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Sowing's 2020

Amended to include December releases. Also publishing this in keeping with my tradition of posting my top 20 from each year.
20Adrianne Lenker
songs


Gorgeous, romantic acoustic ballads that are constantly exposed and vulnerable. A rainy day album if I've ever heard one.
19Katie Pruitt
Expectations


Standing up to heteronormative country music traditions, boldly and with courage.
18My Morning Jacket
The Waterfall II


A soft, glowing summer rock album.
17Taylor Swift
Folklore


Not the era-definer that her rabid fans will make it out to be, but still a beautiful record with a ton of replay value.
16Fleet Foxes
Shore


Fleet Foxes' most immediate and well-produced album.
15Andrew Judah
Impossible Staircase


Theatrical, grandiose pop-rock with a knack for earworm choruses.
14Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon


A stunning collection of folk song re-imaginings.
13The Microphones
Microphones in 2020


One of the best poets of our time puts his existential thoughts to music.
12Deftones
Ohms


One of the best Deftones albums comes twenty five years into the band's storied career.
11Fiona Apple
Fetch The Bolt Cutters


A landmark release which feels like it will be just as culturally important as it is musically enjoyable.
10Westelaken
The Golden Days are Hard


Scratchy, underproduced folk-rock from a bunch of likeable Canadian nobodies.
9Zach Bryan
Elisabeth


Scratchy, underproduced country from an emerging voice who seems destined for even bigger things.
8Waxahatchee
Saint Cloud


Indie-rocker turns Americana/country songwriter, becomes Dylanesque out of nowhere and wins Pitchfork accolades.
7Thomas Azier
Love, Disorderly


80's-tinged electronic/indie-rock that also manages to feel decidedly futuristic.
6Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher


An apocalyptic snowglobe filled with the ash of a burning society.
5The Avalanches
We Will Always Love You


Effortlessly smooth, catchy, and soulful. Feels timeless, like a modern-day classic was just dropped in our laps.
4Bright Eyes
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was


The best Bright Eyes album covers themes of divorce and apocalypse.
3Mac Miller
Circles


Posthumous hip-hop/psychedelic/R&B record is ahead of its time.
2Seahaven
Halo of Hurt


Dark, brooding alt-rock that daringly steps in to fill the shoes of that band-which-shall-not-be-named.
1Honey Harper
Starmaker


The future of country music.
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