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FlagAsh's Top 25 of 2020
1Fiona Apple
Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Fi created an instant classic with this one, a record seeping with powerful emotions about breaking free from the ones trying to hold you down, but playful in its music with banging household objects and barking dogs to suit.
2Phoebe Bridgers

A step up from her debut, she really grew into an indie folk darling with this album. A beautifully mellow atmosphere accompanies her soft voice and lonely lyricism for most songs and ends the record in a burst of horns, like the calm before the storm, where the storm is the end of the world and she accepts her fate.
3Jessie Ware
What's Your Pleasure?

Fun, sexy, interesting, and just super well done. I think I have been obsessed with every song on this album at least once this year. Pop artists need to take a note about consistency from this album.
4Roisin Murphy
Roisin Machine

Roisin's take on disco was different than Ware's. Instead of pop songs that stand amazingly on their own, Roisin decided to melt her songs into one entire experience that should be listened to in full. It's hypnotic, it's cathartic, and most of all it's fun to listen to.
5Charli XCX
How I'm Feeling Now

Probably the most interesting "big" pop girl, Charli doesn't shy about using influences from many different electronic genres in her songs. From the harsh deconstructed banger of "Pink Diamond" to the drum and bass "I Finally Understand" to the hyper energetic "Anthems" that hits too close to home, it's all so well done.
6A.A.L. (Against All Logic)

Another set of amazing and infectious electronic songs by Jaar, leaning more into a mechanical and cold sound than the previous album that I really appreciate.
7Perfume Genius
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Mike keeps getting better with every album and I can't get enough of him. Blake Mills did a fantastic job with producing this, with the synths and atmosphere perfectly blending together with Mike's vocals and romantic/sentimental lyrics. When Describe came out I did really wish he leaned into this more noisy/raw sound, but I'm happy with what we got.
8Ichiko Aoba
Windswept Adan

I mean, Ichiko makes some of the most gorgeous and calming albums out there. I do miss her more contemporary folk sound, but this is just as pretty and more ambient, like a soothing wave that takes over.
9Yves Tumor
Heaven To A Tortured Mind

A really nice step up from the previous album and definitely a grower. I love this direction of blending harsh glitchy sounds with clear psychedelic/art rock. It's hypnotic and sexually tense, yet fragile at times and paints a picture of the different aspects of falling in love.
10Rina Sawayama

An album that tackles problems with wealth, capitalism, and family in the best way possible, by fusing dance-pop and alt rock. Seamlessly addressing problems within modern society over fantastic bass lines, letting the anger out through more rock-centric songs, and calmly thanking what you do have, Rina shouldn't be overlooked.
11Adrianne Lenker
12The Weeknd
After Hours
Ultimate Success Today
14Chloe x Halle
Ungodly Hour
15Laura Marling
Song For Our Daughter
16Jeff Rosenstock
17Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas
Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
19Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia
21Dan Deacon
Mystic Familiar
22Kali Uchis
Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)
23The Strokes
The New Abnormal
24Fleet Foxes
25Sufjan Stevens
The Ascension
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