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.  

This weekend, Rose City Band's wonderfully relaxed country-rock jamfest Summerlong (our fourth Highest or Strong Recommend on the year) and Perfume Genius's stunningly produced Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (rivaled only by Fiona Apple for thevmost consistently original feeling release of 2020, but almost undone by it's unrelenting eclecticism), enter our rankings as enthusiastic recommends.

And this week, added to the pool are Hayley William's solo-outing Petals For Armor, AC/DC picking up right where they left off with the surprisingly rock solid Power Up, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's next chapter in their appealing jangle-pop revitalization Sideways To New Italy, Sault's somber, George Floyd-fueled Untitled (Black Is), Working Men's Clubs dance rock championing eponymous debut, indie-rocker Daniel Romano's often infectious How Ill They World Is Ordered, and Brit Folkie This Is The Kit's touring with The National-inspired Off Off On

Highest Recommends
1. Fetch The Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple

Strong Recommends
2. Every Bad - Porridge Radio
4. Summerlong - Rose City Band

Solid Recommends
5. Songs For Our Daughter - Laura Marling
6. The Neon Skyline - Andy Shauf - Read full review.
7. St. Cloud - Waxahatchee
9. Grae - Moses Sumney
10. Big Conspiracy - J Has
11. Thin Mind - Wolf Parade

Mild Recommends
12. Likewise - Frances Quinlan
13. Have We Met - Destroyer - Read full review.

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

925 - Sorry
A Billion Heartbeats - Mystery Jets
A Heroes Death - Fontains DC
A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - Sparks
Alfredo - Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist
As Long As You Are - Future Islands
Beyond The Pale - JARV IS
Color Theory - Soccer Mommy
Empty Country
Every Bad - Porridge Radio
Folklore - Taylor Swift
Forever Blue - A.A. Williams
Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
Hannah - Lomelda
Heavy Light - U.S. Girls
Homegrown - Neil Young
How Ill Thy World Is Ordered - Daniel Romano
Jump Rope Gazers - The Beths
Letter To You - Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
Microphones In 2020
Mordechai - Khruangbin
Off Off On - This Is The Kit
Ohms - Deftones
Pain Olympics - Crack Cloud
Petals For Armor - Hayley Williams
Power Up - AC/DC
Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers
RTJ4 - Run The Jewels
Roisin Machine - Roisin Murphy
Rough and Rowdy Ways - Bob Dylan
SAWAYAMA - Rina Sawayana
Sex, Death, And The Infinite - Creeper
Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase - The Soft Pink
Shore - Fleet Foxes
Shortly After Takeoff - BC Camplight
Sideways To New Italy - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Song For Our Daughter - Laura Marling
Songs - Adrianne Lenker
Suddenly - Caribou
The Night Chancers - Baxter Dury
The Slow Rush - Tame Impala
The Universe Inside - The Dream Syndicate
Ultimate Success Today - Protomartyr
Underneath - Code Orange
Untitled (Black Is) - SAULT
Untitled (Rise) - SAULT
Use Me - PVRIS
We're New Again - Makaya McCraven
What's Your Pleasure - Jessie Ware
Women In Music Pt. III - HAIM
Workaround - Beatrice Dillon
Working Men's Club

Last updated 11.21.2020

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