Beats Per Minute's Top 50 Albums of 2020

Beats Per Minute's Top 50 Albums of 2020

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50.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

49.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
This is a life-affirming album which is not held back by the restrictions of linguistics and the limitations that words bring, and it may be just what you need to lift you out of yourself in these troubled times.

47.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
This is how Liturgy were always destined to end up – producing a work of such complete and utter, bewildering wonderment. But nobody expected it to be this good.

46.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
The realism of Ka’s music is brutal and honest, and doesn’t require layers of thick production to pull you into the atmosphere.

45.

October 26, 2020
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

This latest effort does nothing to upset that impressive trend, comprising their most sophisticated sound and presentation yet, seeing them grow beyond youthful exuberance to deliver pop with a bit more of a weathered, knowing edge.

44.

Pet Shimmers - Trash Earthers
October 2, 2020
Critic Score
81
1 review

42.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
She may be staying indoors, but Ela Minus’ work just may be the proverbial push we need back outside of our cramped state of stress.

41.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Read has opened up immensely on both an emotional and musical level, resulting in her most resonant body of work yet.

40.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Lament will be another great tool and guide for coping with this grey existence – especially when we’ll all eventually get to revel in it together and heal as one.

39.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

38.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

He may have been on the fringes until now, but with Live Forever, one of the year’s most daring records, he signals his intent – this is an artist not merely requesting his seat at the table, but demanding it.

37.

Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - Ashioto
September 18, 2020
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

36.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

34.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

31.

May 20, 2020
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

NO DREAM channels the precise anger and weariness that has surfaced from what CNN’s Don Lemon recently deemed two deadly viruses killing Americans: COVID-19 and racism.

28.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
28 reviews
Though the album title poses a question to the listener, it feels directed inward – as if Ware asked herself what she wanted out of her own music, and then delivered on it.

25.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
74
25 reviews

With true, human conflict between happiness and sadness on full display, Man Alive! is unequivocally King Krule’s, or better yet, Archy Marshall’s most sobering work yet.

24.

February 24, 2020
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

23.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

If nothing else, Lianne La Havas should be a testament to one of the best songwriters occupying that intersection of pop, R&B, and art rock right now.

22.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

Her new album, Song For Our Daughter, is the first record she has written away from the road, and the evidence is there in the sometimes homely feel and the dulled theatrical flair.

21.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews

The main difference between Stranger in the Alps and Punisher is simply maturation of her writing, which might well have come from working with so many talented songwriters in the last couple of years – but you would never mistake one of Bridgers’ songs for anyone else’s.

20.

IZ*ONE - BLOOM*IZ
February 17, 2020

19.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
Throughout the record, Protomartyr discuss the state of the world without beating the listener over the head with the themes – indeed, the pounding ache we all feel is easily tackled by the instrumentals alone.

18.

December 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

While remaining delicate throughout. Windswept Adan is a landscape, an aquatic world to be lost within, and one from which you’ll scarcely want to emerge.

17.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

From the Krautrock-leaning ripper “Tunnel Vision” to their dystopian Devo impersonation “Ouster Stew”, Crack Cloud explore the cracks and crevices of punk and new wave to the deepest and most feral depths.

16.

August 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
In all of the album’s slow-churning delightfulness, both lyrically and musically, Young Jesus have succeeded in striking an aural balance between meditative and unpredictable that simultaneously positions listeners inward and on their toes.

15.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
1 review

14.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

With a wide range of enjoyment coming from each cut, Ohms further cements Deftones as the premier mainstream rock band to reinvent themselves every decade.

13.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Heaven To A Tortured Mind is the kind of album that challenges listeners sonically and lyrically, and makes absolutely no bones about it.

12.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Room For The Moon takes that fantastical potential and runs with it, creating an utterly unique and engrossing album that will set your imagination afloat in a world of possibility.

11.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

It seems unlikely that writing and recording songs and instrumentals allowed Lenker to fully heal her heart, but in among its living, breathing atmosphere are signs of new life and new hope.

11.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

She has found a finer balance between her more abstract images and cutting to the quick, which makes her gentle poetry more impactful than ever.

10.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Grӕ is so rich in content and so vast in musicality it would be impossible to unpack everything in a single review. It is complex yet universal – comforting yet unsettling. It lives in an incorporeal realm of its own, and somehow, Sumney has gained complete and utter command over it.

9.

ZOMBIE-CHANG - TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO
August 5, 2020
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO is sinewy, lean yet complex, it’s absolutely throbbing at near all times. It’s both inviting and hostile.

8.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
Pecknold is putting his anxieties to the side and trying to ignore expectation in favour of just making beautiful, open-hearted music that’s filled with upbeat melodies that sound great on a long drive.

7.

May 22, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

What really strikes you upon listening to Island is the cinematic sweep of its overall structure ... Island bears the influence of Pallett’s forays into modern classical and soundtrack composition; this doesn’t feel like a mere collection of separate songs with each containing its own crescendo.

6.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews
Elverum has produced one of his defining works here. It is a monumental piece that dextrously straddles his musical epochs; it is an account of history and a document of where he is now.

4.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

2.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, for its part, feels like a culmination and natural progression of all that has come before.

1.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Anime, Trauma and Divorce is a self-help rap record that manages to be heart-breaking and humorous at the same time, and never takes its audience for granted, which is a rare find in any medium.

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4mo
nice to see some love for that new Owen Pallet record :)
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