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Ten best albums of 2020

Barry Egan presses play on the musical highlights that helped him through a year we'd all like to forget

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Fiona Apple who this year released 'Fetch The Boltcutters'

Fiona Apple who this year released 'Fetch The Boltcutters'

Folklore, by Taylor Swift

Folklore, by Taylor Swift

American Head, by The Flaming Lips

American Head, by The Flaming Lips

Fetch The Bolt Cutters, by Fiona Apple

Fetch The Bolt Cutters, by Fiona Apple

Rough and Rowdy Ways, by Bob Dylan

Rough and Rowdy Ways, by Bob Dylan

Women in Music Pt. III, by Haim

Women in Music Pt. III, by Haim

In Waiting, by Pillow Queens

In Waiting, by Pillow Queens

RTJ4, by Run The Jewels

RTJ4, by Run The Jewels

Roisin Machine, by Roisin Murphy

Roisin Machine, by Roisin Murphy

The Ascension, by Sufjan Stevens

The Ascension, by Sufjan Stevens

A Hero's Death, by Fontaines DC

A Hero's Death, by Fontaines DC

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Fiona Apple who this year released 'Fetch The Boltcutters'

Prince sang about partying like it was 1999. I don't think anyone will ever want to party like it was 2020. It was the worst of years - and the best of years, because the pandemic made us realise how important music (and art) is in our lives. Music helped us to contemplate what happened to the world in 2020 while helping us escape from that reality. It was a year of George Floyd as much as Covid-19, of disorientating social alienation and fear. It was a year of Fiona Apple and Run The Jewels as well as our own Fontaines DC and Róisín Murphy. Let's hope next year we'll get to see them perform their music in concert.

 


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