Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2020

Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2020

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1.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
28 reviews
He can still surprise us, this complicated man.

2.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews
All in all, it’s a beautiful record – and one that bears repeated plays. I’ve been playing it for around 10 days now, mostly on headphones, and it’s still revealing new details with each listen. Pecknold has created another beautiful, immersive world for us to dive into.

3.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
87
39 reviews
Bridgers' second solo album confirms that the first was no fluke.

4.

Drive-By Truckers - The New OK
October 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

5.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

From funk struts to tender touches, Thundercat's ascension continues rapidly here.

6.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

Even as Crutchfield pushes her voice in her most beguiling melodic hooks yet, her words explore ongoing restlessness. The sense of warmth and uplift is all in the music, rich with bright chords and hooks, pulling her forward even as she sings of feeling pulled back.

7.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Gold Record is very assured, marking a refinement of the Callahan sound.

8.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

This record — Cocker's finest work since This Is Hardcore, maybe — marks the arrival of an adventurous collective who might just be getting warmed up.

9.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

Heart's Ease finds Collins' voice rejuvenated, and her confidence restored.

10.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

With Song For Our Daughter, she’s making significant musical changes – adding fullness via a wide range of instruments, and a melodic pop swing, adopting a free-range approach to the possibilities of sound – and extending her conceptual reach.

11.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
Isbell's sixth album with The 400 Unit is a typically assured piece of work.

12.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
This is not pastiche or revival — this is jazz created in a distinctly London accent; the sounds you hear in cars and minicabs, the fractured beats you hear pouring out of teenagers’ phones — refracted through the prism of jazz.

13.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

In spite of the additional pressures fostered by the success of Currents, he has risen to the occasion with an album full of the necessary girth and scope, which doesn’t succumb to the forces of inertia.

14.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
75
18 reviews

Old Flowers is nevertheless an honourable contribution to the canon of heartbreak albums, the subject well suited to Andrews' delicate voice and disarmingly plain-spoken lyrics.

15.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
32 reviews
Introspective and tightly wound.

17.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
6 reviews

20.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
The boss looks backward and strides ahead.

21.

James Elkington - Ever-Roving Eye
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

22.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

Fetch The Bolt Cutters is mostly the soundtrack of liberation, not recrimination, with Apple's piano keys, battering on the walls and barking dogs as its percussive, beating heart.  And her words are wicked and wise.

23.

July 3, 2020
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

24.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

The complete 20-song incarnation of Moses Sumney's follow-up to 2017's Aromanticism comes awfully close to the masterwork he so clearly gunning to make.

25.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

26.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

The achievement of Sideways To New Italy ... is to maintain their customary tempo while deepening the experience, giving their melodic indie rock a subtle sophistication and confidence.

27.

Kevin Morby - Sundowner
October 16, 2020
Critic Score
73
17 reviews

Sundowner benefits from a DIY ethic that sees its maker playing virtually all instruments.

29.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
As protest music goes, Songhoy Blues are intent to mobilising hearts and minds in their own inimitable way, through force of will and sheer exuberance.

31.

Afel Bocoum - Lindé
September 4, 2020
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

32.

September 11, 2020
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
The whole of American Head finds Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd examining the nature of family, love, death and nostalgia with a sincerity and tenderness that's been missed.

34.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
89
6 reviews
There's not a weak moment to be found.

36.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

Have We Met marks a return to Kaputt's pusher aesthetic and eager melodicism, with "Crimson Tide", "The Raven" and "The Man in Black's Blues" all serving as irresistible examples of Bejar's blend of soft rock, dream-pop and more idiosyncratic elements.

37.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
The warmth, wit and bravado with which they deliver even the harshest sentiments are enduring qualities that remain keenly appreciated, especially by those of us who suspect this world did little to deserve Sparks in the first place.

39.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
The existential fatigue is never draining – the Furs have always cushioned their art-rock anesthetics with beautiful melodies.

41.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

42.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
Indeed, after 26 years as queen of the weirdo dancefloor, she's ever a curveball.

43.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
73
5 reviews

44.

Eddie Chacon - Pleasure, Joy and Happiness
July 31, 2020
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

45.

Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was
August 21, 2020
Critic Score
78
28 reviews
This fittingly titled opus finds the trio and dozens of guests, including Flea, fearlessly diving into the present and looming possible futures, the opulent orchestrations and chorales rendering Oberst’s tremulous outpouring that much more existentially fraught.

46.

Roger Eno & Brian Eno - Mixing Colours
March 20, 2020
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

47.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

They're well worth the wait ... with leader Sydney Minsky-Sargeant’s stalking through this potent set of bruising electro songs like a cool composite of Stephen Mallinder and Mark E Smith.

48.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

50.

July 10, 2020
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
These are big themes for tough times, yet Price confronts the bleakness in a way that is generous; resilient, funereal and warm.
Original Source: https://www.uncut.co.uk/publications/magazines/uncut-january-2021-128500/
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