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Best Of 2021: Albums In Order Of Preference Through The Entire Year

1 – Sour – Olivia Rodrigo

1 – Donda – Kanye West

3 – II – IIIII – Arca

4 – Queendoncom – Yemi Alade

5 – Montero -Lil Nas X

6- Punk – Young Thug

7 – Mother Love – Angelique Kidjo

8 – Up- Down – Sam Huber –

9 – Justice – Justin Bieber


10 – Deacon, Deacon’s Grove – serpentwithfeet

11 – Heart & Soul – Eric Church

12 – Ten Songs of Worship & Praise for Our Tumultuous Times – St. Lenox

13- House of Lull . House of When – Alexis Marshal

14 – Somewhere – Sun June

15 – Thirstier – Torres


16 – Infinite Granite – Deafheaven

17 – Ultra Pop – The Armed

18 – Young Shakespeare – Neil Young


20 –  Oh! Pardon tu dormais… – Jane Birkin

21 – Dear Lemon House, You Ruined Me: Senior Year – Kaonashi

22 – Sound Ancestors – Madlib

23 – Once Upon A Time – Chika

24   J.T. – Steve Earle

25 – Los Dioses – Anuel AA, Ozuna

26 – Off The Yak – Young M.A.

January: a very quiet month (even if I included the first week of February, it would shake it up), the big surprise is Madlib, of course…

February: a short month and a slow month for the year, all the real action has been on the singles so far so despite Madlib and Sun June being near the top there is an overriding sense of the year not having started. Specifically, rap has been very quiet.

March – The year begins to settle in with serpentwithfeet, at least for now, gonna be difficult to dislodge from the top spot. As for Neil Young, that is one great performance…

April – The year has properly kicked in and for a month takes the limelight away from singles. Bieber went from a disappointment to the best album of the year, once you get past MLK, the deeply melodic and sweet strong ode to love (and God) improves and improves. It is possible Eric Church will replace him at # 1 at some point, or even serpentwithfeet will come all the way back. I am holding off putting box sets on this list, if I wasn’t The who and John Lennon would be here. Here is Justin:

May – a ton of albums but mostly indifferent rather than good, Olivia is the first new superstar, Young M.A. invents drill in her own image, mathcore has its masterpiece…

June – a hot and heated month, with two albums that vie for top spot, especially Kidjo’s Afropop masterpiece at the top, and very  difficult to beat as well

July – Three new entries, Torres’ best album to date, the former Daughter’s nihilism, and the not yet released Kanye West latest.

August – two new releases, and the completed Kanye West takes over the top. I appear to be the only person who flipped out over the masterpiece of mothers, wives, divorce and Jesus, but I can’t hear why anyone is less than astounded at the achievement. I think perhaps West is so controversial that people sometimes can’t hear him

September – the second week of the month saw an inundation of new albums but only two made it it behind the velvet curtain: Lil Nas X and J Balvin.


October – considering the time of year, a quiet month with only Young Thug added here

November – only one new album added, but it is a doozey: Sam Huber’s sweet and soulful Up…

December – The month belonged to Arca, whose kick ii – iiiii was the most astounding music of the year, hyper pop hybrid from a giant of the form and all of it worth your time. The year was good without being great, the neo-rock and punk revival passed me by so I am one who considers rock more the way I consider classical: it exists but it doesn’t innovate and put even the best of it, say Dry Cleaning, is well past its exploration date. Onto 2022…

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