off of an universally well-received record, is to be able to reinvent their sound, without losing that magic that makes them unique and satisfies their fan-base in the same stroke.

Well, Richard Dawson did not fuck that up in the least bit and even made newcomers, such as myself (I loved Peasant) want to explore his back-catalogue. This record is clearly his own, but entirely different from his last one (which, if you haven't heard it, go ... read more

kattenbroekcom
85

2020 is a great album with a lot of great music on it although sometimes the album can feel like it's a bit to generic or the instrumentals are a bit too lifeless or the vocals are too dry or the whole track is just way to dry in general.

Raiksheen
50

😴😴

AyeItsJoey
74

liked the story telling a lot, after heart emoji, things divulge into mediocrity

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Track List

1Civil Servant
6:40
94
2The Queen's Head
5:17
91
3Two Halves
5:11
84
4Jogging
6:38
99
5Heart Emoji
4:34
80
6Black Triangle
7:59
84
7Fulfilment Centre
10:07
85
8Fresher's Ball
5:02
88
9No - One
0:50
60
10Dead Dog in an Alleyway
5:29
90
Total Length: 57 minutes
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Added on: August 5, 2019