Thursday, January 28, 2021

My Favorite Albums of 2020

25. Destroyer - Have We Met
24. Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death
23. Jehnny Beth - To Love Is to Live
22. Car Seat Headrest - Making a Door Less Open
21. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush

20. Man Man - Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between

Watch: "Future Peg"
Watch: "Cloud Nein"

19. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison

Watch: "One More Second"
Watch: "Distant Axis"
Watch: "Serpentine Prison"

18. Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Watch: "Dragonball Durag"
Watch: "Black Qualls" (featuring Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington)

17. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Watch: "Break My Heart"
Watch: "Hallucinate"
Watch: "Physical"
Watch: "Don't Start Now"

16. U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

Watch: "IOU"
Watch: "And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve"
Watch: "4 American Dollars"
Watch: "Overtime"

15. Fleet Foxes - Shore

Watch: "Can I Believe You"
Watch: "Sunblind"

14. Helena Deland - Someone New

Watch: "Pale"
Watch: "Comfort, Edge"
Watch: "Truth Nugget"
Watch: "Someone New"

13. Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

Watch: "Sugar"
Watch: "Video Game"
Watch: "America"

12. Woods - Strange to Explain

Watch: "Strange to Explain"
Watch: "Where Do You Go When You Dream?"

11. Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter

Watch: "Fortune"
Watch: "Song for Our Daughter"

10. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Always personal, Mike Hadreas brings in all of the genres for his fifth, and maybe best, record.

Watch: "Some Dream"
Watch: "Without You"
Watch: "On the Floor"
Watch: "Describe"
9. HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III

As these sisters expand their influences, they get better with every album.

Watch: "Man from the Magazine"
Watch: "Don't Wanna"
Watch: "I Know Alone"
Watch: "The Steps"
Watch: "Hallelujah"
Watch: "Now I'm in It" 
Watch: "Summer Girl"
8. Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia

This Colombian-Canadian singer makes me wish I had stuck with Spanish lessons.

Watch: "Te Quería
Watch: "Nada" (featuring Li Saumet)
Watch: "
Eso Que Tu Haces"
7. Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline

Obama likes it, too! This album feels like reading a good book.

Watch: "Neon Skyline"
Watch: "Living Room"
Watch: "Try Again"
6. Run the Jewels - RTJ4

Few albums have felt more timely, Jaime and Mike reflect our frustrations of 2020 and sound so damned good doing it.

Watch: "Walking in the Snow"
Watch: "yankee and the brace (ep. 4)"
Watch: "Out of Sight" (featuring 2 Chainz)
Watch: "
JU$T" (featuring Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)
Watch: "Ooh LA LA" (featuring Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
5. Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor

This is my surprise for the year. I've not been much in Paramore, but Hayley Williams' first solo outing is too good to pass up!

Watch: "Sugar on the Rim"
Watch: "Watch Me While I Bloom"
Watch: "Dead Horse"
Watch: "My Friend"
Watch: "Why We Ever"
Watch: "Over Yet"
Watch: "
Watch: "Cinnamon"
4. Moses Sumney - græ

Just gorgeous, spectacular debuts are rarely followed by something even better, and Moses did so in two parts.

Watch: "Me in 20 Years"
Watch: "and so I come to isolation"
Watch: "Bystanders"
Watch: "Bless Me"
Watch: "Cut Me"
Watch: "Polly"
Watch: "Virile"
3. Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves of Your Life

This is my not surprise for the year. I love everything that this former frontman for the Walkmen does.

Watch: "Isabella"
Watch: "Here They Come"
2. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

I mean...this woman is amazing. She makes the waits between her records well worth it.

Watch: "Shameika"

1. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

This was one of those rare albums that immediately hits. Waxahatchee had been on my radar for quite a few years, mainly following the love of her 2013 sophomore album Cerulean Salt. Like many of my favorites this year, she's an artist I consider to get better with every album. 

Watch: "Lilacs"
Watch: "Fire"