Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2020

Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2020

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19.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
Along with respectful nods to the past, Dua Lipa blasts forward into the future by proclaiming that girls will not only be women everywhere, but most certainly in pop music and most certainly on an album that is only the beginning of what this woman can do.

18.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

16.

January 24, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Bonny Light Horseman excels in its simplicity, camaraderie and passion. The record is coolly grandiose and splendid, but never pompous.

14.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Juggling a wide range of genres and features, Gorillaz return to peak form on Song Machine.

13.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
74
25 reviews

Essentially, Man Alive! offers just as much of a musical smorgasbord as either of King Krule’s previous albums and, on the surface, one could regard it as more of the same if one were so inclined.

12.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews
Swift’s first “alternative” record doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a gentle, spontaneous collection of lyric poetry.

11.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

What’s Your Pleasure? is one of the few albums made since trad-disco’s revival to intimately know not only every nook and cranny of the genre’s blueprints but how to trace each aspect to present-day manifestations.

10.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

After the dense and solemn Crack-Up, Robin Pecknold returns the Fleet Foxes to their roots with an album just as perceptive and thoughtful as their debut.

9.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
At once providing showcases for their guests and weaving the other musicians’ voices into the album’s larger tapestry, Tumor proves to be a generous collaborator while consistently reinforcing their bold, singular vision.

8.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Though Sumney’s fears of solitude still define much of the album, his embrace of the spaces between binaries opens up new possibilities for self-definition and actualization, and the album suggests that the artist might be rising out of the shadows he explores so tenderly.

7.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Saint Cloud marks Crutchfield’s evolution from gifted songwriter into masterful storyteller, standing shoulder to guitar-slung shoulder beside Lucinda Williams and Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. It is the sound of the rainbow that follows the storm.

6.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
90
30 reviews

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately may be more of a slow burn than a raging inferno, but it still glows with warmth and light, encouraging others to set their own hearts ablaze.

5.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

It’s a fresh take on the Big Thief singer’s fascination with the harmony of music and environment, and a deep breath after the trauma and devastation of songs.

5.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Despite their instrumental sparsity, songs and instrumentals are albums rich in detail, and when taken as a whole they feel less like a question and more like a resolution.

4.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

It’s hard to gauge the “importance” of an album as new and fresh in the mind as RTJ4, but even if the day comes when its themes won’t be socially relevant anymore, one can imagine that its power as a work of art will not dissipate over time.

3.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
31 reviews

Rough and Rowdy Ways stands unimpeachably among the very best albums of Dylan’s six decade career.

2.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews

The disc nails certain facets of her experience with its open and careful language, and that singular, unending pursuit keeps the album focused.

1.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
93
32 reviews

It may seem presumptuous to assume a brand new album is destined for that level of canonization, but let’s be clear: Fetch the Bolt Cutters is a triumph, one designed with emotional and creative fearlessness and made by someone with absolutely nothing to prove and the drive to make exactly what she wants to make.

Original Source: https://spectrumculture.com/2020/12/17/top-20-albums-of-2020/
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