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Microphones in 2020
This list been updated with July releases. Has already seen its best album well ahead of the typically busier spring and summer months? Below, New York music critic Craig Jenkins rounds up the standout albums the year has had to offer so far, to be updated monthly. Beats get by on sparse drum patterns and a sliver of melody, and the flows are tight but never stuffy or showy.
Healing Is a Miracle
This year has already given us an emo-pop opus from Halsey, a welcome comeback from the Strokes, killer country from the Secret Sisters, an optimistic Future record, and great releases from up-and-coming artists like Moses Sumney, Beach Bunny, and Shake. By the fourth installment, most pop-culture franchises can start to seem pretty tired. RTJ4 , which the band rush-released a few days ahead of schedule, is laser-focused, as if Mike and El-P are trying to outrun the apocalypse. Mike unloads on racist cops, systemic poverty, corporate media, and other eternal enemies. But the album never feels preachy, because the music bounces as much as it brays, with an elastic flow and deep history. Incredibly, Dua Lipa is successful: The upbeat album that she decided to release a week earlier than planned is the perfect balm for a stressful time.
The ninth full-length studio release for the the Scottish alternative rock trio was produced by Rich Costey. Metascore: User Score: 8. The first full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter in eight years was co-produced by Jim Bryson and Ian Fitchuk. User Score: tbd.