We all know, 2020 has sucked all kinds of ways. I haven’t worked since March, so disposable income isn’t really what it might have been before. I haven’t bought a whole lot of music this year, and I’ve been very selective in my purchases.
Aaron’s Best Album Of 2020:
Pearl Jam – Gigaton
This was what I needed this year (though I’ve not yet reviewed it here, oddly). It’s angry, it’s thoughtful, and it’s of this year… I’m sure that makes sense. Pearl Jam has been there for a long time, for me, and this is their first new studio album in seven years, so it’s exciting.
When they comment on current events in their songs, it’s with purpose and smarts and clarity. They get angry, but they never totally lose hope. Also, they continually grow and change as a band while remaining fundamentally themselves, trying new things within the framework of their sound.
It’s the album I (we) needed to hear this year, and it’s damn near perfect.
Of course, I bought a few other things this year, and I was gifted (recently) more, so here’s a list of other 2020 stuff I have here. I have greatly enjoyed them all!
Gord Downie – Away Is Mine 2CD
Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field
Guided By Voices – Mirrored Aztec
Guided By Voices – Styles We Paid For (still hasn’t arrived yet but it’s en route)
Metallica – S&M 2 (2CD/DVD)
Sloan – B-Sides Win Vol. 1 1992-1997
I Was Gifted With:
B.A. Johnston w. The Burning Hell – split 7”
Hawksley Workman – Less Rage More Tears LP (signed!)
Manipulant – Almost Elegant
Mastodon – Medium Rarities
Tom Petty – Wildflowers And All The Rest 4CD
Previous Years’ Winners:
2019 Tool – Fear Innoculum
2018 Sloan – 12
2017 Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter (Deluxe Edition)
2016 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker / Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (tie)
2015 Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
2014 Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems / Sloan – Commonwealth (tie)
2013 Black Sabbath – 13
2012 Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
2011 Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton – Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At The Lincoln Center
2010 Jack Johnson – To The Sea
2009 Leonard Cohen – Live In London
2008 Metallica – Death Magnetic
2007 Carolyn Mark – Nothing Is Free / Immaculate Machine – Fables (tie)
2006 Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It
Happy New Year, everybody. Here’s to a better year in 2021 for all!