Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2020

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2020

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100.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
72
19 reviews

99.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

98.

December 11, 2020
Critic Score
81
32 reviews
The most impressive thing about the record is the way it simultaneously exists as a collection of pristine singles and a complete whole.

97.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

In creating a record that is so unabashedly true to herself La Havas delivers her best work yet.

95.

June 12, 2020
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

Her solo work reveals Beth to be an artist who can convey a range of emotions in a far more nuanced way. To Love Is to Live is an album of depth and subtlety that is poetic, passionate, elective, and cohesive.

94.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
Even at its worst, Bruner’s songs remain enjoyable through his sharp, and often dazzling, bass playing. Emotionally and musically, he has kept pushing forward on this new record.

93.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

92.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

Pop is often unfairly equated with being one-dimensional. Haunted Painting exhibits why that is absolutely not the case.

89.

Travis - 10 Songs
October 9, 2020
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
The sentiments and subjects have changed over the years, but Healy’s ability to craft a radio-ready earworm has never left.

88.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

87.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Throughout the album Bailey grows before our eyes, carefully performing the tricks he’s mastered within his multifarious repertoire of sounds. But the product is succinct. Catchy. Honest. It’s simply Shamir.

86.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

It may be easy to write off initially as preachy or reductive but the sharp, self-aware wit and incisive simplicity in the band’s best lyrics make it clear its members are no intellectual slouches.

84.

Deradoorian - Find The Sun
September 18, 2020
Critic Score
78
12 reviews

81.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Overall Petals For Armor proves that Hayley Williams, with her singing as sharp as ever, is no one trick pony and is willing to push the envelope outside of her comfort zone for a sophisticated and sensual debut album that should play well to the masses.

79.

Vundabar - Either Light
March 13, 2020
Critic Score
85
1 review

78.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

The central lyrical concept of the album does fall a bit flat, and the message of the album as a whole comes off muddled. However, the talent shown in these songs is undeniable and Field Music should be commended for aiming so high. Even if the band is slightly off the mark, Making a New World is still a thoughtfully crafted album with an unconventional art-rock style.

77.

February 28, 2020
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

76.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

75.

March 20, 2020
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

While Dury may be referencing specific targets for his words, there’s a level of ambiguity that makes each and every one of The Night Chancers relative by association to the listener.

74.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
85
24 reviews
It is rare to see a debut album with such a fully realized voice and vision behind it. What’s more, she exorcises her personal demons amid some of the year’s best dancefloor-filling pop.

73.

Tunng - Presents ... Dead Club
November 6, 2020
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

72.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

With The Prettiest Curse Hinds once again do what it does best—making punchy indie rock with a garage rock edge to it. Even better, the more polished sound and the fresh instrumental touches take a step forward for the band.

71.

May 20, 2020
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

He is still creating quality additions to one of the most consistent punk discographies out there. Most importantly, his music is still an absolute blast to experience, looking towards an uncertain future with a beautiful collective spirit.

69.

Tim Heidecker - Fear Of Death
September 25, 2020
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

Despite the humble aspirations, Fear of Death is Tim Heidecker’s most complete musical venture yet.

68.

August 21, 2020
Critic Score
70
6 reviews

67.

October 16, 2020
Critic Score
75
29 reviews

Serpentine Prison is not as self-assured as his two decades-long oeuvre with The National, or even that one album he made as EL VY with Knopf. But in this season of discontent, it’s a worthy exercise in bridging seemingly disparate musical worlds, long demarcated by the color line.

64.

September 4, 2020
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Read peels back the events of her life to reveal open-hearted ruminations on loneliness, long distances, chance encounters, and missed connections. All suffused with the appropriate amount of emotional depth and a warmly fuzzed lo-fi delivery.

63.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
74
9 reviews

Kenney continues to show an affinity for songs that soar and swirl with intensity on Sucker’s Lunch. These tracks may come off as understated initially, but there is a layered beauty that shows itself with repeated listens.

62.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

61.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

Compositionally, Off Off On finds Stables at the top of her game to date.

60.

August 7, 2020
Critic Score
74
17 reviews

58.

May 22, 2020
Critic Score
70
42 reviews

At 22 tracks and 80 minutes long, Notes on a Conditional Form is the band’s longest and arguably most daring record, yet it is also their most understated work—a reflective and oddly sober re-evaluation of Healy’s persona which contains much of his funniest and most wistful material to date.

57.

Anna Burch - If You're Dreaming
April 3, 2020
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

56.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

It is missing the stable spine that gave the band’s earlier work such distinctive character, and their repetitious, two-dimensional songs bring the overall package down. Still, when the band is at its best, Fontaines D.C. delivers an irresistible cocktail of post-punk storytelling.

55.

March 6, 2020
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Heavy Light both reflects back on her previous work and stands among the best of it.

53.

NZCA Lines - Pure Luxury
July 10, 2020
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

52.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

The album ultimately proves to be a rewarding listen with its moments of lyrical heft and genuine instrumental beauty while the full band format provides some particularly deft backing to Darnielle’s lyrical eccentricities.

51.

July 17, 2020
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Ultimate Success Today sees frontman Joe Casey focus his beat-poet style to a razor-sharp precision, lamenting the continuing decline of his city, state and country.

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