Northern Transmissions Best Albums of 2020

Northern Transmissions Best Albums of 2020

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30.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
77
32 reviews

Musically, Ultra Mono is as tight, ballistic, and in your face as IDLES have ever been ... Lyrically, Ultra Mono is louder – and prouder – than the band have ever been.

29.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

A Hero’s Death is a moodier, broodier pivot from their blustering 2019 debut, Dogrel. The band know the change might turn away some fans, and they’re okay with it; they’re okay being the hero in “A Hero’s Death.”

28.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

Despite the few moments where Bejar lulls the listener into an apathy paralysis, Have We Met is one of the strongest albums in Destroyer’s fruitful career.

27.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Heaven To a Tortured Mind is as intoxicating, exhilarating, daring, and adventurous as fans have come to expect of Yves Tumor.

25.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

24.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

It’s a lovely collection of songs that should only enhance Allison’s standing as one of the premier talents of her generation, female or otherwise.

23.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

As surprising as the release of the record is, possibly more surprising will be seeing folklore become the record that turns a whole generation of dismissers into actual fans.

22.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

It’s exceedingly rare that a band’s third album is anything but fodder to keep the brand going, but Haim have exceeded expectations with Women In Music Pt. III. The record is a beautiful account of what it is to be young and sensitive in the world today.

21.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
74
36 reviews

On The New Abnormal, the Strokes sound more in sync than almost ever.

20.

Kurt Vile - Speed, Sound, Lonely KV
October 2, 2020
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

19.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

The entirety of Neon Skyline is so emotionally direct and engaging that the spoils are best left to discover on your own.

18.

June 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Despite its maximalist guitar texturing and extra-epic song lengths (half of its tracks sit above eight minutes), Inlet hardly wears out its welcome.

17.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

It’s easy and accurate to call Margolin a strong songwriter and performer. But what makes Every Bad special is the way in which it all sounds so familiar, like other bands and songs, but, as your ear tries to pin things down, ultimately like nothing else.

16.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
Stevens has said that this is his more pessimistic record yet but with him crafting this album, one with so much thoughtfulness to it, shows that ultimately while he is upset with how things are in the current climate, he cares enough to air his grievances in this intriguing, beautiful and quite sprawling way.

15.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Shore is a bright, beguiling and hopeful statement that reflects on what has come before, where we find ourselves and leaves us anticipating the coming changing of the season in the most encouraging way possible.

13.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

Ugly yet beautiful ‘Atlas Vending’ just illustrates how METZ are the masters of their craft.

12.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

10.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
29 reviews

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately is attentively and intelligently constructed. At the same time, the album doesn’t feel overthought or overly intricate. It’s Hadreas’ personal, idiosyncratic take on pop music, but it’s also one that’s easy to appreciate.

9.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
Where others might have made a big ol’ mess of his ever-evolving inspiration, this visionary has crafted something simply wonderful.

8.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

6.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

Muzz may be saddled under the supergroup denomination but their genuine care to the craft of this record should hopefully allow them to have listeners treat this as its own thing; a beautifully made album from three very talented artists.

4.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews
Run The Jewels are giving you the soundtrack to fight the oppressors and the antidote to today’s unrelenting barrage of bullshit.

3.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

The entirety of the album is transportive. Even through the fragility of the songs and performance, it feels as if Lenker physically grabs you and places you directly in front of herself, singing these songs in a cabin in the woods.

2.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews

It’s a staggering artistic statement, one that doesn’t come along often, straight from her head and into all of our hearts.

1.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews

Punisher is a rare album. One that has been anxiously anticipated and also fulfills expectations on every level. There’s an understated charge that elevates every single moment in Bridger’s songs to the point where they are almost excruciatingly relatable.

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4w
no Day Wave :(
who am i kidding
that was never gonna make a list like this in a year like this
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