Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2020

Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2020

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50.

Gum Country - Somewhere
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
74
9 reviews

48.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

The result is Dehd’s best album to date, a significant upgrade on their sound that finds their Windy City DIY scene-honed amalgam of surf rock, shoegaze and dream pop at its most melodic and expressive.

46.

Catholic Action - Celebrated By Strangers
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

Celebrated By Strangers offers endless, off-the-wall playfulness and lines of hopeful sincerity. Surely the only people who wouldn’t want that are the characters they skewer here.

44.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

43.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

The Baby is teeming with exceptional depth and pop/rock hooks that ascend effortlessly.

42.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

WIMPIII impressively leads us to believe that the best could still be on HAIM’s horizons.

40.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

After making such a peppy, instant classic debut, they weren’t intimidated by the thought of a Sunday stroll album, and they reached newfound emotional and sonic heights in making one.

38.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

37.

Cafe Racer - Shadow Talk
May 8, 2020
Critic Score
74
1 review

36.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
He may be his own worst enemy in regards to day-to-day emotions, but his songwriting chops and intriguing stylistic choices give him musical superpowers.

34.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Mitchell, Johnson and Kaufman zeroed in on their goal: to give ancient songs a contemporary twist, and to surround the timeless feelings expressed in those songs with drop-dead gorgeous string and vocal arrangements.

32.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

The concept behind the music can only be as moving as the music itself, and, thankfully, Protomartyr delivers. The band’s knack for meaty percussion and jagged guitars continues.

31.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
It’s a prophetic, vital message, and it’s wrapped in some of the best electronic and pop music of the year.

29.

Thanya Iyer - KIND
July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

28.

June 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

27.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Shore doesn’t ask much of us—it merely shines into the room where you’re sitting, bringing in light like early morning sunbeams.

26.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

Elverum’s work proves as expansive as ever. An engrossing one-track album is no easy feat, but he draws us in with expertly rich, layered lyricism and immersive production.

25.

Ben Seretan - Youth Pastoral
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

21.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

20.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The record, with all its idiosyncrasies, will be remembered as a definitive piece by one of our era’s most important rock icons—a pop star as transgressive and rule-breaking as the legends of the ’70s and ’80s we take for granted now.

19.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

It trades Poem’s jagged punchiness for overflowing empathy, coalescing as a meditative and challenging album.

18.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

If Kelly Lee Owens gently opened the door between dream pop and techno, Inner Song rushes through it and builds a world where ecstatic, curative, untethered electronic sounds abound.

15.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

It Is What It Is isn’t so much a showcase for the bass, though. Instead, it functions more as a modern-day love letter to a certain bandwidth of the R&B spectrum that we would all do well to rediscover.

14.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews

Her sophomore album Punisher cements what may be Bridgers’ most understated gift of all: her seemingly innate ability to capture the mundanity of modern sadness in song.

12.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

The result is a body of work that often feels indispensable. Isbell is a songwriter’s songwriter, but the songs that result are for all of us.

11.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Coupled with some of the loosest, most pop-minded production of Snaith’s career, Suddenly becomes a glimmer of optimism, immaculate music for communal grief and celebration. In that, it’s the most vital album of his career.

10.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Perhaps the only thing more exciting than græ will be seeing where Moses Sumney goes from here.

9.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

Adrianne Lenker’s songs is beautiful and ugly in all the best ways.

8.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Sawayama is an exhilarating reminder of a bygone time when boy bands ruled all and commercialism ruled the boy bands. That era is long gone, but that particular brand of maximalist pop is back, only better now than before.

7.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

color theory is an astounding feat of lyricism as clever as it is devastating.

6.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Every Bad is the nuanced album that indie rock has needed for years.

5.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
29 reviews

His effort to overcome the body-brain gulf is more apparent than ever throughout No Shape follow-up Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, on which Hadreas loses control of not just his body, but his heart. As ever, his voice and music contort and warp in tandem with his anatomy.

4.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
90
7 reviews

3.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews
The duo’s fourth album is the culmination of history, trauma and rage.

2.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

Saint Cloud is the sound of Katie Crutchfield at her most conscious, comfortable and controlled.

1.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

Apple tackles a similar range of emotions on Fetch the Bolt Cutters that she has dealt with before, but in a new, fiercer way.

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