Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

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25.

The Strokes - The New Abnormal
April 10, 2020
Critic Score
74
36 reviews
Even if the album’s strong songs are among the liveliest, most effortless music the band has made in over a decade, their bursting energy only modestly offsets the LP’s many sharp lows.

23.

Frances Quinlan - Likewise
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

Likewise is a record full of little, unrelated moments that manage to create a world of their own when put together.

22.

Hailey Whitters - The Dream
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

21.

Deeper - Auto-Pain
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

20.

Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

While how i’m feeling now is by no means Charli’s most genre-pushing work, nor an indication of the creative potential she has left, it will be remembered as a quintessential 2020 album.

19.

Chubby and The Gang - Speed Kills
January 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

18.

TORRES - Silver Tongue
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Scott remains an improbably vivid writer both lyrically and melodically; throughout Silver Tongue, she takes desire and infatuation as her subject and icy synthesizers as her instrument of choice.

17.

Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Sawayama is an exhilarating reminder of a bygone time when boy bands ruled all and commercialism ruled the boy bands. That era is long gone, but that particular brand of maximalist pop is back, only better now than before.

16.

Lilly Hiatt - Walking Proof
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

15.

Thundercat - It Is What It Is
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

It Is What It Is isn’t so much a showcase for the bass, though. Instead, it functions more as a modern-day love letter to a certain bandwidth of the R&B spectrum that we would all do well to rediscover.

14.

Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels
April 24, 2020
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
Williams has certainly done some of her best handiwork with a blues-rock record that is so of-this-moment, it’d be crazy not to acknowledge it as one of the most important of the year so far.

13.

Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

At just 36 minutes, it’s her shortest record thus far, but it’s simultaneously Marling’s most straightforward, musically simplistic record to date and her most beautiful release yet. Song For Our Daughter is comforting, serving as a warm blanket for us to hide under during this uneasy historical moment.

12.

Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The record, with all its idiosyncrasies, will be remembered as a definitive piece by one of our era’s most important rock icons—a pop star as transgressive and rule-breaking as the legends of the ’70s and ’80s we take for granted now.

11.

U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

It trades Poem’s jagged punchiness for overflowing empathy, coalescing as a meditative and challenging album.

10.

Caribou - Suddenly
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Coupled with some of the loosest, most pop-minded production of Snaith’s career, Suddenly becomes a glimmer of optimism, immaculate music for communal grief and celebration. In that, it’s the most vital album of his career.

9.

Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
January 24, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Mitchell, Johnson and Kaufman zeroed in on their goal: to give ancient songs a contemporary twist, and to surround the timeless feelings expressed in those songs with drop-dead gorgeous string and vocal arrangements.

8.

Soccer Mommy - color theory
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

color theory is an astounding feat of lyricism as clever as it is devastating.

7.

Run the Jewels - RTJ4
June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
32 reviews
The duo’s fourth album is the culmination of history, trauma and rage.

6.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Reunions
May 15, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

The result is a body of work that often feels indispensable. Isbell is a songwriter’s songwriter, but the songs that result are for all of us.

5.

Moses Sumney - græ
May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Perhaps the only thing more exciting than græ will be seeing where Moses Sumney goes from here.

4.

Porridge Radio - Every Bad
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Every Bad is the nuanced album that indie rock has needed for years.

3.

Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
29 reviews

His effort to overcome the body-brain gulf is more apparent than ever throughout No Shape follow-up Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, on which Hadreas loses control of not just his body, but his heart. As ever, his voice and music contort and warp in tandem with his anatomy.

2.

Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

Saint Cloud is the sound of Katie Crutchfield at her most conscious, comfortable and controlled.

1.

Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

Apple tackles a similar range of emotions on Fetch the Bolt Cutters that she has dealt with before, but in a new, fiercer way.

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