Rock N’ Roll has carried society at large in its heaviest periods throughout history. A vehicle for change, progress, and expression, it endures elections, pandemics, and changes the way we think and connect with one another.
These are the best Rock albums of 2020.
5. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Multi-dimensional, psychedelic, and full of love and gratitude, this is a spectacular album for Bridger’s. A 2020 theme seems to be mental health and the quality of emotions we give to life’s challenges, and no one embodies better the positive outlook of life’s curveballs than her. You can find the whole spectrum of emotions and experiences here, from a blunt abusive relationship to parading around Kyoto looking for old school experiences.
4. Bruce Springsteen – Letters of You
It sounds like time off and time at home has ‘The Boss’ looking at the past and wondering about the future. Few bands have lost as many members in the past decade as The E Street Band has, and it has taken a toll on Springsteen, who looks at their contributions and wonders what’s next for him and his life. A unique and beautiful collection from Springsteen, that will come alive in concert and make listeners appreciate he still has juice left in him.
3. Haim – Woman in Music III
With “Women in Music Pt. III,” Alana, Danielle and Este Haim exceeded all hype, experimenting with new ideas aboard their classic Nineteen Seventies soft rock that helps them have their best album to date. Still have their playful selves, there is a new sense of maturity here, one that relates to the world at large from both intimate relationships to embracing freedom and individuality.
2. American Love Story – Butch Walker
This album will go down, as the one that best captured a divided nation. Showing empathy for both sides of the political spectrum, Walker uses his timeless rock and outstanding production to show that what ultimately matters is caring for one another. Whether you live in rural Alabama or West Hollywood, we are all one.
- Fiona Apple – Fetch the Boltcutters
A perfect 10 Album. An A++ Album Perfect in every way.
A cultural icon that only pops her head up on occasions to have her say in the discussion, Apple has a lot of wisdom here. Using a sound that someone’s life is falling apart, and traumas all over, there is also a strong texture of belief and inside fortitude that carries the characters through. Chaos all around, but God all-around at the same time. Perfection.