Best of 2021

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MikeOwen -
As a Catholic, one of the things that really frustrates me is the lack of genuinely good Christian music. While there is no shortage of brilliant records with Christian themes and imagery, as far as I know there are few quality projects that are fully committed to this theme. CCM is definitely one of the prevalent genres in the USA right now, but from what I've heard of it there is little depth, nuance or mystery about it, let alone sonic quality. This might be subconsciously triggered by a ... read more

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MikeOwen -
M.I.A. had two critically acclaimed albums and a surprise hit single prior to "/\/\/\Y/\"'s release, so one would could be forgiven in expecting another record of similar sound and style to her previous work. Yet the more dance and South Asian musical influences are far less apparent here, instead dropping us in a harsh, abrasive environment full of industrial and rock influence, yet even alongside a strong pop atmosphere (her voice is often doused in AutoTune), almost as if she is ... read more
MikeOwen -
After blowing up with "Alors on danse", Stromae cemented himself as Europe's most inescapable superstar with Racine carrée. It failed to impact anglophone nations beside their French lessons, but it was one of the most successful albums of its time in terms of both sales and longevity on the continent - it was the best-selling album of the 2010s in France, even eclipsing Adele's 21. It's also an excellent album in its own right, providing diversity in mood and sound as a hip ... read more
MikeOwen -
I feel like “experimental” is an overused term when it comes to music analysis. It’s very easy to use when what you hear sounds unusual and out-there, and I often end up just ending up calling any old abrasive or odd thing experimental myself. Ultimately, for music to be experimental, I think it really has to turn away from the beaten track, and blaze a new path entirely separate from the rest of the field, either methodically or sonically. On this basis, I don’t really ... read more
MikeOwen -
"Ghost of a Lover Pirate": opens very nicely with its plucked strings and steady drumming, but by the time it gets into the first verse, I feel like it loses momentum. The atmospheric synthesisers are pleasant but sound too wishy-washy, while the mixing makes it sound a little as if the drums/synths are in an entirely different space from the vocals/strummed guitar, especially when on occasion the strums and drumming are a little out-of-sync. I did like the vocal melody.

"Scuba ... read more
MikeOwen -
No “The Collective Collaborative Review” today, Birdy dropping her first album in five years is the only motivation I need to write something this time around! To be fair, its release neatly coincided with the end of school assessments, but aside from that I just didn’t really want to write any reviews anyway. I’ve mostly been using this site recently as a listening log, although procrastinating here remains a bit of a bad habit I’m still trying to kick. Will I be ... read more


Jul 19, 2021
What is your favorite album from each year, 2001-2021?
May 19, 2021
Helllo, namaste🙏🏻, loved your reviews and followed you. My 2nd conceptual EP 'Marine Affairs' has been just released and I will request you from my heart to check it once. I consists 4 songs (English majorly, with some tinge of hindi and Bengali in 2 track) and it will take only 8 minutes. I know you are busy enough but will be grateful if you review it on AOTY. Your review means a lot. It's a very novice attempt and I am learning, so I will request you to put a very honest review off course. Hope you are in safest of condition in this very hard times. If you do, it will make my day. Thanks in advance for your precious time. ✨🙏🏻
attaching the Spotify and AOTY link:


May 18, 2021
oh no worries, i can change that
May 18, 2021
i absolutely love your explanation, thank you so much for the submission!!!!
May 17, 2021
Hey there! I’m making a community list for the end of the world, and I would love for you to contribute.


“The surrounding buildings, in ruins. The last survivors, scrambling to find anything that remains. Fire flickers in the pitch-black, creating just a sliver of radiance. Miraculously, you find an old device that can play music. You can only play one album as the battery is nearly dead. Knowing that you have little time left, what is the one album that you choose to listen to as you watch the world crumble before your eyes?”

The album topic could discuss a disastrous time, its sound could fit the vibe of a post apocalyptic setting, or it could be one of your favorite albums that you would want to experience for the last time.

Please provide the artist, album, and an explanation as to why you chose that specific album.

Thank you for reading <3

Here’s the list:
May 13, 2021
Hey!!!! So today I had an idea to make a very fun list on this amazing website that I'm addicted to. So... my goal is to make a huge RAINBOW🌈list, so you get to choose an album that you like that has an specific color, it can be literally any album but the majority of the cover has to be of the chosen color. So I'm gonna start by choosing one of my fav albums which has the color: RED 🔴

Send me a color and an album that you like, If you want to write something you like album this album feel free to do it!
Or you can just send the name and the color.

check the live update here all the time:
Apr 26, 2021
hello, to celebrate reaching 1000 followers, i will be making a community list. for this list, all you have to do is tell me the album you have the most fun listening to. it doesn’t have to be a “masterpiece” or have wonderful songwriting or anything. it just needs to be enjoyable to you. thanks
Apr 16, 2021
thank youuuuuu <3333
Apr 15, 2021
Hey MikeOwen, I'm doing a community list of songs to hypothetically replace the U.S. National Anthem, would love to hear what your suggestion is and why you think it's deserving of anthem status (you don't need an explanation, but it would be nice :))

link to the list in question:


Not too many controversial opinions. I give ratings in increments of 5. Being a little harsher with ratings this year's releases. Feel free to recommend me stuff.

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