Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

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070 Shake - Modus Vivendi
January 17, 2020
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
It’s the sound of a realist and fantasist sparring, and it’s obviously where Shake lives.

Ashley McBryde - Never Will
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

For his sophomore solo release, he’s trying something even more ambitious: asking the world to crossover to him.

Beach Bunny - Honeymoon
February 14, 2020
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

Trifilio is a very good songwriter with a lovely, somewhat folk-toned voice, and Beach Bunny are all good musicians who’ve attained an impressive amount of musical know-how in their few years together.

Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
28 reviews

On Rough and Rowdy Ways, Dylan is exploring terrain nobody else has reached before—yet he just keeps pushing on into the future.

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : 7
February 21, 2020
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

The K-Pop boy band’s latest blockbuster is full of stylistic experiments that all flow together.

Car Seat Headrest - Making A Door Less Open
May 1, 2020
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

Even when Making a Door Less Open gets a little clunky, it remains compelling.

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

Dan Snaith packs a triple-LP worth of twisted disco, sample-drunk collage, and psychedelic warmth into a 45-minute thrill ride.

Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour
June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Their second album is a multi-faceted R&B treat, full of glistening vocal chemistry, sharp writing, and a self-determination you want to get up and cheer for.

Code Orange - Underneath
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Future Nostalgia is a breathtakingly fun, cohesive and ambitious attempt to find a place for disco in 2020. Incredibly, Lipa is successful: the upbeat album that she decided to release a week earlier than planned is the perfect balm for a stressful time.

EOB - Earth
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
70
20 reviews
On his solo debut, the guitarist gracefully comes to the front of the stage — and delivers.

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

For longtime fans who are expectantly, perhaps giddily, steeling themselves for another brutal LP from Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters will not disappoint.

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

Future - High Off Life
May 15, 2020
Critic Score
62
11 reviews

High Off Life is Future at his most optimistic, as the man from Pluto decides to send out a positive message.

Green Day - Father of All...
February 7, 2020
Critic Score
59
29 reviews

If you’re just looking for some catchy pop-punk rock & roll tunes, they’ve written 10 of those, and most of them are real good.

Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
February 21, 2020
Critic Score
75
32 reviews

What the album actually has to say about climate change is often lost under the admittedly beautiful, meticulously composed wreckage.

Halsey - Manic
January 17, 2020
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Manic is about the here-and-now real world and her fight for a place in it as a young woman.

Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor
May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

It’s the sound of an artist blooming into some of the best music of her career.

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

Reunions is a nuanced, probing record that finds Isbell more restless than he’s been since Southeastern, a rich portrait of an artist eternally searching deeper within himself.

Jehnny Beth - TO LOVE IS TO LIVE
June 12, 2020
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

The Savages frontwoman explores electronic sounds and stream-of-consciousness self-analysis for a dark, compelling listen.

Kesha - High Road
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
72
23 reviews
The singer gets back to having a good time, while continuing to look inward.

Lady Gaga - Chromatica
May 29, 2020
Critic Score
76
29 reviews

Mostly, Gaga has focused Chromatica’s spectrum on the kind of body-moving music that comes naturally to her. Dance music will always be her salvation, and her pop renaissance couldn’t come at a better time.

Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

The organic, delightfully earnest tracks blend Miss Colombia‘s avant-Latin sonic palette with revered cross-generational traditions, forging a new world of musical borderlessness that Pimienta is glad to call home.

Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

Eternal Atake is Lil Uzi Vert’s best album yet, with a cohesiveness, slick concept, and performance that justifies every ounce of hype.

Mac Miller - Circles
January 17, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

For Miller, Circles exists as a form of therapy; as he seeks to break out of old patterns of thinking, these steady reminders to embrace the present and let go of everything else to form a new pattern: a means of resilience, and maybe even a path to liberation.

Megan Thee Stallion - Suga
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

On Suga she sounds warm and vulnerable, unsure how to carry on without her mama to guide her, but determined to do her proud.

Moodymann - TAKEN AWAY
May 21, 2020
Critic Score
80
1 review

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

Neil Young - Homegrown
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

In 1975, Homegrown evoked an organic hippie ideal. Right now, the title has more depressing overtones. But, in a sense, it’s hard to think of a better time to hunker down and listen to songs of anguish, confusion, and isolation.

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts VI: Locusts
March 26, 2020
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

The music turns much darker Ghosts VI, which, by proxy, makes it the more interesting of the two.

Pearl Jam - Gigaton
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
32 reviews

The band’s first album in seven years is an admirable, inspiring example of grown-up grunge.

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

These are age-old ideas, but they don’t feel that way when he’s singing them. It’s par for the course for an artist who specializes in embodying pop archetypes, and making them new again.

Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
Incredibly, each song on Sawayama sounds like the type of music you dream of hearing at an unbearably cool party, meticulously unique and fun from second to second.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy
June 5, 2020
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

They’ve upped their game even further on Sideways to New Italy, and the result is a perfect summertime indie-rock record.

Run the Jewels - RTJ4
June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
32 reviews

The agit-rap duo’s fourth LP was recorded before America was ignited in protest, but it still feels perfectly apt for 2020 America.

Sam Hunt - Southside
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
59
7 reviews
Hunt’s an innovator who has remade country in his own image and also figured out how to reclaim its past in ways that don’t sound tired or overdone.

Selena Gomez - Rare
January 10, 2020
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

Gomez re-enters public life with grace and clarity, two very rare finds indeed.

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

Sophie Allison follows her 2018 breakthrough with a sucker punch of emotion.

Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

Focus too deeply, and it feels less like a collection of songs and more like a showplace for his sonic finery. As mood music, though, it’s a sweet trip.

The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

The Strokes - The New Abnormal
April 10, 2020
Critic Score
74
36 reviews

The New Abnormal still manages to find a fresh, albeit more low-key, way into the woozy late-night grandeur they’ve always been so skilled at evoking.

Thundercat - It Is What It Is
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
The songs are frequently quick-hitters, just a couple minutes long, and they can often leave you dizzy or bewildered. Sometimes, you’ll want to strap in and tunnel deeper; other times, you might want to pull off your headphones and come up for air.

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

On her latest album Saint Cloud, the 31-year-old songwriter trades in the indie-rock neurosis of her previous work for a mellower, twangy sound that nods towards her roots in Birmingham, Alabama. But her piercing observations have only grown sharper with time.

X - Alphabetland
April 22, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/50-best-albums-2020-so-far-1012026/
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