Strange Currency's Best Releases Of 2020

Dec 14, 2020

Creating Best Of the Year lists always presents its challenges and 2020 was no exception: Releases were pushed back, others arrived the early hours of the COVID-19 pandemic, when it was easy to consider that they might be forgotten. In all, 2020 provided plenty of excellent releases, including some surprises from Drive-By Truckers and Andre LaFosse. Others, such as Laraaji and The Mountain Goats issued multiple recordings in 2020 while Paul McCartney’s long-awaited McCartney III has been pushed to a late 2020 release, which accounts for its absence from this list.

There were plenty of other strong contenders for the Top 25, including discs from The Soft Pink Truth, Sarah Peacock, and Bobby Rush.

1. Fetch The Bolt Cutters—Fiona Apple
2. When I Was A Writer—Matt Wilson and His Orchestra
3. Chickaboom!—Tami Neilson
4. Walking Proof—Lilly Hiatt
5. Houses of the Holy—Psychic Temple
6. The Universe Inside—The Dream Syndicate
7. Moon Piano—Laraaji
8. Sun Piano—Laraaji
9. Chamber Music From Hell—Chris Opperman
10. Private Lives—Low Cut Connie
11. Earth—EOB
12. Last Will & Testament—Bonnie Whitmore
13. New York At Night—Willie Nile
14. Getting Into Knives—The Mountain Goats
15. The Ascension—Sufjan Stevens
16. Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection—Spencer Cullum
17. Tales To Be Told—Lykantropi
18. Videorama—Flowers of America
19. Karma Suppression—Andre LaFosse
20. American Head—Flaming Lips
21. Forever Better Worse—Great Peacock
22. Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular—Johnny Iguana
23. The Loneliness In Me—Rachel Brooke
24. More From The Levee—Chris Smither
25. The New OK—Drive-By Truckers