Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2020

Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2020

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50.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
With Slowdive’s Neil Halstead in the producer’s chair, the Los Angeles harpist swells her gentle ambience with a more strident sound but remains as transporting as ever.

49.

April 2, 2020
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

Yaeji’s first full-length mixtape is a subtle, more insular turn for the producer. It plays like a self-issued challenge to strip away the fluorescence, to find what’s underneath pop catharsis.

48.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
The British electro pop artist sings of love, loneliness, and solo partying across an album built in and made for this very moment.

46.

August 14, 2020
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
The Nigerian superstar’s latest LP can feel heavy under the weight of his personal reflection and Pan-African crusade. It is a load worth carrying.

45.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

In form and in practice, Pramuk’s debut album generously looks inward to illuminate the multiplicity of the self.

44.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
The gruff-voiced rapper and dusty-groove producer are a perfect match as they connect for a seamless ride to the heart of the gangster.

43.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
Amid a pandemic, and while recovering from a gunshot wound, the superstar rapper made an album that purposefully celebrates life. Her beats are playful, and her rapping is as sharp as ever.

42.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Alongside a cast of musicians who help bring her kaleidoscopic world to life, the Russian avant-pop artist emerges with a visionary record that offers an escape from gloom.

41.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews
The Japanese-British pop singer’s debut is a Y2K flashback that’s as reverent of Evanescence and Korn as it is of Britney and Christina.

40.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
On the first album of a four-part series, the Venezuelan-born, Barcelona-based artist offers her most accessible music to date, channeling her signature sounds into sharply focused avant-pop.

39.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

Recording in a studio, the Chicago DIY trio sound newly airy and lush, but no less direct and sincere. Their confidence in their concision is the best part.

38.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

37.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

The stunning, open-hearted new album from indie rock singer-songwriter Hannah Read renders personal crises with a deft and delicate touch.

35.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
The Brooklyn rapper moves carefully between knotty verses and blunt lines to make some of the most immersive and exhilarating songs of his career.

34.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
The thrilling debut from the Detroit rock band burns hot and bright. It’s a record that’s as melodic as it is physical, where pent-up aggression turns into physical liberation.

32.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
Recorded in jail over a crackly phone line, Drakeo’s mesmerizing album is a remarkable feat: a stark rebuke of the justice system and an unparalleled achievement for a rapper and his producer.

31.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
87
9 reviews

Matmos member Drew Daniel has put together a gorgeous album that carries itself with the strength of a soft prayer, masterfully fusing jazz, deep house, and minimalism into an enormous, featherlight shield.

30.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Live Forever argues that life is not some march toward a peak, but a closed loop—one that’s tighter if you’re Black. The brilliance of Bartees’ debut is in how it carves out an expansive space within that loop.

29.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews
Made from afar, primarily with the National’s Aaron Dessner, Swift’s eighth album is a sweater-weather record filled with cinematic love songs and rich fictional details.

28.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
On the slinky follow-up to their carefree debut, the R&B sisters take greater risks with their production and their writing.

27.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

On her second album, the Welsh electronic musician leans into both her loops and her lyrics, seeking something spiritual in the act of repetition.

26.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

The second album from singer-songwriter Sophie Allison is piercing and unpredictable. In contrast to its bigger and brighter sound, the mood is grimmer, the emotional truths darker.

25.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

On her stunning debut, the tenor saxophonist and rising member of the London jazz scene meditates on her humble family heritage, the continuum of jazz history, and the power of collective action in our present moment.

24.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
76
33 reviews
Grimes’ first project as a bona fide pop star is more morose than her previous work, but no less camp. Her genuineness shines through the album’s convoluted narrative, and the songs are among her finest.

23.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

The second album from the Brighton four-piece is the sound of a band mercilessly digging into itself with a stunning, dynamic performance from singer-songwriter Dana Margolin.

22.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

On her debut album Forever, Ya Girl, the Chicago-bred, New York-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist KeiyaA merges Earl Sweatshirt-ish grime and the grit of deconstructed club with hints of psych and funk.

21.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

The thrill of Future Nostalgia—the title itself a claim to modern classic status—is in hearing her tailor the retro-funk form to suit her commanding attitude.

20.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
On his fourth album, singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold refines and hones Fleet Foxes’ crisp folk-rock sound, crafting another musically adventurous album that is warm and newly full of grace.

19.

November 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
1 review
With a distinctive singing voice and confidence in spades, the breakout Afropop star swoops through a pacesetting fusion of alté, R&B, Southern rap, mall-rock, and Top 40 pop.

18.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
On his masterful new album, Dan Bejar moves like a ghost through his familiar and inscrutable universe.

17.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
On her fifth solo album, the Irish singer finds a new role as a dancefloor truth-teller, infusing house and disco epics with thrilling expressions of desire, regret, and self-knowledge.

16.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
On their fourth installment, Killer Mike and El-P are back to tune up the ruling class and the racist police state, this time streamlining the process and settling into their most natural rhythm.

15.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Only the mind of Meg Remy can take the trauma inflicted on Earth and our childhoods and create something as wonderful as Heavy Light, another vivid and highly affecting album of experimental pop music.

14.

October 5, 2020
Critic Score
66
3 reviews

Long-delayed and eventually shelved, Jay Electronica’s near-mythical “lost” album finally sees official release after it was leaked. Even slightly unfinished, it is nearly an all-time classic, the kind of record that celebrates an art form while simultaneously pushing it forward.

13.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews
Phil Elverum resurrects his beloved Microphones alias for a 44-minute song about art-making, self-mythologizing, and the endless search for meaning.

12.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
The Philly rapper has evolved into an untouchable pop artist in sound and style. With deliriously good rapping and immaculate production, Uzi makes an event album live up to its name.

11.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

They are not showy pieces, but the depth of her relationship with her instrument is clear.

11.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

The Big Thief singer approaches familiar themes of loss, solitude, memory, and regret in some of the most vivid songwriting of her career.

10.

February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

Bad Bunny’s second album is outstanding. It’s a big party record that pushes boundaries and pays homage to reggaetón’s past and future, all made by a swaggering star with absolutely nothing to prove.

9.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
28 reviews
On her disco-inspired new album, Ware sounds bolder, looser — and frankly, more fun — than she has in a near-decade.

8.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
35 reviews
The third album from the trio is far and away their best. Intimate, multidimensional, and wide-ranging, the songwriting shines with personality and a great curiosity for melody and style.

7.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The iconoclastic artist moves to a plush and magisterial kind of rock music for a gratifying and intense record, one whose pleasures are viscerally immediate.

6.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
31 reviews
Six decades into his career, Bob Dylan delivers a gorgeous and meticulous record. It is the rare Dylan album that asks to be understood and comes down to meet its audience.

5.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews
Mike Hadreas’ fifth album glides between sublime melodies and grimy, guttural dissonance, embracing the joys and burdens of the human body and its innumerable, intangible yearnings.

4.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews
On her marvelous second album, Phoebe Bridgers defines her songwriting: candid, multi-dimensional, slyly psychedelic, and full of heart. Her music has become a world unto itself.

3.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
The sprawling second album from the crystal-voiced singer-songwriter is a riot of moods. Moses Sumney widens the scope of his work and takes full account of his self, warts and all.

2.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

With a shift in tone and tempo, Katie Crutchfield creates a vivid modern classic of folk and Americana. It’s the sound of a cherished songwriter thawing out under the sun.

1.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
93
32 reviews

Fiona Apple’s fifth record is unbound, a symphony of the everyday, an unyielding masterpiece. No music has ever sounded quite like it.

Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-albums-2020/
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4mo
It's a miracle/serious failure, that the best two albums of the year aren't even mentioned, Untitled (Black is) + (Rise) from Sault. Beside that, little surprise here, last year at least Fennesz came into Top 10.
4mo
How the fuck is the Lil baby deluxe better than charli
4mo
EA higher than rtj4? smh
4mo
pretty good list actually
but one question...

why is Lil Baby on this...
and why is it the deluxe version of his album???
4mo
This list is actually....good? Maybe they snapped
4mo
Moses :D
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