2020 Music Journal

The Best of 2020:
1. San Fermin – The Cormorant I & II A-
2. Good NightOwl – Liars A-
3. Fleet Foxes – Shore A-
4. Doves – The Universal Want A-
5. Tall Tall Trees – A Wave of Golden Things B+
6. Holden Days – Sylvan Lands, Vol. II B+
7. Rina Sawayama – SAWAYAMA B+
8. Enter Shikari – Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible B+
9. Wolf Parade – Thin Mind B
10. Lovebites – Electric Pentagram B

Honorable Mention:
11. Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor B
12. Lewis Del Mar – AUGUST B
13. The Killers – Imploding the Mirage B
14. Jónsi – Shiver B
15. Anchor & Braille – TENSION B
16. Everything in Slow Motion – Influence B
17. Seeming – The Birdwatcher’s Guide to Atrocity B
18. Good NightOwl – Dream B
19. Everything Everything – RE-ANIMATOR B
20. Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip B

The Rest:
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension B
Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling B
Colony House – Leave What’s Lost Behind B-
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush B-
John Reuben – John Reuben B-
Phantogram – Ceremony B-
Tennis – Swimmer B-
Darlingside – Fish Pond Fish B-
Haim – Women In Music Pt. III B-
The Innocence Mission – See You Tomorrow B-
Tyson Motsenbocker – Someday I’ll Make It All Up to You B-
Will Butler – Generations B-
Mandy Moore – Silver Landings B-
Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong B-
Watkins Family Hour – Brother Sister B-
The Secret Sisters – Saturn Return B-
Bruce Hornsby – Non-Secure Connection B-
Dolph Chaney – Rebuilding Permit B-
Calexico – Seasonal Shift B-
Sean Watkins & The Bee Eaters – This Is Who We Are B-
Peter Bjorn and John – Endless Dream B-
Derek Webb – Targets B-
Thurlowood – Discontinue Normal Program B-
Alex Wong – The Elephant and the Seahorse B-
Sylvan Esso – Free Love C+
Pearl Jam – Gigaton C+
My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall II C+
Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road C+
Vanessa Carlton – Love Is an Art C+
The Mountain Goats – Getting into Knives C+
Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes C+
The Flaming Lips – American Head C+
Tim Be Told – Love and Happiness C+
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters C+
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK C+
Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground C+
The Han Solo Project – The Han Solo Project C+
Dawes – Good Luck with Whatever C+
The Chicks – Gaslighter C+
Sad13 – Haunted Painting C+
Sean Watkins & Matt Chamberlain – Sean Watkins & Matt Chamberlain C+
Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off the Floor C+
Chatham County Line – Strange Fascination C+
Kevin Max – Revisiting This Planet C+
Sleeping at Last – Astronomy, Vol. 1 C+
Kevin Max – Radio Teknika C
Mike Shinoda – Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 C
Sleeping at Last – Covers, Vol. 3 C
Andrew Bird – Hark! C
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams – Aporia C
The Lone Bellow – Half Moon Light C
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud C

Dishonorable Mention:
Glass Animals – Dreamland C-
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Temple C-
Jason Mraz – Look for the Good C-
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher C-
Mike Shinoda – Dropped Frames, Vol. 2 C-
Mike Shinoda – Dropped Frames, Vol. 3 C-
Global Genius – Global Kidz D+
Ron Sexsmith – Hermitage D+
Jeff Tweedy – Love Is the King D+
Lydia – I Was Someone Else D
Green Day – Father of All… D
The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form F

Don’t Get It/Not That Interested:
Sigur Rós, Steindór Andersen, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir – Odin’s Raven Magic

Compilations/EPs/Live Albums/Re-releases:
SHEL – Wild Child EP A
The Echoing Green – Violent Whispers: Songs & Stories from The Echoing Green 2002-2018 B+
Switchfoot – Covers EP B+
Elbow – Elbowrooms B+
Sylvan Esso – WITH B+
The Postal Service – Everything Will Change B+
Anberlin – We Are the Lost Ones B+
Relient K – Live B+
Stabbing Westward – Dead and Gone EP B+
Seeming – Monster EP B
Stabbing Westward – Hallowed Hymns EP B
John Reuben & Alon Auguste – Johnny & Alonny EP B
Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor II B
Sylvan Esso – WITH LOVE EP B
Anberlin – Tear Us Apart B
Belle & Sebastian – What to Look for in Summer B
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition B
Incubus – Trust Fall (Side B) B
Wye Oak feat. The Brooklyn Youth Choir – No Horizon EP B
Kings Kaleidoscope – Power Perfect EP B
Jax Anderson – Bedroom B-Sides: Volume 1 B-
John Reuben – Greatest Christian Rapper Ever EP B-
Flock of Dimes – Like So Much Desire EP B-
Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor I B-
Death Cab for Cutie – The Georgia EP B-
Lights x MYTH – Dead End EP B-
Elbow – Live at the Ritz – An Acoustic Performance B-
Josh Ritter – See Here, I Have Built You a Mansion EP B-
The Elms – Sidetracked (Rarities 2000-2010) B-
Father John Misty – Anthem +3 B-
Marc Martel – A One-Take Rhapsody B-
Bombay Bicycle Club – Two Lives EP B-
Matt Wertz – Renderings, Vol. 1 B-
Iona – Snowdonia: Realm of the Raven C+
Tyson Motsenbocker – Someday I’ll Make It All Up to You (Acoustic) C+
The Gray Havens – Rest EP C+
Mumford & Sons – Delta Tour EP C+
Peter Bjorn and John – Endless Play EP C+
Cindy Morgan – Operation Song: Friday Sessions C+
The Japanese House – Chewing Cotton Wool EP C+
Starflyer 59 – Miami EP C+
Marc Martel – Thank God It’s Christmas EP C+
Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor: Self Serenades EP C
Jason Wade – Demos, Vol. 1 C
Collective Soul – Half & Half EP C
Leigh Nash – Get Happy EP C
Switchfoot – Native Tongue Reimagine/Remix EP C-
Everything Everything – Live with the No. 6 Orchestra C-
Animal Collective – Bridge to Quiet EP C-

Digesting:
Nightwish – HUMAN. :II: NATURE.
Pete Stewart – Wings on Butterflies

Last Update: 11/1/21

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