Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2020

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2020

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49.

Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

48.

Kareem Ali - Growth
April 17, 2020

45.

November 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

Naturally, there are no real surprises here: Power Up sounds unapologetically like AC/DC, and Angus has likened the LP to a tribute to Malcolm the same way that Back in Black was a back-pew eulogy for Bon Scott

44.

November 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

Unlike his authenticity-branded contemporary Sturgill Simpson, Stapleton has never appeared tortured by the idea that he represents some sort of bygone country-rock ideal, and his fourth album, Starting Over, feels similarly at home trying whatever comes naturally.

43.

Elizabeth Cook - Aftermath
September 11, 2020
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

42.

April 22, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

41.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

40.

December 18, 2020
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

McCartney III works best when he leans all the way into the solo acoustic concept.

39.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

At its best, Fake It Flowers is right up there with the first Veruca Salt record or That Dog’s Totally Crushed Out in its ability to fuse pensive elation, sugary guitar charge, and sweet pop melodies.

38.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

37.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

Sophie Allison follows her 2018 breakthrough with a sucker punch of emotion.

34.

October 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

There’s enough top-shelf Connie here that a few speed bumps don’t slow it down too much.

33.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

After turning heads on their debut, Dogrel, last year, the post-punks flirt with psychedelia and echoey guitar while their singer stands his ground.

32.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Musically, After Hours hits the best balance yet of the gloomy melodrama of the Weeknd’s early EPs or his 2018 release My Dear Melancholy and the pop slickness of his 2016 LP Starboy — at once lachrymose and sleek, cold but plush, like a lavishly ornamented fallout shelter.

31.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

It’s the sound of an artist blooming into some of the best music of her career.

30.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
67
8 reviews

29.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

28.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Reunions is a nuanced, probing record that finds Isbell more restless than he’s been since Southeastern, a rich portrait of an artist eternally searching deeper within himself.

27.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
The Houston superstar’s debut LP is the explosive victory-lap we were expecting.

26.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

The Savages frontwoman explores electronic sounds and stream-of-consciousness self-analysis for a dark, compelling listen.

25.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Manic is about the here-and-now real world and her fight for a place in it as a young woman.

24.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

Gomez re-enters public life with grace and clarity, two very rare finds indeed.

23.

November 27, 2020
Critic Score
72
25 reviews

The singer pays homage to her New Wave heroes and channels classic country; it’s a karaoke night out that ends up being something more substantial.

22.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
68
23 reviews

Positions is minor growth, major strength and a solid step forward in the right direction for one pop’s most exciting stars.

21.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

Trifilio is a very good songwriter with a lovely, somewhat folk-toned voice, and Beach Bunny are all good musicians who’ve attained an impressive amount of musical know-how in their few years together.

20.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

19.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Their second album is a multi-faceted R&B treat, full of glistening vocal chemistry, sharp writing, and a self-determination you want to get up and cheer for.

18.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

17.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Surprise fourth album combines deeply pleasant vibes with high-flying studio ambition, for an LP about letting go and being thankful for what we’ve got.

16.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

The K-Pop boy band’s latest blockbuster is full of stylistic experiments that all flow together.

14.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
The ladies of the Valley meet ‘Ladies of the Canyon’ on their strongest, wisest album yet.

13.

June 20, 2020
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

12.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
Recorded in just a few days with the E Street Band, this is one of the most personal statements of Springsteen’s career.

11.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

Mostly, Gaga has focused Chromatica’s spectrum on the kind of body-moving music that comes naturally to her. Dance music will always be her salvation, and her pop renaissance couldn’t come at a better time.

10.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews

Eleven expertly rendered, largely downcast songs about broken faith, desperate, occasionally self-destructive love, and tenuous recovery.

9.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

It is ... , undeniably, the British pop star’s best album yet: a sumptuous tribute to both peak- and post-disco as well as the black, brown and LGBTQ people the genre resonated with most deeply.

8.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

Eternal Atake is Lil Uzi Vert’s best album yet, with a cohesiveness, slick concept, and performance that justifies every ounce of hype.

7.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

On her latest album Saint Cloud, the 31-year-old songwriter trades in the indie-rock neurosis of her previous work for a mellower, twangy sound that nods towards her roots in Birmingham, Alabama. But her piercing observations have only grown sharper with time.

6.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews

The agit-rap duo’s fourth LP was recorded before America was ignited in protest, but it still feels perfectly apt for 2020 America.

5.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Future Nostalgia is a breathtakingly fun, cohesive and ambitious attempt to find a place for disco in 2020. Incredibly, Lipa is successful: the upbeat album that she decided to release a week earlier than planned is the perfect balm for a stressful time.

4.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

On Rough and Rowdy Ways, Dylan is exploring terrain nobody else has reached before—yet he just keeps pushing on into the future.

3.

February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

For his sophomore solo release, he’s trying something even more ambitious: asking the world to crossover to him.

2.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

For longtime fans who are expectantly, perhaps giddily, steeling themselves for another brutal LP from Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters will not disappoint.

1.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

Her eighth album is a radical detour into the deepest collection of songs she’s ever come up with.

Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-2020-1096814/
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1mo
their top 5 perfectly captures the identity crisis they have been dealing with the past decade-ish
1mo
okay...not surprised with the Taylor pick
but very interesting list all round
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