Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2020

Consequence of Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2020

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50.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

With a ceaseless, buoyant energy that swims across a candid narrative, Trifilio flexes her masterful songwriting on an album bound to win the hearts of emo-punks and TikTok girls alike.

49.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
We are more than familiar with Megan’s brilliance, but her debut album expands on it and reminds us that the charismatic artist can outrap your favorite in the game any day of the week.

48.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

47.

September 11, 2020
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

For the first time in nearly two decades, they’ve rediscovered this winning formula. As a result, American Head stands alongside The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots as one of the very best records The Flaming Lips have recorded.

46.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

By consolidating the stylistic elements of her previous two works, Miss_Anthrop0cene lies at the intersections of Grimes’ past experiments while forging something entirely new to her discography.

45.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
72
1 review

44.

November 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
Simply put, AC/DC went in and kicked out the proverbial jams, crafting their best album in years and igniting a spark of joy into the stark timeline that is 2020.

40.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
The exploration and craft put into Blythe’s lyrics, along with the stunning musicianship of each member, allows for an exhilarating work of pure heavy metal. This album isn’t just an awesome release from Lamb of God, but a perfect record to unite metalheads as one.

39.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Shamir is already known for thinking outside the box when it comes to genre. It’s a testament, then, that their new album not only remains fresh and invigorating, but that it does it in ways that feel deliberate and controlled.

38.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

The journey of Gaslighter is bolstered by the same strong group dynamic that put The Chicks on the map years ago, all through a lush but often dialed-back, new sound that ventures further into the pop realm.

37.

August 14, 2020
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

36.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

35.

July 10, 2020
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
Despite at times feeling too true to form, there are breakout moments of Price’s fervor that illuminate the album as a whole, something we’ll hopefully see more of in the future.

33.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

If Letter to You was the swan song, if there were no more Springsteen albums after this one, this would be a mighty fine way to go out.

32.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

On Shore, Fleet Foxes have illuminated the sense of grace that can sometimes be found within certain darknesses, and that has made the listening experience feel both profoundly human and hopeful.

31.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

There’s a powerful cohesion to the collection that makes it feel greater than the sum of its parts, with several standout fusions of singing and instrumentation/production as only Lopatin could yield.

30.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
A twinkling and pulsating slow burn that finds them employing many approaches that by now feel familiar to their sound, but still cohesive and captivating.

28.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

27.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

The singer-songwriter's eighth album cuts away the pop scaffolding for dark, dreamy contemplation.

26.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Forgotten Days is arguably the best doom metal album of 2020 and an impressive label debut.

25.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

At its strongest, Ultra Mono offers a fresh set of urgent rallying cries for anyone interested in furthering workers’ rights, dismantling systemic racism, and knocking out a few Nazi teeth. The record’s missteps mostly come when Talbot finds himself on the defensive, a position that finds him turning out poison-pen responses to critics that probably felt better to sing than they do to hear.

24.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

Likewise is a gorgeous solo debut from a unique singing and writing voice, a record that quietly gets under your skin and stays there.

23.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

Fake it Flowers is more than a record: It’s an unveiling of true rising talent.

22.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Rest assured, Jay Electronica earns his reputation as an elite rhymer-sayer on A Written Testimony.

21.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews
The assorted focuses of these songs sound like they’re being relayed less as rallying cries and more as personal thoughts and confessions to a close friend or a lover. The result is a fitting solo debut, a solid album full of friction and honesty.

20.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

He sounds alert, refreshed, and sometimes thrilled on Eternal Atake, shifting between cadences and registers with the manic dexterity of Sada Baby.

19.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

The Ascension is one of Sufjan Stevens’ grandest, most ambitious works yet, and that’s quite the feat considering he’s one of the most ambitious musicians in his genre.

18.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

Present and post-lockdown, how i’m feeling now will be a definitive album of its time.

16.

February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

While 20 tracks seems exhausting, to the contrary, he captures our attention throughout, especially with his clever zingers.

15.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
No, it’s not comparable to old Weeknd material, nor should it be. As he evolves, he continues to reinvent himself, and he knows exactly how to leave fans hooked on havoc.

13.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

SAWAYAMA pushes the boundaries of what pop music can be, discussing complex and intimate topics with insight and freshness.

12.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

BTS are both the world’s biggest and most interesting act in pop music right now: 7 solidifies this position and smartly looks towards the future.

10.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
32 reviews

So much care goes into Gigaton, building nuance, establishing ethos, and creating a unifying vibe.

8.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
77
32 reviews

Gaga’s approach, taking thoughts and insecurities that feel personal and private ... and turning them into music to dance to turns our traditional expectations of introspection inside out, as so much good pop music often does.

7.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

Ohms breaks that trend, with more focused songs, and a renewed love of hard-rocking guitar riffs that may rekindle the band’s relationship with fans that jumped ship after White Pony.

6.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

She embraces the messiness of growing up and taking responsibility for one’s actions and composes the apex of everything she’s accomplished thus far. Saint Cloud offers us the best possible version of Crutchfield she could possibly give us.

3.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews
A remarkable record that dazzles and beams with restless energy and twisted dream logic.

2.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
Killer Mike and El-P craft a hard-hitting manifesto of boisterous anthems and fearless criticism.

1.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
93
32 reviews

Let’s not sugarcoat it. This is not an easy listen. Yet, for those willing to give it the attention it deserves, Bolt Cutters delivers a much-needed auditory exercise for the sequestered masses and surely one of the best albums to grace us in 2020.

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