Best of 2021

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Paxster -
73
Easily the album which leans most heavily towards hip-hop in her discography, with jarring audio fragments, bizarre interludes and themes of social desolation which all add up to create a challenging, disturbing, avant-garde listen. Not quite the classic I was hoping for, its disjointed and frustrating structure put it on a par with Worldwide Underground for me.

Track Picks: 'Amerykahn Promise', 'The Healer', 'Me', 'Soldier', 'The Cell', 'Twinkle', 'Master Teacher', 'The Hump, 'Telephone', ... read more
Paxster -
81
Vandross' début album isn't exactly the most experimental of post-disco albums, but it has all the
ingredients that make up a strong R&B release. Deep grooves and a heart wrenching, epic 7 minute
version of Dionne Warwick's 'A House Is Not A Home' make this a glitzy, conventional, yet
competent album perfect for the casual coffee bar listener. The world famous title track is the
clear stand out.

Track Picks: 'Never Too Much', 'Sugar and Spice (I Found Me A Girl)', 'Don't You ... read more
Paxster -
69
Combining disco camp and heavy-hitting contemporary dance beats, Confessions is very much a postmodern escapade right from the get go. The first track, 'Hung Up' samples ABBA, but also sends the middle of the road Swedish outfit pulsing into the present. The album doesn't get increasingly darker as it goes along no matter how Madonna has tried to spin her artistry in press releases.Unless you count a guy singing in Yemenite as somehow disturbing. Proof that you need some form of ballad or ... read more
Paxster -
74
Their sometimes abominably clunky lyrics are hard to ignore, but this re-release with live instrumentation rather than the synthesizer- heavy sounds of the early version give this postmodern genre mash-up a real kick. Any derogatory comments towards women are clearly laced with ironic ridiculousness ('Now girl kiss her boobs/And you kiss her boobs too'), but I do feel sometimes perhaps Pharrell does go a little too far. A delightfully smooth ride if you manage to avoid much of the vocal ... read more

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Rating Distribution

90-99
 
104

80-89
 
194

70-79
 
184

60-69
 
122

50-59
 
35

40-49
 
14

30-39
 
3

20-29
 
2

10-19
 

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