1981 Album Releases

1981
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Feb 12
Rush - Moving Pictures
Rush
Moving Pictures
100
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(238)
May 1
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Kraftwerk
Computer World
90
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(227)
Apr 11
The Cure - Faith
The Cure
Faith
73
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(220)
Dec 5
Black Flag - Damaged
Black Flag
Damaged
94
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(206)
Sep 22
King Crimson - Discipline
King Crimson
Discipline
80
critic score
(3)
82
user score
(203)
Nov 13
New Order - Movement
New Order
Movement
78
critic score
(5)
79
user score
(197)
Jan 1
This Heat - Deceit
This Heat
Deceit
90
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(183)
1981
Glenn Branca - The Ascension
Glenn Branca
The Ascension
90
critic score
(3)
85
user score
(153)
Feb 2
Iron Maiden - Killers
Iron Maiden
Killers
71
critic score
(5)
78
user score
(145)
May 11
Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
Grace Jones
Nightclubbing
87
critic score
(3)
84
user score
(136)
Oct 14
Prince - Controversy
Prince
Controversy
81
critic score
(5)
80
user score
(129)
Jun 6
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Juju
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Juju
80
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(127)
Feb 1
David Byrne & Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
David Byrne & Brian Eno
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
87
critic score
(10)
82
user score
(116)
Aug 24
The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
90
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(103)
Jun 1
Minor Threat - Minor Threat
Minor Threat
Minor Threat
83
user score
(90)
Jul 4
Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches
Mission of Burma
Signals, Calls and Marches
94
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(90)
Oct 29
Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell
Depeche Mode
Speak & Spell
68
critic score
(3)
72
user score
(85)
Oct 2
The Police - Ghost in the Machine
The Police
Ghost in the Machine
75
critic score
(2)
74
user score
(81)
Oct 12
U2 - October
U2
October
65
critic score
(6)
66
user score
(80)
Aug 31
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
The Gun Club
Fire of Love
90
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(71)
Oct 16
The Human League - Dare!
The Human League
Dare!
93
critic score
(4)
81
user score
(71)
Nov 27
Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Soft Cell
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
75
critic score
(2)
74
user score
(69)
Mar 13
Wipers - Youth of America
Wipers
Youth of America
91
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(66)
Jun 25
The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
The Replacements
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
91
critic score
(3)
83
user score
(66)
Nov 30
ABBA - The Visitors
ABBA
The Visitors
60
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(66)
Nov 8
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Architecture & Morality
89
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(65)
Nov 13
Japan - Tin Drum
Japan
Tin Drum
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(65)
Nov 23
AC/DC - For Those About to Rock We Salute You
AC/DC
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
70
critic score
(2)
68
user score
(62)
Jan 1
The Sound - From the Lions Mouth
The Sound
From the Lions Mouth
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(61)
May 1
Akiko Yano - Tadaima
Akiko Yano
Tadaima
81
user score
(61)
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Jul 27
Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna
83
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(61)
Nov 4
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Black Sabbath
Mob Rules
57
critic score
(3)
71
user score
(61)
Oct 10
Bauhaus - Mask
Bauhaus
Mask
80
critic score
(1)
77
user score
(60)
Mar 1
Gang of Four - Solid Gold
Gang of Four
Solid Gold
88
critic score
(3)
84
user score
(57)
May 30
Echo & the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
Echo & the Bunnymen
Heaven Up Here
85
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(54)
Aug 10
Bob Dylan - Shot of Love
Bob Dylan
Shot of Love
49
critic score
(3)
50
user score
(51)
Apr 10
Public Image Ltd. - The Flowers of Romance
Public Image Ltd.
The Flowers of Romance
78
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(50)
Nov 7
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman
75
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(50)
Nov 9
Men At Work - Business as Usual
Men At Work
Business as Usual
85
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(47)
Jul 1
Electric Light Orchestra - Time
Electric Light Orchestra
Time
50
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(46)
Nov 1
Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.
Dead Kennedys
In God We Trust, Inc.
70
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(46)
Feb 2
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime
95
user score
(45)
Jun 8
The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat
The Go-Go's
Beauty and the Beat
84
critic score
(3)
77
user score
(45)
May 1
Adolescents - Adolescents
Adolescents
Adolescents
90
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(43)
Sep 14
Genesis - Abacab
Genesis
Abacab
63
critic score
(4)
62
user score
(38)
Nov
The Durutti Column - LC
The Durutti Column
LC
80
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(38)
Nov
Agent Orange - Living in Darkness
Agent Orange
Living in Darkness
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(35)
Jun 15
Duran Duran - Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
80
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(34)
Jul 31
Journey - Escape
Journey
Escape
65
critic score
(2)
63
user score
(34)
Apr 7
Rick James - Street Songs
Rick James
Street Songs
100
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(31)
Apr 6
The Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire
The Birthday Party
Prayers on Fire
80
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(30)
Jun 23
Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club
80
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(30)
Oct 8
Joy Division - Still
Joy Division
Still
81
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(30)
1981
Au Pairs - Playing With a Different Sex
Au Pairs
Playing With a Different Sex
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(29)
Feb 9
Phil Collins - Face Value
Phil Collins
Face Value
80
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(29)
Jun 6
The Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk
The Psychedelic Furs
Talk Talk Talk
85
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(29)
Jan 1
Television Personalities - ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
Television Personalities
...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
85
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(28)
Jul 1
Blue Öyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin
Blue Öyster Cult
Fire of Unknown Origin
80
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(28)
Nov 1
Minutemen - The Punch Line
Minutemen
The Punch Line
60
critic score
(1)
68
user score
(28)
Jan 23
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Trust
93
critic score
(3)
83
user score
(27)
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