2020's Best Albums: the hmv guide
In the below booklet, you'll find details of a wide range of 2020's finest releases across all genres and to suit all tastes. From the exhilarating pure Pop of Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia to many of this year's most critically acclaimed albums, from Mercury Music Prize nominees Laura marling, Moses Boyd and Porridge Radio. While the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the live music sector into chaos with major tours cancelled and venues temporarily closed, many artists have taken inspiration from the situation and the 'lockdown album' definitely became 'a thing'. Most successful of these was Taylor Swift's Folklore - recorded and released during self-isolation - which is undoubtedly her most beautiful and deeply personal record to date.
OUR ALBUM OF THE YEAR
FIONA APPLE - FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS
Eight years on from her previous album, the (necessarily shortened) The Idler Wheel…, Fiona Apple released Fetch The Bolt Cutters. Only her fifth album in a twenty-four-year career, if nothing else, Apple is the poster girl for letting artists do their own thing, in their own time. Bold and direct, unconventional and experimental, Fetch The Bolt Cutters was recorded at Apple’s LA home studio and is as raw and explosive as anything she’s recorded before. The Guardian’s five-star review stated, “not so much an album as a sudden glorious eruption.”