- 13 December 2021
Another year of some great music. Here are my favourite albums of 2021.
My album of the year is probably Julien Baker's Little Oblivions, followed closely by Little Simz's Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
And check out my favourite songs for 2021 (coming soon!)
Aimee Mann: Queens of the Summer Hotel
A selection of songs recorded for the Girl, Interrupted stage show, which Aimee has released this year.
"Sad Girl Music" as they say.
Give Me Fifteen:
Give me 15....
That is all I need to make the call
Women are so simple after all
In the time it takes to walk around the block
I can have you scheduled for electroshock
Maybe you're unhappy or depressed
I can diagnose before you get undressed
Guess you really have to have a special touch
Course it helps if you don't really care that much
I'll evaluate a lady at a glance
You're committed for the crime of lacking pants
Women who complain about the time they're seen
Sing a different tune when they're on Thorazine.
You Don't Have the Room:
You don't have the skin to bend the rules
The world will gladly suffer whiter fools
And when they screw it up, they justify
A second chance so they can try again
Running up a tab they'll never see
Becoming what you'll never be
You Could Have Been a Roosevelt:
This could be us
But those were not the cards
That we were dealt
You're doomed to be a Kennedy
When you could have been a Roosevelt
Allday: Drinking with my Smoking Friends
A lot more pop than rap this time around.
Australian rapper who is now embracing his pop side.
I love you like I know you and I know you so well.
Watch the live Lounge Session.
Allday's new album had NO rapping, however, his song with The Veronicas did.
Babyqueen: The Yearbook Mixtape
Honest views of a young person trying to navigate our online and offline world.
Chvrches: Screen Violence
Great album linking to the idea of a "final girl" who is kept alive in horror movies by her "virtues".
Electronic, synth-indie pop.
How Not to Drown (featuring Robert Smith from The Cure!):
Tell me howIt’s better when the sun goes downWe will never escape this townI wasn’t scared when he caught meLook what it taught me.Tell me howIt’s better if I make no soundI will never escape these doubtsI wasn’t dead when they found meWatch as they pull me down.
Good girls don’t cryAnd good girls don’t lieAnd good girls justifybut I don’t.Good girls don’t dieAnd good girls stay aliveAnd good girls satisfybut I won’t.
Dar Williams: I'll Meet You Here
My favourite singer/songwriter of all time. So excited about this record.
But my kids, they went off in all directions
And I know it's thanks to you they have returned
They have all this understanding, all this understanding
They have been the world around
And they came back to our little town.
And a reimagining of one of my fave songs of hers, Aging Well:
Why is it that as we grow older and stronger
The road signs point us adrift and make us afraid?
Saying "You never can win," "Watch your back,"
"Where's your husband?"
Oh, I don't like the signs that the sign makers made.
So I'm gonna steal out with my paint and my brushes
I'll change the directions, I'll hit every street.
It's the Tinseltown scandal, the Robin Hood vandal,
She goes out and steals the King's English.
And in the morning you wake up and the signs point to you.
They say "I'm so glad that you finally made it here"
"You thought nobody cared, but I did, I could tell"
And "This is your year" and "It always starts here"
And oh, "You're aging well".
Julien Baker: Little Oblivions
Probably my album of the year. Always a good year when two-thirds of boygenius releases albums - see Lucy Dacus below.
When it finally gets to be too much
I always told you you could leave at any time.
Till then, I'll split the difference
Between medicine and poison
Take what I can get away with
While it burns right through my stomach.
I'm telling my own fortune
Something I cannot escape
I can see where this is going
But I can't find the brake.
And here's a live version from Late Night with Seth Meyers.
When I could spend the weekend out on a bender
Do I get callous or do I stay tender?
Which of these is worse
And which is better?
Dying to myself virtually, a massacre
A Character of somebody's invention
A Martyr in another passion play
I guess I don't mind losing my conviction
If it's all relative fiction anyway.
Watch Julien live (again) on KEXP (at home).
Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
This would be my runner-up favourite album of the year.
Introvert is my favourite song - the amount of times I have played this song over and over...
I'm directly affected, it does more than just bother me
Look beyond the surface, don't just see what you wanna see?
My speech ain't involuntary
Project with intention straight from my lungs
I'm a black woman and I'm a proud one
We walk in blind faith not knowing the outcome
But as long as we're unified, then we've already won
Point And Kill feat. Obongjayar
Can't stop greatness, what's the point in trying hard
Not to recognize with all this pressure we applying
Tell my people rise up, can never be silenced
You think we're apologetic, I think we're defiant
Mummy say I gotta be a go go getter
Got the devil tryna tempt me but I know better
Never been the type to not acknowledge all the signs
It's a fact that everything I want is in front of my eyes.
Check out the live Tiny Desk Home concert if you love hip hop with a live band and to see Obongjayar's outfit!
Lucy Dacus: Home Video
Exceptional lyrics and music from Lucy.
Always a good year when two-thirds of boygenius releases albums - hope you saw Julien Baker above.
You called me cerebral.I didn't know what you meant.But now I do.Would it have killed you to call me pretty instead?I'm in a second-story windowand you're yelling at me "Stella!"and I'm laughing cause you think you're Brandobut you'll never come close.
Broke into the screened in porch,now I'm crawling through the dog door.I may let you see me on my knees,but you'll never see me on all fours.Drooling on the tile,I'm a starfish on the kitchen floor.Catch my breath to breathe your name.I am just the fool you took me for.
Middle Kids: Today We're the Greatest
Australian band delivering more great songs.
And we can go out. We could go anywhere
Some People Stay in Our Hearts Forever:
Watch their KEXP (at home) performance live.
Pinegrove: Amperland, NY
This is a "reimagined studio recordings of classic Pinegrove songs, recorded at the band’s mythical Amperland, NY home studio"
Faves are Morningtime, On Jet Lag, The Metronome, Skylight, Need, Amulets/Lights On.
Indie rock music with exceptional lyrics.
Watch the live performance of the full album:
- Ayra Starr: (self-titled) EP (Fave song: Sare) - check out her album
- beabadoobee: Our Extended Play (Fave songs: Last Day on Earth & Cologne)
- LAUREL: Limbo Cherry (Fave song: You're the One)
- Valley: Last Birthday (Fave songs: Like 1999 & Society)
Also, check out My Fave Songs for the year!
Here are a few of my favourite music writers you can follow on Twitter:
- Amanda Petruchich - her Best Music of 2021
- Matthew Perpetua - his Fluxblog 2021 Survey Mix playlist on Apple Music + Spotify
- Steven Hyden - his Favorite Albums of 2021 (quite a few unknown artists)
SEE MORE OF MY MUSIC BLOGS.