AOTY 2021

Best of 2021

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JPEGMAFIA - LP!
JPEGMAFIA
LP!
84
Nov 8

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Metallica's Black Album is arguably the most famous crossover in metal history. An album so far away from the band's previous releases that it caused intense polarization among the fans, and the "sell-out" tag continues to spread among the purists. In today's age, however, genre-defying internet communities still scratch their heads on what the whole fuss was about, oftentimes rejecting the "scene" mentality of older generations. And I think that this switch was something ... read more
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I have to say that Ostinato records is a really underrated label. The story of the recently deceased Abu Obaida Hassan, a local Sudanese tambour specialist who spent most of his life in poverty, but was later rediscovered and asked to record his music just a couple of years before his death, is something that gave this record a more personal character, made the music much more alive. Hearing Abu's rhythmic tambour mixed with some lovely folky choral sections was quite a pleasurable experience. ... read more
br94 -
88
Not much to say for now, but this might be 2021's greatest metal release.
br94 -
82
Less noise. Much more sophistication. Beautiful, oftentimes minimal arrangements. Powerhouse vocals at the forefront. With this album, Leprous abandon metal almost completely to make a prog record which could even be labeled as adult contemporary. While the free space that surrounds the compositions might seem surprising at first, it excels much more often than it falters, and that is a testament to the band's versatility. Transitional albums rarely manage to stick - usually it is the ... read more
br94 -
85
Wow, this blew me away. The instrumentation is avant-garde and adventurous but at the same time fun as hell, feeling like a blistering deconstruction of trap music. Awesome.

Shoutbox

Sep 26, 2021
of course!
Sep 12, 2021
Hey Mate,
Just wondering if you were able to contribute to a list by @CamDoesMusic and @truthfulreviews based upon your 10 favourite 90's albums. This would work through you messaging myself a list from 1 being the best and 10th being the 10th best album you have listened to from the 90's. If you are able to contribute with a quote summarising the particular album as well that would be awesome! Your information delivered to us will be used to create a list named "AOTY Users Favourite 90's Albums".

Thank You So Much, Have a Great Day :)
Sep 7, 2021
Good reference point hahahahaha
Sep 6, 2021
Likewise!
Sep 3, 2021
Thank you so much for contributing, it means so much to me.

List is up if you wanna check it out:
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/biglasagnayeet/list/48140/aotys-definitive-top-100/
Sep 2, 2021
Hey Mate,
I am currently making a list compacted with AOTY user' top 10 worst albums and would love for you to contribute to that. The information if you decide to share will be used to create "The Average AOTY Users worst album" consisting of 50 albums. If you feel comfortable contributing please mention your top 10 worst albums in order from 1 being the worst and 10 being the 10th worst. It would also be highly appreciated if you are ok to give a few words why as well :)

Thank You So Much Have A Good Day!
Aug 24, 2021
No problem mate Thanks for following back!!
Aug 23, 2021
Pas de soucis! ;)

About

Late millennial with boomer music taste.

My rating system:

96-100: classic / personal favorite
90-95: amazing
80-89: great
70-79: good
60-69: hit or miss
50-59: forgettable
0-49: variations of bad. Since I only rate albums that I have listened to in their entirety at least once and I rarely bother to make it 'til the end when an album sucks, you won't see a lot of stuff in this area.

Recommendations (preferably non mainstream music) are welcome!

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90-99
 
736

80-89
 
2273

70-79
 
2450

60-69
 
941

50-59
 
175

40-49
 
46

30-39
 
21

20-29
 
6

10-19
 
4

0-9
 
2

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