I am a late adopter. So, the annual albums of the year poll is not something I can meaningfully contribute to in the compilation phase. But I like discovering new (to me) music. Consequently it is a mine of potential new joys for me each year.
I decided to listen to (at least a minute or two of) all 560+ albums submitted to the 2020 poll. You guys like a lot of jazz (54), and US folk/country (59), and even piano (23) by my reckoning. I put some of my favourite new discoveries in KFD’s thread.
This post is an extension of KFD’s challenge – one hit wonders – albums nominated by just one person.
I have listed below ten albums that only one person nominated, and in the comments below I will say something about why I liked them.
They may not be the ‘best’ albums in the chart, even for my own idiosyncratic tastes. There were many other albums that were a revelation – that had greater instant appeal, but nominated by at least 2 people. But these all made me happy in different ways, often accompanying me on my daily home-based virtual commute to the global headspace that is the current working environment.
I hope it may give some of you a bit of pleasure as well.
Annie: Dark Hearts, nominated by Mdavies27 (80’s style synthpop)
Craig Armstrong/Calum Martin: The Edge of Sea, nominated by fitterstoke (classical violin/cello)
Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini: Illusion of Time, nominated by Izzy (ambient – great bass tones)
Della Mae: Headlight, nominated by Vince Black (bold girl folk -violin & mandolin)
High Pulp: Mutual Attraction vol.1, nominated by Izzy (great jazz funk psychedelia)
Neil Cowley: Building Blocks Pt. 1, 2, 3, nominated by Lodestone (piano electronica)
Snowdrops: Volutes, nominated by Eyesteel (ambient ondes martinot)
Sophie Hunger: Halluzinationen, nominated by fentonsteve (Swiss singer)
Sparkle Division: To Feel Embraced, nominated by ip33 (delightful experimentation)
Warm Digits: Flight Of Ideas, nominated by ip33 (excellent electropop)
Thanks to all who contributed to the poll, and particularly to those whose choices ended up here on this list. In alphabetical order by artist name, with short notes on the music