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The Best Rock Albums of 2020

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock
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    8/10
  1. La Novia: Maintes Fois (La Novia)
  2. Dreamcrusher: Another Country (self)

  3. 7.5/10
  4. Neptunian Maximalism: Eons (I Voidhanger)
  5. Raja Kirik: Rampokan (Yes No Wave)
  6. Ono: Red Summer (American Dreams)
  7. Dreamcrusher: Panopticon (self)

  8. 7/10
  9. Backxwash: God Has Nothing to Do with This Leave Him Out of It (UglyHat)
  10. Military Genius: Deep Web (Unheard Of Hope)
  11. Carl Stone: Stolen Car (Unseen Worlds)
  12. Brii: Entre Tudo que e Visto e Oculto (Brii)
  13. Microphones: Microphones in 2020 (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
  14. France: Far Out Far West (La Novia)
  15. Roger Tellier-Craig: Etudes (Second Editions)
  16. Run The Jewels: RTJ4 (BMG)
  17. Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension (Asthmatic Kitty)
  18. La Novia: Le Temps Tranquille (La Novia)
  19. Alice Boman: Dream on (Pias)
  20. Samuel Goff: Transmissions (self)
  21. Your Old Droog: Krutoy Edition (Nature Sounds)
  22. La Novia: Au Seuil du Vent (La Novia)
  23. Black Curse: Endless Wound (Sepulchral Voice)
  24. Argo Nuff: Haditha (self)
  25. Special Interest: The Passion Of (Thrilling Living)
  26. Lili Grace: Silhouette (self)
  27. Syko Friend: Fontanelle (Post Present Medium)
EP:

    7.5/10
  1. Sewerslvt : The World Is Fvcked (self)
    7/10
  2. Lust$ickPuppy: Cosmic Brownie
  3. Jpegmafia: EP
Songs
(Listen to them on Nick Vieira's spotify playlist)
  1. Ono: I Dream Of Sodomy
  2. Backxwash: Black Magic
  3. Duma: Lionsblood
  4. Dan Deacon: Sat by a Tree
  5. Military Genius: When I Close My Eyes
  6. Carl Stone: Au Jus
  7. Julianna Barwick: Flowers
  8. Ono: Tar Baby
  9. Lust$ickPuppy: Goatmeal
  10. Clipping: Check The Lock
  11. Sufjan Stevens: Run Away with Me
  12. Effluence Microgliotic Viroplasm
  13. X: Free
  14. Arca: Mequetrefe
  15. Envy: Rhythm
  16. Perfume Genius: Describe
  17. Vladislav Delay: Rakka
  18. Fiona Apple: I Want You to Love Me
  19. Bohren & der Club of Gore: Verwirrung am Strand
  20. Algiers: There Is No Year
  21. King Krule: Comet Face
  22. Arca: KLK
  23. Perfume Genius: Jason
  24. Jackie Lynn: Odessa
  25. Chell Oracle Turret: Dog Strolling
  26. Angel Olsen: All Mirrors
  27. Fleet Foxes: Jara
  28. Arca: La Chiqui
  29. Fiona Apple: Shameika
  30. Black Dresses: Scared 2 Death
  31. Tricot: Omae
  32. Run the Jewels: A Few Words for the Firing Squad
  33. Amnesia Scanner: AS Tearless
  34. Haim: Another Try
  35. Poppy: Concrete
  36. Special Interest: With Love
  37. Bad Bunny: Safaera
  38. Jimi Tenor: The Duel
  39. Caribou: Sister
  40. Adrianne Lenker: Zombie Girl
  41. Bladee Bladee and Ecco2k: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  42. Bartees Strange: In a Cab
  43. KeiyaA: Rectifiy
  44. Katie Gately: Waltz
  45. Sematary: Nazgul
  46. Your Old Droog: Matryoshka
  47. Alanis Morissette: Ablaze
  48. Moor Mother & Billy Woods: Scary Hours
  49. Celeste: Stop this Flame
  50. Lucrecia Dalt: Ser Boca
  51. Blackie : There Is No Light
  52. Benny the Butcher: Timeless
  53. Weeknd: Blinding Lights
  54. Blu: When the Gods Meet
  55. Mach-Hommy: Pour House
  56. Halsey: You Should be Sad
  57. Tricot: Uno Sano
  58. Tems: Interference
  59. Brendan Benson : Richest Man
  60. Junglepussy: Spiders
  61. Salem: Sears Tower
  62. Weeknd: Save Your Tears
  63. Lobsterfight: V
  64. Lili Grace: Traveller
  65. Alice Boman: The More I Cry
  66. Juana Molina: and Cara de Espejo

Extended tracks
(Listen to them on Nick Vieira's spotify playlist)
  1. Dreamcrusher: Another Country
  2. La Novia: Maintes Fois
  3. Dreamcrusher: Panopticon
  4. Raja Kirik: Tanah Prahara
  5. Camellia: Flamewall
  6. Stabscotch: Gravity
  7. Lustre: Eyes Like Stars
  8. Samuel Goff: Transmissions Part One
  9. Sufjan Stevens: My Rajneesh
  10. Roger Tellier-Craig: Nulle Part A Trouver
  11. El Marrano de la Razon: At The Home Of The Order Of Melchizedek
  12. Neptunian Maximalism: Ptah Sokar Osiris
  13. France: Far Out Far West
  14. Sufjan Stevens: America
  15. Brii: Sabedoria de Tudo que e Oculto
  16. Shame: Transmission Dreams
  17. Tegh: Now She's Alive But She Was Dead At The Time
  18. Argo Nuff: Haditha
  19. El Marrano de la Razon: Hidden Void
  20. Gavilan Russom: Transverberation
  21. La Novia: Miserere Tuorum
  22. Ghost Rhythms : Horizontal Ascension
  23. Microphones: Microphones in 2020
  24. Heliocentrics: Telemetric Sounds
  25. Mamaleek: We Hang Because We Must
  26. Necks: Lovelock
  27. Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul
  28. Nicolas Jaar: Telencima
  29. Shame: Bliss
  30. Oranssi Pazuzu: Taivaan Portti
  31. Neptunian Maximalism: Heliozoapolis
  32. Autechre: M4 Lema
  33. Kaatayra: Miseria da Sabedoria
  34. Carl Stone: Saaris
  35. Chell Oracle Turret: Sky Splash
  36. Himukalt: Panic Attack
  37. Moor Mother:Act 1 - Working Machine
  38. La Novia: Au Seuil du Vent
  39. Black Curse: Finality I Behold
  40. Horse Lords: Integral Accident
  41. Kaatayra: Chama Terra Chama Chuva
  42. Julia Reidy: Clairvoyant
  43. Gavilan Russom: Ghosts Wail In Us
  44. Syko Friend: Liberty
  45. i.o: Holographic Life
  46. Irr. App. (Ext.): Nocturnal Emissaries
  47. DJ Speedsick: Talking To Ghosts
  48. Sewerslvt : Mr Kill Myself
  49. Esoctrilihum: Exh-Eni Soph
Jazz
    7.5/10
  1. Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords (ArtistShare)
  2. Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra: Dimensional Stardust (International Anthem)
  3. Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass (Pyroclastic)
  4. Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling (Firehouse 12)
    7/10
  5. Yeo-Neun Quartet: Yeo-Neun (Shelter Press)
  6. Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within (Nonesuch)
  7. Ambrose Akinmusire: On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment (Blue Note)
  8. Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (ECM)
  9. Matthew Shipp Trio: The Unidentifiable (ESP)
  10. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio (Whirlwind)
  11. Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain VI (Pyroclastic)
  12. Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited - A Musical Portrait of Four Icons
  13. Irreversible Entanglements: Who Sent You? (International Anthem)
  14. Junk Magic: Compass Confusion (Pyroclastic)
  15. Pat Metheny: From This Place (Nonesuch)
  16. Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign (Blue Note)
  17. Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes: Heritage of the Invisible II
  18. Steve Lehman: Xenakis and the Valedictorian
  19. Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World
  20. Susan Alcorn Quintet: Pedernal (Relative Pitch)
  21. Ivo Perelman: Deep Resonances
  22. Nduduzo Makhathini: Modes of Communication (Universal)
  23. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Axiom (Ropeadope)
  24. Tani Tabbal Trio: Now Then (Tao Forms)
  25. Keir Neuringer & Ensemble Klang: Elegies and Litanies
  26. Immanuel Wilkins: Omega (Blue Note)
  27. Kate Westbrook & The Granite Band: Earth Felt the Wound
  28. Nubya Garcia: Source (Concord)
  29. Luke Stewart: Exposure Quintet
    6.5/10
  30. Matthew Shipp: The Piano Equation (Tao Forms)
  31. Bill Frisell: Valentine (Blue Note)
  32. Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond (Mack Avenue)
  33. Joe McPhee: Of Things Beyond Thule Volume 1
  34. Jeff Parker: Suite For Max Brown
  35. Dromedaries: Dromedaries II
  36. Kevin Sun: The Sustain Of Memory (Endectomorph)
  37. Kurt Rosenwinkel Bandit 65: Searching The Continuum (Heartcore)
  38. Webber/Morris Big Band: Both Are True (Greenleaf)
  39. John Scofield/Steve Swallow: Swallow Tales
  40. Kurt Elling: Secrets Are The Best Stories
  41. Artemis: Artemis (Blue Note)
  42. JD Allen: Toys/Die Dreaming (Savant)
  43. Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes (Ropeadope)
  44. The Nels Cline Singers: Share the Wealth (Blue Note)
  45. Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History (Impulse)
  46. Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell: How to Turn the Moon (Pyroclastic)
  47. James Brandon Lewis Quartet: Molecular (Intakt)
  48. Liberty Ellman: Last Desert (Pi)
  49. Gregg August: Dialogues on Race: Volume One (Iacuessa)
  50. Tyshawn Sorey: Unfiltered (self-released)
  51. Lafayette Gilchrist: Now (Lafayette Gilchrist Music)
  52. Matt Wilson Quartet: Hug! (Palmetto)
  53. Chad Taylor Trio: The Daily Biological (Cuneiform)
  54. Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully the Music Is Yours (Odin)
  55. Ingrid Laubrock: Dreamt Twice: Twice Dreamt (Intakt)

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