1981 Album Releases

1981
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Feb 12
Rush - Moving Pictures
Rush
Moving Pictures
90
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(276)
Apr 14
The Cure - Faith
The Cure
Faith
73
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(256)
Sep 22
King Crimson - Discipline
King Crimson
Discipline
85
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(243)
May 1
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Kraftwerk
Computer World
90
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(239)
Dec 5
Black Flag - Damaged
Black Flag
Damaged
94
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(238)
Jan 1
This Heat - Deceit
This Heat
Deceit
90
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(235)
Nov 13
New Order - Movement
New Order
Movement
78
critic score
(5)
79
user score
(226)
1981
Glenn Branca - The Ascension
Glenn Branca
The Ascension
90
critic score
(3)
85
user score
(171)
Feb 2
Iron Maiden - Killers
Iron Maiden
Killers
71
critic score
(4)
78
user score
(170)
Jun 6
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Juju
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Juju
80
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(157)
Oct 14
Prince - Controversy
Prince
Controversy
81
critic score
(5)
79
user score
(154)
May 11
Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
Grace Jones
Nightclubbing
87
critic score
(3)
83
user score
(144)
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)
81
user score
(130)
Aug 24
The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
90
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(126)
Oct 29
Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell
Depeche Mode
Speak & Spell
68
critic score
(3)
71
user score
(102)
Jul 4
Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches
Mission of Burma
Signals, Calls and Marches
94
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(99)
Jun 1
Minor Threat - Minor Threat
Minor Threat
Minor Threat
83
user score
(96)
Oct 2
The Police - Ghost in the Machine
The Police
Ghost in the Machine
75
critic score
(2)
74
user score
(94)
Oct 12
U2 - October
U2
October
70
critic score
(5)
66
user score
(91)
Nov 27
Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Soft Cell
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
75
critic score
(2)
72
user score
(84)
Oct 16
The Human League - Dare!
The Human League
Dare!
93
critic score
(4)
80
user score
(81)
Nov 4
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Black Sabbath
Mob Rules
57
critic score
(3)
71
user score
(78)
Nov 30
ABBA - The Visitors
ABBA
The Visitors
60
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(76)
Jul 27
Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna
83
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(75)
Aug 31
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
The Gun Club
Fire of Love
90
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(75)
May 1
Akiko Yano - Tadaima
Akiko Yano
Tadaima
81
user score
(73)
Nov 8
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Architecture & Morality
89
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(73)
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)
67
user score
(73)
Mar 13
Wipers - Youth of America
Wipers
Youth of America
91
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(72)
Nov 13
Japan - Tin Drum
Japan
Tin Drum
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(72)
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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
(70)
Oct 10
Bauhaus - Mask
Bauhaus
Mask
80
critic score
(1)
77
user score
(67)
Jan 1
The Sound - From the Lions Mouth
The Sound
From the Lions Mouth
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(64)
Mar 1
Gang of Four - Solid Gold
Gang of Four
Solid Gold
88
critic score
(3)
82
user score
(62)
May 30
Echo & the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
Echo & the Bunnymen
Heaven Up Here
85
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(61)
Nov 7
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman
75
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(58)
Nov 9
Men At Work - Business as Usual
Men At Work
Business as Usual
85
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(58)
Feb 2
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime
95
user score
(57)
Nov 1
Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.
Dead Kennedys
In God We Trust, Inc.
70
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(57)
Jul 1
Electric Light Orchestra - Time
Electric Light Orchestra
Time
50
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(56)
Aug 10
Bob Dylan - Shot of Love
Bob Dylan
Shot of Love
49
critic score
(3)
51
user score
(55)
Apr 10
Public Image Ltd. - The Flowers of Romance
Public Image Ltd.
The Flowers of Romance
78
critic score
(3)
82
user score
(53)
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
(51)
May 1
Adolescents - Adolescents
Adolescents
Adolescents
90
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(48)
Nov
The Durutti Column - LC
The Durutti Column
LC
80
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(47)
Nov
Agent Orange - Living in Darkness
Agent Orange
Living in Darkness
90
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(45)
Sep 14
Genesis - Abacab
Genesis
Abacab
75
critic score
(2)
61
user score
(43)
Jul 31
Journey - Escape
Journey
Escape
65
critic score
(2)
64
user score
(40)
Apr 29
Van Halen - Fair Warning
Van Halen
Fair Warning
65
critic score
(2)
74
user score
(39)
Jun 15
Duran Duran - Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
80
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(38)
Jun 23
Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club
80
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(38)
Apr 6
The Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire
The Birthday Party
Prayers on Fire
80
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(35)
Apr 7
Rick James - Street Songs
Rick James
Street Songs
100
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(35)
Jul 1
Blue Öyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin
Blue Öyster Cult
Fire of Unknown Origin
80
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(35)
Jan 23
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Trust
93
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(33)
1981
Au Pairs - Playing With a Different Sex
Au Pairs
Playing With a Different Sex
90
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(32)
Feb 9
Phil Collins - Face Value
Phil Collins
Face Value
80
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(32)
Oct 5
Einstürzende Neubauten - Kollaps
Einstürzende Neubauten
Kollaps
80
critic score
(1)
74
user score
(32)
Oct 8
Joy Division - Still
Joy Division
Still
81
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(32)
Jan 1
The Raincoats - Odyshape
The Raincoats
Odyshape
80
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(31)
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