Saturday, January 02, 2021

Top albums of 2020

As I write this, I realize that the last time I posted to this (or any) blog was the top albums list a year ago. I guess 2020 killed the 2 things that I still blog about these days - concerts and trips. 2020 was also not a great year in music listening for me. While I listened to more music than in 2019 (total # tracks up 101%), my new music discovery rate was much lower (down ~45%, depending on the metric used; and has some great metrics for this). I think this is because a significant percentage of my listens were from my "Running" playlist, which includes a lot of my favorite songs that I play on shuffle - I tried to take on running (really, short slow jogging) this year since I didn't have soccer leagues to keep me active.
As I did for 2018, I'm not going to rank the albums this year. This will just be a list of notable albums I enjoyed that were released this year.

Torres - Silver Tongue
String Orchestra of Brooklyn - afterimage
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
Moses Sumney - græ
Phantogram - Ceremony
Kangstof - The Noise You Make is Silent
The-Dream - SXTP4
dvsn - A Muse In Her Feelings
Other Lives - For Their Love
I Break Horses - Warnings
Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension
Fleet Foxes - Shore
Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon III: The Chosen