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We rank the 20 highest-scoring album releases from the first half of 2020.
Sign O' the Times [Deluxe Edition] 1.

Sign O' the Times [Deluxe Edition] - Prince

September 25, 2020
The re-release of the pop legend's 1987 double album features a remaster by Bernie Grundman and a disc of single mixes/edits. A super deluxe box set adds three discs of previously unreleased music from the vault, a recording from a 1987 concert in Utrecht's Stadium Galgenwaard, a DVD of 1987 New Year's Eve concert at Paisley Park, and a 120-page hardcover book with previously unseen handwritten lyrics.
Metascore:
100
User Score:
7.7
Wildflowers & All The Rest 2.

Wildflowers & All The Rest - Tom Petty

October 16, 2020
The remaster of the rock artist's 1994 solo album includes 10 songs cut from the original release. The deluxe four-disc edition adds a disc with 15 demos tracks and a disc of 14 live recordings.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
tbd
Hard Luck Stories: 1972-1982 [Box Set] 3.

Hard Luck Stories: 1972-1982 [Box Set] - Richard & Linda Thompson

September 18, 2020
The eight-disc box set collects together the songs from husband-and-wife duo including six remastered studio albums, 30 previously unreleased tracks and a disc of live performances.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
tbd
Palo Alto: Live at Palo Alto High School 4.

Palo Alto: Live at Palo Alto High School - Thelonious Monk

September 18, 2020
In 1968, Danny Scher, a 16-year-old student at Palo Alto High School, invited the jazz legend to perform and the 47-minute set was recorded by the janitor.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
tbd
Sex, Death & The Infinite Void 5.

Sex, Death & The Infinite Void - Creeper

July 31, 2020
The second full-length release for the British punk rock band led by Will Gould was produced by Xandy Barry.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.0
Pleased To Meet Me [Deluxe Edition] 6.

Pleased To Meet Me [Deluxe Edition] - The Replacements

October 9, 2020
The remaster of the Minneapolis rock band's 1987 album includes previously unreleased demos (some of which are the last with Bob Stinson), rough mixes, and outtakes.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
tbd
Folklore 7.

Folklore - Taylor Swift

July 24, 2020
The 16-track surprise release from the pop artist features contributions from Jack Antonoff, Bon Iver, William Bowery, and Aaron Dessner of the National.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.2
The New OK 8.

The New OK - Drive-By Truckers

October 2, 2020
The surprise digital release from the alternative country band includes songs from recording sessions from the recently released, The Unraveling plus a few songs written while under the pandemic quarantine.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
tbd
Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism 9.

Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism - Napalm Death

September 18, 2020
The 16th full-length studio release for the British grindcore band was produced by Russ Russell.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
tbd
Ohms 10.

Ohms - Deftones

September 25, 2020
The ninth full-length studio release for the Sacramento alternative metal band was produced by Terry Date.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.9

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