Best Albums of 2020
The Top Ten
This is a must-listen, guys!
most new critical darlings r super overhyped but this is a big exception
This band is like the Tom Brady of British heavy metal: reaching new levels of greatness when they should be well past their prime. The riffs and hooks are catchy, the atmosphere is ominous, and the soloing is fantastic. Plus, doom metal has become all the more listenable during this turd of a year that 2020 has been.
This album outdid every other album in 2020 as a matter of fact. It’s different from all the garbage “music” playing nowadays with all the trap, poor tunes & dirty lyrics. It was created out of her dreams. Yet quarantine from COVID-19 got her into making this album. Plus it's themed to Indie (folk) pop hence the name Folkore. Yet the music is perhaps the calmest she's ever done & the closest we've ever come to having the old Taylor come back. Plus her songs there are played in a variety; some are upbeat, others are slow & one of them (like Mad Woman) is like 2 ranges overlapped. Yet it became the 1st album by any artist in history to debut #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 & 200 in the same week. Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa, Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen & Chromatica by Lady Gaga are all great, but Folklore stepped up the game over every other album this year in all matters. She's still the real deal of original & creative artists making history in music with undeniable talent. ...more
This album is... a trip...
Every song is awesome. Anything Like Me is probably one of the best.
She's heavy metal now
I finally got around to this one after so long, just because I wanted to give the rest of Mac's discography a try first. And I'm so glad I did, because he's super talented! I can't pretend to have knew much about him before his passing in 2018, but either way I really miss him :(
That said, I feel like this album is pretty overrated. It feels very un-cohesive and doesn't put me into a trance the same way his earlier projects do. Now, for the standards of a posthumous release, this is incredible and VERY faithful to Mac's source material, but on its own... it's certainly good. Just not, great.
Though, credit where it's due, this album almost made me burst into tears, which is certainly worth a lot :'(
Now, this is a proper posthumous album, unlike XXX's album, this album is properly finished and published in a way that doesn't exploit the artist. It's also filled with finished and organised songs.
This album is quite simply superb. Melodic progressive rock at its very best. The guitar work is sublime, the interplay with the keyboards a delight and the bass and drums solid and expressive. Lyrically and vocally outstanding. I can’t think of a progressive rock album of this quality since IQs Road of Bones.
Wonderful album from a consistently great band. Diverse range of tracks across this album. Starfish and the Moon is my standout track. Amazing artwork too.
Such an emotional and beautiful album, the guitar work is out of this world, one of the best albums ever recorded.
Fantastic album and art, a voyage across melodic and melancholic guitar solo
I know this album got a lukewarm reception overall, but there's a level of genius behind the concept.
The longer and longer 'Anthropocene' goes, the more it feels like the world around you is dying and fading away. It's harder to explain than just that, but it evokes a level of... suspense, and serenity that few albums have yet to pull off. Plus, it has some of her best songs, like 'So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth' & 'We Appreciate Power'.
Grimes elitists will say this isn't as good as 'Art Angels,' but nothing ever will be. For what this record is, really great job on Claire's part. :)
Dude this album is crazy. It's full of energy and is so fun to listen to. I liked Kenny Beat's other project with Rico Nasty called Anger Issues but this project is even better sonically and lyrically.
This is a must - Listen! Great Work
Best Album ever from this band
A masterpiece !
Very unique album, I love how he stays in his own lane normally an artist will follow a current trend and not bring anything new to the table. Production wise this album is very high quality with a variety of genres to enjoy give this album a listen.
I'd never heard of the Weekend until a few days ago, when I heard one of his new songs. It was amazing! I'll definitely listen to more his music!
I love it. its actually the first time in 4 years that The Weeknd made an album
The Weeknd is such a good singer! Great album!
Tame Impala was always good but this album is great.
I still have yet to listen to all of the songs on this album. So far, the album is pretty good.
Such an immersive experience, it truly puts you in a particular state of mind and explores themes such as obsessive thoughts, lack of self-worth and regret
The first act is a great introduction to the general ideas and sound
The second ones probably has the saddest songs on the album (ironically they are the most upbeat ones)
The third one has got slower songs (besides Babylon) that show us the brighter side of things. How trough fate (religious or just fate in our abilities), trust and humility we can defeat our obsessive thoughts and insicurities.
Amazing work of art, and for those complaining for the fact that it's nothing truly new or experimental, why weren't you praising ARTPOP during its era?
Chromatica is a solid album that brings back old sounds and reinvents them.
I was SO pleasantly surprised by this! I'm not a hardcore Gaga fan, and have never really cared much for her in the past, but I saw countless advertisements for this on Spotify, and the concepts behind the album intrigued me a lot. So I figured I'd give this a listen, and I'm extremely glad I did :D
On it's own, it's a collection of anthemic but very repetitive Dance Pop songs. However, once you start to unpack the abstract and existential meanings of the lyrics, and the included storylines and music videos, it becomes an album that transcends pop. She clearly intended this as more than a regular auditory experience, and made SUCH good use of the visual and cognitive elements on Spotify. I really do hope this inspires more artists to do similar things!
Knowing how dominated this site is by Metal Fans, I doubt anybody here is going to love Chromatica, but to anybody who gives this a chance, please don't just immediately brush this off as a generic pop album by an artist ...more
Excellent as a dance record. Each track is danceable, upbeat, and kind of brings back old 2008 Gaga vibes, yet also having a very 90s house sound in certain parts, especially on Babylon (“babble on”). Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me” feature wasn’t that bad honestly (I cannot take a steady diet of Ariana grande, but apparently all the CHR radio stations of today can) and having an Elton John feature was a nice surprise. I hope it does commercially better than “Joanne” or “The Star Is Born: The Official Soundtrack Album”. She can pick any song off this release she wants as the third radio single from this album
Now this is what you call growth, she really gave her all with this era from disco, funk, synth and dance. I did like a few of the songs from her first album but at the same time it sounded like every other average pop song at the time doesn’t mean they were bad it just didn’t set her apart as an artist, but this time around she’s completely revamped everything to the point where she stands out from the rest you can really tell she worked so hard on this era it paid off.
Levitating, Hallucinate, and Physical are my favorite songs from this album.