Friday, January 3, 2020

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 2020

We'll be updating album of the year rankings for 2020 releases all the way through November 2021, so just getting started here.  

Taylor Swift's surprisingly great Folklore is our latest edition to the final rankings. Plus six new albums added to the pool. 

Highest Recommends
1. Fetch The Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple
2. Rough And Rowdy Ways - Bob Dylan

Strong Recommends
3. Every Bad - Porridge Radio
4. Folklore - Taylor Swift
6. Summerlong - Rose City Band

Solid Recommends
7. Songs For Our Daughter - Laura Marling
8. The Neon Skyline - Andy Shauf - Read full review.
9. St. Cloud - Waxahatchee
11. RTJ4 - Run The Jewels
12. Grae - Moses Sumney
13. Big Conspiracy - J Has
14. Thin Mind - Wolf Parade

Mild Recommends
15. Likewise - Frances Quinlan
16. Have We Met - Destroyer - Read full review.

2020 Albums Of Note I've Heard But Yet To Assess In Full

925 - Sorry (1 listen)
A Billion Heartbeats - Mystery Jets (1)
A Heroes Death - Fontains DC (3)
A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - Sparks (1)
Afterhours - The Weeknd (1)
Alfredo - Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist (1)
Alphabet Land - X
American Head - The Flaming Lips (1)
As Long As You Are - Future Islands (1)
Bedroom - bdrmm (1)
Beyond The Pale - JARV IS (1)
Bonny Light Horseman (1)
Circles - Mac Miller (1)
Color Theory - Soccer Mommy (1)
Coriky (1)
Dark Matter - Moses Boyd (1)
Empty Country (1)
England Is A Garden - Cornershop (1)
Forever Blue - A.A. Williams (1)
Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa (2)
Good Souls Better Angels - Lucinda Williams (1)
Hannah - Lomelda (1)
Heavy Light - U.S. Girls (1)
Homegrown - Neil Young (1)
How Ill Thy World Is Ordered - Daniel Romano (1)
How I'm Feeling Now - Charlie XCX
Inner Song - Kelly Lee Owens (1)
Instrumentals - Adrianne Lenker (1)
It Is What It Is - Thundercat (1)
Jump Rope Gazers - The Beths (1)
Kitchen Sink - Nadine Shah (1)
Letter To You - Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band (1)
Live Forever - Bartees Strange (1)
Microphones In 2020 (1)
Miss Anthropocene - Grimes (1)
Mordechai - Khruangbin (1)
Off Off On - This Is The Kit (1)
Ohms - Deftones (1)
Optimisme - Songhoy Blues (1)
Pain Olympics - Crack Cloud (1)
Petals For Armor - Hayley Williams (1)
Power Up - AC/DC (1)
Private Lives - Low Cut Connie (1)
Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers (4)
Reunions - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (1)
Roisin Machine - Roisin Murphy (1)
SAWAYAMA - Rina Sawayana (2)
Sex, Death, And The Infinite - Creeper
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase - The Soft Pink (1)
Shore - Fleet Foxes (1)
Shortly After Takeoff - BC Camplight (1)
Sideways To New Italy - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (1)
Songs - Adrianne Lenker (1)
Straight Songs Of Sorrow - Mark Lanegan (1)
Suddenly - Caribou (1)
The Ascension - Sufjan Stevens (1)
The New Abnormal - The Strokes (1)
The Night Chancers - Baxter Dury (1)
The Slow Rush - Tame Impala (1)
The Universe Inside - The Dream Syndicate (1)
The Universal Want - Doves (1)
Traditional Techniques - Stephen Malkmus (1)
U kin B the Sun - Frazey Ford (1)
Ultimate Success Today - Protomartyr (1)
Ultra Mono - IDLES (1)
Underneath - Code Orange (1)
Ungodly Hour - Chloe X Halle (1)
Untitled (Black Is) - SAULT (2)
Untitled (Rise) - SAULT (1)
Use Me - PVRIS (1)
We're New Again - Makaya McCraven (1)
What's Your Pleasure - Jessie Ware (1)
Women In Music Pt. III - HAIM (1)
Workaround - Beatrice Dillon (1)
Working Men's Club (1)
YHLQMDLG - Bad Bunny (1)

Last updated 12.22.2020