Clash's Albums of the Year 2020

Clash's Albums of the Year 2020

Original Source →

50.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Garcia allows these songs to ebb and flow without a clear end point in mind, allowing the interplay between her band-members to become this album’s primary draw. She has proven herself to be just as formidable a composer as she is a performer.

49.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
68
25 reviews
With 'Positions', Grande has positioned herself comfortably in a genre that she’s all too familiar with.

47.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

44.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

43.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
Despite the sadness that clearly surrounds this project there is plenty of positivity: the production of the album is impeccable, and the overwhelming message that shines through is of hope for the future

42.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
74
37 reviews
Boisterous, bright and brilliant, the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll band shine, sounding better than they have for years. Intimate, outward-looking and probing, it’s an illustrious effort, which should become an instant classic.

41.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

40.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

A must-listen for those who like their metal with depth and mystery.

39.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

38.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
14 reviews

This rhythmically expansive body of work could pass as a mixtape, traversing through a medley of sounds, eras and genres. The one thing consistent throughout are the standout vocals of Minsky-Sergeant.

37.

April 24, 2020
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

One of the UK’s most exciting drummers, Yussef Dayes, has collaborated with forward-thinking multi-instrumentalist and composer Tom Misch to release a pulsating new project.

36.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
72
4 reviews

35.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Their new project ‘Every Bad’ is full of the catchy songs that are overflowing with lo-fi ramshackle post-punk guitars and uplifting vocals.

34.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
As natural and inviting as the curling of the leaves, ‘Shore’ is Fleet Foxes at their best. A voice of comfort for an atmomised generation, this is less album, and more treasure trove.

33.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

‘Saint Cloud’ is the refreshed, reformed and matured Waxahatchee – and it’s glorious.

32.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
42 reviews

A solar system held in place by its own revolutions, ‘The Slow Rush’ is testament to the patient productivity and unrelenting creativity of Kevin Parker.

31.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

The music is engaging, yet thought provoking. It sounds unlike his previous three releases, but there is a continuation of ideas throughout. It’s an album from an artist who doesn’t pander to trends and goes his own path.

30.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

HAIM have given us the world on a silver platter, and in times like these, it’s the perfect antidote to normality.

29.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

28.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
Raw and ruthless, ‘Good News’ is the sound of Megan Thee Stallion pushing against the boundaries imposed on her until they break.

27.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
Paired with Roisin’s talent for house, funk, and experimental grooves, this is a bold and confident record with nothing to lose.

26.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

Its 10 tracks are tied together by pop structures and familiar, forceful bass drums, but inflected by jazz and footwork, they retain a capacity for surprise beyond a few days’ listening.

25.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

‘RTJ4’ is a must listen. It is diverse enough to appeal to even the hardest crowds.

24.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
A powerful and probing collection of songs...

23.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
A real pearl of a record, ‘Fake It Flowers’ is a starting statement that runs on unmitigated confidence, a revealing, enthralling, enchanting debut record.

22.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
A lesser rapper might sink in the mire, but Open Mike has always been dope on the mic, and ‘Anime, Trauma and Divorce’ find him at his best.

20.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
73
11 reviews

It’s clear from the first listen that this album serves as Teyana’s most personal steady project yet. Teyana has been marching to the beat of her drum since her introduction to the world back in 2006, and she’s kept her foot on our necks ever since.

19.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
Charli starts and ends with hard disorienting club bangers, leaving the middle of the album space to expose her tenderness and vulnerability while still retaining her futuristic, unpredictable sound and penchant for an irresistible pop hook.

18.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

‘Song For Our Daughter’ is a powerful and resounding success, and re-affirms Marling’s position as one of our most important feminist songwriters.

17.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

It’s so heart-rending you could keep yourself wrapped inside its comfort for hours and not come out. To all those troubled minds and torn hearts clinging to the past, this is utterly heavenly.

16.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
93
32 reviews
‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ feels like a seminal moment. Fiona Apple on a career of highs might just have produced her finest work yet. An album that we will surely look to as a cultural text, with its cutting commentary of contemporary culture and its feminist narratives.

15.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
77
32 reviews
More than ten years after she burst onto the scene with her Madonna-worshipping, take-no-prisoners maximalist dance-pop, Gaga has finally made a worthy follow-up to the album that made us fall in love with her in the first place.

14.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
It’s an album embracing difference, accepting highs and lows: just what we need right now.

13.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

Simply put, folklore is a speed bump. It is a small sliver of familiarity and nostalgia that broadcasts openness without resentment, mockery or one-sided representations, and finds Swift finally committing to shedding the brash, poppy sound in favor of the soft, tonal glow of reverb and contemplation.

12.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
Subversive, non-conformist and melodious, this record has the credentials of a classic rock and roll album. The decision to take a radical approach only works for the few, the possession of ammunition that’s needed to master such a challenge is not for anyone. Fontaines D.C. have it, and it seems as though they are only just scratching the surface of what’s to come...

10.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
On debut album ‘Edna’ he transcends the limits of any one scene, growing into a certified star.

9.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
28 reviews
It is a beautiful, enigmatic, joyous, sultry, utterly fabulous and insanely-inventive album that delivers above and beyond its expectations, quite a feat for a record conceived by one of the best British artists around at the moment.

8.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews
Disjointed? Slightly. But who cares. He’s conjured something mischievous and joyful. A record that feels like it’s been beamed in from a distant star, sounding something like a near and possible future.

7.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
Expertly thought through, the production matches rugged club elements to something a little deeper and more thoughtful, and it’s this balance that seems to serve the label so well right now.

6.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
Her power resides in a winning combination of pithy lyrics, catchy choruses and music that makes you get up and groove – a power she has undoubtedly harnessed for the entirety of this record. The result is liberating, intoxicating and punchy.

5.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

Raw artistry paired with rich heritage makes for a magnificent, spine-tingling first album for Rina Sawayama.

3.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews

‘Punisher’ is an immense album tackling the ugly and absurd sides to life with beauty, humour and self-awareness. It’s a unique reporting style and a key statement.

2.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

It represents a broadening and deepening of J Hus’ artistry, while sacrificing a tiny aspect of the immediacy that turned his Top 10 debut album ‘Common Sense’ into a modern British classic.

1.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

The Ungodly Hour is a soothing salve for a world on fire. It’s an avowal of sisterhood and sorority, a projection of a generation of young black women galvanized by a collective willingness to enact efficacious change in the face of adversity.

Original Source: https://www.clashmusic.com/features/clash-albums-of-the-year-2020
Comments
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.
Connect with AOTY
Like Us
Follow Us

April 2021 Playlist
Forums