Pitchfork's 35 Best Rock Albums of 2020

Pitchfork's 35 Best Rock Albums of 2020

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Bartees Strange - Live Forever
October 2, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Live Forever argues that life is not some march toward a peak, but a closed loop—one that’s tighter if you’re Black. The brilliance of Bartees’ debut is in how it carves out an expansive space within that loop.

Ben Seretan - Youth Pastoral
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
Six decades into his career, Bob Dylan delivers a gorgeous and meticulous record. It is the rare Dylan album that asks to be understood and comes down to meet its audience.

Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
The songs are occasionally great—“Ghosts” and “Burnin’ Train,” in particular—and sometimes they feel remarkable just due to their old-school presentation.

Chubby and The Gang - Speed Kills
January 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

DEHD - Flower Of Devotion
July 17, 2020
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

Recording in a studio, the Chicago DIY trio sound newly airy and lush, but no less direct and sincere. Their confidence in their concision is the best part.

Deradoorian - Find The Sun
September 18, 2020
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
Angel Deradoorian’s second LP is darker, less polished, and openly meditative. Even in its most psychedelic moments, the fuzzy aesthetic gives her music an earthy, grounded feel.

Dogleg - Melee
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
The thrilling debut from the Detroit rock band burns hot and bright. It’s a record that’s as melodic as it is physical, where pent-up aggression turns into physical liberation.

HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III
June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
The third album from the trio is far and away their best. Intimate, multidimensional, and wide-ranging, the songwriting shines with personality and a great curiosity for melody and style.

Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM
May 20, 2020
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
New York’s most anxious punk delivers hook after hook on an album that deals with evergreen sociopolitical concerns yet sounds like it could’ve been written 30 minutes ago.

Lomelda - Hannah
September 4, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

The stunning, open-hearted new album from indie rock singer-songwriter Hannah Read renders personal crises with a deft and delicate touch.

Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels
April 24, 2020
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Drawing as much from punk as roadhouse blues, Lucinda Williams’ loud and unsparing new album is some of the heaviest, most inspiring music of her career.

Magik Markers - 2020
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

Melkbelly - PITH
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

No Home - Fucking Hell
June 24, 2020
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

OHMME - Fantasize Your Ghost
June 5, 2020
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews
On her marvelous second album, Phoebe Bridgers defines her songwriting: candid, multi-dimensional, slyly psychedelic, and full of heart. Her music has become a world unto itself.

Porridge Radio - Every Bad
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

The second album from the Brighton four-piece is the sound of a band mercilessly digging into itself with a stunning, dynamic performance from singer-songwriter Dana Margolin.

Shamir - Shamir
October 2, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
The singer-songwriter’s vibrant, self-titled seventh album bridges the gap between his lo-fi impulses and the more conventional pop sound of his debut, without compromising his artistry.

Shopping - All Or Nothing
February 7, 2020
Critic Score
75
13 reviews
The disco-punk trio’s new record leans more heavily on synthesizers and drum pads, but stops just shy of redefining the group as a synth-pop band.

Soakie - Soakie
February 14, 2020
Critic Score
80
1 review

Soccer Mommy - color theory
February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

The second album from singer-songwriter Sophie Allison is piercing and unpredictable. In contrast to its bigger and brighter sound, the mood is grimmer, the emotional truths darker.

Soul Glo - Songs to Yeet at the Sun
November 6, 2020
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
74
23 reviews
The most surprising thing about the album isn’t how far Malkmus has strayed from his comfort zone. It’s how at home he sounds there.

Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
40 reviews

On his fourth album, Kevin Parker takes a breath and eases into a smoother psychedelic sound. Even without the adrenaline-filled highs, the compositions are as rich and thoughtful as ever.

Touché Amoré - Lament
October 9, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
On their phenomenal fifth album, the post-hardcore band work with famed producer Ross Robinson and come away with their most affecting and resonant music yet.

U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Only the mind of Meg Remy can take the trauma inflicted on Earth and our childhoods and create something as wonderful as Heavy Light, another vivid and highly affecting album of experimental pop music.

Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

With a shift in tone and tempo, Katie Crutchfield creates a vivid modern classic of folk and Americana. It’s the sound of a cherished songwriter thawing out under the sun.

Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The iconoclastic artist moves to a plush and magisterial kind of rock music for a gratifying and intense record, one whose pleasures are viscerally immediate.

Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-rock-albums-2020/
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