No Ripcord's Best Albums of 2020

No Ripcord's Best Albums of 2020

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49.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

48.

Greg Dulli - Random Desire
February 21, 2020
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

47.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

46.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

It’s a heavy, at times uncomfortable listen, but one that feels intensely relatable. It finds strength in the somber and the morose by paining it in bright colors and wonderful riff work.

45.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

44.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

42.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Even at his most open, there's still this sense that his character-driven songs wouldn't exist without revealing the backstory of his Canadian roots. His sentiments are more palpable and poignant, but his approach is as casual as always.

41.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

40.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

What’s great about Sideways to New Italy is that it can be used as background noise, but anyone who has it in a vibe playlist will notice its' quality compared to its peers.

38.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

37.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Bodies Being Burned, despite coming out a year later, doesn’t feel like outtakes or leftovers. It’s a sharpening of the ideas introduced on Addiction to Blood, performed with clipping.’s classic graveness which only supports how scary this album can be. 

36.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
73
32 reviews
With all of the grand but empty ambitions, stylistic question marks, and underwritten but solid songs, Car Seat Headrest is still too smart, too catchy, too excellent to make this album worth shrugging off completely. At the soul of this occasionally soulless album, Toledo’s longing, emptiness, and hope still rings true.

35.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
28 reviews
It’s a great album that is built upon Williams’ pop sensibilities while trying out sharp and airy production that suits her voice perfectly.

34.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
In taking some chances, Fontaines D.C. channel a more complex musical dynamic: willing to experiment, but more streamlined, indebted to punk ferocity but close enough to pop song forms. And it mostly works, though the mixture of Chatten's weary attitudes coupled with the album's percussive and rhythmic uniformity sometimes implies a lack of thought.

33.

August 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
The chances Young Jesus take here in a songwriting sense are commendable, and with technical chops to boot. But overall, it's not quite the powerfully compelling, or approachable, experience that Rositter will have you believe it is.

32.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
From where we currently sit, it’s another intriguing entry into the Charli XCX canon, even if it does feel like more of a stopgap than anything.

31.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
90
7 reviews

30.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
31 reviews

Rough and Rowdy Ways is the ambitious opus we didn't think he'd return to after close to a decade of elegantly phoning it in.

28.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Despite Live Forever not being perfect, Bartees Strange swings for the fences on every song here. It’s exciting just to watch it unfold in front of your eyes.

27.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
76
33 reviews
This is breathtakingly good pop music, but oh what a stretch to retrofit the idea of human extinction onto it. The former comparative literature major inside me could write an essay on it, but that only further proves the point.

26.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Suddenly isn't his strongest work—and at times it indirectly anthologies his entire oeuvre—but it does solidify his place as a thinking person's electronic artist who injects meaning and empathy into his music above all else.

25.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

Melee, Dogleg's cathartic debut full-length, sounds like a celebration and a lamentation.

24.

May 22, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

23.

July 10, 2020
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Aside from continuing their streak of power pop gold, the harmonies on display (including Stokes’ multi-tracked ones) are ravishing.

21.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

It's only after several listens that the album's wholeness clarifies. Because the tracks tend to be downtempo, reflective, and downright sleepy, it takes time and patience to realize Bejar is working like a good storyteller.

20.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

This latest offering from Fleet Foxes embodies their entire catalog of folksy sounds, seasons it with some jazzy elements, and pares down some bloat (only one track over five minutes).

19.

June 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

17.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
The beats are an attraction in itself, but make no mistake: they wouldn't be as good if Gibbs weren't behind the mic spitting his poetic yet matter-of-fact observations.

16.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

These guys are still writing and playing at the top of their game, making another album that’s just as brutal as Stage Four, if not a little more palatable for everyday listening.

15.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
Stevens doesn’t feel the need to defend himself; he trusts that, this time, we know he’s not fucking around, delivering a confident album that runs through with hooks and synthesized textures that reach sky-high and often get there.

14.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

13.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Heavy Light is ambitious, grandiose, provocative, and, like Poem before it, still allows you to shake your ass in places if you want to.

12.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
The further you get, the sharper the writing becomes and the more introspective and unique the album feels.

11.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Small quibbles notwithstanding, Future Nostalgia is the perfect antidote to quarantine-induced cabin fever.

10.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

The band is coming into their own, romanticizing the more humdrum aspects of the everyday with both joyous celebration and sulky dissatisfaction.

9.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
I don’t really like writing pieces or my reviews around myself, but this is the album I needed to hear in a time of great anxiety. It is peaceful and near-perfect in a way that I think many people could use right now. I think you should hear it.

8.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

7.

May 20, 2020
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

With NO DREAM, Jeff Rosenstock illustrates how easy it is to jump from happy to sad, and while it may be disappointing, the people and things you love will make it comforting to settle in between.

6.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews
It weaves together a mess of influences to create a record that is his most ambitious, forward-thinking, and jaw-droppingly crafted yet. This feels like an all-encompassing record, telling his own personal story but also finding, mostly, the right balance between what worked so well throughout his discography so far.

5.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Whether they intend to or not, their tuneful, guitar-driven songcraft practically obliterates the left-of-center indie that's softened the genre into dreamy, pillowy mush.

4.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

The companion album instrumentals consists of two extended tracks. The first, for indigo, is a scrapbook of strums and chords that Lenker can use as a sampler to construct fuller songs in the future.

4.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Whereas abysskiss stayed on drearier paths, songs is as colorful and varied as her grandmother’s painting of wildflowers that adorns its cover.

3.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Tumor’s latest works on the issues of Safe while reaching for new genres and ideas, creating a project that’s a very strong step in the right direction.

2.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews

Over the past few years, it may have seemed like Bridgers was a team player, but on Punisher, she reannounces herself as a solo songwriter reaching her peak.

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