Johnny Cash, “A Night To Remember, 1973” + “The Complete Mercury Recordings”
Both new projects pull the curtain back on missed moments, eras of Cash once considered minor.
Skullcrusher, “Skullcrusher” EP
“Skullcrusher” is an exciting, strange collection of songs from a new songwriter who showcases immense promise.
JARV IS…, “Beyond the Pale”
“Beyond the Pale” feels tight, tense, yet free, with pasty Cocker as the broodingly bittersweet centerpiece.
Nicolás Jaar, “Telas”
Nicolás Jaar’s third album of 2020 is a beautiful and challenging ambient record that does a lot with a little.
No Age, “Goons Be Gone”
The LA duo’s fifth record is full of weird and unexpected twists and turns.
Margo Price, “That’s How Rumors Get Started”
“Rumors” may seem almost like a deliberate provocation of the country purists.
Willie Nelson, “First Rose of Spring”
This Nelson isn’t bleak, but he sure comes close to it.
Soccer Mommy, “Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series”
Sophie Allison follows up “color theory” with a compilation featuring Jay Som, SASAMI, and more.
Teyana Taylor, “The Album”
The R&B star’s lengthy new record is rife with positivist, lush, classic R&B with a ’90s revisionist twist.
The trio’s third LP sticks to piledriving and fluid rhythms while stoking their flames of melody like never before.
James Krivchenia, “A New Found Relaxation”
The Big Thief drummer crafts gorgeous, discomforting soundscapes on his new solo ambient endeavor.
HAIM, “Women in Music Pt. III”
HAIM has always made their music sound effortless, but here they sound genuinely unencumbered.
Gum Country, “Somewhere”
The Courtneys offshoot roams across tennis courts and parties they don’t want to attend on “Somewhere.”
Bob Dylan, “Rough and Rowdy Ways”
Dylan once again reinvents himself for his first album of original songs since 2012.
Norah Jones, “Pick Me Up Off the Floor”
The piano is the torch guiding Jones through the darkness on her eighth solo album.
Iggy Pop, “The Bowie Years”
Together, Bowie and Pop all but forged a raw, sketchy, true alternative sound.
Built to Spill, “Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston”
The sheer scope of Johnston’s talent shines brightly on Built to Spill’s album-length homage.
Lady Gaga, “Chromatica”
Gaga’s sixth album bathes her in issues of inclusivity—but did it have to make her sound like part of the crowd?