Best Albums of 2020
SAULT - Untitled (Black Is...) / Untitled (Rise)
SAULT eschews all press, fully content with letting the work speak for itself. Easily the most compelling output of the year. "Wildfires" was my top track by any artist.
Taylor Swift - folklore / evermore
Taylor dropped 2 surprise records in 2020, both collaborations with Aaron Dessner of The National. The pairing is effortless, the results are stunning.
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
The sound of the summer protests, for me, was Run the Jewels. Although it was written well before George Floyd's murder, no other record captured the global response quite as well.
The Killers - Imploding the Mirage
Underestimate The Killers at your own peril. I was stunned how much this album moved me in a year where it seems violently out of place.
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
Katie Crutchfield continues to make timeless classics.
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Fiona Apple received a 10.0 from Pitchfork for this instant classic.
Moses Sumney - græ
Moses Sumney's follow-up to 2017's Aromanticism is epic, erotic, and wild.
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
Mike Hadreas delivered a solid follow-up to 2017's No Shape. I stopped counting the number of key tracks on it at 4.
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Kevin Parker's home studio is ready-made for pandemic-sized TV appearances, where he often performed his tunes in stripped down arrangments with a mix of analog synths, loops, and some more modern gear - often by himself, or with a bandmate or two.
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Indie rock's It Girl was extremely online all year. Her omnipresence led to a handful of Grammy noms for her sophomore debut.