Dark Matter the landscape. On Sunset WORLD CIRCUIT DOMINO Uncut’s Best New Albums Of 2020. Complete with a more oblique, lyrical voice from Price, the result was another step forward for a musician who respects tradition but has never been shackled by it. But with this, his 39th studio album, he seemed to have found new, invigorating ways of illuminating American history and reflecting it against the present day. 6 WAXAHATCHEE DEUTSCHE GRAMMOFON Elsewhere, though, it curated a virtual festival in British folk-rock circa 1969/70. At the end of a strange and difficult year, it’s reassuring to find that some things remain constant. Letter To You That’s How Rumors Get Started Steve Earle & The Dukes - Ghosts of West Virginia, Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises, Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction, The Lemon Twigs - Songs for the General Public, Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately, Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started, Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was, Eddie Chacon - Pleasure, Joy and Happiness, Brigid Dawson and The Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes, Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman, Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History, Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy, https://www.uncut.co.uk/publications/magazines/uncut-january-2021-128500/. True original hits new peak on fiercely eclectic fifth. With producer Matt Sweeney encouraging the band to up the tempos and power, Bamako’s greatest rock group hit hard on their stripped-down third album. 43 SARAH DAVACHI It is, perhaps, no surprise that the artist who defined 2020 for us was Bob Dylan – hitting the No 1 spot for a record-setting third time in our Albums Of The Year. PARADISE OF BACHELORS Features Uncut – 24th December 20200 Uncut’s Best Reissues & Compilations Of 2020Our Top 30 new old releases of the yearRead more. From the nervy minimalism of their debut to the... Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Fleet Foxes, Songhoy Blues, Paul Weller, The Doors, Drive-By Truckers, Kim Gordon, Metallica, Grandaddy and Todd Rundgren, Uncut’s Best Reissues & Compilations Of 2020, Graham Nash on Neil Young: “It’s incredible how prolific he was”, Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Joni Mitchell, When Stevie Wonder toured with The Rolling Stones: “The building was actually vibrating”, Joni Mitchell – The Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide, David Bowie – Ultimate Record Collection: Part 2 (1977-89). Poetry. and Endless Boogie in there. As an actor, Keeley Forsyth may be known to you from her appearances in popular dramas like TV’s Happy Valley. As a … Untitled (Black Is) Debris A multifaceted work of elegant defiance, they followed it up in September with the equally essential Untitled (Rise). On this debut LP, he and his group – including Serafina Steer and Jason Buckle – presented seven epic songs that touched on krautrock, house and dub, and were developed and recorded at live gigs over the past couple of years. JAGJAGUWAR On his second solo album, assisted by the likes of Spencer Tweedy and The Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman, Elkington mixed the swinging picking of Nick Drake and John Renbourn with his own wry and subtle musings. The finest songwriters develop their own singular voice, and Los Angeles’ Phoebe Bridgers has certainly done that in the six years since her first single. “Our social security is music,” the singer-songwriter told Uncut earlier this year. Following 2016’s American Band, Drive-By Truckers have gone from being a great band to an important one: we need them now, more than ever. 36 DESTROYER AMPLE PLAY Uncut’s Best New Albums Of 2020. made by Stuart Dawson. score: 6 of 75 (8%) required scores: 1, 11, 22, 34, 45 list stats leaders vote Vote print comments. A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip 18 FRAZEY FORD This was calm and meditative guitar songwriting, quietly focused on the quiet bummer at its heart. Big comebacks dominate, but not to see Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts (although wasn't that technically last year?) BMG 38 BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN Despite lyrics touching on isolation, depression and loss – “Sunblind” paid tribute to Richard Swift, David Berman and others very much missed – Shore was relentlessly sunny and optimistic, a celebration of nature both wild and human. LOOSE/FAT POSSUM © 2020 UNCUT is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. 15 FONTAINES DC The result sometimes brought to mind ’80s Miles Davis or Jeff Mills’ recent EP with Tony Allen, but with a distinct London edge that tilted towards UK garage and broken beat. Collins is still an adventurer, too: she tried out a few songs written by her nephew and ex-husband alongside the trad.arr tunes, while the closing “Crowlink” bravely placed her among field recordings and experimental electronic drones. FOREVER LIVING ORIGINALS Traditional Techniques Young's extended musical family pick his 40 greatest songs in the new Uncut, Every album reviewed, legendary archive encounters, and her 30 greatest songs, Neil Young, Cocteau Twins, Captain Beefheart, Syd Barrett, The Weather Station, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Sinatra, Buzzcocks and Uncut’s 2021 Preview, Our Top 20 cinema and streaming releases of the year. Ballet Of Apes His loyal group The 400 Unit played a blinder, their performances funky and spacious on opener “What’ve I Done To Help” and sensitive on the atmospheric “River” and “St Peter’s Autograph”; yet it’s Isbell’s songs, both politically and emotionally aware, that were the real jewels here. A fearsome live performer, foregoing chat for instrumental acoustic guitar intensity, Gwenifer Raymond in 2020 made the album that gave recorded shape to her uncompromising approach. After her exploratory Lump project with Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, Marling tiptoed back to a sort of classicism for her seventh record: while influences include Leonard Cohen on “Alexandra” and Paul McCartney on “Blow By Blow”, the stately sophistication of these 10 songs was testament to Marling’s talents alone. ARTS AND CRAFTS THE LEAF LABEL TOMPKINS SQUARE Features Uncut – 24th December 20200 Uncut’s Best New Albums Of 2020Counting down our 50 favourite LPs of the yearRead more. lifting spirits involved a singular combination of flute funk, Punjabi folk and Bolan boogie, topped off with a jaunty ska singalong about racial profiling. To mark the halfway point of 2020, here are our 20 must-hear albums from the year so far. Powerful and individual, Debris is as otherworldly in sound as Anonhi, but as drawn irresistibly to craggy outcrops as that performer is to the dancefloor. Like, say, Bill Callahan or frequent collaborator Conor Oberst, her musings on sex and death flow organically but with a rare power and playfulness. The existential fatigue is never draining – the Furs have always cushioned their art-rock anesthetics with beautiful melodies. Counting down our 50 favourite LPs of the year. 46 ROGER & BRIAN ENO Ever-Roving Eye Good Souls Better Angels Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown. ReR MEGACORP “There is beauty in this world/So hold it any way you know how,” she sang. Back with the E Street Band for the first time on record since 2014, Letter To You was – in Steve Van Zandt’s words – “the fourth part of an autobiographical summation of [Springsteen’s] life”, after his memoir, the Broadway show and Western Stars album. Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2020 brooklynvegan.com - Andrew Sacher. 24th December 2020 . Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp. COLUMBIA 49 GWENIFER RAYMOND May 11, 2020 5. Joining him on the mind-expanding mission were guest stars Steve Arrington and the idiosyncratic rapper Lil B. Gold Record David Bowie - The Next Day 3. U Kin B The Sun Flitting from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the personal to the universal, and from a time before people to a time long after them, it's a mess, but a glorious one all the same. June 26, 2020. 20 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The top 70 albums of 2000 as voted for by the writers of Uncut magazine LATE MUSIC 34 ROSE CITY BAND Dylan’s point? We Are Sent Here By History Obviously with this being an ambient album where all the tracks are named after naturally occurring colours, a part of you possibly imagines that this must be like listening to posh paint dry. TV Shows. The whole of American Head finds Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd examining the nature of family, love, death and nostalgia with a sincerity and tenderness that's been missed. The New OK Uncut. IMPULSE! The former Moloko singer emerged as one of the heroes of lockdown, her exuberant living-room livestream – complete with impressively styled-out pratfall – putting other artists’ acoustic performances to shame. Presenting the 148-page, Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Joni Mitchell. Acknowledged as a key instigator of the new UK jazz explosion, the Camden-born saxophonist finally got around to releasing her terrific solo debut this year after telling contributions to albums by Maisha, Nérija and others. Among these 14 tracks, there were electronic oddities (“Pan And Broom”), synthy new wave pop songs (“Mariana Trench”) and atmospheric piano ballads, the whole thing tied together by Conor Oberst’s playful, melancholic words. avg. On his tidiest folk-pop tunes to date, his acoustic guitar and softly emotive voice is accompanied beautifully, thanks in no small part of BJ Cole's smoky, aromatic pedal steel snaking across several tracks. 28 LUCINDA WILLIAMS Comprised of … Uncut is the debut studio album released by Canada's the Powder Blues.It was originally released in December 1979 on the Blue Wave label. The ghosts of the 20th century – Buster Keaton, Walt Whitman and General Patton among them – coexisted with spirits from earlier civilisations, all of whom had something to say, in their own oblique ways, about today. The Chicago-based English guitarist has, like his friend Joan Shelley, found new areas to explore in that most over-mined tradition, acoustic singer-songwriting. Like Lucinda Williams, one of her inspirations, here she filtered country through a gnarlier indie lens, singing of her struggles with recovery, growing up and relationships. Mixing Colours Subsequent album Róisín Machine felt like her definitive statement, a joyous update of classic disco and house manoeuvres, injected with maverick charisma and the emotion of hard-won experience. Staunch. As a songwriter, the former Be Good Tanya has built upon her intimate version of Southern soul, investing U Kin B The Sun with sun-lit piano-driven grooves and a folk-country lilt. 2020 Albums. If nothing else, 2020 has proven how resilient music can be. Lyrically, of course, it remained a postmodern puzzle – “a circus mongrel sniffing for clues” – but once you’d tuned into his frequency, Bejar revealed visions of apocalyptic dread and heart-rending poignancy, all wrapped up in the continuing belief that music is the one true religion, expressed via knowing winks to The Smiths and New Order. Uncut’s Best New Albums Of 2020. Her generous, soulful tone already well-established, she set about exploring her Caribbean heritage, deftly folding in elements of dub, soca and cumbia. Uncut published their Top Albums of 2020 earlier in the week and now here's MOJO with their Top 75. TV Shows. Once in a lifetime… Presenting the Ultimate Music Guide to the arty, unparalleled Talking Heads. 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