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2020: Top 25

Year was shit. Musically not too bad, though. Didn't listen to as much from the year as i usually too but kept to a '1-a-week' minimum thing
25Taylor Swift
Evermore


They think she did it, but they just can't prove it
They think she did it, but they just can't prove it
She thinks I did it, but she just can't prove it

No body no crime, cowboy like me, long story short
24Dorian Electra
My Agenda


Chaotic and cramped maximalist hyper-pop in the tune of 100 Gecs. Dorian Electra further cements themselves as ‘pop star definitely having the most fun’ with every album cycle they go through. With a feature list that looks like it was pulled out of a grab bag, My Agenda manages to be engaging the whole way through by keeping things short and sweet, as well as making sure there’s always something going on.

My Agenda, Ram It Down
23Feminazgul
No Dawn For Men


Take the broken antlers
And draw Her sigil.
Moonlight! Make your offering!
Blood! Let the dust consume it!

I Pity The Immortal, Bury The Antlers With The Stag
22Reckless Kelly
American Jackpot / American Girls


I can’t believe I enjoyed a full blown country double album. Holy shit


Tom Was A Friend Of Mine, Company Of Kings, Anyplace That’s Wild, Lonesome On My Own
21Noer The Boy
Forlorn Hope


Fart noise the album
Rule of Two, Nebula, Distress Signal
20Soccer Mommy
Color Theory


This was like, initial lockdown lonely sad vibes
IIII AMMMM A LIARRR AND MY TRUTHS ARE SHACKLED IN
MY DUNGEON OF FIRE, I’M THE PRINCESS OF SCREWIN’ UP

Circle the drain, royal screw up, crawling in my skin
19Daniel Lopatin
Uncut Gems (OST)


This is how i win

Windows, Uncut Gems
18Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia


Though my opinion on this has lowered over the year, it’s still a really fun, consistent slice of disco-influenced dance pop music. The Nile Rodgers influence gives this a groovy flair on a lot of tracks. Fans of dance pop must give this a listen

They’re all really really solid, to a degree that I can only single out ‘Love Again’ as being a weak link
17AWICH
Kujaku


A 20-track hour long Japanese hip-hop album by a born-and-raised Okinawan that switches styles and has enough highlights to keep you listening.

Fav tracks: SENNO, NWO, Lose Control, DEIGO, Arigato
16Tame Impala
The Slow Rush


A grower (a slow rush?)

Lost In Yesterday, Borderline, Posthumous Forgiveness
15IDLES
Ultra Mono


Massive hooks, wall of sound

Model Village, Reigns, Carcinogenic
14Arca
KiCK i


Experimental electronic artist Arca is back and they've got a bitchin claw,

Riquiqui, Mequetrefe, Time
13Tobacco
Hot Wet & Sassy


Thomas Fec’s psychedelic synth odyssey continues on Hot, Wet and Sassy, a rather straightforward affair compared to previous works. I don’t see this as a negative - catchy melodies take precedent, and the amount of fuzz is as low as its ever been on a Tobacco release so we can appreciate them fully.

Pit, Headless to Headless, Mythemim, Babysitter (feat. Trent Reznor)
12Dan Deacon
Mystic Familiar


It's a short life
And sadly unrehearsed
If when I die, if you think of me, think of my best first
But it is out of my control
What this world wants there to be told of me in time

Sat By A Tree, Arp II: Float Away, Bumble Bee Crown King
11ajj
Good Luck Everybody


I long to hear your voice as I remember it
I long to hear your voice as I remember it
But I can't and I won't
I can't and I won't cause you're dead and you're buried
I long to hear your voice as I remember it

Normalization Blues, No Justice, No Peace, No Hope, Loudmouth, Your Voice as I Remember It
10Run the Jewels
RTJ4


Round 4 for the dynamic duo. It would be just par for the course, but songs like ‘walking in the snow’ and ‘a few words for the firing squad’ have lyrics that feel distinctly 2020. Killer Mike’s verse on ‘walking in the snow’ is poignant and powerful on its own, and the way things went earlier this year.

Ju$t, walking in the snow, a few words for the firing squad
9Mac Miller
Circles


Posthumous releases are a tricky thing, but Circles is a well curated selection of tracks from someone realizing their full potential.

Blue World, Good News, Surf
8POPPY
I Disagree


When Choke dropped, I’ll admit that Poppy had finally piqued my musical interest. The show she’d been putting on as a manufactured pop star was getting stale, and musically she didn’t seem to be breaking any new ground, short of the heavy experimentation at the very end of Am I A Girl? I Disagree, amazingly, takes all of that experimentation and puts it to use the whole way through. Mixing pop and metal isn’t a new thing, and Poppy’s spin on it isn’t too complex. But it is nonstop fun - she knows how to sing a hook, and the soft-heavy transitions almost always work. Lyrically the album seems to cover Poppy the character trying to find Poppy the artist, though I’m convinced most of this record is actually about her relationship with Sinclair. Anyways, it’s good. It’s not ‘post-genre’ or anything like that, but it’s a fun romp that plays with the quiet-loud thing to great effect.

BLOODMONEY, I Disagree, Fill The Crown, Don’t Go Outside
7Jessie Ware
What's Your Pleasure?


Ranking above Future Nostalgia in the ‘disco pop revival of 2020’, What’s Your Pleasure is *filled to the brim* with grooves and immaculate hooks. Tunes go from upbeat to brooding, but they’ve always got a pulse going on to make you want to sway.

Save A Kiss, The Kill, Soul Control
6Clipping.
Visions of Bodies Being Burned


Clipping are back and still at the top of their game with the ‘tooth’ part of their tooth and nail concept. Daveed digs deep to keep the entire album afloat with gripping lyricism that tells stories that blur the line between reality and supernatural, touching on a wide range of spooky topics ranging from kingpin paranoia to beyond-the-grave revenge. All of this is accompanied by some rather intense instrumentation that you would expect from Clipping, from bursts of noise to breakbeats to pounding tribal rhythms and so on.

Say The Name, 96’ Neve Campbell, Something Underneath, Check The Lock, Body For The Pile
5Roisin Murphy
Roisin Machine


And above Dua Lipa and Jessie Ware is Roisin Murphy, showing the girls how it’s done and delivering a fantastic albums worth of funky disco house that wouldn’t be out of place in a nightclub setting.

We Got Together, Jealousy, Narcissus
4The Killers
Imploding the Mirage


The Killers are back, and they’ve managed to make what I’d consider one of their career highs with driving stadium rock accompanied by glistening synths and a wailing Flowers who still sounds impressive.

My Own Souls Warning, My God, Lightning Fields
3Charli XCX
how i'm feeling now


Capitalizing on the worldwide 2020 mood, Charli and her team crafted this in just weeks. How I’m Feeling Now is currently how i am feeling now because my dad went to a fucking christmas party and got covid and now i have to quarantine with him

Visions, pink diamond, party 4 u, anthems
2Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher


Deeply personal and often ethereal, Punisher is an astonishing display of raw, dripping emotion from it’s opening lyrics to its catharsis inducing finale.

Punisher, ICU, Graceland Too, I Know The End
1Fiona Apple
Fetch The Bolt Cutters


Apple’s brand of jazzy instrumentation and deeply personal and cutting songwriting are both on display and make for an entertaining front to back listen. Some of these song are very heavy, and it’s clear that Fiona is baring her soul for the world to hear on these tracks.

Fetch The Bolt Cutters, Under The Table, Relay, Newspapers, Heavy Balloon, On I Go
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