Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.
Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.
Imitations proves once again that even after four decades in the game, Mark Lanegan is not an artist content to conform to expectations, but one that will continue crossing borders to indulge his muse.
The Afghan Whigs prove that, for all the naysayers and cynics who arise whenever a defunct band reunites and goes on tour, there are those groups who get back together for the sheer joy of it, and who do their legacy proud by adding a new chapter onto it.
For My Jerusalem, it's not merely about writing and performing songs, but imbuing them with atmosphere and taking the listener on a trip into a nocturnal setting where the most torrid and primitive emotions can flourish.