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Your Top Ten Albums of 2020 Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by WHMusical, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature Thread Starter

    What Are YOUR:

    Top Ten Albums of 2020?

    A list is great, comments on the records even better, 45s? sure, got a youtube link, 'sounds like' suggestions, etc, etc... All Y'All know the drill. And only 10!

    I'm gonna get to work on mind list right now!

  2. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature Thread Starter

    Mine would be, as of Friday, November 13th:

    Laura Marling ~ Songs For Our Daughter
    Jonathan Wilson ~ Dixie Blur
    Bob Dylan ~ Rough and Rowdy Ways
    Ray Lamontgne ~ Monovision
    James Elkington ~ The Ever-Roving Eye
    The Jayhawks ~ XOXO
    Fiona Apple ~ Fetch The Bolt Cutters
    Sarah Jarosz ~ World On The Ground
    Emma Swift ~ Blonde On The Tracks
    Shirley Collins ~ Heart's Ease

    Might not be my final Top Ten, but, least ways, these Lps are getting the most spins on my turntable.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2020
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  3. babyblue

    babyblue Pactches Pal!

    Pacific NW
    • Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
    • Bill Fay – Countless Branches
    • Neil Young – Homegrown
    • Emma Swift – Blonde on the Tracks
    • Poppy – I Disagree
    • Lydia Loveless – Daughter
    • James Dean Bradfield – Even In Exile
    • The Strokes – The New Abnormal
    • Willie Nile – New York at Night
    • Joey Molland – Be True to Yourself
  4. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature Thread Starter

    OHhh Ohh!!!! I didn't know Willie Nile had a new one out; I'll have to check that one out!

    (The Strokes too! They really impressed me on SNL last weekend.)

    And I LOVE Homegrown too.
  5. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Nice Thread, OP! :righton:
    2020 new music releases have been terrific.
    You asked for descriptions, reviews, youtube links, comments, etc, but only did a list, yourself. o_O
    I'll do so, b/c if I can help get the word out on artists, I'm happy to do so. I frequently wish others would, too, but if a name or album cover piques my curiosity, then I'll seek it out & investigate further;
    it would just sometimes save steps if members would give some sort of idea of what it is.

    *Lilly Hiatt - Walking Proof - Alternative Country r.
    Teddy Thompson - Heartbreaker Please - Think of a cross between Chris Isaak & The Everly Brothers.
    Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud - americana. This will appear on year-end "best of" lists.
    Basia Bulat - Are You In Love - A more lilting Natalie Merchant-type vocal sound. Basia's a talented writer & multi-instrumentalist: autoharp, guitar, piano, charango, hammered dulcimer, ukelele.
    Roachford - Twice In A Lifetime - R&B/Soul-Pop
    Whitney Rose - We Still Go To Rodeos - ameripolitan..a term coined to distinguish/separate artists from contemporary country pop. It's a throwback sound, which includes rockabilly & honky tonk.
    Amy MacDonald - The Human Demands - FFO Dolores O'Riordan (R.I.P.), The Cranberries w/a dose of Springsteen influence on this one.
    *Lydia Loveless - Daughter
    Wolf Parade - Thin Mind
    - Post punk/new wave.
    EOB - Earth - Ed O'Brien, Radiohead guitarist solo debut. Ed began writing while he & family resided in Brazil; took some years to complete. Quite wide-ranging in sounds, from folk to trip-house (like Primal Scream) to Madchester. It doesn't end up sounding discordant, but rather, an audio journey. Guests include Laura Marling (duets on a couple of tracks) & Adrian Utley, Portishead. ^Review.

    *If you like either, you may like the other, as well.
    Have attended live-stream ticketed shows for Lilly Hiatt (2), Waxahatchee (2), Amy MacDonald, & Basia Bulat (non-ticket, on youtube) - all wonderful! :D & have ticket to Whitney Rose show Sunday, Nov. 15.
    Roachford participated in a KT Tunstall livestream benefit show on youtube, which I'd viewed.
    ^EOB – 'Earth' review: Ed O'Brien proves himself to be Radiohead's secret weapon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1NPCAxPlFE - Teddy, Heartbreaker Please title track
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHuhABPbOaE&list=OLAK5uy_luBYaLK7wsv27t7cosqq5zLJv3_sBfX-g&index=2 - Waxahatchee, Can't Do Much
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffgY6rd_kkQ&list=OLAK5uy_kMEsCgdT3rOs4tknmGpaAj3ZnlAlPnlnk - Basia, Homesick
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vew7MKDv0cc&list=OLAK5uy_nT4ewDnpJL4zADNYisgOWVi8jvLiG349s&index=4 - Roachford, Give It Up and Let It Go
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtuophz7JMg&list=OLAK5uy_lQEJwyHpAIgRL8VjJhwUSqTLud9136ejs - Whitney, Just Circumstance
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEaPCiHJZPc&list=PLvsYXqtYjMYchiyWSO6AHmbyMHpr0zik9&index=5 - Amy, The Hudson
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISqrLF7kcUs&list=OLAK5uy_m57rhY2mZe-3hTtUdu27i-2AQs8RtCSXQ&index=2 - Lydia, Love Is Not Enough
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW209OhWGaQ - Wolf Parade, The Static Age
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xefWbfWUbrQ - EOB, Brasil - this track kinda winds along the gamut of what Ed does on the album.

    P.S. If anyone knows how I change whatever settings in order for youtube uploads (after initial hyperlink) to appear in text, rather than in code language, please post, or PM me.
    They used to come up that way. I've gone on forum business forum, no assistance there & didn't find anything in youtube help section either. Thank you.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2020
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  6. Bryce

    Bryce I drank what?

    New York City
    1 - Juliana Barwick - Healing is a Miracle
    2 - Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    3 - The Innocence Mission - See You Tomorrow
    4 - Taylor Swift - Folklore
    5 - Westerman - Your Hero Is Not Dead
    6 - Tim Bowness - Late Night Laments
    7 - Michael Rother - Dreaming
    8 - Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
    9 - Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Days
    10 - Jayhawks - XOXO
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  7. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    Taylor Swift's Folklore is the album of the year for me. One of the best albums I've heard.

    Also, because I'm mostly a jazz listener, the following mostly jazz albums:

    Matthew Shipp, The Piano Equation
    Thumbscrew, The Anthony Braxton Project
    Dave Douglas, Dizzy Atmosphere
    Tyshawn Sorey, Unfiltered
    Bob Dylan, Rough and Rowdy Ways
    Kahil El'Zabar, America the Beautiful
    Okuden Quartet - Every Dog Has Its Day But It Doesn't Matter Because the Fat Cat Is Getting Fatter
    Fred Hersh/Esperanza Spaulding - Live at the Village Vanguard (really a charity EP more than an album, but awesome)

    But there are lots of other new albums I liked, and still more that were released in recent weeks that I still haven't gotten to yet. With the COVID-19 pandemic, and my work, it's been a very difficult year for me to either keep up with music or even get time to listen to it. Looking forward to year end lists to I can find out what I've missed out on.
  8. gazzaa2

    gazzaa2 Forum Resident

    The Killers - Imploding the Mirage - their best since Hot Fuss for my ears
    The Smith Street Band - Don't Waste Your Anger. Really good punk rock/Aussie album
    Deacon Blue - City of Love. Another good album from them.
    Gerry Cinnamon - The Bonny. Another Glasgow artist. Hailed as the Scottish Dylan.
    Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You. Good album back with the ESB.
    Willie Nile - New York at Night. Classic Willie Nile
    Kenny Chesney - Here and Now. Good, easy listening country album
    Northcote - Let Me Roar. Nice album. Folk rock
    Jamie Webster - We Get By. Debut album from the Liverpudlian Gerry Cinnamon.
    Taylor Swift - Folklore. Good album, nice sound from Taylor

    Two good albums as well by Drive by Truckers this year. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Alanis Morisette and Bon Jovi as well with good legacy artist albums.
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  9. Ernest T

    Ernest T Forum Resident

    1. Courtney Marie Andrews - Old Flowers
    2. S.G. Goodman - Old Time Feeling
    3. Pacific Range - High Upon the Mountain
    4. Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
    5. Rose City Band - Summerlong
    6. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
    7. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
    8. Jason Molina -Eight Gates
    9. Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess
    10. Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels
  10. Greg Smith

    Greg Smith Forum Resident

    Earth to Dora - Eels
    Nobody Lives Here Anymore - Cutworms
    Energy - Disclosure
    ACR Loco - A Certain Ratio
    The Ascension - Sufjan Stevens
    What's Your Pleasure- Jessie Ware
    The Universal Want - Doves
    An American Head - Flaming Lips
    Pleasure, Line - Video Age
    Inner Song - Kelly Lee Owens
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  11. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    As of today...

    The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers
    070 Shake - Modus Vivendi
    Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
    Run the Jewels - RTJ4
    Taylor Swift - Folklore
    Cindy Lee - What’s Tonight to Eternity
    Nada Surf - Never Not Together
    Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
    Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
    Gorillaz - Song Machine Season One

    this will definitely change by the end of the year with so much new music constantly coming out. But that’s where I am today.
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  12. shelflife

    shelflife Forum Resident

    Rockville, MD
    Off the top of my head and in no order

    Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    Wake - Devouring Ruin (Confluence is really good as well!)
    Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
    Lydia Loveless - Daughter
    Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
    Wvrm - Colony Collapse
    Fleet Foxes - Shore
    Run the Jewels - RTJ4

    And in the "pretty good but not quite faves yet" category:

    Deftones - Ohms
    Bruce Springsteen - Letter For You
  13. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    My first instinct was that it is early to post these, but then I thought this is a great time because people will be looking to see what they may have missed through the year. And there isn't much coming out the rest of the year that I think may get into the top list. I'll reevaluate in December and see if anything needs updating.


    { Top 10 New Releases of 2020 }
    01. Love is the King by Jeff Tweedy
    02. Folklore by Taylor Swift
    03. Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
    04. Song for Our Daughter by Laura Marling
    05. An Evening of New York Songs and Stories by Suzanne Vega
    06. Total Freedom by Kathleen Edwards
    07. Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen
    08. The New Abnormal by the Strokes
    09. Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams
    10. Gigaton by Pearl Jam


    { Top Archive Releases of 2020 }
    01. The Joni Mitchell Archive Series Vol. 1: The Early Yers
    02. Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All the Rest
    03. Wilco: Summerteeth Deluxe
    04. Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1974 Box
    05. Neil Young: Homegrown
    06. Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup Remix/Reissue
    07. Robert Plant: Digging Deep
  14. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    New Mexico
    Lots of great jazz this year.

    1. Henri Texier - Chance
    2. Pat Metheny - From This Place
    3. Joe Farnsworth - Time to Swing
    4. Eddie Henderson - Shuffle and Deal
    5. Rachel Therrien - Vena
    6. Sons of Apollo - MMXX
    7. Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Mabern
    8. Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
    9. Delain - Apocalypse & Chill
    10. Kansas - The Absence of Presrnce
  15. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    At this moment

    1. Haim - Women In Music Pt III
    2. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    3. Bartees Strange - Live Forever
    4. The 1975 - Notes On A Conditional Form
    5. Run The Jewels - RTJ4
    6. Deftones - Ohms
    7. Adrianne Lenker - Songs And Instrumentals
    8. Khruangbin - Mordechai
    9. James Dean Bradfield - Even In Exile
    10. Metz - Atlas Vending

    Obviously this can always change and I'm going to give Folklore, Letter To You and Song Machine Season One a few listens before I do my complete list for the year.
  16. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    Taylor Swift - Folklore
    outstanding album !
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  17. sakuraba

    sakuraba Forum Resident

    Charleston, SC
    Not in any order. Loving a lot of female artists' albums this year.

    My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall II
    Lianne La Havas: Lianne La Havas
    Nubya Garcia - Source
    Jessie Ware: What's Your Pleasure?
    Daniel Romano: Visions of the Higher Dream
    Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher
    Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia
    Fleet Foxes: Shore
    Bonny Light Horseman: Bonny Light Horseman
    Sturgill Simpson: Cuttin' Grass
  18. BigBadBone

    BigBadBone Active Member

    Totally off topic, sorry!!! But before I post: how do you insert photos in post?? I only see ‘post URL’. Again my apology for this off topic stuff...
  19. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    You've got to upload the photo to a photo hosting site, as the forums don't have server capacity to host photos. I use Imgur, which is free and easy. Here are some steps:

    1. Go to imgur.com
    2. Click 'new post' in upper left
    3. Upload photo from your computer
    4. Click three dots at right, click 'Get Share Links', copy the link for BBCode (Forums)
    5. Paste the link into your dialog box here on the forums.

    I always preview my post before posting to make sure it looks okay before posting.
  20. Flaevius

    Flaevius Forum Resident

    Essex, UK
    I haven't picked up enough new material this year to feel a list of 10 would be fairly indicative of the diversity and quality of releases this year. So my shortened 'recommended' list would be:


    • 1. The Slow Readers Club - 91 Days In Isolation (indie). An immersive, cathartic release from a moderately-well-known UK indie rock band. Track two 'Everything I Own' is arguably the standout track I've heard this year. Highly recommended.
    • 2. Tom Morello - Comandante (alternative). An EP from the ex-Rage Against The Machine guitar wizard that sits comfortably within that era of his career. Starts out with his take on Hendrix's Voodoo Child, includes a duet with Slash and a short instrumental tribute to Eddie Van Halen, and ends on a heavy-blues based number. It's largely instrumental and Morello has plenty of opportunity to showcase his abilities.
    • 3. Run The Jewels - RTJ4 (hip hop). Most modern hip-hop leaves me cold, but Run The Jewels are one of the few exceptions. Very slick, hard-hitting effort that is all the better for its brevity, coming in at 11 tracks and under 40mins. Great production values, no filler here.
    • 4. The Pineapple Thief - Versions Of The Truth (prog rock). Another strong release from this longstanding, creative UK prog act. Not as immediately captivating as their 2018 album Dissolution, this is more of a slow burner interspersed with a few excellent tracks. Instrumental chops aplenty in this band.
    • 5. Es - Less of Everything (post punk). Debut album from this UK post-punk band. Very minimalist, nervy recording, with a touch of synth. Kind of a mesh between Savages and Joy Division. Another album where brevity does it credit, at around 25mins.
    • 6. Terje Rypdal - Conspiracy (jazz fusion). A quite beautiful album from Rypdal, meshing his electric guitar work with a haunting, compositional soundscape that brings in layer after layer of textures and depth.
    • 7. Larkin Poe - Self Made Man (blues rock). A duo I rate very highly, two authentic musicians that treat their subject with knowledge and respect.
    • 8. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene (synth pop). A good, early-year release.
    Thin Lizzy - Rock Legends. Six-CD bonanza with the majority being unreleased material and alternative takes from across their storied career. The motherlode for Lizzy fans.
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  21. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Some good albums released this year in random order:

    The Waterboys - Good Luck, Seeker
    Yo La Tengo - We Have Ammesia Sometimes
    Widowspeak - Plum
    Drive-By Truckers - The New OK
    Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling
    Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension
    The Heliocentrics - Infinity Of Now
    Neil Young - Homegrown
  22. andre looijestijn

    andre looijestijn Well-Known Member

    The Allman Betts Band - Bless Your Heart
    Cordovas - Destiny Hotel
    Cosmic Vibrations - Pathways & Passages
    Drive-by Truckers - The Unraveling
    Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
    Nybya Garcia - Source
    Marcus King - El Dorado
    Redman Mehldau McBride Blade - RoundAgain
    Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You
    Colter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes
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  23. MicSmith

    MicSmith Forum Resident

    I’m pretty much out of loop when it comes to newly recorded music so I can’t make a Top 10 of new stuff for 2020.

    The music I bought this year (issued for the first time this year) is:

    Laura Marling Songs For Our Daughter
    The Innocence Mission See You Tomorrow
    Bill Nelson The Jewel
    Neil Young Homegrown
    The Waterboys Good Luck, Seeker
    Rory Gallagher Checked Shirt Wizard
    Joan As Police Woman Cover Two
    David Bowie ChangesNowBowie
    David Bowie I’m Only Dancing
    David Bowie Ouvrez le Chien
    David Bowie Metrobolist
    Bryan Ferry Live at the RAH 1974

    I’ve a few things coming at Xmas or between now and then so I won’t know my proper top 10 until the end of the year. But most of what I buy these days are archive releases.
  24. RudolphS

    RudolphS Forum Resident

    Rio de Janeiro
    Still need to do a lot of catching up, but these are my picks so far:

    01. Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
    02. Sault - Untitled (Black Is)
    03. Katie Gately - Loom
    04. Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
    05. R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
    06. Against All Logic - 2017-2019
    07. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
    08. Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now
    09. Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
    10. Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Story
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2020
  25. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    A Girl Called Eddy - Been Around
    Badly Drawn Boy - Banana Skin Shoes
    Brian & Roger Eno - Mixing Colours
    Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You
    James Taylor - American Standard
    Kennedy Road - A Little Fight Left Yet
    Mary Chapin-Carpenter - The Dirt and The Stars
    Matthews Southern Comfort - The New Mine
    Neil Young - Homegrown
    Ralph McTell - Hill of Beans

    Bonus #11
    The Monkees - The Mike & Micky Show (Live)

    Archival Releases
    Fleetwood Mac - 1970 - 1974
    Frank Zappa - Mothers 1970
    Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead - The Angel's Share (1970 Sessions)
    Grateful Dead - American Beauty - The Angel's Share (1970 Sessions)
    Joni Mitchell - Archives Vol 1 (1963 - 1967)
    Neil Young - Archives Vol 2
    Richard & Linda Thompson - Hard Luck Stories (1972 - 1982)
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