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Hello! I thought we could use this rate the album section to rate new albums! So here it is! In this thread, comment the albums you’ve heard from 2020 (good and bad), and rate them out of ten! I’ll collect all the data and make a ranking!
My Albums
Tame Impala-The Slow Rush-7/10
Grimes-Miss Anthropocene-8/10
Have fun! (Also could someone make this sticky?)
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Here's everything from 2020 I've heard above a 6. The order and rating may waver over the year, especially after more spins (everything below has had at least 2 full listens apart from The Weather up There and Deities, both of which I've only heard this week):

Moon Hooch - Life on Other Planets 9
Alexandra Savior - The Archer 8.5
The Big Moon - Walking like We Do 8.5
Les Amazones d'Afrique - Amazones Power 8.5
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter 8.5
NOISIΛ - Armajet EP (Original Game Soundtrack) 8
Alien NoseJob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice as Loud* 8
Wire - Mind Hive 8
Gengahr - Sanctuary 8
Sepultura - Quadra 8
Sløtface - Sorry for the Late Reply* 8
Paul Bergmann - Paradise EP 7.5
Mercston - Top Tier 7.5
Algiers - There Is No Year 7.5
Anti-Flag - 20/20 Vision 7.5
Katie Gately - Loom* 7.5
Jeremy Cunningham - The Weather up There 7.5
Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown* 7
The Heliocentrics - Infinity of Now 7
Drive-by Truckers - The Unraveling 7
Mob Tactics - Eject EP 7
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun 7
RATBOY - GOVERNMENT VACATION EP 6.5
Poppy - I Disagree 6.5
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush 6.5
En attendant Ana - Juillet 6.5
Squarepusher - Be up a Hello 6.5
Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming 6.5
Moses Sumney - grae: part 1 6.5
Green Day - Father of All Motherfuckers 6
Tortuga - Deities 6
King Krule - Man Alive! 6
Pinegrove - Marigold 6
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline 6

Not listed but heard: 24 albums that I have no wish to further slag off but *spoiler!* the Eminem album is included in this grouping.

*Discovered through AMF
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Fiona Apple: Fetch The Bolt Cutters 8.92
Perfume Genius: Set My Heart On Fire Immediately 8.45
Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways 8.42
Run The Jewels: RTJ4 8.37
Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher 8.3
Taylor Swift: Folklore 8.3
Yves Tumor: Heaven To A Tortured Mind 8.14
Deftones: Ohms 8.14
Moses Sumney: græ 8.13
Haim: Women In Music Pt. III 8.0
Rina Sawayama: Sawayama 7.99
Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia 7.96
Makaya McCraven: We’re New Again – A Re-imagining 7.92
Porridge Radio: Every Bad 7.89
Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud 7.89
Caribou: Suddenly 7.76
Baxter Dury: The Night Chancers 7.72
Mac Miller: Circles 7.7
Thundercat: It Is What It Is 7.69
J Hus: Big Conspiracy 7.63
Soccer Mommy: Color Theory 7.54
Bill Fay: Countless Branches 7.52
Code Orange: Underneath 7.48
Kiwi Jr.: Football Money 7.41
Destroyer: Have We Meet 7.4
Tame Impala: The Slow Rush 7.34
U.S. Girls: Heavy Light 7.32
Grimes: Miss Anthropocene 7.32
Torres: Silver Tongue 7.29
Dan Deacon: Mystic Familiar 7.25
Ben Watt: Storm Damage 7.2
Georgia: Seeking Thrills 7.19
Boniface: Boniface 7.09
Wire: Mind Hive 7.03
Pinegrove: Marigold 6.99
Pet Shop Boys: Hotspot 6.82
BTS: Map of the Soul: 7 6.65
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On first listen, I'm giving The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return a risky 8.5, some wondrous country harmonies there.

Only other album I've heard in the past week to match my above list is ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - X: The Godless Void and Other Stories, which is presently a 6 between Tortuga and King Krule.
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I'll post mine on a monthly basis, so I can remember what I've done - so here are my January ratings:

Bill Fay - Countless Branches 9
Algiers - There Is No Year 8.9
AJJ - Good Luck Everybody 8.8
Kiwi Jr. - Foorball Money 8.5
Alice Boman - Dream On 8.4
Wolf Parade - Thin Mind 8.3
Alexandra Savior - The Archer 8
Twin Atlantic - POWER 8
Courteeners - More. Again. Forever. 7.7
Wire - Mind Hive 7.5
The Innocence Mission - See You Tomorrow 7.3
Circa Waves - Happy 7.2
Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot 7.1
Destroyer - Have We Met 7
Pinegrove - Marigold 6.8
J Hus - Big Conspiracy 6.5
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline 6.4
Easy Life - Junk Food 6.2
Georgia - Seeking Thrills 5.6
Keeley Forsyth - Debris 5.3
Floral Tattoo - You Can Never Have a Long Enough Headstart 4.6
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And February:

Scratchy Beard - Volume 1: Folk with Swing 8.2
HMLTD - West Of Eden 8.2
Ben Watt - Storm Damage 8.1
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar 8.1
Sløtface - Sorry For The Late Reply 8
Makaya McCraven - We're New Again 8
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush 7.8
Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone 7.5
Boniface - Boniface 7.5
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory 7.3
Green Day - Father Of All… 7.2
Agnes Obel - Myopia 7.2
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround 7.1
Smoke Fairies - Darkness Brings the Wonders Home 7.1
Moses Sumney - grae part 1 7.1
Tennis - Swimming 7
Caribou - Suddenly 7
Torres - Silver Tongue 6.9
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene 6.9
Beach Bunny - Honeymoon 6.8
Gengahr - Sanctuary 6.5
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - Unlocked 6.2
Lanterns On The Lake - Spook The Herd 6.1
Against All Logic - 2017-19 6.0
Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises 5.9
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I know I’ve stopped the Rate the Album Game, but please keep up these ratings! I will still do this!
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Updated rankings:

9/10
Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
Angelica Garcia - Cha Cha Palace
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud

8/10
Tha God Fahim - Lost Kingz

7/10
Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
Mixed Matches - II
Halsey - Manic
Hook - Crashed My Car

6/10
Selena Gomez - Rare
Moon Hooch - Life On Other Planets

3/10
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
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Qualifying albums this week:

Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar* 7.5 (ranking between The Weather up There and Suite for Max Brown)

Antilopen Gang - Abbruch Abbruch* 7 (between Eject EP & Texas Sun)
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An album a day keeps the doctor away (especially now), so here are my rankings this year (not ranked).
Most of them are 8's and 7's. Maybe my system is flawed, or the music I listened to was just good. I think it's the latter.

9/10

Gard Nilssen‘s Supersonic Orchestra – If You Listen Carefully, the Music Is Yours

8/10

Makaya McCraven – We‘re New Again
Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
The Sorcerers – In Search of the Lost City of the Monkey God
Ekmeles – A Howl, That Was Also a Prayer
Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown
Keely Forsyth – Debris
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Calibro 35 – MOMENTUM
Wire – Mind Hive
Lil Darkie – THIS DOES NOT EXIST
Katie Gately – Loom
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Dmitrij Golovanov & Jan Maksimowicz – Beyond
Moon Hooch – Life on Other Planets
Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow – Life Goes On
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Jennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey – Invisible Ritual
Pat Metheny – From This Place

7/10

Waldemar 4 – The Buoy and the Sea
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Patchouli Blue
Robert Haigh – Black Sarabande
Mac Miller – Circles
Destroyer – Have We Met
Pinegrove – Marigold
Antilopen Gang – Abbruch Abbruch
Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling
BAMBARA – Stray
Caribou – Suddenly
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
yMusic – Ecstatic Science
Waclaw Zimpel – Massive Oscillations
Amanda – Durch die Ewigkeit
Kvelertak – Splid

6/10

Frances Quinlan – Likewise
Snekkestad/Fernandez/Guy – The Swiftest Traveller
Dan Deacon – Mystic Familiar
Algiers – There Is No Year
Bill Fay – Countless Branches
Kiwi Jr. - Football Money
Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline
King Krule – Man Alive!

5/10

Boniface – Boniface
Slotface – Sorry for the Late Reply
Ben Watt – Storm Damage
Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot
The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do
Squarepusher – Be Up a Hello
070 Shake – Modus Vivendi
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Rafiq Bhatia – Standards, Vol. 1 (EP)
Peter Zinovieff & Lucy Railton – RFG Inventions for Cello & Computer*

4/10

Georgia – Seeking Thrills
TORRES – Silver Tongue
Halsey – Manic


*Is that an album? It‘s just one track…
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Could one of the Admins put this in the regular forum, not the rate the Album one, Id like for it to get more attention! Thank you!
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New Albums I've Listened to:
Georgia | Seeking Thrills-7
Bill Fay | Countless Branches-7
Mac Miller | Circles-8
Bonny Light Horseman | Bonny Light Horseman-7
J Hus | Big Conspiracy-7
Dan Deacon | Mystic Familiar-8
Destroyer | Have We Met-7
Sløtface | Sorry For the Late Reply-6
Boniface | Boniface-5
BTS | Map of the Soul: 7-8
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This thread has been moved to the main forum, thanks to whoever did that! I plan on doing an update soon, keep adding ratings!
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Most of these are fairly high, but mostly because I tend to avoid music I'm pretty sure I'm not going to like. For explanations, check out the 2020 albums discussion thread.

1. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light (8)
2. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (8)
3. Cornershop – England Is a Garden (7)
4. Tennis – Swimmer (7)
5. Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling (7)
6. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory (7)
7. Alexandra Savior – The Archer (7)
8. Algiers – There Is No Year (7)
9. Nadia Reid – Out of My Province (7)
10. Riz Ahmed – The Long Goodbye (7)

Other 7s: Green Day, Halsey, James Hunter Six, Moon Hooch, Bill Fay, Pinegrove
6s: Grimes, Stephen Malkmus, Eminem, Porridge Radio, Caribou
4: Code Orange
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Updated rankings -
(2020 has already shown to be a superb year for popular music)

9/10
Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
Angelica Garcia - Cha Cha Palace
Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud
Hook - Crashed My Car

8/10
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
Tha God Fahim - Lost Kingz

7/10
Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
Mixed Matches - II
Halsey - Manic
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

6/10
Selena Gomez - Rare
Moon Hooch - Life On Other Planets

3/10
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By
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A new personal #1 has been brewing for a while-- I expected it to be Dark Matter but it's actually Les Amazones d'Afrique - Amazones Power, which I'm compelled to bump up to a 9.

Sightless Pit - Grave of a Dog 7.5 (between Paradise EP and Top Tier). Not quite CALIGULA but similar territory for Lingua Ignota, just more industrial and dancier, strangely enough.

Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History 7.5 (between There Is No Year and 20/20 Vision). Sons of Kemet/The Comet Is Coming saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings' other band dealing more in cool/trad jazz than whatever you call the modern electronic jazz hybrid of his day job, which I prefer to this but it still has its moments of exhilaration.

Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn't Make It
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Manchester Calling (both
7 between Mystic Familiar and Suite for Max Brown)

I somehow missed ranking Obongjayar - Which Way Is Forward? a few weeks ago but it's a 6 between Deities and X.
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Here's some more of my rankings:

8/10

Jasper Hoiby - Planet B (almost a 9)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettal EP

7/10

Tim Berne's Snakeoil - The Fantastic Mrs. 10
Oded Tzur - Here Be Dragons

6/10

Lanterns on the Lake - Spook the Herd
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

5/10

Christian McBride - The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons
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As ever, I'm only including albums worth 6 or above by my reckoning:

Pongo - UWA (EP)* 8 (between Sorry for the late reply and Paradise)
Gil Scott-Heron/Makaya McCracken - We're New Again - A Reimagining 7.5 (between Algiers and the Ancestors albums)
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9/10

Gina Schwarz | Pannonica

8/10

Stabscotch | 7 Is a Cycle (EP)
Jonah Parzen-Johnson | Imagine Giving Up
Horse Lords | The Common Task
Porridge Radio | Every Bad
Zebra Katz | Less Is Moor (I may downgrade this to a 7 at some point...)

7/10

Shabaka and the Ancestors | We Are Sent Here by History
Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats | Unlocked
Christine Abdelnour & Magda Mayas | The Setting Sun Is Beautiful Because of All It Makes Us Lose

6/10

Code Orange | Underneath
Lyra Pramuk | Fountain
Agnes Obel | Myopia

5/10

Tennis | Swimmer




I also want to upgrade Tim Berne's Snakeoil - The Fantastic Mrs. 10 to an 8/10.
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9/10
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory (Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter)
Wire - Mind Hive (Post-Punk)

8/10
Pinegrove - Marigold (Indie Rock, Alt-Country)
Six by Seven - D R E A M . O N . 2 .
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar (Neo-Psychedelia, Indietronica)

7/10
Katie Gately - Loom (Art Pop)
of Montreal - Ur Fun (Synthpop, Indie Pop)
The Higher Intelligence Agency - Preform (Ambient Dub, Ambient Techno)
Gang of Four - This Heaven Gives Me Migraine (Post-Punk)
RZA - Guided Explorations (Downtempo, East Coast Hip Hop)
Carla dal Forno - NTS Radio: January 2020 (Ambient)
Against All Logic - 2017-2019 (Tech House, Post-Industrial)

6/10
Ben Watt - Storm Damage (Singer/Songwriter)
Funky DL - Life After Dennison (Instrumentals)
Spain - The Love Song: Los Angeles, CA 27 September 2016
Bill Fay - Countless Branches (Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk)

5/10
070 Shake - Modus Vivendi - (Alternative R&B, Pop Rap)
Caribou - Suddenly (Indietronica)
Destroyer - Have We Met (Synthpop, Art Pop)
Selena Gomez - Rare (Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop, Electropop)
Howard Shore - The Lost Prince (Film Score, Modern Classical)
Lil' Flip - The Leprechaun 2 (Southern Hip Hop)

4/10
Blue Öyster Cult - 40th Anniversary: Agents of Fortune - Live 2016 (Hard Rock)
Georgia - Seeking Thrills (Synthpop, Electropop)

3/10
John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain - Is That So?
Frode Gjerstad, Hamid Drake & William Parker - Hasselt 2010 (Free Jazz)
Jason Molina - Live at La Chapelle

1/10
Mats Gustafsson - Worn. Kissed. (Free Improvisation)
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My March ratings:

Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas 8.4
Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques 8.2
Wrangler - A Situation 8
Porridge Radio - Every Bad 8
The Weeknd - After Hours 7.8
Cabane - La Maison Est Grande 7.7
Luke Haines & Peter Buck - Beat Poetry for Survivalists 7.5
Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers 7.3
Sightless Pit - Grave Of A Dog 7.1
The Orb - Abolition of the Royal Familia 7
Best Coast - Always Tomorrow 6.8
U. S. Girls - Heavy Light 6.6
Circa Waves - Sad 6.3
Sufjan Stevens, Lowell Brams - Aporia 6.3
Nadia Reid - Out Of My Province 6.2
Code Orange - Underneath 5.4
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity 5.1
The Garden - Kiss My Superbowl Ring 4.8
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Some more from me
Caribou | Suddenly - 8
Porridge Radio | Every Bad - 9
Code Orange | Underneath - 8
Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven | We're New Again - A Reimaging by Makaya McCraven -8
Soccer Mommy | Color Theory - 8
U.S. Girls | Heavy Light - 8
Lanterns on the Lake | Spook the Herd - 8
Keeley Forsyth | Debris - 7
King Krule | Man Alive! -6
Kvelertak | Splid - 8
Andy Shauf | The Neon Skyline - 7
Kiwi Jr. | Football Money - 7
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams | Aporiame - 9
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Hello, everybody! Here is an update on the rankings. I use a weighted average formula that takes into account several things:
1. The amount of albums you have rated, the more, the higher your weight
2. The variety in ratings, the more varied your ratings, the higher your weight.
Here are the top 20:
1 | Wire | Mind Hive
2 | Soccer Mommy | Color Theory
3 | Dan Deacon | Mystic Familiar
4 | Makayla McCraven | We're New Again
5 | Porridge Radio | Every Bad
6 | Pinegrove | Marigold
7 | Bill Fay | Countless Branches
8 | Moon Hooch | Life on Other Planets
9 | Tame Impala | The Slow Rush
10 | Algiers | There Is No Year
11 | Caribou | Suddenly
12 | Katie Gately | Loom
13 | U.S. Girls | Heavy Light
14 | Moses Boyd | Dark Matter
15 | Grimes | Miss Anthropocene
16 | Kiwi Jr. | Football Money
17 | Alexadnra Savior | The Archer
18 | Sløtface | Sorry for the Late Reply
19 | Jeff Parker | Suite for Max Brown
20 | Destroyer | Have We Met

Edit: I changed the formula to make a low rating worse than no rating, as before albums with more ratings had a much higher score than albums with fewer ratings.
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Here's some more of mine.

4/10
Disq | Collector
An indie rock band doing everything indie rock bands have been doing for a long time but without originality or interesting music. The lyrics are very bad and do not reveal a nice amount of teenage naivité (as I read in some review), but rather the weak songwriting abilities of the band. The two best songs are an instrumental („Fun Song 4“) and a song that‘s able to overcome the weaknesses of its lyrics by its solid guitar work („I Wanna Die“). Not recommended.

Quetzal Tirado, Sam Watson & Alex Wlach | Új Európai Zajongások
A short EP (11 minutes) consisting of two cover versions: György Szabados‘s „Nyugatra fúj a fekete szél...“ and Ornette Coleman‘s „Lonely Woman“. It‘s self-released so the engineering seems a bit off (particularly the percussion sounds rather hollow). The most enjoyable part is Tirado‘s saxophone, but it does not enough to save this for me.
Favorite track: „Lonely Woman“

5/10
Lauv | ~how i‘m feeling~
This is supposed to be a concept album. Each of the 21 songs is supposed to represent one of six facets of Lauv‘s character (he obviously watched the movie Inside Out). An idea like that sounds easy but is hard to pull off and he doesn‘t really succeed mostly because he never goes beyond the boundaries of easy-to-swallow pop which isn‘t inherently bad but doesn‘t work over 66 minutes. Even with 21 songs he can‘t fill the long runtime. The songs themselves aren‘t all bad (well aside from „I‘m So Tired...“), but don‘t provide enough substance to warrant this length. He deals with different subject matters including things like loneliness and sadness but never seems interested into actually exploring them. I‘m glad he doesn‘t use big electronic breaks as bridges cause that‘s one of the most annoying trends in recent pop music (it can be done well of course, but most artists can‘t do it well). The instrumentation provides mostly the background for his vocals which are solid but nothing to get excited about. Favorite track: „Drugs & the Internet“

Pearl Jam | Gigaton
I haven‘t heard enough of Pearl Jam‘s discography to judge how this shapes up with their former releases (Ten and Vitalogy are certainly better), but this sounds just like a collection of generic rock songs without much interesting happening, which is not a lot for a length of 57 minutes. The songs themselves aren‘t bad, they‘re just not good, maybe with the exception of the first three tracks, especially „Dance of the Clairvoyants“.

6/10
Funk Shui NYC | SharkNATO on a Plane
I listened to this because the title is wonderfully weird. The music itself is big band music, very influenced by funk with a strong rhythm section. Half of the tracks are original compositions, the other half are covers from people like Jack Elliott, the Gershwin brothers (the standard „Summertime“), but also Cream („I Feel Free“) and George Harrison („Blue Jay Way“). The title may make this seem like a joke, but these are serious musicians who know what they‘re doing. It‘s a pleasant listen, but nothing I would want to return to. Favorite track: „Rock Bottom“

Stephen J. Malkmus | Traditional Techniques
Favorite track: „Shadowbanned“

Nap Eyes | Snapshot of a Beginner
Songwriter and vocalist Nigel Chapman starts the first track with the line: „Nigel, you‘re so scared“ and sets the tone for an album that‘s very much about the personal state of mind, though many people may relate to his experiences of not being able to articulate one‘s emotions and feeling uneasy about one‘s own indecisiveness. Chapman isn‘t a great vocalist in the technical sense; he doesn‘t have a lot of range, but that‘s not important. He has a very pleasant voice and he proves he‘s able to carry a tune. The rest of the band uses the typical instruments: a guitar, a bass and drums, although some other instruments come in at certain points. The music overall is of a calmer nature, flowing along with an occasional guitar solo (most prominently in „If You Were in Prison“ which also features very simplistic lyrics that seem very funny to me).
To come back to the lyrics: There‘s a certain playfulness to what he‘s singing, most notably in „Mystery Calling“ which includes a verse starting with „Just procrastinate / All I do“ and continuing with „la-la-leigh“. There‘s also a song about Mark Zuckerberg (called „Mark Zuckerberg“) and one about The Legend of Zelda („Dark Link“, with synthesizer). However, some of the texts seem rather constructed (maybe they‘re intended to be), but it throws me a bit off. They also have a bit of a problem holding the tension on the eight-minute-long „Real Thoughts“.
Favorite track: „Primordial Soup“

Brian Fallon | Local Honey
Favorite track: „You Have Stolen My Heart“

The Weeknd | After Hours
The album is built almost symmetrically. There‘s a middle part with songs with a heavier subject matter than the other songs (basically from „Snowchild“ to „Faith“). With heavier, I mean mostly drug abuse. The rest of the songs, the ‚frame‘, if you want to call it that, does tackle the same theme but it seems to me not in the same way. In the middle part, his almost obsessive whining (I don‘t know how else to call it right now, sorry) to his lost lover, about how everything is his fault, which is present on most of the other tracks, misses for the most part.
Generally I‘m not a big fan of The Weeknd‘s way of singing because it seems rather monotonous to me; it works for individual songs (especially „Heartless“ shows his vocals off pretty well) but over a longer period it‘s in danger of becoming annoying. The best thing about this album is undoubtedly the production. It‘s a good synth-heavy, modern R&B album.
Favorite track: „Hardest to Love“

Waxahatchee | Saint Cloud
Favorite track: „St. Cloud“

Baxter Dury | The Night Chancers
Nice synth-pop melodies with pleasant female vocals providing the chorus, while Dury himself speaks (it‘s really more speaking than singing) the lyrics of the verses in a deep voice. There‘s a certain dry humour to the lyrics. It also doesn‘t overstay its welcome; 30 minutes is a good length for it. Just the whole „Baxter loves you“ in the final track throws me a bit off.
Favorite track: „Samurai“

Dua Lipa | Future Nostalgia
Favorite track: „Physical“

7/10
The Chats | High Risk Behaviour
An album with 14 songs that just falls short of 28 minutes running time. The Chats are an Australian punk rock band who make garage punk music full of nice riffs and funny lyrics that don‘t concern themselves with anything of major importance. The album is just downright fun.
Favorite track: „Dine N Dash“

Arca | @@@@@
Technically this is supposed to be a single with a length of 62 minutes. The style changes rather frequently and often abruptly, so I like to think of it as an album with only one track. Arca cuts together different sounds to create a disturbing soundscape. At one point there‘s insane laughter, at another whispering, but most of the track functions without vocals. Sometimes it sounds like shattering glass, sometimes like sounds from a video game. It‘s definitely an interesting electronic album with a lot to unpack.

Sorry | 925
Favorite track: „Right Round the Clock“

Irreversible Entanglements | Who Sent You?
A jazz quartet with trumpet and saxophone, a lot of percussion and Moor Mother reciting poetry.
Favorite track: Blues Ideology
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I have listened to The Strokes-The New Abnormal and give it a 7, and I'll give Fiona Apple a 10, and Waxahachtee an 8!
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Not a lot has changed in my top 10 through early April, well, except No. 1.

1. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud (8)
2. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light (8)
3. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (8)
4. Cornershop – England Is a Garden (7)
5. Tennis – Swimmer (7)
6. Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling (7)
7. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory (7)
8. Alexandra Savior – The Archer (7)
9. Algiers – There Is No Year (7)
10. The Weeknd - After Hours (7)

7s
Nadia Reid, Riz Ahmed, Green Day, Halsey, James Hunter Six, Moon Hooch, Bill Fay, Pinegrove
New: Pearl Jam, Dua Lipa, Thundercat, The Strokes, Childish Gambino

6s
Grimes, Stephen Malkmus, Eminem, Porridge Radio, Caribou
New: Baxter Dury, M. Ward

5s
Sufjan Stevens
New: Yves Tumor

4
Code Orange

Still mulling over Laura Marling and Empress Of, but both could be quite high.
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Updated rankings -

10/10
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Angelica Garcia - Cha Cha Palace

9/10
Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud
Hook - Crashed My Car

8/10
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
Tha God Fahim - Lost Kingz
Childish Gambino - 3.15.20
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind

7/10
Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
Mixed Matches - II
Halsey - Manic
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Destroyer - Have We Met
The Weeknd - After Hours

6/10
Moon Hooch - Life On Other Planets
Beach Bunny - Honeymoon

5/10
Selena Gomez - Rare

4/10
Sufjan Stevens - Aporia

3/10
The Strokes - The New Abnormal

2/10
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By
Green Day - Father Of All Motherfuckers
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Rocky Raccoon wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:23 pm Not a lot has changed in my top 10 through early April, well, except No. 1.

10. The Weeknd – Out of My Province (7)
What is this one supposed to be?
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Alright, here's an update of the Top 20:
1 | Wire Mind Hive
2 | Soccer Mommy | Color Theory
3 | Makayla McCraven | We're New Again
4 | Dan Deacon | Mystic Familiar
5 | Porridge Radio | Every Bad
6 | Pinegrove | Marigold
7 | Bill Fay | Countless Branches
8 | Moon Hooch | Life on Other Planets
9 | Destroyer | Have We Met
10 | U.S. Girls | Heavy Light
11 | Algiers | There Is No Year
12 | Grimes | Miss Anthropocene
13 | Caribou | Suddenly
14 | Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters
15 | Katie Gately | Loom
16 | Moses Boyd | Dark Matter
17 | Jeff Parker | Suite for Max Brown
18 | The Weeknd | After Hours
19 | Tame Impala | The Slow Rush
20 | Kiwi Jr. | Football Money
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Holden wrote: Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:48 pm
Rocky Raccoon wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:23 pm Not a lot has changed in my top 10 through early April, well, except No. 1.

10. The Weeknd – Out of My Province (7)
What is this one supposed to be?
The Weeknd - After Hours
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8/10

Pearl Jam - Gigaton
The Strokes - New Abnormal
Green Day - Father of All...

7.5/10

Georgia - Seeking Thrills
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

7/10

Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
of Montreal - Ur Fun
Lanterns On The Lake - Spook The Herd
Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves Of Your Life
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Caribou - Suddenly
Torres - Silver Tongue

6.5/10

Cornershop - England Is A Garden
Wire - Mind Hive
J Hus - Big Conspiracy

6/10

Ben Watt - Storm Damage
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

5.5/10

Grimes - Miss Anthropocene

5/10

Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals
Sorry - 925

4.5/10

Destroyer - Have We Met
Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers

4/10

King Krule - Man Alive!
Nadia Reid - Out Of My Province
Stephen J. Malkmus: Traditional Techniques

3.5/10

Squarepusher - Be Up A Hello

3/10

The Chats - High Risk Behaviour

2.5/10

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together

2/10

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts VI: Locusts

1.5/10

Kvelertak - Splid

1/10

Code Orange - Underneath

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Just a reminder to everybody that the formula I used gives each user a weight based on their variaty of ratings and the amount of ratings they've made. Right now, that weight looks like this:
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If you add more ratings, your weight goes up and your ratings have a bigger input to the overal formula, so keep adding ratings!
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Hi Holden - I've added a few more albums and changed the rating for Georgia from 7/10 to 7.5/10.
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madzong wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:13 am Hi Holden - I've added a few more albums and changed the rating for Georgia from 7/10 to 7.5/10.
Awesome! Noted! Glad to have you join the game madzong!!!
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Holden wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:20 am
madzong wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:13 am Hi Holden - I've added a few more albums and changed the rating for Georgia from 7/10 to 7.5/10.
Awesome! Noted! Glad to have you join the game madzong!!!
Hello again, I've added the following albums: (they are in my post above as well)

7/10

Lanterns On The Lake - Spook The Herd
Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves Of Your Life
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Caribou - Suddenly
Torres - Silver Tongue

6.5/10

Cornershop - England Is A Garden
Wire - Mind Hive
J Hus - Big Conspiracy

6/10

Ben Watt - Storm Damage
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light

5.5/10

Grimes - Miss Anthropocene

5/10

Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Viscerals
Sorry - 925

4.5/10

Destroyer - Have We Met
Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers

4/10

King Krule - Man Alive!
Nadia Reid - Out Of My Province
Stephen J. Malkmus: Traditional Techniques

3.5/10

Squarepusher - Be Up A Hello

3/10

The Chats - High Risk Behaviour

2.5/10

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together

2/10

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts VI: Locusts

1.5/10

Kvelertak - Splid

1/10

Code Orange - Underneath

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Decided to rerate all of the albums I've heard (and add in Future Nostalgia!)
Tame Impala | The Slow Rush - 6
Grimes | Miss Anthropocene - 7
Bonny Light Horseman | Bonny Light Horseman - 6
Dan Deacon | Mystic Familiar - 8
Destroyer | Have We Met - 9
Bill Fay | Countless Branches - 8
Georgia | Seeking Thrills - 7
J Hus | Big Conspiracy - 7
Mac Miller | Circles - 7
Sløtface | Sorry For the Late Reply - 4
Torres | Silver Tongue - 6
Ben Watt | Storm Damage - 5
Boniface | Boniface - 4
BTS | Map of the Soul: 7 - 8
Caribou | Suddenly - 8
Porridge Radio | Every Bad - 10
Code Orange | Underneath - 9
Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven | We're New Again - A Reimaging by Makaya McCraven - 8
Soccer Mommy | Color Theory - 8
U.S. Girls | Heavy Light - 9
Lanterns on the Lake | Spook the Herd - 7
Keeley Forsyth | Debris - 6
King Krule | Man Alive! - 5
Kvelertak | Splid - 9
Andy Shauf | The Neon Skyline - 6
Kiwi Jr. | Football Money - 7
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams | Aporia - 9
The Strokes | The New Abnormal - 8
Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters - 10
Waxahatchee | Saint Cloud - 8
Yves Tumor | Heaven to a Tortured Mind - 8
Dua Lipa | Future Nostalgia - 7
Car Seat Headrest | Making a Door Less Open - 9
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Here are some more my ratings. I haven't listened to Fiona Apple's new album, but I plan on doing so (I'm always two weeks behind). On the same day she released her album, Rob Luft released his new album, which was highly anticipated and was incredibly well received. I haven't seen a single bad review, but for jazz music there are generally less reviews than for pop/rock/R&B/rap music. Also, sources like Metacritic seem incredibly biased against non-popular music.

9/10
Rob Luft | Life Is the Dancer
Favorite track: „Life Is the Dancer“

8/10
Childish Gambino | 3.15.20
Favorite track: „53.49“

7/10
Nine Inch Nails | Ghosts V: Together
Favorite track: „Hope We Can Again“

6/10
The Strokes | The New Abnormal
Favorite track: „At the Door“

5/10
Cornershop | England Is a Garden
Favorite track: „St Marie Under Canon“

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | Viscerals
Favorite track: „Crazy Blood“

4/10
Anna Burch | If You‘re Dreaming
Favorite track: „Tell Me What‘s True“

3/10
Empress Of | I‘m Your Empress Of
Least horrible track: „U Give It Up“
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Everything worth a 6 or more in my eyes since last time N.B. I've only heard the Fiona Apple & Enter: Shikari albums once each all the way through, so scores and positions could well fluctuate:

Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice as Loud (upgrade from 8 to 8.5)

Chapelier Fou - Méridiens* 8.5
Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter 8.5
Enter: Shikari - Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible 8.5
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters 8
(all between Alien Nosejob and NOISIΛ)

Octave Noire - Monolithe* 7.5
Melt Yourself Down - 100% YES 7.5
(both between There Is No Year and We Are Sent Here by History)

Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela - Rejoice 7.5 (between Dan Deacon and Swamp Dogg)

Brownout - Berlin Sessions 7
Jasper Hølby - Planet B* 7
Everything Is Recorded - FRIDAY FOREVER 6.5
(all between Texas Sun and GOVERNMENT VACATION)

Zuzu - How It Feels EP 6.5 (between GOVERNMENT VACATION and Poppy)

Nadia Reid - Out of My Province*, which is below X as the lowest ranked 6, which means:

King Krule - Man Alive!
Pinegrove - Marigold
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline
are all downgraded from 6 to 5.5
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TBA soon:

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8/10
Nine Inch Nails | Ghosts VI: Locusts
Favorite track: „When It Happens (Don‘t Mind Me)“

7/10
Laura Marling | Song for Our Daughter
Favorite track: „Held Down“

Thundercat | It Is What It Is
Favorite track: „Black Qualls“

Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Favorite track: „Newspaper“

Oranssi Pazuzu | Mestarin kynsi
Favorite track: „Oikeamielisten sali“

6/10
R.A.P. Ferreira | Purple Moonlight Pages
Favorite track: „LAUNDRY“

5/10
Yves Tumor | Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Favorite track: „Kerosene!“

4/10
Hamilton Leithauser | The Loves of Your Life
Favorite track: „Here They Come“
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Current top twenty:
1 | Wire | Mind Hive
2 | Soccer Mommy | Color Theory
3 | Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters
4 | Makayla McCraven | We're New Again
5 | Porridge Radio | Every Bad
6 | Dan Deacon | Mystic Familiar
7 | Bill Fay | Countless Branches
8 | Caribou | Suddenly
9 | U.S. Girls | Heavy Light
10 | Destroyer | Have We Met
11 | Pinegrove | Marigold
12 | Moon Hooch | Life on Other Planets
13 | Moses Boyd | Dark Matter
14 | Dua Lipa | Future Nostalgia
15 | Grimes | Miss Anthropocene
16 | Alien NoseJob | Suddenly Everything Is Twice as Loud
17 | Tame Impala | The Slow Rush
18 | Alexadnra Savior | The Archer
19 | Algiers | There Is No Year
20 | J Hus | Big Conspiracy

Despite being the only album to have more than one perfect score, Fiona Apple continues to be kept from the top by Wire and Soccer Mommy's higher number of consistently high ratings and a 5.0 rating from madzong.
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mileswide wrote: Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:17 pm Here's everything from 2020 I've heard above a 6.
I would be interested in seeing those albums below a six and adding them to the ratings, unless you really don't want to diss any albums.
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Here are my April rankings:

Cowboy Junkies - Ghosts 8.9
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters 8.6
EOB - Earth 8.4
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud 8.2
Nils Frahm - Empty 7.8
The Strokes - The New Abnormal 7.5
M. Ward - Migration Stories 7.4
Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves Of Your Life 7.2
Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter 7
Rina Sawayama - Sawayama 7
Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea 6.8
The Mountain Goats - Songs for Pierre Chuvin 6.6
Black Dresses - Peaceful As Hell 6.3
Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind 6.1
King Krule - Man Alive! 6.1
Horse Lords - The Common Task 5.8
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Through May 1
New entries are bolded
1. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters (8)
Pump the breaks on all the masterpiece talk, but it is the best of the year so far.

2. Waxenhatchee – Saint Cloud (8)
3. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light (8)
4. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (8)
5. Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter (8)
Peters out just a little on the second half, but still her best since Once I Was an Eagle

6. Cornershop – England Is a Garden (7)
7. Tennis – Swimmer (7)
8. Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling (7)
9. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory (7)
10. Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA (7)

7s: Alexandra Savior, Algiers, The Weeknd, Nadia Reid, Riz Ahmed, Green Day, Halsey, James Hunter Six, Moon Hooch, Bill Fay, Pinegrove, Pearl Jam, Dua Lipa, Thundercat, The Strokes, Childish Gambino
Empress Of, Car Seat Headrest

6s: Grimes, Stephen Malkmus, Eminem, Porridge Radio, Caribou, Baxter Dury
Lucinda Williams, BC Camplight

5s: Sufjan Stevens, Yves Tumor

4: Code Orange
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New entries in red

9/10
Soccer Mommy - Color Theory (Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter)
Wire - Mind Hive (Post-Punk)
Sorry - 925 (Indie Rock, Post-Puink) - Album of the month.
Kvelertak - Splid (Hardcore Punk, Black 'n' Roll) - a return back to form for the Norwegian hardcore band
Sløtface - Sorry for the Late Reply (Pop Punk, Indie Rock)

8/10
Pinegrove - Marigold (Indie Rock, Alt-Country)
Six by Seven - D R E A M . O N . 2 .
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar (Neo-Psychedelia, Indietronica)
They Might Be Giants - Modern (Alternative Rock, Indie Pop) - this is a compilation of deep cuts.
Lanterns on the Lake - Spook the Herd (Dream Pop, Indie Pop)
Pure Reason Revolution - Eupnea (Progressive Rock). I need to listen to this again. I was NOT expecting an album, as I thought they had disbanded

7/10
Katie Gately - Loom (Art Pop)
of Montreal - Ur Fun (Synthpop, Indie Pop)
The Higher Intelligence Agency - Preform (Ambient Dub, Ambient Techno)
Gang of Four - This Heaven Gives Me Migraine (Post-Punk)
RZA - Guided Explorations (Downtempo, East Coast Hip Hop)
Carla dal Forno - NTS Radio: January 2020 (Ambient)
Against All Logic - 2017-2019 (Tech House, Post-Industrial)
BC Camplight - Shortly After Take Off (Art Pop, Art Rock) - verged on the excellent
King Krule - Man Alive! (Art Rock, Post-Punk) Much better than his previous releases
Makaya McCraven / Gil Scott-Heron - We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven (Nu Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz)
Mac Miller - Circles (Neo-Soul)

6/10
Ben Watt - Storm Damage (Singer/Songwriter)
Funky DL - Life After Dennison (Instrumentals)
Spain - The Love Song: Los Angeles, CA 27 September 2016
Bill Fay - Countless Branches (Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk)
Childish Gambino - 3.15.20 (Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B)
Torres - Silver Tongue (Art Pop, Indie Rock)

5/10
070 Shake - Modus Vivendi - (Alternative R&B, Pop Rap)
Caribou - Suddenly (Indietronica)
Destroyer - Have We Met (Synthpop, Art Pop)
Selena Gomez - Rare (Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop, Electropop)
Howard Shore - The Lost Prince (Film Score, Modern Classical)
Lil' Flip - The Leprechaun 2 (Southern Hip Hop)
J Hus - Big Conspiracy (UK Hip Hop)
Caribou - Rough Trade Mixtape 2020
BTS - Map of the Soul: 7 (K-Pop)

4/10
Blue Öyster Cult - 40th Anniversary: Agents of Fortune - Live 2016 (Hard Rock)
Georgia - Seeking Thrills (Synthpop, Electropop)

3/10
John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain - Is That So?
Frode Gjerstad, Hamid Drake & William Parker - Hasselt 2010 (Free Jazz)
Jason Molina - Live at La Chapelle

2/10
Lauv - ~how i'm feeling~ (Electropop, Contemporary R&B) - REALLY not my cup of tea
Honey Harper - Starmaker (Alt-Country, Singer/Songwriter). WAY too sugar coated.

1/10
Mats Gustafsson - Worn. Kissed. (Free Improvisation)
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Holden wrote: Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:28 pm I would be interested in seeing those albums below a six and adding them to the ratings, unless you really don't want to diss any albums.
I've never shied away from giving low scores on Biggest Fan, so I don't know why I've been reluctant to do the same here. At the same time, a lot of the below aren't outstandingly bad, they just haven't clicked with me. Anyway, here's all my ratings this year under a 6 in order!

Cadet - The Rated Legend 5.5
Man Alive!/Marigold/The Neon Skyline (already scored as 5.5)
Code Orange - Underneath 5.5
Degs - Letters from Ndegwa 5.5
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Patchouli Blue 5.5*
Intranaut - Fluid Existential Inversions 5.5
Pigs x7 - Viscerals 5.5
Sylvaine/Unreqvited - Time without End EP 5.5
Jadakiss - Ignatius 5.5
Porridge Radio - Every Bad 5.5
Tech N9ne - ENTERFEAR 5.5
Kvelertak - Splid 5.5
The Orielles - Disco Volador 5
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud 5
Mats Gustafsson - Worn.Kissed 5*
Theophilus London - Bebey 5
Haru Nemuri - LOVETHEISM EP 5*
Thy Catafalque - Naiv 5
Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA 5
Georgia - Seeking Thrills 5
Eminem - Music to be Murdered by 5
Holy Fawn - The Black Moon EP 5
Bobbie Previte & Jamie Saft - Music from the Early 21st Century 5
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia 5
JHus - Big Conspiracy 5
Fax Gang - FXG 3000 EP 5
Frazey Ford - U Kin Be the Sun 5
Ingrid Andress - Lady Like 5
Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers 5
Lychgate - Also sprach Futura EP 5
Christine and the Queens - La vita nuova EP 5
Lanterns on the Lake - Spook the Herd 5*
TORRES - Silver Tongue 5 (on a not really relevant note, I've since heard TORRES' 2015 album Sprinter, which I enjoyed a lot more; noisy guitars suit her better)
Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine 5
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages 5
Ben Watt - Storm Damage 4.5
Bill Fay - Countless Branches 4.5
Tha God Fahim - Lost Kingz 4.5*
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene 4.5
La Roux - Supervision 4.5
The Weeknd - After Hours 4.5
Childish Gambino - 3.15.20 4.5
Serpent Column - Endless Detainment EP 4.5
070 Shake - Modus Vivendi 4.5
MIKE and Jadasea - Old Earth EP 4.5 (if it counts? It's one 11-minute track made up of about 4 distinct movements)
Soccer Mommy - color theory 4
LOLA - The Sleeping Prophet EP 4
Mac Miller - Circles 4
Caribou - Suddenly 4
Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman 4
Gang of Four - This Heaven Gives Me Migraine EP 4
Stabbing Westward - Dead & Gone 4
Haunt - Mind Freeze 4
DJ Fresh with Curren$y - The Tonite Show 4
BTS - Map of the Soul: 7 3.5
Teejayx6 - 2020 3.5
Mick Jenkins - The Circus 3.5
Denzel Curry - 13LOOD IN & 13LOOD OUT MIXX 3.5
Susanne Sundfør - Self Portrait Original Soundtrack 3.5
Destroyer - Have We Met 3*
Easy Life - Junk Food (Mixtape) 3
Salaam Remi - Do It FoR ThE CulTuRe 2 2.5
Cask - Surviving on Borrowed Time 2.5
Drakeo the Ruler - Free Drakeo 2.5
The Word Alive - Monomania 2.5
TheHxliday - Broken Halls EP 2

Other albums worth 6 and over:
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light 7.5 (between Mystic Familiar and Rejoice)
Sorry - 925 6.5 (between The Slow Rush and Juillet)
Gorillaz feat. slowthai and Slaves - Song Machine Episode 1 EP. Similar to Old Earth EP, I have doubts about calling it anything more than a song since it consists of Momentary Bliss and 3 awkward skits. I'll place it as the last of my 6s.

Still need to listen to Ghosts VI another time at least to give it a fair mark what with it being all instrumental and less immediate than much of the above.
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Time for another update from me:

8/10
Meredith Monk & Bang on a Can All-Stars | Memory Game
Favorite track: „Turtle Dreams Cabaret: Tokyo Cha Cha“

Swamp Dogg | Sorry You Couldn‘t Make It
Favorite track: „Please Let Me Go Round Again“

7/10
Ulcerate | Stare Into Death and Be Still
Favorite track: „Exhale the Ash“

Jessie Reyez | Before Love Came to Kill Us
Favorite track: „FIGURES“

Lido Pimienta | Miss Colombia
Favorite track: „Pelo cucu“

Fire! Orchestra | Actions

Pantha du Prince | Conference of Trees
Favorite track: „Supernova Space Time Drift“

Rina Sawayama | Sawayama
Favorite track: „Dynasty“

Nicolas Jaar | Cenizas
Favorite track: „Mud“

6/10
Lucinda Williams | Good Souls Better Angels
Favorite track: „Big Black Train“

Ak‘chamel, the Giver of Illness | The Totemist
Favorite track: „To Travel the Path of Every Sickness“

5/10
Vertical Foliage | Love Is a Grasshopper Nearby
Favorite track: „Pylon Shadow Stenness“

Nils Frahm | Empty
Favorite track: „Sonar“

Mike Parker | The Devil‘s Curators Vol. 1
Favorite track: „Living Colossus“

BC Camplight | Shortly After Takeoff
Favorite track: „Back to Work“

Thanks a lot!
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As of right now, exactly 63 albums have received enough votes to qualify for a rating, that being 3 votes. Here they are, so far, ranked.
01 | Fiona Apple | Fetch the Bolt Cutters
02 | Wire | Mind Hive
03 | Makayla McCraven | We're New Again
04 | Dan Deacon | Mystic Familiar
05 | U.S. Girls | Heavy Light
06 | Porridge Radio | Every Bad
07 | Soccer Mommy | Color Theory
08 | Bill Fay | Countless Branches
09 | Moon Hooch | Life on Other Planets
10 | Laura Marling | Song for Our Daughter
11 | Sløtface | Sorry for the Late Reply
12 | Moses Boyd | Dark Matter
13 | Pinegrove | Marigold
14 | Caribou | Suddenly
15 | Alexadnra Savior | The Archer
16 | Tame Impala | The Slow Rush
17 | Dua Lupa | Future Nostalgia
18 | Algiers | There Is No Year
19 | Grimes | Miss Anthropocene
20 | The Strokes | The New Abnormal
21 | Waxahatchee | Saint Cloud
22 | Kvelertak | Splid
23 | Destroyer | Have We Met
24 | J Hus | Big Conspiracy
25 | Kiwi Jr. | Football Money
26 | Lanterns on the Lake | Spook The Herd
27 | Drive-by Truckers | The Unraveling
28 | Katie Gately | Loom
29 | Childish Gambino | 3.15.2020
30 | Sorry | 925
31 | Jeff Parker | Suite for Max Brown
32 | Ben Watt | Storm Damage
33 | Yves Tumor | Heaven To A Tortuned Mind
34 | Torres | Silver Tongue
35 | The Weeknd | After Hours
36 | Mac Miller | Circles
37 | King Krule | Man Alive!
38 | Andy Shauf | The Neon Skyline
39 | Rina Sawayama | Sawayama
40 | Beach Bunny | Honeymoon
41 | Georgia | Seeking Thrills
42 | Tennis | Swimmer
43 | Green Day | Father of All Motherfuckers
44 | Bonny Light Horseman | Bonny Light Horseman
45 | Keeley Forsyth | Debris
46 | Stephen Malkmus | Traditional Techniques
47 | Baxter Dury | The Night Chancers
48 | Pearl Jam | Gigaton
49 | Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams | Aporia
50 | Halsey | Manic
51 | Nadia Reid | Out of My Province
52 | Code Orange | Underneath
53 | Boniface | Boniface
54 | R.A.P. Ferreira | Purple Moonlight Pages
55 | Pet Shop Boys | Hotspot
56 | Cornershop | England Is a Garden
57 | BC Camplight | Shortly After Takeoff
58 | Hamilton Leithauser | The Loves Of Your Life
59 | BTS | Map of the Soul: 7
60 | Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | Viscerals
61 | Squarepusher | Be Up A Hello
62 | 070 Shake | Modus Vivendi
63 | Eminem | Music to Be Murdered By
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Updated rankings -

10/10
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Angelica Garcia - Cha Cha Palace

9/10
Hook - Crashed My Car
Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud

8/10
Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
Tha God Fahim - Lost Kingz
Childish Gambino - 3.15.20
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Westside Gunn - Pray For Paris
Rina Sawayama - Sawayama

7/10
Jeff Parker - Suite For Max Brown
Mixed Matches - II
Halsey - Manic
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Destroyer - Have We Met
The Weeknd - After Hours

6/10
Moon Hooch - Life On Other Planets
Beach Bunny - Honeymoon
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

5/10
Selena Gomez - Rare

4/10
Sufjan Stevens - Aporia

3/10
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
Mac Miller - Circles

2/10
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush

1/10
Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By
Green Day - Father Of All Motherfuckers
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