Influential Webzine STEREOGUM Reveals Best Albums Of 2021

1. ‘I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE’ by THE WAR ON DRUGS (Dream pop)

Arriving to the highest levels of anticipation in the War On Drugs’ career, I Don’t Live Here Anymore showed up — right on time, in autumn — and exceeded already stratospheric expectations.

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2. ‘VALENTINE’ by SNAIL MAIL (Power pop)

“Valentine is a document of a love gained and lost, and
all the second chances squandered along the way.”

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3. ‘GLOW ON’ by TURNSTILE (Post-punk-core)

“Turnstile have kept the reckless physical abandon of their early records, polished their gleaming-chrome hooks, and cranked out a half-hour barrage of joyous positivity,
where even the experimental left turns hit hard.”

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4. ‘HEY WHAT’ by LOW (Alt psych rock)

“Low’s third collaboration with BJ Burton, HEY WHAT continues where 2018’s Double Negative left off, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker grappling with dire times by making damaged, celestial music.”

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5. ‘JUBILEE’ by JAPANESE BREAKFAST (Dream pop)

“Jubilee is a vibrant, orchestral dream-pop record, drawing
aesthetic influence from a host of classic indie greats.”

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6. ‘DEACON’ by serpentwithfeet (Psychedelic soul)

“If it’s possible to get high on intimacy, then Deacon is a classic of psychedelic soul.”

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7. ‘SUPERWOLVES’ by MATT SWEENEY and BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY (Singer-songwriters)

“Somehow, they topped their 2005 collaboration Superwolf with these
deeply moving reflections on grief, romance, and familial love.”

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8. ‘IGNORANCE’ by THE WEATHER STATION (Dream pop)

“With Ignorance, Tamara Lindeman’s made her biggest statement yet, without
losing the aching human core that defines the Weather Station’s music.”

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9. ‘HALL OF FAME’ by POLO G

“It can’t be easy to convey emotional rawness in the context of an ultra-commercial
rap record, but Polo’s writerly grace and hypnotic hooks are up to the task.”

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10. ‘AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE’ by CASSANDRA JENKINS

“The album does indeed feel like some potent encapsulation of
the entirety of this fantastical, dreadful world we all live in.”

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The Full TOP 50 list HERE

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