musicOMH's Top 50 Albums Of 2020

musicOMH's Top 50 Albums Of 2020

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50.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Letter To You provides both a moving thematic adjunct to Springsteen On Broadway and a timely and welcome burst of the sheer euphoria that only the E Street Band can inject.

49.

November 6, 2020
Critic Score
73
20 reviews

The sound is largely fresh and pays genuine homage to carefree nights at the disco with gusto, charm and flair, all qualities that Minogue has in spades.

48.

Baauer - Planet's Mad
June 19, 2020
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

Planet’s Mad is an intense listen, a runaway train devouring everything in its path. It’s also an absolute tour de force from an extremely talented producer who is only going from strength to strength.

47.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

The result is something that should please fans of The National as it’s not exactly a million miles away from his main band’s output, although there is a more laid back feel to the collection as less of the limelight is shared with others.

46.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

As Long As You Are is an endlessly rewarding listen, and it’s certainly worth the wait, but did you really expect anything else?

45.

April 24, 2020
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

What makes Shortly After Take Off work is the attention to detail, both musically and lyrically.

44.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
71
6 reviews
This is an album which, although it encompasses many feelings, never seems to fully settle on one – and therefore it’s both incredibly prescient and incredibly easy to get lost in its whirlwind wonderland of bittersweet narratives.

43.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

It all adds up to a very enjoyable record, one that fits in well with the current pop landscape while also working beyond it.

42.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

At its core, it’s Lopatin distorting the mechanisms of listening to and researching sound, in order to facilitate retroactive analysis.

41.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

As a writer of quasi-autobiographical songs that offer uniquely considered observations on human relationships and general life detail, Gold Record proves he’s moving into a realm of his own.

39.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

Data Lords dissects the impact of big data and the corporate internet on our creative lives, and contrasts it with the wonder and beauty of the natural world. This proves to be a rich and multifaceted theme for exploration in large scale orchestral jazz arrangements, and Schneider’s music and the improvised contributions of her band members perfectly express her ideas and feelings.

38.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

Big Conspiracy showcases both of these sides well, while exploring a darker side of his sound palette and confirming his place in the new generation of post-grime British artists.

37.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

Home is a groovy, infectious and deeply listenable record, recommended for all fans of repetitive electronic beats.

36.

November 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
Sure, there may be a huge Elastoplast stuck over the band rather than just glue holding the bones in place, and you will hear many an echo of past tracks throughout, but as the superb Witch’s Spell proves, this show ain’t over ‘til it’s over.

35.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

At 16 songs and a mere 43 minutes, Chromatica can feel a tad frenzied, but in the round marks a deft return to Lady Gaga’s club-pop roots, resplendent with much ’90s influence.

34.

Jade Hairpins - Harmony Avenue
May 29, 2020
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

32.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

30.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
The album takes us on a journey via warm melodies and spoonfuls of sleepy, mindful music. It is full of nicely woven songs that are also life-affirming and gracious.

29.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

Night Network may not be the 12 tracks which would shake the person who doesn’t like The Cribs out of their most curious position. But it is 12 more assertions of greatness from a band who you really should like.

28.

Humanist - Humanist
February 21, 2020
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

27.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

26.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
What this three-hour opus does is show Matmos to still be intrepid sonic explorers, pushing the boundaries of musical orthodoxy and consolidating their unique position within the avant-garde.

25.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

24.

July 10, 2020
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Across the 12 songs here, we experience some of the finest moments of his career to date.

23.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
29 reviews

His new album, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, is the next in a long line of superb albums. Like No Shape, it retains rockist sensibilities, and the ear for radio play. Like Too Bright, it alternates violently between tenderness and alienation. Like all the great albums, it feels like it was written directly to, for, or about you – the listener.

22.

July 10, 2020
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

Healing Is A Miracle is the sound of an artist gently and creatively exploring new ways to progress her music without sacrificing any of the crystalline, deceptively powerful identity she’s built up over the years.

21.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

Song For Our Daughter is a return to what made her so widely admired. These are songs of undoubted depth and longevity that can provide moments of relief and solace to those in need.

20.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
87
9 reviews
It is probably the most relaxing and calming record Daniel has made in his guise as The Soft Pink Truth; the sonic equivalent of poking a flower down the barrel of a gun.

19.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Thomas’s music endears unhindered by tunnel vision perspectives, and is engendered with a sense of inclusivity ... The underlying message of Fun City is that everyone should feel welcome in the place chosen as home and that those who seek to exclude need to leave themselves at the door.

18.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

It Is What It Is sparkles with inventive songwriting, chunky production and pervasive good vibes, a worthwhile addition to any R&B or jazz fan’s collection.

17.

I Like Trains - Kompromat
August 21, 2020
Critic Score
70
6 reviews

16.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Shore is a glorious, life-affirming collection of songs, a move to the centreground that shows his absorbing of musical influences is paying rich dividends. It has ‘future classic’ written all over it.

15.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
It is, quite simply, a staggeringly good record for an artist at this late stage of what has been a remarkable career, entirely made up of original compositions and worthy in its own way to stand alongside the masterpieces of its creator’s mid-’60s and mid-’70s halcyon periods.

14.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Suddenly finds Snaith in his element, writing beautifully endearing tunes and setting them to multi-layered production in a way only he can, and the results are spectacular.

13.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
It has many well-crafted moments and some stellar production choices, and there aren’t any outright bad songs; the likelihood is that some of the less obviously pop moments have the potential to grow over time.

12.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews

With this album they add several more tunes to a rich canon of protest music that will galvanise an oppositional movement.

11.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
84
15 reviews
Collins is a musical key worker, her songs compelling at every turn.

10.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
This new release sees Bowie settle into a rock-ish style, peppered with electronic effects and more focused on lyrics and groove than previous releases.

9.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

The result is surely one of the best pop albums of 2020, and is possibly Ware’s finest to date. A sensual delight, What’s Your Pleasure? is the ultimate in post-disco gratification.

8.

Ane Brun - After The Great Storm
October 30, 2020
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

7.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
94
31 reviews
While it’s certainly not an album for background listening, those who are willing to invest some time in it will be rewarded by one of the most remarkable records released this year.

6.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
40 reviews
Punisher is funny but serious, subtle yet obtuse, familiar and somehow simultaneously entirely unique. Even if in the final analysis it’s still not massively folky.

5.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Both music and subject matter are sometimes claustrophobic, but the whole of Kitchen Sink is infused with a humour and empathy that opens the album out. It might be on point, but it never feels overly worthy; it’s a truthful account told in engrossing style.

4.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

Shunning a tried-and-tested formula to focus on evolution and experimentation is always a massive risk. But by choosing to embrace their calmer, and often much darker side, the Dubliners could well have given us their masterpiece.

3.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Put on your legwarmers and some neon, for it’s time to dance away our fears while nobody’s watching. This vibrant, audacious collection of pop bangers signposts the way.

2.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

Folklore is sad, beautiful, somewhat tragic, a little bit off the wall, but most of all it feels free.

1.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
Accept no imitations, this album has some of the best electronic music you’ll hear all year.
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