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2020 album reviews
Scroll down and you will find the list of all 2020 album reviews published so far. Albums rated 4/10 and lower are usually not included, as their review is often just one line - check the alphabetical list
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1975 Notes on a Conditional Form (Dirty Hit) pop 4/10
38KEA Mental Weapon (self) hip-hop 5/10
Against All Logic 2017-2019 (Other People) glitch 5/10
Algiers There Is No Year (Matador) alt-rock 4/10
Amaarae The Angel You Don't Know (Golden Child) Afropop 5/10
Amnesia Scanner Tearless (Pan) dance 6/10
Anijmile Giver Taker (Father Daughter) songwriter 6/10
Ichiko Aoba Adan no Kaze/ Windswept Agan (Hermine) songwriter 5/10
Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic) songwriter 6/10
Arca KiCk i (XL) dance 6/10
Argo Nuff Haditha (self) post-rock 7/10
Armand Hammer Shrines (Backwoodz Studioz ) hip-hop 5/10
Autechre Plus (Warp) glitch 5/10
Autechre Sign (Warp) glitch 4/10
Ayreon Transitus (Music Theories) prog-rock 4/10
Julianna Barwick Healing is a Miracle (Ninja Tune) songwriter 6/10
William Basinski Lamentations (Temporary Residence) ambient 5/10
Behold the Arctopus Hapeleptic Overtrove (P2) post-metal 6/10
Belbury Poly The Gone Away (Ghost Box) synth-pop 4/10
Black to Comm Oocyte Oil & Stolen Androgens (Thrill Jockey) noise 5/10
Brendan Benson Dear Life (Third Man) songwriter 5/10
Bing & Ruth Species (4AD) ambient 5/10
Black Curse Endless Wound (Sepulchral Void) death metal 7/10
Black Dresses Peaceful as Hell (Black Squares) glitch-pop 6/10
Black Magick SS Rainbow Nights (Infinite Wisdom) metal 5/10
Blackie Face The Darkness (self) hip-hop 6/10
Bladee 333 (Year0001) trap 6/10
Blu & Exile Miles (Dirty Science) hip-hop 6.5/10
Blush Response Void In (Megastructure) techno 6/10
Bohren & der Club of Gore Patchouli Blue (Ipecac) noir-jazz 6/10
Alice Boman Dream on (Pias) songwriter 7/10
Phoebe Bridgers Punisher (Dead Oceans) songwriter 5/10
Brii Entre Tudo que e Visto e Oculto (Brii) metal 7/10
Brobdingnagian Backpfeifengesicht (self) noise 5/10
Bully Sugaregg (SubPop) garage-rock 5/10
Camellia Tera I/O (2020) (Kamel Camellia) dance 5/10
Caribou Suddenly (Merge) songwriter 5/10
Celestaphone Weevil in Disguise (Drumhex) hip-hop 6/10
Sarah Mary Chadwick Please Daddy (Sinderlyn) songwriter 5/10
Chell Oracle Turret Descent (self) noise 6.5
Cities Aviv Immortal Flame (Total Works) singer-songwriter 6/10
Cities Aviv Gum (Total Works) singer-songwriter 5/10
Clipping Visions of Bodies Being Burned (Subpop) rap 6.5/10
Cloud Nothings The Black Hole Understands (Carpark) noise-rock 4/10
Jacob Collier Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca) pop 6/10
Jess Cornelius Distance (Loantaka) songwriter 5/10
Crack Cloud Pain Olympics (Meat Machine) funk-punk 5/10
Elysia Crampton Orcorara (Pan) ambient 5/10
Dan Deacon Mystic Familiar (Domino) dance-pop 6/10
Vladislav Delay Rakka (Cosmo Rhythmatic) glitch 5/10
Broeder Dieleman De Liefde is de Eerste Wet (Snowstar) songwriter 5/10
Disappears Disappears + Steve Shelley + White/Light (Vampire Blues) post-rock 4/10
Dope Body Crack A Light (Drag City) noise-rock 4/10
Dreamcrusher Another Country (self) noise 8/10
Dreamcrusher Panopticon (self) noise 7/10
Duma Duma (Nyege Nyege Tapes) industrial 6.5/10
Dwarfs of East Agouza The Green Dogs of Dahshur (Akuphone) psych-rock 6/10
Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia) songwriter 6/10
Wendy Eisenberg Auto (Ba Da Bing) songwriter 6.5/10
Wendy Eisenberg Dehiscence (self) songwriter 6.5/10
El Marrano de la Razon A Blaze In The Southern Sky (self) noise 6/10
El Marrano de la Razon Adefesio (self) noise 5/10
El Marrano de la Razon Ceremonia de la Confusion (self) noise 6/10
Elder Omens (Armageddon Shop) prog-metal 4.5/10
Jay Electronica Act II The Patents of Nobility (Roc Nation) rap 5/10
Jay Electronica A Written Testimony (Roc Nation) rap 6/10
Eminem Music to Be Murdered By (Interscope) rap 4/10
Encenathrakh Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake (P2) death-metal 5/10
Envy The Fallen Crimson (Temporary Residence) screamo 5/10
Esoctrilihum Eternity of Shaog (I Voidhanger) black metal 6/10
FACS Void Moments (Trouble in Mind) post-rock 5/10
Fera Stupidamutaforma (Maple Death) electronica 5/10
Fire-toolz Rainbow Bridge (Hausu Mountain) prog-rock 5/10
David First The Consummation of Right and Wrong (Important) droning 6/10
Four Tet Parallel (Text) ambient 4/10
Four Tet Sixteen Oceans (Text) glitch-pop 4/10
Fleet Foxes Shore (Anti) folk-pop 6/10
Fluisteraars Bloem (Eisenwald Tonschmiede) black metal 6/10
France Far Out Far West (La Novia) post-folk 7/10
The Garden Kiss My Super Bowl Ring (Epitaph) noise-rock 5.5/10
Katie Gately Loom (Houndstooth) songwriter 6/10
Ghost Rhythms Imaginary Mountains (Exploration Musicale) prog-rock 6/10
Samuel Goff Transmissions (self) noise-rock 7/10
Grey Wulf Seeing Vol 1 (self) noise-rock 6/10
Grimes Miss Anthropocene (4AD) songwriter 5/10
Haim Women in Music Pt III (Columbia) pop 6/10
Halsey Manic (Capitol) songwriter 5/10
Heliocentrics Infinity of Now (Madlib Invazion) psych-rock 5/10
Heliocentrics Telemetric Sounds (2020) (Madlib Invazion) psych-rock 5/10
Himukalt Sex Worker II (Total Black) industrial 5/10
Himukalt Septic (Malignant) industrial 6/10
Horse Lords The Common Task (Northern Spy) post-rock 6.5/10
Imperial Triumphant Alphaville (Century Media) metal 6/10
Irr. App. (Ext.) Blau Erntearbeiter (self) abstract 5.5/10
Irr. App. (Ext.) Nocturnal Emissaries (self) abstract 6.5/10
Nicolas Jaar Cenizas (Other People) glitch 5/10
Nicolas Jaar Telas (Other People) glitch 6/10
Junglepussy JP4 (Jagjaguwar) rap-soul 6/10
Kaatayra So Quem Viu o Relampago a Sua Direita Sabe (self) metal 6/10
Kaatayra Toda Historia pela Frente (self) metal 6/10
Karrots Karrots I (self) psych-rock 6.5/10
KFC Murder Chicks Loss Prevention Reloaded (self) hip-hop 6/10
King Krule Man Alive (XL) songwriter 6/10
Klein Frozen (Ijn) electronic 6/10
La Novia Maintes Fois (La Novia) post-folk 8/10
La Novia Au Seuil du Vent (La Novia) post-folk 7/10
La Novia Le Temps Tranquille (La Novia) post-folk 7/10
Mark Lanegan Straight Songs of Sorrow (Heavenly) songwriter 5/10
Adrianne Lenker Songs (4AD) songwriter 6/10
Adrianne Lenker Instrumentals (4AD) songwriter 5/10
Li Jianhong Wanghai Gang (Utech) noise 6.5/10
Lili Grace Silhouette (self) folk 7/10
Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia (Urban) dance 5/10
Liturgy Origin of the Alimonies (Ylylcyn) metal 6/10
Lobsterfight Pink, Black, And Orange In The Corners (self) noise-rock 6.5/10
Lonker See Hamza (Antena Krzyku) post-rock 6/10
Lustre Ashes of Light (Nordvis) ambient metal 6.5/10
Jackie Lynn Jacqueline (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Mach-Hommy Mach's Hard Lemonade (self) hip-hop 6/10
Machine Girl U-Void Synthesizer (self) breakcore 6/10
Mamaleek Come & See (Flenser) metal 5/10
Matmos The Consuming Flame: Exercises in Group Form (Thrill Jockey) noise 4/10
Mekons Exquisite (self) alt-rock 5/10
The Men Mercy (Sacred Bones) roots-rock 5/10
Mesarthim The Degenerate Era (self) metal 5/10
Metasplice Mirvariates (Trilogy Tapes) electronic 7/10
Microphones Microphones in 2020 (P.W. Elverum & Sun) folk 7/10
Moodymann Taken Away (Peacefrog) house 4/10
Moon Relay _...-``-..._ (Sheep Chase) prog-rock 6/10
Moor Mother Circuit City (Don Giovanni) rap-jazz 6.5/10
Moor Mother Brass (Backwoodz) rap-jazz 6/10
Kevin Morby Sundowner (Dead Oceans) songwriter 6/10
Alanis Morissette Such Pretty Forks in the Road (Epyphany) songwriter 6/10
Roisin Murphy Roisin Machine (Skint) dance-pop 5/10
Necks Three (Northern Spy) ambient 6/10
Neptunian Maximalism Eons (I Voidhanger) psych-rock 7.5/10
Old Nick Forest of Grief (self) black metal 6/10
Old Nick T.N.O.T.A.A.T.P.B.T.Q.A.S.F.A.B.O.O.T.D.O.S.S.T.T.E.V.H.S. (self) black metal 6/10
Angel Olsen Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 6.5
Ono Red Summer (American Dreams) agit-prop 7.5/10
Oranssi Pazuzu Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast) metal 6/10
Kassa Overall Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz (self) jazz-rap 7/10
Parannoul Let's Walk on the Path of a Blue Cat (self) shoegaze 6.5/10
Jeff Parker Suite for Max Brown (International Anthem) posts-rock 6/10
Perfume Genius Set My Heart on Fire Immediately (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Playboy Carti Whole Lotta Red (Interscope) trap 5/10
Poppy I Disagree (Sumerian) pop-metal 6/10
Roly Porter Kistvaen (Subtext) ambient 6/10
Primitive Man Immersion (Relapse) doom 5/10
Prizes Roses Rosa The Kinspiral (self) post-rock 5.5/10
Raja Kirik Rampokan (Yes No Wave) industrial 7.5/10
Julia Reidy Vanish (Editions Mego) instrumental 6/10
Robert Rich Offering to the Morning Fog (self) ambient 4/10
Steve Roach Tomorrow (Timeroom) ambient 5/10
Steve Roach A Soul Ascends (Timeroom) ambient 5/10
Claire Rousay Both (self) avantgarde 6/10
Gavilan Russom Secret Passage (Voluminous Arts) post-rock 6.5/10
Gavilan Russom Disco (Voluminous Arts) techno 4.5/10
Gavilan Russom Trans-Verberation Cassette (Voluminous Arts) post-rock 6/10
Sematary Rainbow Bridge 2 (self) drill 5/10
Sewerslvt The World Is Fvcked (self) breakcore 7.5/10
Sewerslvt Draining Love Story (self) breakcore 6/10
Shame White Man (2020) (Cacophonous Revival) noise-rock 6/10
Shame I Don't Like you (self) noise-rock 6/10
Silent Strike Ghostophonia (Cinemaude) collage 6/10
Soccer Mommy Color Theory (Loma Vista) songwriter 5/10
Special Interest The Passion Of (Thrilling Living) dance-punk 7/10
DJ Speedsick Blood Mixed With Shit Mixed With Blood (self) techno 6/10
Spinvis (Excelsior) pop 5/10
Sprain As Lost Through Collision (Flenser) post-rock 6/10
Stabscotch Twilight Dawn (2020) (Mr Snow) noise-rock 6/10
Sufjan Stevens The Ascension (Asthmatic Kitty) songwriter 7/10
Carl Stone Stolen Car (Unseen Worlds) plunderphonics 7/10
Bartees Strange Live Forever (Memory Music) songwriter 6.5/10
Moses Sumney Grae (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 6.5/10
Syko Friend Fontanelle (Post Present Medium) songwriter 7/10
Sylvan Esso Free Love (Loma Vista) songwriter 5/10
Tame Impala The Slow Rush (Modular) dance 4/10
Tegh Emergent Errors (Opal Tapes) noise 6/10
Roger Tellier-Craig Etudes (Second Editions) concrete 7/10
Tricot Black/ Makkuro (8902) post-rock 6/10
Tricot 10 (8902) post-rock 5/10
Yves Tumor Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp) post-pop 5/10
Undeath Lesions of a Different Kind (Prosthetic) death-metal 5/10
US Girls Heavy Light (4AD) songwriter 4/10
Waxahatchee Saint Cloud (Merge) songwriter 5/10
Andrew Weathers Ensemble The Thousand Birds in the Earth (self) free-folk 6/10
Weeknd After Hours (XO) pop 5/10
White Hills Splintered Metal Sky (God Unknown) industrial 4/10
Windy & Carl Allegiance and Conviction (Kranky) slocore 5/10
Witch 'n' Monk Witch'n'Monk (Tzadik) prog-rock 5/10
Worm Gloomlord (20 Buck Spin) doom-metal 6/10
X Alphabetland (Fat Possum) punk-rock 6.5/10
Your Old Droog Krutoy Edition (Nature Sounds) hip-hop 7/10

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