As we prepare for our Best of 2020 rankings, we know there will be some music on the final lists that our readers either haven’t heard of. There will also be some music that we loved which we simply didn’t have a chance to write about until the year-end lists.
So it stands to reason that our readers have also discovered some gems that we haven’t listened to. So to kick off our Best of 2020 festivities, we invite you to Recommend a Track from 2020, either a single released this year or a cut from a 2020 album.
To start the thread off, I’ll share a track from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’s Reunions album. Isbell emerged as one of my favorite artists over the past few years. He’s been so consistently great that his most recent album felt like a disappointment, only because much of it sounded like the work of a mere mortal. It’s still a solid collection. It’s just not as otherworldly fantastic as his previous few efforts.
One track that has emerged as my one of my favorites from the album is “Dreamsicle,” a first person account of a teenager from a recently broken home, getting ready to pack up his room and move again. “Why can’t daddy just come home? Forget whatever he did wrong. He’s in a hotel all alone and we need help.”
Isbell captures that moment between childhood and adulthood, where you have just enough understanding as to why things can’t work out the way you fantasize, but still can’t let go of the fantasy ending that isn’t going to happen.
For me, it’s on par with the highlights from The Nashville Sound, Southeastern, and Something More Than Free.