2020 year in review: Best albums came as COVID-19 made music more essential than ever in a year we'd all like to forget

SAN DIEGO — The vital need for music has never been greater, at least in this century, than it was in 2020. Of course, music is essential at any time, whether as a a brief diversion or an immersive experience, a cause for boisterous celebration or quiet contemplation, a cry of despair or a lifeline of hope. During a global pandemic, the value of music grows exponentially. This holds especially true when that pandemic has shuttered concert venues of all sizes. Untold numbers of musicians have lost their jobs. So have concert promoters, stagehands, audio engineers, lighting operators, security g…

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