Loud and Quiet's Best Albums of 2020

Loud and Quiet's Best Albums of 2020

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40.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

It isn’t hyperbole to point out that what we’re dealing with on Heart’s Ease is something that reaches into the distant past of the rural labouring class. But that isn’t why it’s good; no, it’s the sheer enduring potency of the material, the magnificent austerity of the delivery and arrangements.

39.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Contorting percussive grooves into meticulously crafted experimental pop arrangements, Room For The Moon is fluidly expressive.

37.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

36.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
Headie One is at last ready to assume his place at the top table of UK music.

35.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

34.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
74
25 reviews

You have to lean into Man Alive! to receive its message; it won’t come to you, but what lies in wait if you do is the dark, harsh truth. King Krule is one of the few artists ready to stare it in the eye.

33.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews

There’s a dichotomy at the heart of records like this. RTJ4 is a stark reminder that the consumption of art as either entertainment or cultural document are two inseparable actions.

32.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
29 reviews

In reality, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately burns with passion – desirous of musical exploration at every turn, but more crucially, driven by a craving to wrestle with issues bigger than himself.

31.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
74
9 reviews

While such a bold departure in sound should be applauded, with Renegade Breakdown Marie Davidson has created an album that misses more times than it hits.

30.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

This record will earn the cultish acclaim coming its way.

29.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
Holding it all together are her mercurial vocals – by turns smooth and smoky, and, like Badu’s, telling stories littered with her own idiosyncrasies. A remarkable debut.

27.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

An album that’s as complex and compelling as anything he’s ever made and while it doesn’t provide the instant gratification of its predecessors, Suddenly still has that intangible quality that’s characterised every Caribou album to date.

26.

Skepta, Chip & Young Adz - Insomnia
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
The album’s riches only go to explain the reason why so many potential collaborations fall apart or underwhelm; not everyone can provide this level of selfless dedication to one another and to the project. As a result we are blessed with an album filled with greatness only.

25.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
Adrianne Lenker’s songs seem to effortlessly flow out of her, suggesting even better things are yet to come.

25.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews
Her songs feel age-old, with a haunting serenity. The talent she possesses is something so special and rare that it feels wrong to reduce it to a simple review.

24.

Jockstrap - Wicked City
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

For a sophomore EP, Wicked City packs the oomph of a debut. It’s bold and declarative, while also retaining a sense of mystery.

22.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Split into two parts, the intent is for us to explore the “grey” in-between songs, spaces and words. It’s the kind of artistic abstraction that’s easily dismissed, but with Sumney’s energy sparking throughout this meandering collection of tracks, it’s hard not to be a little suckered in.

21.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

20.

Megan Thee Stallion - Suga
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

19.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

Throughout, Crack Cloud delight. Pain Olympics is an incendiary snapshot of a real musical force.

18.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

There are too many simultaneous ideas, too much comfort in saturating the sound palette throughout Heaven to a Tortured Mind for it to have mass appeal, and yet it is that very freewheeling experimentation that makes it such an intoxicating listen.

17.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

With the British Asian point of view remaining among the most under-represented voices in contemporary music, someone of Ahmed’s profile being willing to write with this level of conscious clarity demands everyone’s attention.

16.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

15.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

14.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

The tumult and churn of Out in the Storm must now feel worth it: this stunningly pretty ode to recovery is Crutchfield’s finest work, and possibly her masterpiece.

13.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Throughout, Clipping stun and shock with their most complete work to date, and Visions of Bodies Being Burned proves the group to be as dynamic as they are devastating.

12.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

11.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews

This is an awkward record in places, but then, so is Bridgers; her sheer force of personality remains her greatest asset, and it’s more than enough to carry Punisher over the line.

10.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
72
4 reviews

9.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

Like all the best pop albums, it doesn’t concern itself with being too clever, too cool or too serious, and it conveys that intent brilliantly: raising smiles, moving limbs, hearts aching for something more.

8.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Ultimate Success Today is thought-provoking, distinctive and testament to the boldness of post-punk in the present day.

7.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

6.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

Simply put, if Free Humans was a film, then it’d be The Goonies directed by Werner Herzog. It’s a surreal, heartwarming adventure through the hedges and hedgerows of Britain’s musical fringes – an absolute masterpiece.

5.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

It’s this independent mindset and unapologetic disposition that makes Maidza a magnetic personality, making Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 an essential chapter in her musical career even as it still only begins to take proper shape.

4.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews
Like the very best music, it contains multitudes – it’s a rallying cry for those without a voice, a deep lesson in empathy, a dive into a singular mind, a damn good pop record. Listen. Find out what it means to you. We’ll be talking about it for a long time.

2.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
This album is a leap in artistry that sees Kelly Lee Owens return fully-formed, hopefully more fulfilled, and damn near flawless.
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