‘Tis that time of year again. The time when I present my favourite new albums of the year for general scrutiny and perusal. And this year there are 45 of them. Forty-five: the number of rpm of the old seven-inch singles that started my love of music a very long time ago. When I was a teenager, I listened almost exclusively to records of songs written in English. Now, such records make up less than one-third of my annual list.
Sometime next week I’ll post my list of favourite reissues and archival recordings of the year, but, as I say, we start with the new albums of 2020. The records on this list – and particularly, I suppose, the music towards the top of the list – has given me a certain amount of succour in this wretched year. I hope you find an unfamiliar album or two here that you enjoy investigating.
As ever, the chart is presented in reverse order. Eyes down for a full house ….