2021: Worst to Best

As Covid restrictions started to de-escalate, 2021 oversaw the start of a musical golden age.

AJR - OK ORCHESTRA
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Completely devoid of self-awareness, AJR weaponize orchestral instrumentation to bolster their own personal minutiae on the offensively empty-headed OK Orchestra.
Drake - Certified Lover Boy
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Drake's portrayal of a braggadocious, self-centered, misogynistic playboy comes off less so parody and more so reality on the incessant Certified Lover Boy.
OneRepublic - Human
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OneRepublic's morbid obsession with chart success results in a despicably corporatized, ironically inhuman travesty of millenial pop music.
Imagine Dragons - Mercury - Act 1
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Even with its lessened commerciality, Act 1's perplexing vocal performances make it just as intolerable as the band's previous headaches.
Ed Sheeran - =
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Despite Ed's hallmark sincerity, = reeks of recycled pop chords, forced homogeneity, and total hopelessness.
YBN Nahmir - VISIONLAND
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Despite YBN's meme-worthy notoriety, VISIONLAND is somehow not complete garbage.
Young Stoner Life, Young Thug & Gunna - Slime Language 2
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To be completely honest, YSL's ragtag roster of rappers is nowhere near capable of carrying 75 minutes of material.
ZelooperZ - Van Gogh's Left Ear
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For better or worse, ZelooperZ's latest is zooted beyond comprehension.
Roddy Ricch - LIVE LIFE FAST
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Roddy Ricch's obnoxious obsession with "taking it slow" encompasses LLF to a detrimental degree.
Pop Smoke - Faith
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Pop Smoke's estate trends toward XXX-level exploitation with the posthumous Faith.
Pi'erre Bourne - The Life of Pi'erre 5
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TLOP5 sees Pi'erre's exemplary production become softened by characterless rap performances.
Boldy James & The Alchemist - Bo Jackson
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Flawless beatmaking lays waste to flat, comatose rapping: the same old same old for modern jazz rap.
Logic - Bobby Tarantino III
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Logic kickstarts a new streak of shitty releases with the legacy-testing Bobby Tarantino III.
CHAI - WINK
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Overloaded with exaggerated sweetness, CHAI foster the bootleg version of Bonito Generation with WINK.
Lorde - Solar Power
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Given the recent outpour of Antonoff-assisted indie folk, Solar Power offers little more than the occasional cringe.
Maroon 5 - JORDI
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Society has progressed past the need for Maroon 5.
Coldplay - Music of the Spheres
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Shooting off to the stars, Coldplay navigate the extraterrestrial Top 40 with Music of the Spheres.
Midwife - Luminol
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Luminol sees raw, heavy sections of shoegaze stretched unnaturally thin across 32 unmoving minutes.
Lil Baby & Lil Durk - The Voice of the Heroes
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Baby & Durk's brotherly chemistry makes The Voice of the Heroes a career highlight for both.
Juice WRLD - Fighting Demons
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A poor copycat of Legends Never Die, Fighting Demons reiterates every element of the former with little success.
Don Toliver - Life of a DON
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With loftier ambitions comes a loss of identity: Life of a DON lacks the hard-hitting hooks Toliver is known for.
Trippie Redd - Trip at Knight
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Trip at Knight's embrace of hyperpop aesthetics feels lacking compared to Redd's contemporaries.
Young Thug - Punk
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On Punk, Jeffrey's attempts at gloomy, guitar-laced introspection become suffocated by lifeless trap drivel.
KAI - Peaches
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A daytime complement to KAI, Peaches is a noticeably weaker attempt at making moody, atmospheric KR&B.
BAEKHYUN - Bambi
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Bambi is passable KR&B to a tee.
Poppy - Flux
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Compared to Poppy's rebellious back catalog, Flux sounds suspiciously normal.
STAYC - STEREOTYPE
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STEREOTYPE's meager composition is somewhat mitigated by STAYC's sheer level of charisma.
Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3
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A noticeable step down from its predecessor, Last Year Vol. 3 isn't exactly the greatest cap off to the series.
Woodz - ONLY LOVERS LEFT
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WOODZ' high-pitched hooks make lovesick seem sickly on the guitar-driven ONLY LOVERS LEFT.
ENHYPEN - BORDER : CARNIVAL
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A shadowy, dazing dystopia takes a backseat to everyday, flavorless K-Pop: the epitome of wasted potential.
Zack Fox - shut the fuck up talking to me
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Operating at 50% power, the Atlanta rap jokester debuts with a less-than-enthusiastic effort.
NCT 127 - Sticker
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Boasting some of NCT's least essential material to date, Sticker is as stereotypical as the megagroup gets.
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
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Daddy's Home operates as both eye-opening ear candy and sleep-inducing snack food.
Lingua Ignota - SINNER GET READY
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SGR's avoidance of musical progression makes Ignota's demented theatrics leagues less engaging.
Quadeca - From Me To You
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Quadeca's latest shows a majestic sense of ambition, even to a detriment.
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
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Though scattershot with its consistency, Happier Than Ever sees Billie Eilish progress past the potential sameness of the debut.
NCT 127 - LOVEHOLIC
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LOVEHOLIC's noisy exterior constantly alternates between exceptionally arranged and excessively overproduced.
TWICE - Formula of Love: O+T=<3
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After years of rigorous research, TWICE perfect the science of satisfactory with Formula of Love: O+T=<3.
NCT DREAM - Hot Sauce
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NCT DREAM's overpowering dynamism has the tendency to make or break most of the material on Hot Sauce.
Baby Keem - The Melodic Blue
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Keem's tendencies to revert to basic, watered-down trap music often overshadows the record's visionary rap performances.
WayV - Kick Back - The 3rd Mini Album
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After having Awakened the World, WayV kick back with a new set of relatively mediocre material.
SMTOWN - 2021 Winter SMTOWN : SMCU EXPRESS
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Departing for KWANGYA, the SMCU Express is ready to take netizens for a nostalgic trip down SM memory lane.
Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
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As demonic as it is desolate, Reserve's latest feels like a slow trudge through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Iosonouncane - IRA
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Evoking terror at every moment, Iosonouncane consistently stocks IRA with rich, chaotic compositions of darkness.
EXO - DON'T FIGHT THE FEELING
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A special gift to EXO-L, FIGHT defies the restrictions set by military obligations, worldwide lockdowns, and fractured relationships.
ENHYPEN - DIMENSION : DILEMMA
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Escaping the shadowy, dazing dystopia of days past, D:D sees the septet cross the border to a Chaotic Wonderland.
JPEGMAFIA - LP! (Offline Version)
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Everlasting with aggression, LP! is a total creative flex from experimental hip-hop's Swiss Army Knife.
SHINee - Don't Call Me
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The legendary K-Pop quintet awaken from hiatus with the show-stopping Don't Call Me.
James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart
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A sense of melancholy engulfs the poignantly produced Friends That Break Your Heart.
aespa - Savage
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A.G. Cook meets Blackpink. Take that as you may.
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1y
@mannypoko at this point considering aespa key from shinee and nct released my top 3 kpop albums of the year i am a total sm stan
1y
Wow you liked SMCU
1y
@MirroredComfort it is the highest score i've given baby and durk LMAO
1y
Liked it weasel.. but I'm still searching for that subscribe button you mentioned in the chat!!
1y
WHO LET THE DOPE BOYS OUT?
1y
"IU's strongest release to date" count your days weasei
1y
Jk ly as always
1y
Wow nice blurbs if only they were as good as my 2017-18 lists haha shots fired take the L
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