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The Best Rock Albums of 2020

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock
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    (Partial list: i still have 100s of rock albums to review)
    8/10
  1. Dreamcrusher: Another Country (self)
    7.5/10
  2. Ono: Red Summer (American Dreams)
  3. Dreamcrusher: Panopticon (self)
    7/10
  4. Military Genius: Deep Web (Unheard Of Hope)
  5. Carl Stone: Stolen Car (Unseen Worlds)
  6. Brii: Entre Tudo que e Visto e Oculto (Brii)
  7. Microphones: Microphones in 2020 (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
  8. Roger Tellier-Craig: Etudes (Second Editions)
  9. Run The Jewels: RTJ4 (BMG)
  10. Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension (Asthmatic Kitty)
  11. Samuel Goff: Transmissions (self)
EP:

    7/10 Lust$ickPuppy: Cosmic Brownie
Songs
  1. Ono: I Dream Of Sodomy
  2. Military Genius: When I Close My Eyes
  3. Carl Stone: Au Jus
  4. Julianna Barwick: Flowers
  5. Ono: Tar Baby
  6. Lust$ickPuppy: Goatmeal
  7. Clipping: Check The Lock
  8. Sufjan Stevens: Run Away with Me
  9. X: Free
  10. Arca: Mequetrefe
  11. Perfume Genius: Describe
  12. Vladislav Delay: Rakka
  13. Fiona Apple: I Want You to Love Me
  14. Algiers: There Is No Year
  15. King Krule: Comet Face
  16. Arca: KLK
  17. Perfume Genius: Jason
  18. Jackie Lynn: Odessa
  19. Chell Oracle Turret: Dog Strolling
  20. Angel Olsen: All Mirrors
  21. Fleet Foxes: Jara
  22. Arca: La Chiqui
  23. Fiona Apple: Shameika
  24. Black Dresses: Scared 2 Death
  25. Run The Jewels: A Few Words for the Firing Squad
  26. Amnesia Scanner: AS Tearless
  27. Haim: Another Try
  28. Bad Bunny: Safaera
  29. Jim Tenor: The Duel
  30. Caribou: Sister
  31. Adrianne Lenker: Zombie Girl
  32. Bladee Bladee and Ecco2k: Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  33. Bartees Strange: In a Cab
  34. KeiyaA: Rectifiy

Extended tracks
  1. Dreamcrusher: Another Country
  2. Dreamcrusher: Panopticon
  3. Stabscotch: Gravity
  4. Lustre: Eyes Like Stars
  5. Samuel Goff: Transmissions Part One
  6. Roger Tellier-Craig: Nulle Part A Trouver
  7. El Marrano de la Razon: At The Home Of The Order Of Melchizedek
  8. Sufjan Stevens: America
  9. Brii: Sabedoria de Tudo que e Oculto
  10. Shame: Transmission Dreams
  11. El Marrano de la Razon: Hidden Void
  12. ...
  13. Microphones: Microphones in 2020
  14. Heliocentrics: Telemetric Sounds
  15. Mamaleek: We Hang Because We Must
  16. Necks: Lovelock
  17. Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul
  18. Nicolas Jaar: Telencima
  19. Shame: Bliss
  20. Oranssi Pazuzu: Taivaan Portti
  21. Autechre: M4 Lema
  22. Carl Stone: Saaris
  23. Chell Oracle Turret: Sky Splash
  24. Himukalt: Panic Attack
Jazz
    7.5/10
  1. Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords (ArtistShare)
  2. Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra: Dimensional Stardust (International Anthem)
  3. Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass (Pyroclastic)
  4. Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling (Firehouse 12)
    7/10
  5. Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within (Nonesuch)
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire: On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment (Blue Note)
  7. Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (ECM)
  8. Matthew Shipp Trio: The Unidentifiable (ESP)
  9. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio (Whirlwind)
  10. Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain VI (Pyroclastic)
  11. Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited - A Musical Portrait of Four Icons
  12. Irreversible Entanglements: Who Sent You? (International Anthem)
  13. Junk Magic: Compass Confusion (Pyroclastic)
  14. Pat Metheny: From This Place (Nonesuch)
  15. Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign (Blue Note)
  16. Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes: Heritage of the Invisible II
  17. Steve Lehman: Xenakis and the Valedictorian
  18. Susan Alcorn Quintet: Pedernal (Relative Pitch)
  19. Ivo Perelman: Deep Resonances
  20. Nduduzo Makhathini: Modes of Communication (Universal)
  21. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Axiom (Ropeadope)
  22. Tani Tabbal Trio: Now Then (Tao Forms)
  23. Keir Neuringer & Ensemble Klang: Elegies and Litanies
  24. Immanuel Wilkins: Omega (Blue Note)
  25. Kate Westbrook & The Granite Band: Earth Felt the Wound
  26. Nubya Garcia: Source (Concord)
    6.5/10
  27. Matthew Shipp: The Piano Equation (Tao Forms)
  28. Bill Frisell: Valentine (Blue Note)
  29. Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond (Mack Avenue)
  30. Joe McPhee: Of Things Beyond Thule Volume 1
  31. Jeff Parker: Suite For Max Brown
  32. Dromedaries: Dromedaries II
  33. Luke Stewart: Exposure Quintet
  34. Kevin Sun: The Sustain Of Memory (Endectomorph)
  35. Kurt Rosenwinkel Bandit 65: Searching The Continuum (Heartcore)
  36. Webber/Morris Big Band: Both Are True (Greenleaf)
  37. John Scofield/Steve Swallow: Swallow Tales
  38. Kurt Elling: Secrets Are The Best Stories
  39. Artemis: Artemis (Blue Note)
  40. JD Allen: Toys/Die Dreaming (Savant)
  41. Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes (Ropeadope)
  42. The Nels Cline Singers: Share the Wealth (Blue Note)
  43. Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History (Impulse)
  44. Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell: How to Turn the Moon (Pyroclastic)
  45. James Brandon Lewis Quartet: Molecular (Intakt)
  46. Liberty Ellman: Last Desert (Pi)
  47. Gregg August: Dialogues on Race: Volume One (Iacuessa)
  48. Tyshawn Sorey: Unfiltered (self-released)
  49. Lafayette Gilchrist: Now (Lafayette Gilchrist Music)
  50. Matt Wilson Quartet: Hug! (Palmetto)
  51. Chad Taylor Trio: The Daily Biological (Cuneiform)
  52. Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra: If You Listen Carefully the Music Is Yours (Odin)
  53. Ingrid Laubrock: Dreamt Twice: Twice Dreamt (Intakt)

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