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Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Craig Manning, Dec 7, 2020.

  1. ItsAndrew


    I thought both their tour mates (Phoebe and beabadoobee) put out better records honestly which is kind of funny, but in a year where some artists put out their best work (Taylor, Fiona, Waxahatchee, etc.) I thought this was just okay. I’ll have to revisit it again though, it’s been a little while.
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  2. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    The album was polarizing. It's one that. I was extremely disappointed with for the longest time, but it grew me tremendously. There's still a few songs I'd cut, but it's a nice summary of the chaotic mess of 2020.
  3. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    I thought it was a very good album. Overlong, but has some of their best stuff. Definitely grew on me. Am a bit shocked that it didn’t place

    With that being said, I didn’t rank it on my list either because I think Matty’s a bit of a dork and didn’t think they needed any publicity that could go to a lesser known artist. Part of the reason I didn’t rank Phoebe either, although I liked 1975 more
  4. Tim

    wrap yourself in petals for armor Prestigious

    I still think Notes is probably my second favorite 1975 album after Brief Inquiry. But, it’s not something I found myself going back to that much this year. If I hadn’t stalled out on listening to new albums in the last quarter of the year, I think it would’ve been bumped out of my top 10, surprisingly enough.

    Really think the length was a big factor. There’s not really anything I don’t like on it, & the few times around its release that I listened to it all the way through I really liked how it all flowed. But, I ain’t gonna wanna listen to something that long that often, lol. And, that much material that’s roughly equal to each other in quality (to me) doesn’t help me go back to many individual tracks when I’m, like, driving around or whatever. Remember criticizing the length in the thread before the release & people not liking that, but it definitely made a difference for me.
  5. ItsAndrew


    It’s definitely an album you have to listen to all the way through, like the Sufjan record from this year, which also I was just so so on. There’s nothing wrong with long records, but it’s hard to gravitate towards records that require a sit down full play through.
  6. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Notes for me is an album that has great songs but is not a great album. So much of it I just have no interest in revisiting. And all their prior records made my lists!
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  7. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    I'm with Craig, lots of great songs but not a great album
  8. Cameron

    FKA nowFace Prestigious

    It’s a achievement of an album. Though like others have said I also had them in my top 2, and 3 with their last two albums. Wanted to give props to other artists. Also didn’t go back to Notes as much compared to ABI.
  9. JM95


    Not sure I agree on either. I think the Sufjan record works a lot better in patches. The sound palette is too similar throughout the whole album but I can listen to individual songs.

    Not sure any of the stuff on the 1975 record works better "in context".
  10. trevorshmevor

    and use a pretty font Supporter

    The 1975 placed pretty low on my list because it’s not an album I really ever returned to outside of stray singles. It’s weird bc I think they nailed basically all of the tracks individually, but as an album I just don’t see it. It’s lengthy, all over the place, and doesn’t flow well imo
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  11. artbynickferran

    Work Hard. Be Nice.

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  12. ImAMetaphor

    the gore of our hearts Prestigious

    I listened to Notes once, thought it was fine, and moved on. Idk. I've been a big fan of the 1975 in the past, but something about the timing of this one just didn't do it for me.
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  13. DaydreamNation

    tom brady sucks Supporter

    Listened to Notes a lot when it came out but was really just getting through the "other" tracks to hear the 7-8 songs I really loved. Haven't listened to it months. Sucks because Brief Inquiry is far and away my favorite of theirs and I had high hopes but oh well
  14. TerrancePryor Prestigious

    Did a little writing here, but here's the list:

    Albums of 2020

    20. The Krueggers - Hysterical Cold Side and Dark Memories - Eclipse Records
    19. Slick Shoes - Rotations & Frequency - Tooth and Nail Records
    18. Deadliner - Red - self-released
    17. Barrels - self-titled EP - Arctic Rodeo Recordings
    16. Ani Glass - Mirores - Recordiau Neb
    15. Midwife - Forever - The Flenser
    14. Sarah and the Safe Word - Good Gracious! Bad People. - Take This To Heart Records
    13. Statiqbloom - Beneath The Whelm - Metropolis Records
    12. Sprain - As Lost Through Collision - The Flenser
    11. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind - Warp
    10. Tallah - Matriphagy - Earache Records
    9. Assemblage 23 - Mourn - Metropolis Records
    8. Es - Less Of Everything - Upset The Rhythm
    7. Hum - Inlet - Earth Analog Records
    6. Unknown Motives - Lag - self-released
    5. Botanist - Photosynthesis - The Flenser
    4. Riki - self-titled album - Dais Records
    3. No Thank You - Embroidered Foliage - Lame-O Records
    2. Code Orange - Underneath - Roadrunner Records
    1. Enter Shikari - Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible - Ambush Reality

    Songs of 2020

    10. Pony - "WebMD" - Take This To Heart Records
    9. No Thank You - "Enough" - Lame-O Records
    8. Gutcheck - "iMatter"
    7. Hopesfall - "Hall of the Sky" - Equal Vision Records
    6. Assemblage 23 - “Epiphany” - Metropolis Records
    5. Oceans Ate Alaska - "Metamorph" - Fearless Records
    4. Ashbury Heights - "Spectres From The Black Moss" - Out of Line Music
    3. Made Up Music - "Out For Delivery"
    2. Jukio Kallo and Daniel Hagström - "Everybody Falls (Fall Guys Theme)"
    1. Hundredth - "Bottle It Up"
  15. FloatThroughMe

    Regular Supporter

    This was honestly such a good year for music. I had lots of trouble making my list, but this is what I'm sticking with today.

    1. Nothing - The Great Dismal
    2. The Front Bottoms - In Sickness and In Flames
    3. Touche Amore - Lament
    4. All Time Low - Wake Up Sunshine
    5. Gleemer - Down Through
    6. Movements - No Good Left to Give
    7. Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone
    8. Code Orange - Underneath
    9. Taylor Swift - folklore
    10. Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
    11. Stand Atlantic - Pink Elephant
    12. Seahaven - Halo of Hurt
    13. ManDancing - The Good Sweat
    14. Hum - Intlet
    15. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    16. Deftones - Ohms
    17. PVRIS - Use Me
    18. Dogleg - Melee
    19. Bartees Strange - Live Forever
    20. Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM
    21. In Glad It's You - Every Sun Every Moon
    22. Hot Mulligan - You'll Be Fine
    23. Black Foxxes - Black Foxxes
    24. I'm Glad It's You - Every Sun Every Moon
    25. Hundredth - Somewhere Nowhere
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  16. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    Me & You Together song was one of my most played songs of the year (partly due to its position on a playlist), but aside from that I couldn’t care less about that band. It’s always funny to me when something like that happens.
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  17. Sean Shelton


    Took me a lot longer this year to get my list together, but here ya'll go. Decided to list alphabetically, number ranking was just too difficult for me this time around. Enjoy all these records a lot!

    Best Music of 2020:

    Adrianne Lenker - Songs
    Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide
    Allie X - Cape God
    Backxwash - God Has Nothing to Do With It
    Bartees Strange - Live Forever
    Boneflower - Armour
    Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
    The Casket Lottery - Short Songs for End Times
    Chester Watson - A Japanese Horror Film
    clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned
    Code Orange - Underneath
    Dikembe - Muck
    Dogleg - Melee
    Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
    Envy - The Fallen Crimson
    Fleet Foxes - Shore
    The Front Bottoms - In Sickness & In Flames
    Gleemer - Down Through
    Gorillaz - Song Machine Vol 1
    Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor
    Hot Mulligan - You'll Be Fine
    Hum - Inlet
    I'm Glad It's You - Every Sun, Every Moon
    Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM
    Loathe - I Let It in and It Took Everything
    Mac Miller - Circles
    ManDancing - The Good Sweat
    Mansions - Big Bad
    Moses Sumney - grae
    Movements - No Good Left To Give
    Nothing - The Great Dismal
    Oliver Tree - Ugly is Beautiful
    Open Mike Eagle - Anime Trauma and Divorce
    Owen - The Avalanche
    Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
    Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    PVRIS - Use Me
    R.A.P. Ferriera - Purple Moonlight Pages
    Ratboys - Printer's Devil
    Record Setter - I Owe You Nothing
    Run the Jewels - RTJ4
    Sad13 - Haunted Painting
    Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
    Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone
    Stay Inside - Viewing
    Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension
    Touche Amore - Lament
    Rina Sawayama - Sawayama
    The Used - Heartwork
    Yves Tumor - Heaven To a Tortured Mind


    Bring Me The Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR
    Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - Unlocked
    Pup - This Place Sucks Ass
    Worst Party Ever - here, online

    Honorable Mentions:

    beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers
    Charmer - Ivy
    Dance Gavin Dance - Afterburner
    Enter Shikari - Nothing is True & Everything is Possible
    Higher Power - 27 Miles Underwater
    Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon III
    Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
    Retirement Party - Runaway Dog
    Sinai Vessel - Ground Aswim
    Viva Belgrado - Bellavista

    Also made a Spotify playlist with one of my favorite songs from each album, if anyone is interested: Best of 2020, a playlist by Sean Shelton on Spotify
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  18. Toner

    A Welshy in London Supporter

    Top 10 Albums

    1. Caspian - On Circles
    2. Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone
    3. Acceptance - Wild, Free
    4. Abby Gundersen - Sleep Comes Then I Wake
    5. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
    6. Protest the Hero - Palimpsest
    7. Coldbones - The Cataclysm
    8. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
    9. Dogleg - Melee
    10. Creeper - Sex, Death & The Infinite Void

    Best of 2020, a playlist by Richard Toner on Spotify

    I made this list a couple of weeks ago, but have naturally made a few more discoveries while checking out all the end of year lists. This week I've been spending a lot of time with Katie Malco and Redwood and those are both looking to push their way in. Katie Malco in particular is 2020's best kept secret.

    Honorable Mentions

    It still stings a bit that these didn't make my top 10 as I adore all of these albums:

    • Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
    • The Killers - Imploding the Mirage
    • Touché Amoré - Lament
    • Gareth Coker - Ori and the Will of the Wisps OST
    • pg.lost - Oscillate

    Late to the Party

    These are some older albums I discovered and learned to love last year:

    • Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Great Reunion and Together Again (1961)
    • Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - Ella and Louis (1956)
    • Andrew Prahlow - Outer Wilds OST (2019)
    • Charli XCX - Charli (2019)
    • Old Solar - SEE (2019)
    • From Monument to Masses - On Little Known Frequencies (2009)

    The Song That Encapsulated 2020 for Me

    Paramore - Hard Times

    I started a playlist diary when we first began quarantine here in London, where I added one song a day until some semblance of normality returned. The playlist opened with this song and it never got old for me. Always got our bums shaking and singing along and lifted our spirits.

    Gently Down the Quarantstream, a playlist by Richard Toner on Spotify
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  19. Here's my top 30, more or less in a preferential order:


    There are so many missing releases because I haven't taken the time to revisit them that much yet. Hayley Williams, Chloe x Halle, Soccer Mommy, Allie X, Victoria Monét... Like each year around that time, I intend to catch up on these.
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