2021: Worst to Best

2021 is... definitely a year for music.

AJR - OK ORCHESTRA
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10
OK ORCHESTRA is the anti-Trench: a musical de-evolution from its predecessors that shows a supreme lack of maturity and artistic growth.
Imagine Dragons - Mercury - Act 1
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20
Act 1's perplexing vocal acrobatics makes it even less tolerable than the band's past headaches.
Drake - Certified Lover Boy
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30
Drake's portrayal of a braggadocious, self-centered, misogynistic playboy comes off less as parody and more so the real deal on the incessantly Drake-ish Certified Lover Boy.
YBN Nahmir - VISIONLAND
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30
Constantly leaping between soulful hip-hop and lifeless trap drivel, VISIONLAND suffers from a major identity crisis above all.
Pop Smoke - Faith
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40
Pop Smoke's estate treads toward BVF-level exploitation with the posthumous Faith.
Selena Gomez - Revelación
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40
Despite Revelación's new reggaeton influences, Gomez has yet to characterize herself as anything but basic.
Zayn - Nobody Is Listening
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40
Never before has music been so passionate yet expression-less.
Logic - Bobby Tarantino III
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40
Logic kickstarts a new streak of shitty releases with the legacy-testing Bobby Tarantino III.
Maroon 5 - JORDI
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40
Society has progressed past the need for Maroon 5.
Young Stoner Life, Young Thug & Gunna - Slime Language 2
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40
By the start of the sixth track, it becomes crystal clear that YSL's ragtag roster of rappers are not capable of carrying 75 minutes of material.
ZelooperZ - Van Gogh's Left Ear
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50
ZelooperZ's overly expressive style of rap isn't enough to carry the low-on-ideas Van Gogh's Left Ear.
DJ Khaled - KHALED KHALED
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50
KHALED KHALED is the twelfth studio album by American hip-hop and rap producer DJ Khaled.
shame - Drunk Tank Pink
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50
Shame's sophomore release encompasses a sense of monotony like no other.
Polo G - Hall Of Fame
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50
Overloaded with trendy guests, poorly developed tracks, and barebones production, Hall of Fame is one of trap's most obnoxiously commercial statements to date.
Pink Siifu - GUMBO'!
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50
Siifu's love letter to southern hip-hop is unfortunately built the same way as any bog standard, filler-heavy trap release.
Justin Bieber - Justice
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50
Bieber's most downbeat statement to date explores topics of trauma, self-loathing, and depression with surface level flair and execution.
Isaiah Rashad - The House Is Burning
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50
Isaiah Rashad takes the lowkey aesthetic to the extreme on The House is Burning.
Pi'erre Bourne - The Life Of Pi'erre 5
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50
TLOP5 sees Pi'erre's exemplary production be softened by characterless rap performances.
Lil Baby & Lil Durk - The Voice of the Heroes
20.
50
Baby & Durk's brotherly chemistry makes The Voice of the Heroes a career highlight for both.
Wendy - Like Water
21.
50
Red Velvet's Wendy debuts with a forgettable offering of K-Pop balladry.
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED 1.5
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50
1.5's additions only serve to weaken the listening experience created by the original UNLOCKED.
Sematary - Rainbow Bridge 3
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50
Sematary's "everything and the kitchen sink" approach to trap overstays its welcome by about half an hour.
CHAI - WINK
24.
50
Equivalent to amusement park cotton candy, WINK is overloaded with sweetness yet low on calories.
BAEKHYUN - Bambi
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50
Bambi is passable KR&B to a tee.
NCT 127 - Sticker
26.
50
Boasting some of NCT's least essential material to date, Sticker is as stereotypical as K-Pop gets.
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
27.
50
Weekend's few moments of alt-rock ecstasy unfortunately get watered down by the occasional cringe.
JPEGMAFIA - EP2!
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50
EP2's brand of abstract autotuned rap comes off as utterly bizarre, for better or worse.
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
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50
Daddy's Home operates as both ear-entrancing eye candy and sleep-inducing snack food.
slowthai - TYRON
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50
TYRON's potential is stretched unnaturally thin across 35 minutes of hit-or-miss material.
Doja Cat - Planet Her
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50
Despite the quality of specific tracks, Doja Cat's Planet Her is mostly just an assortment of forgettable pop rap.
Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3
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60
Though a noticeable step down from its predecessor, LYWW Vol. 3 is nonetheless a decent cap off to the series.
IU - LILAC
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60
LILAC's contemporary approach to K-Pop results in IU's strongest release to date.
Quadeca - From Me To You
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60
Quadeca's latest showcases a majestic sense of ambition, even to a detriment.
Migos - Culture III
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60
The conclusion to Culture compromises between the styles of the previous two projects, to somewhat positive results.
NCT DREAM - Hot Sauce
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60
NCT DREAM's dependence on over-the-top hooks makes Hot Sauce more annoying than necessary.
Lorde - Solar Power
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60
For as soothing as Solar Power's musical palette is, it rarely ever makes a case for its own existence.
Clairo - Sling
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60
The Antonoff-assisted Sling too often comes off as a weaker version of Taylor Swift's past works.
Iosonouncane - IRA
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60
As terrifying as it is tiring, IRA's back-breaking length is both its biggest strength and greatest weakness.
RXK Nephew - Slitherman Activated
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60
Despite the overpowering charisma of Nephew, Slitherman Activated suffers from the exact same problems as many other contemporary trap releases.
Boldy James & The Alchemist - Bo Jackson
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60
A cohesive package of jazz rap, Bo Jackson is smooth in the moment but ultimately unappealing.
YUKIKA - timeabout,
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60
The latest EP from the City Pop Sensation beams with beauty, yet lacks replayability.
Doc D - Planetory Destruction
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60
A Rick and Morty episode made mixtape, Logic shoots off to space with the packed-with-potential Planetory Destruction.
Trippie Redd - Trip At Knight
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60
Trip at Knight's hyper-trap aesthetics decently showcase the Trippie Redd of a new decade.
TWICE - Perfect World
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60
Perfect World is a competent body of B-Sides, bookended by TWICE's trademark extravagance.
Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
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60
Rodrigo's collection of bitter ballads consistently come off as genuine, but lack needed depth.
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3w
this is definitely one of the years in music.
3w
@MirroredComfort it is the highest score i've given baby and durk LMAO
3w
"makes The Voice of the Heroes a career highlight for both."

"5/10"
3w
Liked it weasel.. but I'm still searching for that subscribe button you mentioned in the chat!!
4mo
WHO LET THE DOPE BOYS OUT?
5mo
"IU's strongest release to date" count your days weasei
7mo
Jk ly as always
7mo
Wow nice blurbs if only they were as good as my 2017-18 lists haha shots fired take the L
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