Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2020

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2020

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50.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

49.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
The album is a ratification of “bigger and better,” an example of steady improvement through impeccable craft.

48.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
The album is a confident solo debut that suggests the singer has valences she’s just beginning to explore.

47.

Lil Wayne - Funeral
January 31, 2020
Critic Score
60
11 reviews

46.

November 6, 2020
Critic Score
73
20 reviews

The Aussie pop singer’s 15th album is content to bask unapologetically in nostalgia.

45.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
69
19 reviews
The album tosses the singer’s pop aesthetic into the shredder with heavy metal and industrial rock.

43.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

The restless punk spirit and flippant, downtrodden ethos that prevail over the project render Protomartyr’s painstaking intellectualizations as fuel for a visceral winding up and release of discontent.

42.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

Allison’s progression as a songwriter is more acutely evident in the album’s darker, weightier subject matter.

41.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

HAIM’s instincts to veer a little more left of the dial on Women in Music Pt. III result in an album that strikes a deft balance between the experimental and the commercial, the moody and the uplifting.

40.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
The band continues to be unmatched at tackling the biggest questions with a profound, heart-wrenching intimacy.

39.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
70
23 reviews
Energy demands your attention with inviting, joyous beats and its vocalists’ direct appeals.

38.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

The album instantly feels more purposeful than its predecessor: Where Blood can feel labored over, perhaps too hungry for hits, Lianne La Havas isn’t seemingly beholden to such expectations.

37.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Gaslighter may not have been the album that country music needed, but it’s clearly the one that the Chicks needed to make.

35.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

34.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
63
5 reviews

31.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
Rather than significantly alter or challenge the singer’s previous approach, the EP merely embellishes it.

30.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
The album encompasses the infinite potential for grace and disaster during the most turbulent of ages.

29.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
By far the bounciest, most ecstatic song cycle of Arca’s career, the album is a celebration of actualization, whether that’s spurned by finding harmony internally or in communion with another.

28.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
The singer’s refusal to pick a lane is what makes the album her most compelling effort to date.

27.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

26.

February 24, 2020
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

25.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

24.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

23.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
74
25 reviews

21.

May 22, 2020
Critic Score
71
40 reviews

It might not live up to its lofty goals, but the sheer amount of daring on Notes on a Conditional Form solidifies the four guitar-wielding dudes of the 1975 as the biggest, boldest, and brashest purveyors of something resembling what we used to call rock n’ roll.

20.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

18.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

No matter how roomy or tight the mix is, or whether he’s caught in a moment of self-doubt or soaring confidence, he brings a sweet buoyancy to his music that carries Shamir, while also peeking into the torment of being inside his own head.

17.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

While Stevens often reaches great heights on The Ascension, he almost as often seems to get lost in his big ideas.

16.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

14.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
70
11 reviews

Dark Hearts opts for a different kind of escape. Ten years on from her last full-length album, the singer is reckoning with the present by diving headlong into her past with equal parts regret and wonder.

13.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

12.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

Adopting a free and easy Americana style marked by both twangy guitars and dreamy keys, the songs here are at once deeply intimate and broadly accessible, like selections from an alternative universe where modern mainstream country radio isn’t all pandering, homogenized slop.

11.

May 21, 2020
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
The album demonstrates the tangled multi-dimensionality of both the singer’s own psyche and the act of sex itself.

10.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews
The album advances the thesis that the nature of modern life is inherently carceral.

9.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
The album explores new levels of sonic innovation, expanding on old themes while finding new shades of emotional maturity.

8.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews

The end of the world is a central detail on Punisher, an influence over the uncertainty that falls over these dark but gorgeous songs.

7.

February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

6.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
Charli’s self-isolation imbues her fourth album, perhaps inevitably, with the confessional immediacy of bedroom-pop, even as the tracks reach for her signature brand of sonic maximalism. The result is a collection of songs that speaks to our current circumstances without being exclusively tethered to them.

5.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Future Nostalgia leans into the latter half of its oxymoronic title, offering a well-timed escape hatch to pop music’s past.

4.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

It isn’t the weight of the subject matter alone that makes the album feel so vital—it’s the exemplary caliber of her writing. She may sing of wasted potential, but Folklore finds Swift living up to all of the praise she earned for her songwriting earlier in career.

3.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

What’s Your Pleasure? is an album that, just a few months ago, might have felt like a nostalgia trip or a guilty pleasure, but now feels like manna for the soul.

2.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
75
32 reviews

On an album as sonically diverse as Miss Anthropocene, the most significant thread that holds it all together, more than the topic of climate change or its creator’s personal relationships, is Boucher’s wild imagination and commitment to experimenting with her sound.

1.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

On a purely musical level, it’s a bold experiment in pop craft, a collection of songs on which Apple stretches her talents in adventurous new directions ... Most importantly, the album is a vituperative catalog of the failures and pointless cruelties of a society propped up by fragile, nihilistic, patriarchal ideology.

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