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MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2020

MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2020

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75.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

If Sideways To New Italy is a reckoning, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's balance sheet is entirely in the black.

74.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Investing pop with such potent subtext has long been the U.S. Girls project; thanks to its exquisite craft, and Remy's feel for her characters, that project finds its finest expression yet in Heavy Light.

73.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

With its acute portraits of a troubled and tangled life, Reunions is ultimately a story of redemption through fatherhood and self-knowledge, epic soul-country opener What I've Done To Help setting the mood perfectly.

72.

Wire - 10:20
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

71.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
72
22 reviews

70.

Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess
August 28, 2020
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

While the ambitious orchestrations of All Mirrors aren't yet in the picture, these songs -- encompassing love, despair and the rejection of youthful illusions -- are well served by the sparse guitar-and-vocal arrangements and intimate, reverb-y ambience.

69.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
Those of a certain overcoat are assured a Proustian rush: distorted guitars, windswept austerity and Butler's rasp set to Triple Action Strepsil.

68.

February 7, 2020
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

65.

Beck - Hyperspace
November 22, 2019
Critic Score
71
27 reviews

64.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
72
25 reviews

Some secret stash of more out-there recordings too kooky for over-the-counter consumption, Songs For The General Public astonishes and delights.

63.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

Without ironing out his early-Beck-ish quirks, MADLO's higher-fi moves demand wider attention.

60.

September 11, 2020
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
Regular producer Dan Austin teases atmosphere, buries mysterious sampled speech and navigates the piano-led title track bank into Hacienda territory. What kept them?

59.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

This sixth solo outing explores further that album's [Prince of Tears] blend of mechanical funk and luxuriant orchestration of female-sung choruses and character monologues.

58.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews
For now we'll just imagine how fantastic this would sound in a cramped club, but the spirit of youth culture is here to be imbibed. Get in the biggest round you can and drink up.

57.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
83
8 reviews

So, as autumnal clouds signal the close of a dismal year, is Optimisme justified? Is the glass half full or half empty? Well, it's a very big glass and - more importantly - what it contains is extremely tasty.

56.

The Magnetic Fields - Quickies
May 15, 2020
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

Highly entertaining, though best consumed a few songs at a time, Quickies is more than a novelty record, though certainly novel.

55.

Tim Burgess - I Love The New Sky
May 22, 2020
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

54.

The Waterboys - Good Luck, Seeker
August 21, 2020
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

53.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

52.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
92
6 reviews

51.

Don Bryant - You Make Me Feel
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

50.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

Both beguiling and frustrating, The Ascension is complex, bold and oddly lovable.

49.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
Lianne La Havas's eponymous third sees the Londoner stray far from the neo-soul traditionalism of her first two albums, swapping in hypnotic guitar parts, mystical melodies, and even Radiohead covers.

48.

Nadia Reid - Out of My Province
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

47.

Tricky - Fall to Pieces
September 4, 2020
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

Amind imponderable grief, a creative triumph.

45.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Ultimately, what redeems Letter To You from notions of idealised nostalgia is the rigour of its performances, particularly those of Springsteen himself, who for the second successive album is in the singing form of his life.

44.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
32 reviews

41.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

The Slow Rush proves the rewards of taking time; Kevin Parker is an artist worthy of yours.

40.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
Drawing in the loose strands of his career delivers Moore's finest post-Youth statement.

39.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
The real magic is in their tangents, not least "Up from a Dream", with its Glitterbeat stomp, unhinged keyboards and a sense of adventure.

37.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

36.

Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

35.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
89
6 reviews

Within its quintessential 40-minute-album parameters, Summerlong inexorably sucks the listener into its groove.

34.

Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

33.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

32.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

30.

Sam Lee - Old Wow
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

29.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

It Is What It Is feels understated, but more powerful for this restraint.

28.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
84
15 reviews
Next to well-known traditionals like Barbara Allen and Canadee-i-o, the unheard compositions shine bright.
Original Source: https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/mojo-326-january-2021-the-white-stripes-the-best-of-2020
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4d
Solid enough top 5

Also respect for: Sam Lee, Baxter Dury, Psychedelic Furs and of course the Blake Mills which was extra good
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