MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2020

MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2020

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1.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
28 reviews
It’s not merely the novelty of new Bob songs that offers comfort in this black swan moment, it’s a set of songs that provides inspiration when it’s in short supply. Call it a vaccine against culture’s shrinking expectations and the subsequent sapping of spirit. Or just call it great music.

2.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

A bold and completely undiluted vision, Apple's fifth is something to behold.

3.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
32 reviews
It's darker and more complex than their debut, but also bigger-sounding.

4.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Where once he seemed to articulate sociopathy, perhaps even misanthropy, Callahan's cast on Gold Record are notable for their kindness, and for the dignity of their discretion.

5.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews
The vital spark that graced Fleet Foxes' debut is back.

7.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
83
23 reviews

Judging by Beyond the Pale, his best album in years, Cocker is one of those confounding frontman who appear to dominate bands but struggle on their own.

8.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
32 reviews
Their hardest-hitting salvo.

9.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
87
39 reviews
It's artfully rumpled, but the ragged angry gasps that close the record confirm Bridgers' songwriting isn't the effortless dream it seems.

10.

September 11, 2020
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

If we force ourselves inside American Head, we find it full of intimate details that eschew social distancing. Breathe it in.

11.

July 3, 2020
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

12.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
77
31 reviews
Idles have rationalised their fury into a single giant bullethead.

13.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

16.

Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace
November 20, 2020
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

As a showcase for his life’s work, Idiot Prayer is extraordinary, breathtakingly varied within its minimal format, and compelling throughout.

17.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
For her most immediate, heartfelt album yet, Marling forensically explores womanhood in glorious songs.

18.

Toots & The Maytals - Got to Be Tough
August 28, 2020
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

19.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
6 reviews
Beautiful and potent stuff.

20.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

24.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

25.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
It's all carried off with the panache and confidence of a group making their first, not 24th, album.

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.

29.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

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

30.

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

32.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

33.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

34.

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

36.

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

37.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

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.

40.

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

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.

44.

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

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.

47.

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

Amind imponderable grief, a creative triumph.

48.

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

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.

50.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

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

Original Source: https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/mojo-326-january-2021-the-white-stripes-the-best-of-2020
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