PopMatters' 60 Best Albums of 2020

PopMatters' 60 Best Albums of 2020

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60.

Thin Lear - Wooden Cave
July 24, 2020
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

The latest album from Queens-based singer-songwriter Matt Longo, aka Thin Lear, is an impeccably crafted ode to loners, death, and alienation.

57.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

56.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

TORRES' Silver Tongue is her most mature release to date. Its nine songs, all evocative and transporting, strive toward a new vocabulary for connection, confidence, and queer love.

55.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
73
32 reviews

Car Seat Headrest push their lo-fi signature into newly polished (and labyrinthine) space on Making a Door Less Open. The result is a glittering look at our everyday fantasies, our patterns of style and denial.

53.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
87
9 reviews

Matmos' Drew Daniels rebrands his solo work to meet the trying times, offering up an ambient techno classic for the ages under his Soft Pink Truth moniker.

52.

Les Amazones d'Afrique - Amazones Power
January 24, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

51.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews
Like a good book, this album is hard to put down, and one listen does not quite satiate; a second and third is necessary.

50.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
83
8 reviews

49.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

46.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
67
8 reviews

Four Tet's 10th album, Sixteen Oceans, begins on the dancefloor, travels to the woods, and ends becalmed, invoking, and bestowing peace and tranquility.

45.

Field Works - Ultrasonic
May 1, 2020
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

44.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Like the horror films that influenced it, Visions of Bodies Being Burned is a smart, noisy joyride through your worst nightmares, but it's easy to imagine Clipping laughing maniacally while its listeners insist on sleeping with the lights on.

43.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

Although Allison had a particular vision for the project, it's tempting to wonder how much tighter the final product would've felt had it been put through a more rigorous edit.

39.

September 11, 2020
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Mournfulness can provide comfort at a time like this, especially when presented with the kind of sincerity, wisdom, and songwriting skill that Doves haven't lost in their time away.

38.

May 22, 2020
Critic Score
71
40 reviews
In many ways, it's a lot to take in at once, but that's not necessarily a bad thing because it shows a level of unquenchable ambition, creativity, and outspoken curiosity that's rarely felt in popular music today.

37.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

Microphones in 2020 might be his apex as a songwriter.

32.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

With Every Bad, Porridge Radio seduce us with the vulnerability and existential confusion of Dana Margolin's deathly beautiful lyricism interweaved with alluring pop melodies.

31.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

Full of energizing rhythms, buoyant beats, and memorable vocal melodies, Seeking Thrills is more than just a set of late-night bangers.

28.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Suddenly is Caribou's most willfully experimental album to date, his soft, distinctive vocals flow through every track, binding the whole thing together.

27.

October 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

Private Lives captures the spirit of the times in which we find ourselves—the weird world that like Low Cut Connie defies easy categorization—and offers musical solace to help us do more than just survive.

26.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

25.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Overall, Reunions doesn't quite achieve the heights of Southeastern or The Nashville Sound, but that's only because Isbell has set the bar so damn high for himself. This is an excellent album in its own right, and I can't imagine any Isbell fan being disappointed by it.

23.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews
The material as a whole is mellow and gentle on the ears. This is the Pacific Coast, not the boardwalks of New Jersey.

21.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Gaslighter is bold and incendiary, finding the Chicks reclaiming their relevance. Thankfully, the Chicks rejected silencing as Gaslighter reestablishes their penchant for vocalizing raw truths.

20.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

It's quite rare when a band discovers new abilities this late in the game. In terms of epic grandeur, though, Ohms somehow surpasses even the band's most ambitious middle-period work.

19.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

19.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

18.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
29 reviews

There's only so much you can say about how Set My Heart sounds. It's excellent. I don't know how it could really be better. Sometimes melodies will crawl out of nowhere and make you think, "is this the catchiest thing Perfume Genius has ever written?"

17.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

On Taylor Swift's surprise Lock Down album, Folklore, the omnipresent, world-conquering princess of self-mythology embraces a brooding post-pop texture that strikes a balance between lusty exuberance and indie-folky introspection.

16.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

If Rough and Rowdy Ways is his valedictory statement to us, it's certainly in keeping with his traditionalist spirit.

15.

February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

14.

March 22, 2020
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

As society contends with sickness, anger, and fear, Donald Glover remedies the malignancy while fueling the anguish. 3.15.20 signals an important shift for Childish Gambino and secures the album's spot as one of the best of the year.

11.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia is near immaculate meta-pop that refuses to forego tight songwriting for nostalgic bells and whistles, helmed by a singer is exponentially more aware of what she's capable of.

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