No one asked me to write this. These are just 10 albums that came out this year that I loved.
- Owen — The Avalanche
Pagliacci with a guitar. This album has everything: grief, divorce, the grief of divorce.
1. Taylor Swift — folklore
Goddamn. Wrap me in a yarn blanket and toss me in front of an incredibly extravagant fireplace. We get it, you’re above Taylor Swift and your cynicism keeps you from enjoying anything. Get fucked.
3. Run the Jewels — RTJ4
I’m not convinced that Run The Jewels didn’t plan the pandemic. This album was perfectly timed and perfectly sharp. Buy it, don’t buy it, I don’t care what you do, I’m not your dad. But if I was your dad, I’d say this is an album that you’ll thank me for giving you when you’re a grown up. Now get the fuck out of my house.
4. Courtney Marie Andrews — Old Flowers
I’ve got nothing to say other than this album is perfect and it made me cry a little. You think you’re better than me?
5. Future Islands — As Long As You Are
You know what gets my rocks off? England. You know where I can’t go because of a pandemic/I don’t have a passport/I don’t have money/I don’t like flying? England. Future Islands rules because they sound like they’re from England except they’re not. Go read a book in a field.
6. Gorillaz — Song Machine
It’s so fucking weird that these cartoons have been making music for so long. And it still slaps. I remember being 13 thinking Clint Eastwood was the greatest song I had ever heard. I illegally downloaded it on Napster. I was taken to jail. I got a sick tattoo.
7. Mac Miller — Circles
Yeah, this one’s a bummer. But the album is good. Gotta love Jews that rap. Gotta hate when they’re not here anymore.
8. Phoebe Bridgers — Punisher
Everybody likes this album. Do you want to be different?
9. North Americans — Roped In
I do a lot of hallucinogens.
10. Thundercat — It Is What it Is
Sometimes the bass sounds like farts. Fast, plucky, slappy farts. It’s good. It’s fun. And I want to have sex to it.