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Music in 2020 took one of two forms: those about our current moment, and those noticeably disconnected from it. Not that one is inherently better than the other — we deserve both validation and liberation.

Some records, like Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters or Run The Jewels’ RTJ4, were written far before the pandemic and this summer’s unrest, but were perfectly poised to address them. Some, like the projects from Taylor Swift, Adrienne Lenker and Charlie XCX, were born from the constraints of, consumed within, forever connected to quarantine. …

Gabe Rosenberg

Digital news editor, music geek, pun aficionado.

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