American Songwriter's Top Albums of 2020

American Songwriter's Top Albums of 2020

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October 23, 2020
Critic Score
32 reviews
His songwriting brilliance lies in adding just enough conflict or tension, just enough juxtaposition of details, so we can simultaneously strap in beside him as he launches his memory’s time machine, and keep a foot anchored in the present — such as it is.

March 19, 2020
Critic Score
7 reviews

Jimmy LaFave - Highway Angels...Full Moon Rain
September 11, 2020
Critic Score
1 review

Kip Moore - Wild World
May 29, 2020
Critic Score
3 reviews

Wild World is his manifesto, dropping in a time when we need all the hope we can get.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
34 reviews

Steep Canyon Rangers - Arm in Arm
October 16, 2020
Critic Score
4 reviews

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
25 reviews

It’s an arresting finish to an album so full of emotion, it takes a while to absorb it all. It’s not perfect, and it’s not meant to be. But the juxtaposition of slickness and rawness somehow works, making the kind of statement the Chicks have been working toward since they first sang of mattress dancing and offing that unfaithful Earl.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
14 reviews

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
36 reviews
This more elusive, rootsy style suits Crutchfield well. It allows space to capture a clearer eyed vision of a life she’s still trying to balance, sort out and work through …just like the rest of us.
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