20/20 Vision (Anti-Flag album)

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20/20 Vision
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
RecordedJuly–August 2019
  • Dog House Studios
  • MDDN Studio
GenrePunk rock
ProducerMatt Good
Anti-Flag chronology
American Fall
20/20 Vision
Lies They Tell Our Children
Singles from 20/20 Vision
  1. "Christian Nationalists"
    Released: October 4, 2019

20/20 Vision is the twelfth studio album by American punk rock band Anti-Flag from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was released on January 17, 2020, via Spinefarm Records. Recording sessions took place at Dog House Studios and at MDDN Studio from July to August 2019. Production was handled by Matt Good.

The album focuses on themes of anti-fascism and political optimism in the face of distressing circumstances, and encourages its audience to organize and work towards a better future.[1] It also directly names former president Donald Trump as the cause of many of these issues, and acts as a direct attack against the former president.[2] On October 30, 2020, a deluxe version of the album including 5 new songs was released titled 20/20 Division.[3]


In the past, Anti-Flag has chosen not to directly name politicians in their music. However, the band's heavy opposition of former president Donald Trump influenced them to write songs that were more direct in their view of the former president. Frontman Justin Sane explained this decision to Billboard in an interview:

Normally we've never named a president. We wanted our songs to stay relevant in the future. We have a song called "Outbreak" that's about Bill Clinton, but we didn't use his name. Our song "Turncoat" could be about today; If you named George Bush, though, it dates the song. We think in terms of Woody Guthrie; "This Land Is Your Land" is as relevant today as when he wrote it, and we've always tried to stay in that spirit. But with this record we were like, "Look, Donald Trump IS the problem, so we have to go directly at the problem." You could say he's a symptom of a larger problem and I believe that's true, but he IS the symptom. He's a symbol of authoritarianism the country has moved towards, trying to roll back civil rights, LGBT rights. That's why the first track, "Hate Conquers All," opens with a sound clip of Donald Trump, and from there we tried to move forward with the record and present a different kind of vision.[2]

Some of the other topics covered on 20/20 Vision include gun violence and religion.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

Anti-Flag released the album's first single, "Christian Nationalists", on October 4, 2019, while also announcing a European tour the following year.[5] This was accompanied by a statement on the band's website explaining the song's meaning, while also providing lists of republican politicians and sources indicating that said politicians had accepted large amounts of donations from the NRA and gun lobbyists for the politician's support for certain policies and actions. The post also included a list of mass shooting that have occurred in the United States.[4]

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20/20 Vision was officially announced later that month alongside the release of a new song; "Hate Conquers All" and its accompanying music video.[8] Two additional songs, "Unbreakable" and "The Disease", were also released with music videos ahead of the album, which released on January 17, 2020.[2][9]

The album was met with mostly positive feedback. Scott Waldman of Alternative Press called it "a lyrically focused and melodically catchy punch", while Tom Shepherd of Kerrang! praised the album's optimistic themes.[10] Kevin Klemp of Exclaim! felt that the album wasn't as innovative for the band, but still praised it for the production value.[11]

Anti-Flag were set to embark on a world tour for most of 2020, but many of the shows they had planned were ultimately delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the tour resuming, the band released a deluxe version of the album titled 20/20 Division, which included five previously unreleased songs, on October 30, 2020.[3]

Track listing[edit]

20/20 Vision track listing
1."Hate Conquers All"2:46
2."It Went Off Like a Bomb"2:23
3."20/20 Vision"2:26
4."Christian Nationalist"2:44
5."Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down"2:49
7."The Disease"2:55
8."A Nation Sleeps"2:17
9."You Make Me Sick"3:01
11."Resistance Frequencies"2:55
Total length:30:34
20/20 Division – Deluxe edition
12."Born to Run"2:12
13."Concrete Breeds Apathy"1:31
14."No Allegiance to a Flag"2:01
15."No One Can Save Yourself But You"2:22
16."Fight Like Hell"3:26
Total length:42:06



Chart performance for 20/20 Vision
Chart (2020) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 51
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 45
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[15] 19


  1. ^ Waldman, Scott (January 16, 2020). "Anti-Flag condemn President Donald Trump on new album, '20/20 Vision'". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Graff, Gary (December 5, 2019). "Anti-Flag Team With The Critics Company for 'Unbreakable' Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Sacher, Andrew (October 30, 2020). "Anti-Flag release 5 new songs on '20/20 Vision' deluxe edition (listen)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Listen to Christian Nationalist Watch Lyric Video". anti-flag.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  5. ^ Peacock, Tim (October 7, 2019). "Listen To Anti-Flag's New Single, 'Christian Nationalist'". uDiscover Music. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  6. ^ Klemp, Kevin (January 14, 2020). "Anti-Flag 20/20 Vision". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Shepherd, Tom (January 17, 2020). "Album Review: Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on January 18, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Peacock, Tim (October 29, 2019). "Anti-Flag Announce New Album, '20/20 Vision', Share New Track, 'Hate Conquers All'". uDiscover Music. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  9. ^ "Anti-Flag release new song/video, "The Disease"". Substream Magazine. January 10, 2020. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  10. ^ "Album Review: Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision". Kerrang!. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  11. ^ "Anti-Flag 20/20 Vision | Exclaim!". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "Anti-Flag Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2020.

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