2021 is over in a few hours so I have to squeeze in my top 10 albums. What have been your favorites?
2021 was not particularly great for me in terms of albums that were released this year, however due to the flood of new sources I bought I got to rediscover some great stuff from the past like:
Feist - Reminder
Steely Dan - Aja (sic!)
The Fishmans - Long season
In this year the following stood out:
My top three albums of 2021:
- Sam Fender - “Seventeen Going Under”
- Goat Girl - “On All Fours”
- Billy Strings - “Renewal”
Halsey - If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
Squid - Bright Green Field
Damu the Fudgemunk - Conversation Peace
Goat Girl - On All Fours
Black Country, New Road - For the First Time
Claud - Super Monster
Amyl and the Sniffers - Comfort to Me
Sleater Kinney - Path of Wellness
The Weather Station - Ignorance
Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs
Alfa Mist - Bring Backs
Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders - Promises
Big ups on The Weather Station’s record. That probably would be my No. 4 if I went beyond a top three.
Top ten for me is:
Best pick up of the year for me was the Alligator Records 50 year collection. Three albums of awesome music.
Steely Dan - Northeast Corridor. Fun, new version of the oldies.
I bought my first ever Peter Frampton album, Peter Frampton Forgets the Words. More jazzy than rocky. Full instrumental. Nice.
The Offspring, Let the Bad Times Roll. Another Great Offspring album!
A new live album from Miles Davis and now, one of my favourites: Merci Miles! Live at Vienna. Performed shortly before his death. What a GREAT album and performance. Wish I had been there.
Foo Fighters were kicking it hard yet again with Medicine at Midnight.
The Blue Stones, a great Canadian band, released Hidden Gems. Really good album.
Big Wreck, 7.1 which is actually an EP. Great little album.
BADBADNOTGOOD is a Canadian jazz outfit. Their new album is called Talk Memory. A change of pace for them and a lot of fun.
Last on the list is a new find, a blues band called Altered Five Blues Band. The new album is called Holler If You Hear Me. This is the fun kind of blues that you want to hear live.
There were other albums that I bought one or a few songs from, but in the above list I bought and enjoy the whole albums.
For me what stands out is Weezer OK Human
Some great stuff in here I’ve not heard yet. Nice.
In no particular order… my picks of the year.
Tyler the Creator - Call me if you get lost
Damon Albarn - The nearer the fountain, more pure the stream flows
Low - Hey What
Floating Points, Pharoh Sanders - Promises
Lil Nas X - Montero (Totally worth a listen, production is amazing)
Thanks for the tip on the Alligator 50 Years collection. Missed that. Just grabbed it on Spotify!
- Japanese breakfast – jubilee
- The felice brothers – from dreams to dus
- Manchesta Orchestra - The Million Masks of God
- Floating points and pharoah sanders - promises
- Strand of oaks – in heaven
- Spiritbox – eternal blue
- For those I love – for those I love
- Taylor Swift – Red, 2021
- War on Drugs – I don’t live here anymore
- Jose Gonzalez - Local Valley
Signals are my most favorite.
In no particular order:
–Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders - Promises
–Spelling - The Turning Wheel
–St. Vincent - Daddy’s Home
–Tyler, The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
–Kanye West - Donda
–BROCKHAMPTON - Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine
–Porter Robinson - Nurture
–Richard Dawson & Circle - Henki
–Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
–Taylor Swift - Evermore
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready (A totally different experience… don’t know if I can repeat listen tho)
death’s dynamic shroud - Faith In Persona
Great year for music overall!
- Parannoul - To See The Next Part of the Dream