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The Young Folks' Top 50 Albums of 2020

The Young Folks' Top 50 Albums of 2020

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50.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

48.

December 11, 2020
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

They ditched their plunderphonics-only mindset, grabbed ahold of new artists as vocal guests, and still managed to make it a great addition to their discography, with as many, if not more important lessons to gain.

47.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
Despite the fun times not feeling as great as they used to and whatever emotions he’s not willing to confront, Thundercat still knows how to craft a record. And for whatever he’s lost or missed along the way, it is what it is.

46.

May 21, 2020
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

Side B is a little flatter than the first Dedicated, but I don’t think it was a bad decision to release more of the 200+ songs she reportedly wrote for the album. If you like Carly Rae Jepsen, you’ll like it.

45.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

It is pop and sentimental, a cohesively varied ride that gives listeners plenty of singles to pluck out based on their own slice of creative madness.

43.

May 20, 2020
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

41.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

39.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

Here, the melodies are good, but the songs still fall flat. They are good at writing lyrics, but the lyrics do not feel satisfactorily cohesive.

37.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

34.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
74
37 reviews

As today’s mainstream looks for comfort and solace in a time of uncertainty, the nostalgic The New Abnormal is rather appropriate for a time when absurdity is every day.

33.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

Miss Anthropocene’s less interesting musicality, particularly the dull thud of its beats, draws attention to the brickwalling and make the whole experience that much less enjoyable.

31.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

29.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
89
31 reviews

Bob Dylan’s 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, finds the aging Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter looking to the past and settling comfortably there both in terms of sound and subject matter.

28.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

What Petals for Armor thinks is stripped-down and intimate actually sounds unfinished and undercooked musically. Williams’s great songwriting remains intact, even if sometimes she’s still awkward confronting her past, but the music here is mostly boring and basic.

27.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

The band plays with feature artists like a grandmaster plays with chess pieces; weaving them in confusing, but intelligent ways until it results in a complete victory.

26.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
69
19 reviews

25.

April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
While the initial impact of the album may feel almost “too” subtle and delicate, careful consideration of Marling’s themes and production makes this album one of this year’s best.

24.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

23.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

Each song leads beautifully to the next and Deacon clearly built the album with a cohesive experience in mind. Like a digital-infused sunrise, it is beautiful with every rotation.

22.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

The songs are reliably sunny and up-tempo like the best of Tennis singles of the past, but there is a perfect amount of weight here that keeps their brand of airy pop from floating away.

21.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

If you are looking for spooky tales in an urban setting, or if you want more of Daveed Diggs’s music in your life, then Visions of Bodies Being Burned and its predecessor There Existed an Addiction to Blood are for you.

19.

January 31, 2020
Critic Score
73
25 reviews

Throughout High Road, Kesha maintains an exciting unpredictability as every song wanders into various genres, hooks, and vocal deliveries.

18.

November 27, 2020
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

At the end of 2020, Plastic Hearts arrives as a relief, a reminder of the fun to be had and the beauty along the way.

17.

February 29, 2020
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

16.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
This album is just very lovely, and it’s full of gratitude for the past, as messy as it may sometimes be. It doesn’t reinvent any wheels, it’s just very, very lovely.

15.

May 29, 2020
Critic Score
77
32 reviews

While it might not have the staying power to be revived in whatever post-COVID world people face, Chromatica is at least a sign that Gaga still knows how to have fun. She’s created a wild party for herself in the 12 years since her breakthrough, but she could still get lost with her little monsters rather than hover above them.

14.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

13.

May 22, 2020
Critic Score
70
42 reviews

Notes on a Conditional Form is a strange album that will be undoubtedly be alienating to some. However, for a band of this size to end their run with something this ambitious is worth at least some praise. Whether you like it or not, there will undoubtedly be a song or two that will stick with you.

12.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

Run the Jewels prove themselves to be a great band on RTJ4, and not just a combination of two separate talents working together.

11.

January 17, 2020
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

Circles is an occasionally tragic but as a whole comforting farewell to one of the most unique artists in rap history.

10.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

It’s her most consistently engaging album, with a rustic charm delivered by her sharp songwriting and choice of backup band, which consists of a strong cohort of experienced country-rockers.

9.

September 22, 2020
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

Shore is an album about the growth of individuals and how we should progress in times of hardship. Each song feels like a warm blanket that rests over you. The way that Fleet Foxes are able to conjure up such emotion, especially given the circumstances surrounding the time we’re in, is a wonder to behold.

8.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

The album is their longest, with 16 tracks compared to the 11 of the two previous records, but it never feels long. WIMPII breezes along effortlessly, carried by HAIM’s commitment to every song and feeling.

7.

July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

folklore reveals an earnestness and eloquence that Swift has never before expressed to such an extent. Like the towering trees on its cover, it’s a testament to both steadfastness and growth.

6.

May 15, 2020
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

For fans of synth-pop, How I’m Feeling Now shows that good work can still be done with remote collaboration and the drive to create.

4.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
Not only does this record bring out the nostalgia many of us want to feel; but it also conquers a hopefulness for the future. One in which we’ll all be celebrating while feeling normal human emotions again.

3.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

2.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
93
32 reviews
The album, is so complex and filled to the brim with emotion, that it requires multiple encounters. With every repetition of the Fiona Apple experience, new sounds and lyrics are discovered, making it an attentive journey that sees no end. Sonically intimidating at times, you can’t help but want to know more about each and every song.
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