22 Albums of the Year-So-Far… Louder Than War writers choices, July 2020
22 Albums of the Year So Far… Just some of Louder Than Wars writers choices from Jan – July 2020 In the weirdest year in living memory is ‘the album’ actually important any more? Or are individual tracks or the playlist ‘the thing’? Maybe we’re old-fashioned.. but here are our picks of the year-so-far: The […] The post 22 Albums of the Year-So-Far… Louder Than War writers choices, July 2020 appeared first on Louder Than War.
22 Albums of the Year So Far…
Just some of Louder Than Wars writers choices from Jan – July 2020
In the weirdest year in living memory is ‘the album’ actually important any more? Or are individual tracks or the playlist ‘the thing’? Maybe we’re old-fashioned.. but here are our picks of the year-so-far:
The number one was by an overwhelming majority. All of these twenty-two are the ones which had multiple votes from a hastily-arranged panel of 22 contributors to the site. Numbers five onwards are in a pretty random order. The alleged LTW Manchester-bias is not in evidence. Roughly a third of the artists have female members – but for a quick straw-poll conducted on Facebook, it’s a pretty fair representation of Louder Than Wars collective tastes in older and new-ish acts that matter and who are making great music in 2020. Enjoy. Discuss. Buy!
- The Lovely Eggs ‘I Am Moron’ (Egg Records) Review
2. Pigs,Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs. Viscerals (Rocket Recordings) Review
3. Jehnny Beth – To Love Is To Live (20LO7) Review
4 Bob Vylan – We Live Here Review and Interview
5. Nightingales – Four Against Fate (Tiny Global Productions) Review
6. Baxter Dury – The Night Chancers (Rough Trade) Review
7 Michael ‘Tell Your Friends’ (Cracked Ankles Records) Review
8 Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink Interviewed by John Robb
9 Porridge Radio – Every Bad (Secretly Canadian) Review
10. Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip …. (BMG) Review Interview
11. Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (Jewel Runners) Review
12 The Total Rejection – The Time Traveller’s 3rd Will And Testament (Raving Pop Blast!) Review
13 Cornershop – England is a Garden (Ample Play) Review
14 The Cravats – Hoorahland (Overground) Review
15 Pottery – Welcome to Bobby’s Motel Buy/Listen
16 Public Practice – Gentle Grip (Rough Trade) Buy
17 Wire -10:20 (pinkflag) Review
18 Suzie Stapleton -We are the Plague (Negative Prophet) Review
19 Andy Shauf – Neon Skyline (Anti) Review
20 Punks Against Sweatshops – Give Sweatshops the Boot Vol. 1 (40 artists from Jello Biafra, Steve Ignorant to Menstrual Cramps and Petrol Girls – an amazing compilation album…) Review Buy from here
21 Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters (Epic Records) Review
22 Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia) Track review
Albums which should’ve been there include ones by ….
Ist Ist, Superdrone, Babybird, Columbia Mills, Ezra Furman, Jessie Ware, HMLTD, Def Robot, Badly Drawn Boy, Everything Is Recorded, Clara Engels, The Wind-Up Birds, Lucinda Williams, Ren Harvieu, Dream Wife, Drift., Strokes, Keeley Forsyth, Sam Lee, Joan As Police Woman, the Speedways, Moses Sumney, Snowgoose, , RVG, Brendan Benson, Neil Young, Pablo Solo, Becca Mancari, Jade Hairpins, Warm Digits, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads, DiabloFurs, Starless, Natalie Pryce, Nine Inch Nails, Neubauten, Charlie XCX, Bdrrm, Tim Burgess, Perfume Genius, Kate NV, Dana Gavinski, Easy, Exit Stance, Lounge Bar Orchestra, The Gist, It’s Karma It’s Cool, Spygenius, The Newds, the Dream Syndicate, MFC Chicken, Psycho Comedy, Moaning……
Compiled by Ged Babey from nominations by John Robb, Nigel Carr. Melanie Smith, Naomi Dryden-Smith, Wayne Carey, Phil Newall, Gus Ironside, Ian Canty, Andy Brown, Paul Evangelista, Nathan Brown, Ian Corbridge, Neil Hodge, Elliot Simpson, Paul Clarke, Nathan Whittle, Gordon Rutherford, Paul Grace, Martin Matthews, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Cooper and Ged Babey.
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