2021 FUCKIN' SUCKS (Year Ranked)

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From 449 albums...

#1- 10/10 (Black Country, New Road- For the first time)
#2 - #5: 9/10s (Bruno Pernadas- Private Reasons, black midi- Cavalcade, Little Simz- Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Spellling- The Turning Wheel)
#6 - #35 8/10s
#36- #176: 7/10s
#177 - #286: 6/10s
#287 - 349: 5/10s
#350 - #406: 4/10s
#407 - #435: 3/10s
#436 - #444: 2/10s
#445 - #448: 1/10s (Sia- MUSIC, The Offspring- Let The Bad Times Roll, Tramp Stamps- WE GOT DRUNK AND MADE AN EP, Tones and I- Welcome to the Madhouse)
#449: 0/10 (Hobo Johnson- Hobo Johnson Alienates His Fanbase)

Black Country, New Road - For the first time
2.
100
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #03

[Post-Punk, Experimental Rock, Klezmer]

⭐⭐⭐ Favorite of The Month: February
🎷 Instrumental
🎷 Athens, France
🎷 Science Fair
🎷 Sunglasses
🎷 Track X
🎷 Opus

22 y/o man complains about how Richard Hell dresses and makes the best post-punk album in the past 20 years.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/295445-for-the-first-time/
Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons
3.
93
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #16

[Psychedelic Pop, Progressive Pop]

⭐⭐⭐ Favorite of The Month: April
🌈 Lafeta Uní
🌈 Theme Vision
🌈 Little Season I
🌈 Jory II
🌈 Step Out Of The Light
🌈 Brio 81

It's like Stereolab but with autotune and almost nothing like Stereolab.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/307657-private-reasons/
black midi - Cavalcade
4.
92
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #23

[Jazz Rock, Brutal Prog, Experimental Rock]

⭐⭐⭐ Favorite of the Month: May
🎸 John L
🎸 Marlene Dietrich
🎸 Chondromalacia Patella
🎸 Slow
🎸 Dethroned
🎸 Ascending Forth

By straying away from math-rock and more towards prog rock, black midi craft a sophomore album that is both excitingly daring and wildly eclectic.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/347417-cavalcade/
Spellling - The Turning Wheel
5.
90
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #27

[Art Pop]

⭐⭐⭐ Favorite of the Month: June
πŸ•· Little Deer
πŸ•· Turning Wheel
πŸ•· Emperor with an Egg
πŸ•· Boys at School
πŸ•· Queen of Wands
πŸ•· Revolution

Spellling's beautiful, cerebral, dark, and spellbinding third record is a gem, filled with art-pop grandeur of the highest degree. Violins, pianos, guitars, saxophones, and electronics, among others, all aid Spellling's elegant voice in creating this opus of her catalog. It took an ensemble of 31 to make shit this good.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/212066-the-turning-wheel/
Squid - Bright Green Field
6.
89
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #17

[Art Punk, Post-Punk]

πŸ¦‘ G.S.K.
πŸ¦‘ Narrator
πŸ¦‘ Paddling
πŸ¦‘ Peel St.
πŸ¦‘ Pamphlets

Squid drop one of the most experimental, audacious, adventurous, eclectic, and all-around great post-punk albums in a year filled with experimental, audacious, adventurous, eclectic, and all-around great post-punk albums.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/329449-bright-green-field/
Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
8.
87
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #04

[Technical Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal]

πŸ•³οΈ Inexorably Ousted Sente
πŸ•³οΈ Coincidentia Opositorum
πŸ•³οΈ Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
πŸ•³οΈ Horror Vacui

Ad Nauseam's sophomore is a masterclass in dissonant and technical metal. So many dizzying yet odd time signatures and heavy passages.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/331856-imperative-imperceptible-impulse/
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
9.
87
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #29

[Neoclassical Darkwave, Chamber Music, Avant-Folk]

⭐⭐⭐Favorite of the Month: August

🩸 THE ORDER OF SPIRITUAL VIRGINS
🩸 I WHO BEND THE TALL GRASSES
🩸 PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE
🩸 THE SCARED LINAMENT OF JUDGEMENT
🩸 MANN IS LIKE A SPRING FLOWER
Boldy James & The Alchemist - Bo Jackson
10.
87
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #30

[Gangsta Rap, Boom Bap]

πŸ”« Turpentine
πŸ”« Brickmile To Montana
πŸ”« E.P.M.D.
πŸ”« Fake Flowers
πŸ”« 3rd Person

Boldy James and The Alchemist's second collaboration together once again is a great showing of top-tier MC and producer chemistry, along with being a great case for Boldy James and The Alchemist being some of the best in their respective fields currently.
Feu! Chatterton - Palais d'argile
11.
86
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #09

[Nouvelle chanson française, Art Rock]

πŸ’Ž Un Monde Nouveau
πŸ’Ž Ecran Total
πŸ’Ž Libre
πŸ’Ž Cantique
πŸ’Ž Lesson filer

If you can get past a language barrier, you'll come to find that Palais d'argile is one of the most mature, beautiful, and anthemic art-rock albums to release in recent years.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/333645-palais-dargile/
Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
12.
86
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #26

[Hip-Hop, Jazz Rap]

✨ CORSO
✨ HOT WIND BLOWS
✨ MASSA
✨ MANIFESTO
✨ SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE
✨ WILSHIRE

Despite not reaching the highs of Flower Boy and IGOR, Tyler, the Creator's return to rap is filled with classy, braggadocious, and bar-heavy bangers. WILSHIRE and HOT WIND BLOWS have quickly grown to become two of my favorite Tyler, the Creator hip-hop tracks.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/380071-call-me-if-you-get-lost/
Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - HARAM
13.
86
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #11

[Abstract Hip-Hop]

⭐⭐⭐ Favorite of the Month: March
🐷 Black Sunlight
🐷 Scaffolds
🐷 Falling out the Sky
🐷 Wishing Bad
🐷 Chicharonnes

Hip-hop visionaries billy woods and E L U C I D team up with legendary producer The Alchemist for perhaps their best record together yet.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/339255-haram/
DJ Sprinkles - Gayest Tits & Greyest Shits: 1998-2017 12-inches & One-offs
14.
86
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #12

[Ambient House, Deep House]

πŸ† Sloppy 42nds (Glorimar's Deeperama)
πŸ† Glorimar's Whore House
πŸ† Useless Movement (Useless Dub)
πŸ† Meditation on Wage Labor and the Death of the Album (Sprinkles' Unpaid Overtime)\\
πŸ†Kissing Costs Extra

If DJ Sprinkle is one of those artists who appear once a decade, then they might just be worth the wait.
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
16.
85
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #13

[Hip-Hop, Pop-Rap]

πŸ’Ώ CHAIN ON
πŸ’Ώ BANKROLL
πŸ’Ώ THE LIGHT
πŸ’Ώ WHEN I BALL
πŸ’Ώ DON'T SHOOT UP THE PARTY

ROADRUNNER is BROCKHAMPTON finally reaching the quality of their SATURATION days for the first time since the release of the legendary trilogy with a collection of quality hip-hop and pop bangers. CHAIN ON and THE LIGHT are two of the best BH tracks to date.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/325766-roadrunner/
Thy Catafalque - Vadak
18.
84
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #28

[Avant-Garde Metal]

🌲 Köszöntsd a hajnalt
🌲 Gömböc
🌲 A kupolaváros titka
🌲 Vadak (Az átválrozás rítusai)
🌲 Zúzmara

Perhaps the best release in the Thy Catafalque catalog since Rengeteg.
Merope - Salos
19.
84
[Chamber-Folk, Lithuanian Folk Music, New Age]
Natalia Lafourcade - Un Canto por México, Vol. II
21.
83
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #24

[Ranchera, Bolero]

πŸƒ La Llorona
πŸƒ Alma Mia / Tú Me Acostumbraste / Soledad y El Mar
πŸƒ Recuérdame
πŸƒ Para Qué Sufrir

While a slight stepdown from last year's Vol. I, the second volume of Natalia Lafourcade's Un Canto por México series shows her adding a fresh coat of paint over some Spanish classics and showing some great admiration/appreciation for her culture.
Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
22.
83
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #07

[Neo-Soul, Funk, Conscious Hip-Hop]

πŸ€• The Other Black Dog
πŸ€• Don't Need You
πŸ€• Gold Chains
πŸ€• Black Dogs
πŸ€• Whip Cracker

Balancing hip-hop, funk, neo-soul, post-punk, R&B, and experimental hip-hop, Genesis Owusu creates one hell of a debut.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/304735-smiling-with-no-teeth/
Mach-Hommy - Pray For Haiti
23.
83
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #22

[Abstract Hip-Hop, Boom Bap, Jazz Rap]

🌹 Folie À Deux
🌹 The Stellar Ray Theory
🌹 Marie
🌹 Magnum Band
🌹 Rami

Westside Gunn's luxurious, antiquated, and classy style of production shines better than it has on any of his solo LPs due to the record being fronted by a rapper as intelligent and chocked full of wisdom as Mach-Hommy. This record should be any hip-hop head's dream come true.
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
24.
82
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #10

[Modern Classical, Post-Minimalism, Spiritual Jazz]

〰️ Movement 1
〰️ Movement 2
〰️ Movement 6
〰️ Movement 8

Prepare yourself, for an adventure that blasts you into the furthest edges of the stratosphere, yet also into the deepest depths of the ocean, all done with using only 7 notes.
Iceage - Seek Shelter
25.
82
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #18

[Post-Punk, Punk Blues, Alternative Rock]

πŸ¦“ Shelter Song
πŸ¦“ High & Hurt
πŸ¦“ Vendetta
πŸ¦“ Drink Rain

Iceage takes on 90's alt rock and, once again, proceed to be one of the most consistent names in modern day post-punk

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/332308-seek-shelter/
Skee Mask - Pool
26.
82
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #19

[IDM, Breakbeat, Techno]

🍈 Stone Cold 369
🍈 Teso BC Mashup
🍈 60681z
🍈 Harrison Ford

One and a half hours of good-ass electronic music from one of the best out there right now.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/363825-pool/
Black Swan - Repetition Hymns
27.
82
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUM #01

[Ambient, Tape Music, Drone]

⭐⭐⭐Favorite of the Month: January
⬛ Closer
⬛ Rites of Luna
⬛ Luminous
⬛ Detachment

Not the most original drone/ambient music out there, but definitely some of the most hypnotic, lush, meditative, and best I've heard all year.
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - CARNAGE
28.
81
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #06

[Art-Rock, Chamber Pop]

πŸ§›πŸ» Hand of God
πŸ§›πŸ» Old Time
πŸ§›πŸ» White Elephant
πŸ§›πŸ» Albuquerque

While not Nick Cave's next masterpiece, CARNAGE is a wonderful transitional project for Nick Cave following his most anguished set of albums yet.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/322754-carnage/
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
29.
81
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #20

[Psychedelic Soul, Funk-Rock]

πŸ”— Pay Your Way In Pain
πŸ”— Down And Out Downtown
πŸ”— Daddy's Home
πŸ”— Live In The Dream
πŸ”— Down

A phenomenal return to greatness after Masseducation, Daddy's Home showcases the everchanging artist toying with 70s funk-rock.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/315503-daddys-home/
The Body - I've Seen All I Need to See
31.
81
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #02

[Power Electronics, Drone Metal]

βœ–οΈ A Lament
βœ–οΈ Tied Up and Locked In
βœ–οΈ The City Is Shelled
βœ–οΈ They Are Coming

I'm convinced this shit killed Prince Phillip.
Ebende - Skimmer
32.
81
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #08

[Deep House, Future Garage]

❇️ Shift
❇️ For Love
❇️ Be Chill
❇️ Get Lost

Shit got me groovin.
Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
33.
80
[Hypnagogic pop, Art Pop]
Kanye West - Donda
34.
80
[Pop Rap, Experimental Hip-Hop, Gospel]
Panopticon - ...And Again Into the Light
35.
80
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #21

[Atmospheric Black-Metal, Americana]

🌾 And again into the light
🌾 Dead Loons
🌾 Moth-Eaten Soul
🌾 Know Hope

After a three-year hiatus and following up what is perhaps his worst record since he made it big, Austin Lunn returns with a great set of tracks that show off his fusion of Bluegrass and Metal.

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/327548-and-again-into-the-light/
Mateusz Prusik - Ride Beyond Consciousness
36.
79
[Ambient Techno, Tech House]

⭐⭐⭐ Favorite of the Month: July
Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
37.
79
[Post-Punk, Spoken Word]
Iosonouncane - IRA
39.
79
[Ritual Ambient, Post-Industiral]
Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm
41.
79
[Atmospheric Black Metal]
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt - Made Out Of Sound
42.
79
[Free-Improvosation, Experimental Rock]
Disclosure - Never Enough
43.
79
[House, UK Garage]
Nas - King’s Disease II
44.
79
[Conscious Hip-Hop, Trap, Jazz Rap]
Skyzoo - All The Brilliant Things
45.
78
[East Coast Hip-Hop, Jazz Rap]
Pi'erre Bourne - The Life Of Pi'erre 5
47.
78
2021 MUST HEAR ALBUMS #25

[Trap, Cloud Rap]

πŸ‘ΎSwitching Lanes
πŸ‘Ύ Couch
πŸ‘Ύ Sossboy 2
πŸ‘Ύ Retroville
πŸ‘Ύ 4U

stfu we’re listening to tlop 5

Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/320391-the-life-of-pierre-5/
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
49.
78
[Contemporary R&B, Pop]
Otay:onii - ε†₯ε†₯ Míng Míng
50.
78
[Post-Industrial, Art Pop]
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1w
where's simbi?
1w
this list is awesome
1mo
can you have a list of your "must hear albums from this year"?
1mo
Hobo Johnson’s boutta win worst album of the year at this rate lol
3mo
@MattsReviews go back to break
3mo
You're music tastes sucks dick
3mo
I read the title of this list on the dunkey voice saying β€œgoldeneye fucking sucks”
4mo
Your ears having a constant party jheez, i must've listened properly to about 20 0f these and i think that's a lot. Cool list man
4mo
oh yes
4mo
Dude I'm so impressed! I definitely have the bandwidth for this with my college job but I get comfortable with the stuff I know. This gives me a list of stuff to try out. Big thanks 😊
4mo
Did you listen to It all this year?? Wow. Just WOW
4mo
@hiphopcritiques I am music
4mo
Why have you heard so many albums It scares me.
4mo
Damn man 219! Nice!
4mo
wow my ep is in the top 50 thank you so much!! <3
5mo
damn you've been busy listening to music
5mo
It's already better than 2020 >:0
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