Album Reviews

best jazz albums of 2020 Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra Arkestra : Swirling

The Arkestra’s first album in two decades revisits classic material and gives it new life.

Eartheater Phoenix review

Eartheater : Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin

What exactly is the first clue that Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin is…

Kevin Morby Sundowner review

Kevin Morby : Sundowner

The singer/songwriter balances melancholy and warmth on his grief-stricken, yet lived-in new album.

clipping visions of bodies being burned review

clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned

The L.A. noise rap trio deliver an immediate set of horror-hip-hop thrills interspersed with weird, harsh terror.

best jazz albums of 2020 Aquiles Navarro Tcheser Holmes

Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes : Heritage of the Invisible II

The New York jazz duo cook up a session that’s full of groove.

Touche Amore Lament review

Touche Amore : Lament

The post-hardcore outfit offers a promising showcase of experimentation that never quite goes far enough.

Westside Gunn Who Made the Sunshine review

Westside Gunn : Who Made the Sunshine

The Griselda emcee’s third album of the year is grimy, immersive, and loaded with impressive guest features.

best albums of 2020 Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes : Shore

Robin Pecknold’s return is one of hope and warmth.

Death Valley Girls Under the Spell of Joy review

Death Valley Girls : Under the Spell of Joy

A garage-goth album with the heat of a great live set.

Rituals of Mine Hype Nostalgia review

Rituals of Mine : Hype Nostalgia

Terra Lopez delivers an album steeped in grief but with a captivating intimacy.

Patricia Brennan Maquishti review

Mary Lattimore : Silver Ladders

The harpist/composer invites Slowdive’s Neil Halstead on a dreamy, immersive set of ambient sounds.

Neo Soul Sessions vol 1 review

Various Artists : Ronnie Herel Presents Neo-Soul Sessions Vol. 1

Longtime UK radio presenter Ronnie Herrel comprises a mix of soul that blends classic and contemporary aesthetics.

best metal albums of 2020 Spirit Adrift

Spirit Adrift – Enlightened in Eternity

Spirit Adrift is a majestic force of heavy metal. Though there’s no shortage of doom…

Sylvan Esso Free Love review

Sylvan Esso : Free Love

The electronic duo make the perfect bedroom pop album for a year of staying indoors.

best songs of 2020 Bartees Strange

Bartees Strange : Live Forever

Bartees Strange has introduced himself as a solo artist three times in the past two…

best albums of 2020 Sumac

Sumac : May You Be Held

The post-metal trio deliver an statement at once more atmospheric and colossal.

Roisin Murphy Roisin Machine review

Róisín Murphy : Róisín Machine

Murphy’s most focused and assured LP to date arrives when discos the world over remain closed.

best songs of 2020 Gunn Trucsinski Duo

Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper

The experimental psych-rock duo’s fourth album is their biggest and most impressive set of excursions to date.

Buscrates Blasting Off review

Buscrates : Blasting Off

The producer’s debut album is a lean yet extra funky set of jams.

Enslaved Utgard review

Enslaved : Utgard

The black metal vets deliver one of their most explicitly proggy albums that’s oddly also one of their most concise.