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Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2020

Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2020

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51.

Joe & The Shitboys - The Reson for Hardcore Vibes
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

50.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
88
5 reviews

49.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

This is the most consistent album Hinds have made so far, synth feels like a natural fit for them and they use it with the vibrancy suggested by the array of colours shown on the album cover.

48.

The Wants - Container
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

47.

Jadu Heart - Hyper Romance
September 25, 2020
Critic Score
63
2 reviews

46.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

The overwhelming result ... is an emotive work that, as the title suggests, leaves you permanently seeking thrills long after the initial listen.

45.

Keaton Henson - Monument
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

44.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

43.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

42.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Letters To You is a typical Springsteen album in the sense that it contains the same call-to-arms rock tracks that any listener would come to expect on an album from The Boss but this collection carries a greater weight.

41.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Much like the rest of Adrianne’s catalogue, Songs is characterised by its purity of expression and an unbridled vulnerability most of us can only dream of offering - we can be grateful she gifts it so fearlessly.

40.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
83
8 reviews

39.

Lewsberg - In This House
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

38.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
Thundercat’s mellow record is a welcome release. It’s an incredibly easy album to listen to, but rather than blend into the noise of your setting, it holds your attention in full. It Is What It Is has an overwhelming sense of positivity – happy melodies overpower even the more reflective lyrics and give us the escape we need.

36.

The Wytches - Three Mile Ditch
November 13, 2020
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

35.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

Viscerals is going to be an incredible record to hear live, and is equally as impactful in its own right.

34.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
This intense experience of Sumney’s romanticism signs itself as his most mature, convincing, and dynamic piece of work to date. Compared to his lauded debut LP, here Sumney has produced a grittier, more complex listening experience underlined by improved production, well-rounded hooks, consuming vocal deliveries, and exploratory rhythmics.

32.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

31.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

That observant, honest intensity makes this album feel important beyond its sphere.

29.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

With Song For Our Daughter, she joins the ranks of the world’s most extraordinary singer-songwriters.

27.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
14 reviews

Working Men’s Club need to be listened to. They offer a vital escape into the unusual, acting as an ecstatic placeholder in a world where we often (ok, always) need to get away.

26.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Saint Cloud offers guidance, accepting that not even something we idolise and long for in society is perfect, in most cases it is messy, complicated and difficult, whilst still hinting that it may all be worth it.

25.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

A Hero’s Death is a serious and rare achievement, particularly from a band that could have satisfied everyone with more of the same, and instead chose to evolve.

24.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

Through remarkable use of Chiaroscuro - the effect of starkly contrasting light and dark - To Love Is To Live makes a cathartic listen filled with trembling courage.

23.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

The wild variety of influences on this album should make it sound like a car crash, but King Gizz have created an album that really puts this band in a league of their own.

20.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
69
19 reviews

A true masterpiece in almost every way imaginable - the only shortcoming being the fact that her brilliant voice wasn’t given more opportunities to shine - I Disagree, is the perfect album to start 2020 with.

19.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
Night Network begins with The Cribs gently waving “goodbye” to their year of turmoil, and ends with victorious cries of “good riddance”, that turmoil now merely a passing memory. And with the album falling on a month where the world has stepped up in yelling “good riddance” to bad rubbish, there couldn’t be a more fitting soundtrack. Welcome back lads. You may have saved 2020.

18.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Heaven To A Tortured Mind is one of the best rock albums to have been released in recent years. Dark and scary, it pushes the confines of genre to its edge, willing its listeners to fall into its untold depths.

17.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
75
23 reviews

Mordechai is a baptism, a rebirth, a new beginning.

15.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews

Creating a record that builds on her reputation as the best songwriter on the block while acknowledging the humorous and also political bent of her media presence, Punisher is a triumph in understanding and toying with expectations.

14.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

With Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa has brought a much needed joy into the world. She has shown she can be a powerhouse in the pop world and still allow her creative vision to be at the forefront.

13.

Alexandra Savior - The Archer
January 10, 2020
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

12.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

Her best album to date, refining her earlier sound and gifting us with sexy and sultry disco that is begging to be heard on the dancefloor, and the bedroom.

11.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

Creeper deliver a near perfect record. An album which is spangled with emotional undercurrents that rise up through dark swirls.

10.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

Alongside its pleasing soundtrack of French pop, electronica and disco, Baxter Dury has settled on a unique formula that works.

9.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

8.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

Overall, Ohms is a transcendental body of work that perfectly amalgamates the beauty and brutality of Deftones' sound – satisfying the tastes of fans both old and new.

7.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Women in Music Pt.III is multidimensional and bold, showing the group high on their original supply of talent as they extend beyond any point they had left to prove.

6.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

From top to bottom, Good News vibrates with the infectious confidence and defiance of Meg’s straight-to-camera flow.

5.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

3.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

In this record - in large part a remote collaboration between Taylor and The National’s Aaron Dessner - Taylor is contemplative, authorial, clear and simply exceptional.

2.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews
This might be Hadreas’ best album yet. It’s brave, with new ideas and emotions. A beautiful blend of poetry, melodies and lyrics that subvert modern masculinity, it’s an album for our times.
Original Source: https://www.gigwise.com/features/3393272/the-gigwise-51-best-albums-of-2020
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