A dozen of 2021’s best albums: a first draft

Editors hope that the writers to whom they assign albums persuade them to love the album too. Andy Beta did this when Sons of Kemet released Your Queen is a Mother three years ago. A jazz album whose distinctive churn gives it dance floor possibilities, Black to the Future has soundtracked first my tentative crawl and now my fully engaged post-jab life.

Mdou Moktar’s Afrique Victime reminds me of what I loved about the first volume of The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara.

Finally, I reviewed Dangerous before Morgan Wallen’s final crackup. The racist pigfuck nevertheless recorded a more consistent double album than Eric Church even if his alcoholic monomania led to his public meltdowns.

A dozen of 2021’s best albums:

1. Sons of Kemet – Black to the Future
2. Mdou Moktar – Afrique Victime
3. Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
4. The Weather Station – Ignorance
5. Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall – The Marfa Tapes
6. Cloud Nothings – The Shadow I Remember
7. The Chills – Scattershot
8. Dawn Richard – Second Line
9. tUnE-yArDs – Sketchy
10. Morgan Wallen – Dangerous
11. Jazmine Sullivan = Heaux Tales
12. Eric Church – Heart & Soul

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