2020 Spins

In an effort to make the end-of-year list season a little less soul-destroying, I’ve decided to outright plagiarise one of my favourite writers and dear friends, David James Young, and chronicle every new release I listen to in 2020 (complete with a handy rating from 1 to 10). I’ll update this page every other week or so. If you think there’s a release missing from the list that I should check out, give me a yell and I’ll smack it on the backburner!

Last update: Thursday September 3rd, 2020.

Albums

  1. 070 Shake – Modus Vivendi (7/10)
  2. The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form (7.5/10)
  3. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Calm (5/10)
  4. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Artist 2.0 (6.5/10)
  5. The Acacia Strain – Slow Decay (5/10)
  6. Adult Karate – My Friends Are Internet And I Want To Break You Open (8/10)
  7. AJJ – Good Luck Everybody (6/10)
  8. Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks In The Road (8.5/10)
  9. Alex The Astronaut – The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing (9.5/10)
  10. Algiers – There Is No Year (5.5/10)
  11. Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep (7/10)
  12. Alien Nosejob – Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud (2/10)
  13. Aluna – Renaissance (6.5/10)
  14. Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision (3.5/10)
  15. Aminé – Limbo (6.5/10)
  16. The Amity Affliction – Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them (7/10)
  17. Apocalyptica – Cell-0 (7/10)
  18. Asking Alexandria – Like A House On Fire (7.5/10)
  19. Awolnation – Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders (7.5/10)
  20. Bad Cop / Bad Cop – The Ride (5.5/10)
  21. Bad Nostalgia – Sex & Grieving (7/10)
  22. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (8.5/10)
  23. Beach Slang – The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City (5/10)
  24. Benny Walker – Chosen Line (7.5/10)
  25. Best Coast – Always Tomorrow (7.5/10)
  26. The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers (10/10)
  27. Biffy Clyro – A Celebration Of Endings (6.5/10)
  28. Birds Of Tokyo – Human Design (6/10)
  29. The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (8/10)
  30. Black Eyed Peas – Translation (5/10)
  31. Boston Manor – Glue (7/10)
  32. Brett Eldredge – Sunday Drive (7/10)
  33. Brian Fallon – Local Honey (8/10)
  34. Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was (7.5/10)
  35. Broadside – Into The Raging Sea (8/10)
  36. Bully – Sugaregg (8.5/10)
  37. Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal (8.5/10)
  38. Cable Ties – Far Enough (6.5/10)
  39. Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant (7/10)
  40. Car Seat Headrest – Making A Door Less Open (7/10)
  41. Cavetown – Sleepyhead (8/10)
  42. Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now (8/10)
  43. The Chats – High Risk Behaviour (1/10)
  44. The Chicks – Gaslighter (7.5/10)
  45. Childish Gambino – 3.15.20 (7.5/10)
  46. Chubby And The Gang – Speed Kills (6/10)
  47. Circa Waves – Sad Happy (8/10)
  48. Cloud Nothings – The Black Hole Understands (8/10)
  49. Code Orange – Underneath (7/10)
  50. Cold War Kids – New Age Norms 2 (6/10)
  51. Corey Taylor – CMFT (7.5/10)
  52. Creeper – Sex, Death & The Infinite Void (8/10)
  53. Cub Sport – Like Nirvana (6/10)
  54. Custard – Respect All Lifeforms (7.5/10)
  55. Cut Copy – Freeze, Melt (6/10)
  56. Dalai Lama – Inner World (5/10)
  57. Dance Gavin Dance – Afterburner (8.5/10)
  58. Danny Denial – Fuck Danny Denial (8/10)
  59. Dave The Band – Slob Stories (7.5/10)
  60. Death By Stereo – We’re All Dying Just In Time (5/10)
  61. Deep Purple – Whoosh! (3/10)
  62. Dikembe – Muck (9/10)
  63. Disclosure – Energy (7.5/10)
  64. DMA’s – The Glow (8.5/10)
  65. Dominic Fike – What Could Possibly Go Wrong (8/10)
  66. The Dream Syndicate – The Universe Inside (3/10)
  67. Dream On Dreamer – What If I Told You It Doesn’t Get Better (7/10)
  68. Dream Wife – So When You Gonna… (7/10)
  69. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia (7/10)
  70. Dune Rats – Hurry Up And Wait (4/10)
  71. DVSR – West Technique (9/10)
  72. E^ST – I’m Doing It (7.5/10)
  73. Echosmith – Lonely Generation (6.5/10)
  74. Emery – White Line Fever (7/10)
  75. Enter Shikari – Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible (10/10)
  76. Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? (7.5/10)
  77. Field Music – Making A New World (5/10)
  78. Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters (8.5/10)
  79. Five Finger Death Punch – F8 (6/10)
  80. Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death (4/10)
  81. The Front Bottoms – In Sickness & In Flames (10/10)
  82. Georgia Marley – Yearning (7/10)
  83. The Ghost Inside – S/T (8/10)
  84. Glass Animals – Dreamland (6.5/10)
  85. Good Tiger – Raised In A Doomsday Cult (7/10)
  86. Great Gable – Tracing Faces (6.5/10)
  87. Green Day – Father Of All Motherfuckers (5.5/10)
  88. Grey Daze – Amends (7.5/10)
  89. Grimes – Miss Anthropocene (6.5/10)
  90. Grouplove – Healer (7.5/10)
  91. Haim – Women In Music Pt. III (9/10)
  92. Half Waif – The Caretaker (7.5/10)
  93. Halsey – Manic (7.5/10)
  94. Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor (7.5/10)
  95. Hockey Dad – Brain Candy (6.5/10)
  96. Hot Mulligan – You’ll Be Fine (9/10)
  97. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me – Razzmatazz (8/10)
  98. Igorrr – Spirituality And Distortion (6.5/10)
  99. In Hearts Wake – Kaliyuga (8.5/10)
  100. In This Moment – Mother (4.5/10)
  101. Infant Island – Beneath (6.5/10)
  102. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Reunions (7/10)
  103. Jeff Rosenstock – No Dream (8.5/10)
  104. Joywave – Possession (7.5/10)
  105. Juice Wrld – Legends Never Die (7/10)
  106. Justice For The Damned – Pain Is Power (9/10)
  107. Justin Bieber – Changes (4.5/10)
  108. Katie Dey – Mydata (7/10)
  109. Katy Perry – Smile (6.5/10)
  110. Kesha – High Road (7.5/10)
  111. Khruangbin – Mordechai (5.5/10)
  112. Kid Dad – In A Box (9.5/10)
  113. The Kid Laroi – Fuck Love (6/10)
  114. The Killers – Imploding The Mirage (9/10)
  115. Kingswood – Juveniles (8.5/10)
  116. Kvelertak – Splid (8.5/10)
  117. La Roux – Supervision (2.5/10)
  118. Lady Gaga – Chromatica (4.5/10)
  119. Lamb Of God – S/T (7/10)
  120. Larkin Poe – Self Made Man (7/10)
  121. The Lemon Twigs – Songs For The General Public (5.5/10)
  122. Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (7.5/10)
  123. Loathe – I Let It In And It Took Everything (8.5/10)
  124. Loser – Mindless Joy (8/10)
  125. Louis Tomlinson – Walls (7/10)
  126. Maddy Jane – Not All Bad Or Good (7.5/10)
  127. Make Them Suffer – How To Survive A Funeral (8/10)
  128. Marcus King – El Dorado (6.5/10)
  129. Mark Seymour & The Undertow – Slow Dawn (7.5/10)
  130. Megan Washington – Batflowers (8/10)
  131. The Midnight – Monsters (6.5/10)
  132. Mike Shinoda – Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 (6/10)
  133. Misery Signals – Ultraviolet (7/10)
  134. Movements – No Good Left To Give (8/10)
  135. Mura Masa – RYC (8/10)
  136. The Naked And Famous – Recover (7/10)
  137. Nada Surf – Never Not Together (7.5/10)
  138. Naif – I Am Plenty (6.5/10)
  139. Neck Deep – All Distortions Are Intentional (8/10)
  140. Neon Trees – I Can Feel You Forgetting Me (7/10)
  141. New Found Glory – Forever + Ever x Infinity (5.5/10)
  142. Niall Horan – Heartbreak Weather (7/10)
  143. Nicole Atkins – Italian Ice (6.5/10)
  144. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V: Together (6.5/10)
  145. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts VI: Locusts (6/10)
  146. Nova Twins – Who Are The Girls? (10/10)
  147. Ocean Alley – Lonely Diamond (7/10)
  148. Ocean Grove – Flip Phone Fantasy (7.5/10)
  149. Oceanator – Things I Never Said (7/10)
  150. Oh Wonder – No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (5.5/10)
  151. Oliver Tree – Ugly Is Beautiful (9/10)
  152. Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man (7/10)
  153. Paradise Club – S/T (8/10)
  154. Phantogram – Ceremony (7/10)
  155. Phantom Planet – Devastator (6.5/10)
  156. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher (7.5/10)
  157. Pinegrove – Marigold (9.5/10)
  158. Polaris – The Death Of Me (8/10)
  159. Poppy – I Disagree (7.5/10)
  160. The Pretenders – Hate For Sale (6.5/10)
  161. Private Function – Whose Line Is It Anyway? (7/10)
  162. Purity Ring – Womb (6/10)
  163. PVRIS – Use Me (7.5/10)
  164. Ratboys – Printer’s Devil (7.5/10)
  165. Real Estate – The Main Thing (5/10)
  166. Remo Drive – A Portrait Of An Ugly Man (7.5/10)
  167. Rich People – Harmony (7.5/10)
  168. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways To New Italy (7.5/10)
  169. Run The Jewels – RTJ4 (9/10)
  170. RVG – Feral (7.5/10)
  171. Seether – Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (6.5/10)
  172. Silverstein – A Beautiful Place To Drown (8/10)
  173. Sister Sandy – Floruit (7.5/10)
  174. Slaves – To Better Days (6/10)
  175. Sleaford Mods – All The Glue (7.5/10)
  176. Sløtface – Sorry For The Late Reply (9/10)
  177. Slowly Slowly – Race Car Blues (7/10)
  178. The Smith Street Band – Don’t Waste Your Anger (8.5/10)
  179. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory (8/10)
  180. Something For Kate – The Modern Medieval (9.5/10)
  181. Spacey Jane – Sunlight (8/10)
  182. Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone (9/10)
  183. Squarepusher – Be Up A Hello (6.5/10)
  184. Stand Atlantic – Pink Elephant (8/10)
  185. Static X – Project Regeneration, Vol. 1 (7.5/10)
  186. Steve Aoki – Neon Future IV (5.5/10)
  187. Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida (5/10)
  188. The Streets – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive (7.5/10)
  189. The Strokes – The New Abnormal (8/10)
  190. Suicide Silence – Become The Hunter (7/10)
  191. Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (6.5/10)
  192. Taylor Swift – Folklore (9/10)
  193. Tech N9ne – Enterfear (7.5/10)
  194. Thundercat – It Is What It Is (6/10)
  195. Tops – I Feel Alive (5.5/10)
  196. Trivium – What The Dead Men Say (7/10)
  197. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light (5/10)
  198. The Used – Heartwork (8/10)
  199. Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK (8.5/10)
  200. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (8.5/10)
  201. Ways Away – S/T (7.5/10)
  202. The Weeknd – After Hours (5.5/10)
  203. Widowspeak – Plum (7.5/10)
  204. Worriers – You Or Someone You Know (8/10)
  205. Yours Truly – Self Care (9/10)

EPs

  1. !!! – Certified Heavy Katz (6/10)
  2. 6lack – 6pc Hot (5/10)
  3. Animal Collective – Bridge To Quiet (1.5/10)
  4. Antagonist A.D. – Through Fire (9/10)
  5. The Buoys – All This Talking Gets Us Nowhere (7.5/10)
  6. Catholic Guilt – This Is What Honesty Sounds Like (7.5/10)
  7. Crossfaith – Species (7.5/10)
  8. Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats – Unlocked (8.5/10)
  9. Diamond Construct – DCX2 (9/10)
  10. Dress Code – Predict My Death (8/10)
  11. Eliza And The Delusionals – A State Of Living In An Objective Reality (8.5/10)
  12. Falcifer – Pain (8/10)
  13. Georgia Marley – Lately I Haven’t Been Sleeping (8.5/10)
  14. Infant Island – Sepulcher (4/10)
  15. Introvert – Mending Breaking (9/10)
  16. Isekai – TBC (8.5/10)
  17. Jack River – Stranger Heart (6/10)
  18. Little Quirks – Cover My Eyes (9/10)
  19. Lune – Ghost (9/10)
  20. Ninajirachi – Blumiere (8/10)
  21. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – The Emergency EP (7.5/10)
  22. Rich Brian – 1999 (8.5/10)
  23. San Mei – Cry (7.5/10)
  24. Shady Nasty – Bad Posture (6.5/10)
  25. Sleepmakeswaves – No Safe Place (8/10)
  26. Sleepmakeswaves – Not An Exit (7/10)
  27. Sleepmakeswaves – Out Of Hours (8.5/10)
  28. Spor – Anachronic (7.5/10)
  29. Stellie – S/T (6.5/10)
  30. Strange Fiction – Captivated By The Chaos (2/10)
  31. Tech N9ne – More Fear (7.5/10)
  32. Teddy Killerz – Panic Attack (7.5/10)
  33. Teddy Killerz – Negative Thoughts (7.5/10)
  34. Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 (8.5/10)
  35. Troye Sivan – In A Dream (8/10)
  36. Wafia – Good Things (7/10)
  37. Whatever, Forever – Where I Am & Where I Want To Be (8.5/10)
  38. Wicca Phase Springs Eternal & Darcy Baylis – This Moment I Miss (8/10)
  39. Wing Defence – Friends (8.5/10)
  40. The Wonder Years – Burst & Decay (Volume II) [9/10]

RATING KEY

1 – it’s a crime against music and its creator should be prosecuted.
1.5 – it’s excruciatingly bad and no good human deserves to suffer through it.
2 – it’s truly awful. nobody in their right mind would choose to listen to it.
2.5 – it’s so bad, anybody who likes it deserves to be publicly shamed.
3 – it’s really, really fucking bad.
3.5 – it’s bad.
4 – it’s bad, but it’s not terrible.
4.5 – i don’t hate it, but it’s still pretty bad.
5 – it’s not bad, but there’s no way i’d choose to listen to it again.
5.5 – it’s not good, but there’s some audible talent in it.
6 – it’s inoffensive.
6.5 – it’s decent. i wouldn’t seek it out, but i wouldn’t skip it if it was on the radio.
7 – it’s good, but i don’t see much of an incentive to revisit it after a few playthroughs.
7.5 – it’s good, and i would happily listen to it again.
8 – it’s really good.
8.5 – it’s really good, and i’ll probably play it to death over the span of a month or two.
9 – it’s fantastic. easily worth shelling out for the overpriced vinyl.
9.5 – it’s incredible. worth buying the extremely overpriced deluxe edtion vinyl.
10 – it’s an absolute fucking masterpiece.