One silver lining in the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year of 2020 was the wealth of excellent albums that helped sustain music lovers. Choosing 10 was a tough job, since there were many great recordings, but here are some that helped sustain me during tough times.
‘Untitled (Black Is)’ / ’Untitled (Rise)’ Sault
The semi-anonymous British collective known as Sault released two albums in 2020 that can be better considered as a double album. The music mines Black styles like gospel, R&B and soul and adds spoken-word interludes to create a mosaic that serves as a soundtrack to a year where the world woke up to the need for social justice.
‘The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams’ Karen Jonas
Karen Jonas and her musical collaborator Tim Bray have carved out their own niche in the broad world of Americana music. Over the course of five albums since 2014, they have experimented with different sounds while keeping