The Strokes’ The New Abnormal was my favorite album of 2020

Courtesy of RCA

Whenever I’m uncertain of how to properly appreciate a new album, I check Pitchfork’s review of it.

Phew. All that awkward, icky uncertainty washes away, and I find myself floating in that serene state so endemic to modernity, having eschewed the painstaking process of cultivating your own set of opinions in favor of outsourcing to the tastemakers—I mean, they’re…