Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2020

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2020

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50.

September 11, 2020
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

This is a staggering statement that manages to overthrow the greatness of even The Pale Emperor.

49.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

She’s as lucid as we’ve ever heard her, stripping down to her emotional core and daring us to make eye contact.

48.

Tired Lion - Breakfast For Pathetics
November 20, 2020
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

46.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

songs is Lenker’s most complete, her most personal work; her least comprehensible, but her most comprehensive.

45.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
42 reviews

Parker proves good songwriting can hold the basis of a band’s sound, and despite the lack of guitar here, The Slow Rush does just that. It’s not as pristine as previous entries, but it certainly holds up Tame impala’s incredible reputation.

43.

Seiko Oomori - Kintsugi
December 9, 2020
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

42.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Sorry is exactly the shot in the arm that indie-rock has been missing lately – a fearless band that has set out to make its mark on the new decade, and with 925, already has.

41.

Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep
October 23, 2020
Critic Score
86
1 review

40.

Elysia Crampton - Orcorara 2010
May 1, 2020
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

39.

The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
72
2 reviews

38.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
67
8 reviews

37.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

36.

Godcaster - Long Haired Locusts
September 4, 2020
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

35.

July 3, 2020
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
It’s hardly a sampler of the band’s full range, but some may be relieved by its concise runtime, easy digestibility, steady arsenal of thrills, relative independence from the development of Boris’ wider discography, and (for now) absence of confusing differences from version to version.

34.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

Once again, listeners must dig through a veritable mountain of songs to find the gold nuggets that are always present on her albums. But they are becoming fewer and farther between.

32.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Visions of Bodies Being Burned ruthlessly pulls at the edges of that world until it falls apart, dissolving back into our own, undoing the illusions its predecessor meticulously created.

30.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

On Circles, Mac Miller found his heaven, and it looked a lot like everyday life with the simple things.

28.

Dark Tranquillity - Moment
November 20, 2020
Critic Score
68
4 reviews
With two new guitarists, Dark Tranquillity seamlessly dive into an album of melancholic, atmospheric, metal that can only loosely be associated with standard melodic death metal.

27.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

If the immensely underrated Cassadaga was a roadtrip across America scored by psychedelic preachers and country singers in smoky bars, Down in the Weeds... is a twisted companion piece, one where the travelers rush home in fear that it's the last chance they'll ever get.

25.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
90
7 reviews

24.

June 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
To its general credit, this music doesn’t really belong to 2020, but neither is it a ‘90s time capsule: it’s a Hum record through and through, and its assurance as such is far more exciting than talk of timeframes, expectations or comebacks. Hum are right here.

22.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

Petals for Armor could never have been a Paramore album. It's not just the sonic depth and breadth of it, the way the production skims along styles and sheds them as effortlessly as Hayley Williams' hooks translate to every genre she tries. It's the uncompromising, scalding, open rawness of it.

20.

Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
February 14, 2020
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

Psychotic Waltz isn’t returning to a genre saturated with sound-alikes; they’re returning to a sound some have tried to emulate, but none have managed to reproduce.

19.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

After two and a half decades, Deftones are still finding new ways to energize, enrage, and inspire themselves – and with Ohms, they’re finding new ways to peak.

18.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
86
1 review

17.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
Sunny folk-rock that represents a more lighthearted - but equally beautiful - departure for one of the most influential acts of the past decade.

15.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
64
2 reviews

13.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

Miss Anthropocene takes everything about Grimes the musician – her uncanny ability to build a song out of parts no one ever thought to put together before, that idiosyncratic voice, her ear for a classic melody – and concisely packages it into her most penetrating record yet.

11.

February 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
What we have here will likely go down in history as the band’s magnum opus.

10.

December 2, 2020
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
This record holds up on its own terms, and it’s pretty enough to do well on anyone else’s.

9.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

Completely mesmerizing from start to finish, there’s virtually not a second here that won’t win you over. Just when I was getting a sense of “I’ve seen it all” when it comes to black metal, Im Wald restored my passion and love for the genre in a single, but massive 120-minute fell swoop.

6.

June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
41 reviews
On her sophomore solo album, following a few side projects and features on several nondescript indie songs, Phoebe Bridgers seems content to let her voice and lyrics do the heavy lifting.

5.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
The magic of their music is that you feel like a part of something bigger than yourself, like you can overcome your own cowardice or at least admit to its existence deep within.

4.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

Paradise Lost don’t lose an iota of focus or momentum in the making of this concise project – the scenario only serves to strengthen Obsidian’s case for being their most revered album for the years to come.

2.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

Microphones in 2020 hits the pause button for Phil to reflect and catch his breath, and in that there’s a certain peace to be found.

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