Slant Magazine's Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

Slant Magazine's Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

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Arca - KiCk i
June 26, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
By far the bounciest, most ecstatic song cycle of Arca’s career, the album is a celebration of actualization, whether that’s spurned by finding harmony internally or in communion with another.

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

Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
28 reviews
The album encompasses the infinite potential for grace and disaster during the most turbulent of ages.

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated Side B
May 21, 2020
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
The album demonstrates the tangled multi-dimensionality of both the singer’s own psyche and the act of sex itself.

Dogleg - Melee
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

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

Future Nostalgia leans into the latter half of its oxymoronic title, offering a well-timed escape hatch to pop music’s past.

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

On a purely musical level, it’s a bold experiment in pop craft, a collection of songs on which Apple stretches her talents in adventurous new directions ... Most importantly, the album is a vituperative catalog of the failures and pointless cruelties of a society propped up by fragile, nihilistic, patriarchal ideology.

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

On an album as sonically diverse as Miss Anthropocene, the most significant thread that holds it all together, more than the topic of climate change or its creator’s personal relationships, is Boucher’s wild imagination and commitment to experimenting with her sound.

HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III
June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

HAIM’s instincts to veer a little more left of the dial on Women in Music Pt. III result in an album that strikes a deft balance between the experimental and the commercial, the moody and the uplifting.

Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
26 reviews

What’s Your Pleasure? is an album that, just a few months ago, might have felt like a nostalgia trip or a guilty pleasure, but now feels like manna for the soul.

Lil Wayne - Funeral
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
60
11 reviews

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

NNAMDÏ - BRAT
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
June 18, 2020
Critic Score
87
39 reviews

The end of the world is a central detail on Punisher, an influence over the uncertainty that falls over these dark but gorgeous songs.

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

Run the Jewels - RTJ4
June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
32 reviews
The album advances the thesis that the nature of modern life is inherently carceral.

The Weeknd - After Hours
March 20, 2020
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
The album explores new levels of sonic innovation, expanding on old themes while finding new shades of emotional maturity.

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

Adopting a free and easy Americana style marked by both twangy guitars and dreamy keys, the songs here are at once deeply intimate and broadly accessible, like selections from an alternative universe where modern mainstream country radio isn’t all pandering, homogenized slop.

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