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.  

Bruce Springsteen's live-in-the-studio Letter Too You, dance-rock revivalists Work Men's Club's eponymous debut, and best of all, Kelly Lee Owens varied electronic album Inner Song are our latest editions to the 2020 year-end rankings. 

Highest Recommends
1. Fetch The Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple
2. Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
3. What's Your Pleasure? - Jessie Ware
4. Rough And Rowdy Ways - Bob Dylan

Strong Recommends
5. Every Bad - Porridge Radio
6. Folklore - Taylor Swift
9. Roisin Machine - Roisin Murphy
10. Summerlong - Rose City Band

Solid Recommends
11. Songs For Our Daughter - Laura Marling
12. The Neon Skyline - Andy Shauf - Read full review.
13. St. Cloud - Waxahatchee
16. Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers
18. Inner Song - Kelly Lee Owens
19. RTJ4 - Run The Jewels
20. Shore - Fleet Foxes
21. Letter To You - Bruce Springsteen
22. Color Theory - Soccer Mommy
23. Grae - Moses Sumney
24. Big Conspiracy - J Has
25. SAWAYAMA - Rina Sawayama
26. Untitled (Rise) - SAULT
28. Ohms - Deftones
29. Suddenly -Caribou
30. Thin Mind - Wolf Parade

Mild Recommends
31. Have We Met - Destroyer - Read full review.
32. A Hero's Death - Fontaine's D.C.
33. Likewise - Frances Quinlan

2020 Albums Of Note I've Heard But Yet To Assess In Full
2017 - 2019 - Against All Logic (1 listen in)
925 - Sorry (2)
A Billion Heartbeats - Mystery Jets (2)
A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - Sparks (2)
A Written Testimony - J Electronica (1)
Afterhours - The Weeknd (2)
Alfredo - Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist (2)
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 (2)
Bonny Light Horseman (3)
Blue Hearts - Bob Mould (2)
Chromatica - Lady Gaga (1)
Circles - Mac Miller (1)
Coriky (3)
Dark Matter - Moses Boyd (2)
Deep Down Happy - Sports Team (2)
Empty Country (2)
England Is A Garden - Cornershop (2)
Eternal Atake - Lil Uzi Vert (1)
evermore - Taylor Swift (1)
Fake I Flowers - Beabadobee (1) 
For Their Love - Other Lives (1)
Forever Blue - A.A. Williams (1)
Gold Record - Bill Callahan (1)
Good News - Megan The Stallion (1)
Good Souls Better Angels - Lucinda Williams (2)
Hannah - Lomelda (1)
Hearts Town - The War and Treaty (1)
Heavy Light - U.S. Girls (2)
Help - Duval Timothy (1)
Homegrown - Neil Young (1)
How Ill Thy World Is Ordered - Daniel Romano (4)
How I'm Feeling Now - Charlie XCX
Hunted - Anna Calvi (1)
I Love The New Sky - Tim Burgess (1)
I Slept On The Floor - Another Sky (1)
Idiot Prayer - Nick Cave (1)
Imploding The Mirage - The Killers (1)
Inlet - Hum (1)
Inner Song - Kelly Lee Owens (4)
Instrumentals - Adrianne Lenker (1)
It Is What It Is - Thundercat (1)
Jump Rope Gazers - The Beths (2)
Kitchen Sink - Nadine Shah (2)
Letter To You - Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band (4)
Lianne La Havas (1)
Live Drugs - The War On Drugs (1)
Live Forever - Bartees Strange 3)
Live In Maui - Jimi Hendrix (1)
Making A Door Less Open - Car Seat Headrest (1)
Melee - Dogleg (1)
Microphones In 2020 (1)
Midnight Manor - The Nude Party (1)
Mind Hive - Wire (2)
Miss Anthropocene - Grimes (2)
Mordechai - Khruangbin (1)
Motherhood - No Joy (1)
Nick Of Time - The James Hunter Six (1)
No Dream - Jeff Rosenstock (1)
Off Off On - This Is The Kit (1)
Optimisme - Songhoy Blues (2)
Pain Olympics - Crack Cloud (2)
Petals For Armor - Hayley Williams (1)
Power Up - AC/DC (2)
Private Lives - Low Cut Connie (2)
Protean Threat - Osees
Reunions - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (2)
Roisin Machine - Roisin Murphy (3)
Sex, Death, And The Infinite Void - Creeper (2)
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase - The Soft Pink (2)
Shortly After Takeoff - BC Camplight (3)
Sideways To New Italy - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (2)
So When You Gonna... - Dream Wife (1)
Someone New - Helena Deland (1)
Songs - Adrianne Lenker (1)
SOURCE - Nubya Garcia (1)
Straight Songs Of Sorrow - Mark Lanegan (1)
That's How Rumors Get Started - Margo Price (1)
The Ascension - Sufjan Stevens (2)
The Cool Greenhouse (1)
The New Abnormal - The Strokes (1)
The New Okay - The Drive-By Truckers
The Night Chancers - Baxter Dury (2)
The Prettiest Curse - Hinds (2)
The Slow Rush - Tame Impala (1)
The Universe Inside - The Dream Syndicate (1)
The Universal Want - Doves (1)
There Is No Year - Algiers
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)
Use Me - PVRIS (1)
Visions Of Bodies Being Burned - Clipping (1)
We Are Sent Here By History - Shabaka And The Ancestors
We're New Again - Makaya McCraven (1)
We Will Always Love You - The Avalanches (1)
Workaround - Beatrice Dillon (1)
YHLQMDLG - Bad Bunny (1)

Last updated 05.23.2021

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