The Greatest Albums of 2020? Let’s Focus on
Within the absence of reside music this 12 months, there was renewed deal with that previous standby, the recorded album. It seems that the album is a perfect format for the period of coronavirus quarantine — a longform mission you’ll be able to lose your self in.
A few of this 12 months’s most acclaimed albums, together with Taylor Swift’s “Folklore,” have been direct merchandise of those circumstances, with music that was made in isolation. Others, like Fiona Apple’s “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and Run the Jewels’s “RTJ4,” tackled themes that made specific sense in these confused occasions.
On this week’s Popcast, a dialog concerning the 12 months’s greatest albums, which additionally embody work from Sufjan Stevens, Sam Hunt, Lianne La Havas, Phoebe Bridgers, Charli XCX, Justin Bieber and plenty of extra.
Jon Pareles, Gadget Clock’s chief pop music critic
Lindsay Zoladz, who writes about music for Gadget Clock and others
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