The Needle Drop's Best Albums of 2020 (So Far...)

The Needle Drop's Best Albums of 2020 (So Far...)

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Against All Logic - 2017 - 2019
February 7, 2020
Critic Score
6 reviews
Nicolas Jaar's second outing as A.A.L. is a bit more far-out than the first, and about as fantastic.

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
May 28, 2020
Critic Score
4 reviews

With its chilling mix of rap, goth, punk, and noise, God Has Nothing to Do With This has a huge impact for such a concise project.

Black Dresses - Peaceful as Hell
April 13, 2020
Critic Score
2 reviews

Black Dresses mercilessly kills us with kindness on Peaceful as Hell.

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

how i'm feeling now is, to date, the most effective musical reflection of life during lockdown.

Code Orange - Underneath
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
15 reviews
Code Orange updates metalcore for the 2020s on their latest album.

HMLTD - West of Eden
February 7, 2020
Critic Score
10 reviews

HMLTD refreshes and recontextualizes a slew of post-punk sounds on West of Eden.

Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
June 26, 2020
Critic Score
28 reviews

The power of disco is on full display on What's Your Pleasure.

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

What Song for Our Daughter lacks in experimentation it more than makes up for with its robust songwriting.

Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
8 reviews
Lido Pimienta celebrates her indigenous roots with this colorful, digital blend of art pop and Cumbia.

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

Circles is the finest musical send-off any Mac Miller fan could have asked for.

Moor Jewelry - True Opera
April 20, 2020
Critic Score
1 review
This collab by Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry has the sound of a noise rock classic, while also employing plenty of new ideas.

Natalia Lafourcade - Un Canto por México, Vol. 1
May 8, 2020
Critic Score
3 reviews

Natalia Lafourcade's latest album is a wonderful tribute to the many sounds Mexican folk music has to offer.

R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
2 reviews

Purple Moonlight Pages is a thought-provoking self-portrait of the artist formerly known as Milo, as well as just a damn good jazz rap album.

Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA
April 17, 2020
Critic Score
24 reviews
Rina Sawayama comes to us as a near-fully formed popstar on her debut album.

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

RTJ4 is a vital soundtrack to our rotten, rotten world.

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