The Line of Best Fit's Best Albums of 2020 Ranked

The Line of Best Fit's Best Albums of 2020 Ranked

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50.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
70
11 reviews

Dark Hearts has a scattering of stellar moments–and one could even argue that its highpoints are some of Annie’s best to date.

49.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

An album that delivers on all fronts, from the ratatat of drill or the swinging hip-hop beats, EDNA explores as much as it uncovers more sides to its voice.

48.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Haim’s statement on Women In Music Pt. III is a confident and emboldened departure from feeling like they have something to prove.

47.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
77
32 reviews

After stripping everything down on her ballad heavy Joanna, pop’s favourite kink, Lady Gaga, has returned to the electro-pop suite with Chromatica, a record no one could have expected even from someone who so full of surprises.

45.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
75
23 reviews

Mordechai offers a rich, meditative escape from the world, something more welcomed than ever in the current climate.

44.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

43.

Mina Tindle - SISTER
October 9, 2020

42.

Giggs - Now Or Never
November 6, 2020
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

41.

August 14, 2020
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

40.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Future Nostalgia is an artist in total control. It’s built on such an addictive carefree spirit that it’s hard not to let loose and go with it.

39.

July 3, 2020
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

Whilst not as loud or as brash as their self-titled debut, So When You Gonna… is a record that shows Dream Wife bolder than ever, asking questions and opening doors that few are willing to look at. It asks you what you want and challenges you to go after it.

38.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

I Break Horses construct a vivid and spacious cinematic world on Warnings.

37.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

36.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

With Petals For Armor Williams reclaims her story and starts anew: she is her own saviour.

35.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

Made in the wake of 2017’s Glasshouse, an album where she felt encumbered by commercial expectations, Ware answers with twelve fiery cuts which are brighter, salacious and disco to the core.

34.

Donovan Woods - Without People
November 6, 2020
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

33.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Chockful of jazz that embraces you in a familiar feeling, Source is akin to an old friend you may not see for a while, but whenever you do, the world feels that little bit brighter and it’s as if no time has passed at all.

32.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

This is an album of Swift at her most knowing, pushing away the tabloid fodder that has often surrounded her artistry and magnifying the talent she's been honing her entire life.

30.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

After the last notes fade to black, the ghost of Someone New continues to haunt you — it’s an utterly unforgettable record.

29.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
Though it is by no means a flawless album, it is exactly the kind of thing you should be using to set your mind at ease. Fleet Foxes have always been inherently hopeful and thankfully they’ve not lost sight of that, roll on 2021.

28.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

JAGUAR is another step forward for a career that’s been toiling and honing. Monét's moment won't be soon before long.

27.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews
Each song shuffles along with the steady patience of a current, and the recordings are immaculate and warm.

26.

THEY. - The Amanda Tape
October 23, 2020

25.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
This is a powerful, brave and endlessly rewarding album made by a band who have risked it all to make a giant leap towards fulfilling their potential.

24.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

It’s hard not to lavish Owens with praise here, but atop Inner Song’s exceptional track list and an underlying message based around acceptance and healing, Owens uses those experiences to expand into a wider array of exploration and storytelling.

22.

Orville Peck - Show Pony
August 14, 2020
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

He is a true, wonderful artist that seems – on this evidence – to be on a one-man mission to take country out farther into the wilderness that its ever been.

21.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

19.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
Open Mike Eagle working through his pain is more gleeful than many MCs rapping about their best days, so more is always welcome.

18.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Visions of Bodies Being Burned, like its predecessor, is macabre and monstrous in all of the ways that your leering curiousity would have it. It’s a taut exploration of hatred and hostility, one which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its demonic older brother.

17.

February 7, 2020
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

We’re New Again is sonically updated for the 21st century, but still firmly rooted in jazz, soul, and blues — musics of protest and radical defiance rather than the disillusionment and solitude the original I’m New Here transmits.

16.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

From the sharp synth stabs of “Bit Of Rain” to the distorted reflections of album closer “Awful”, all led by Rodriguez’s fantastic vocals, I’m Your Empress Of is a funky, generous and vibrant record.

15.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

Big Conspiracy is an album that certifies J Hus as one of the most influential artists in UK music.

14.

July 10, 2020
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

Healing Is A Miracle is a magical album whose depths reveal themselves slowly even if the record itself (at only 34 minutes) disappears in the blink of an eye.

13.

Che Lingo - The Worst Generation
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

12.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
It holds the best batch of Waxahatchee songs yet, with Crutchfield at her most candid, raw and clear-eyed. This is the work of someone who’s begun to write a bold new chapter in her life, and it’s special stuff.

11.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
93
32 reviews
Some albums are worthy of such electric apprehension, and the chains leashing this poetic, wit-filled, ramshackle beauty should be broken. Fuck it. Fetch the bolt cutters. This feels special.

10.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

RTJ4 is Killer Mike & El-P’s masterstroke. This is musical evolution for moral, social and political revolution, the group now creating anthems in the pursuit of tolerance, respect and unity.

9.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Despite their relative youth, Ungodly Hour is a timely reminder that Chloe and Halle are built for this moment in R&B music.

8.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Densely built and brightly produced, with gleefully obtrusive guitar swells and vocal yelps sparing for the spotlight; this is very much an unashamedly pop record.

7.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews

Despite Hadreas’ growth as an artist and as a man, the fifth Perfume Genius album functions in a similar way to the second; a singular and complete photograph of a mindset and time, with a strain of sadness at its core. Hadreas may be uncompromising but stubbornness has its rewards: few albums feel as distinct or as complete as his.

6.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
31 reviews

Rough and Rowdy Ways is a magical, threatening and ultimately challenging metaphysical exhibition of a writer’s limitless talent riding roughshod over convention.

5.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

On Sumney’s arresting and remarkable new double-album græ, he now challenges the idea of us as standardised, binary beings.

4.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews

Punisher is that rarest of beasts. A record that grows with each listen, that takes it’s time for its stories to unravel, and that wears its love of literature on its sleeve as comfortably as it does its love of music.

3.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
Wholly a spontaneous offering, entirely DIY in production, and made from the creative confines of whatever was available to the singer in self-isolation; Charli XCX has proved that music really can be made anywhere, with anything, during a period where the world is on pause, and still sounds like the future is hers to play with.

2.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

The Baby is an incredibly self-aware pop record that proves Samia’s not a baby anymore.

1.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews
Ultimately, this deftly intelligent record takes personal and musical themes, and presents them in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s ever been done before.
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10mo
The Baby at #2!? One of the most over looked records of the year in my opinion. Check it out!
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