Despite being in quarantine for the better part of 2020, I listened to far fewer new albums last year than usual. Despite topping over 450 albums in some past years, I hit only 225 new albums listened to in 2020. I didn’t feel like I listened to less music last year, but I probably listened to less new music, instead playing old favourites or comfortable tunes a lot more than usual. That being sad, there were some truly spectacular albums released last year and in this piece I’ll give thanks to a few of them in my own small way.

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The List
  1. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
    (Indie Folk/Rock)
  2. Touché Amoré – Lament
  3. Bartees Strange – Live Forever
  4. Angel Bat Dawid / Tha Brothahood – LIVE
    (Jazz/Spoken Word)
  5. Deftones – Ohms
  6. Yaeji – WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던
  7. Dogleg – Melee
  8. Empress Of – I’m Your Empress Of
  9. Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce
  10. AceMoMA – A New Dawn
Honourable Mentions

Each of these half dozen albums was in my top 10 or 12 albums of the year at some point, before ultimately being bumped for this final list.

  • Arca – KiCk i
  • Freddie Gibbs / The Alchemist – Alfredo
  • Marcin Przybylowicz, PT Adamczyk & Paul Leonard Morgan – Cyberpunk 2077 (Original Score)
  • Pop Smoke – Meet the Woo 2
  • Helena Hauff – Kern Vol. 5
  • HEALTH – DISCO 4 :: Part I