2021 Spins

As I’ve done for the past two years, I’m gonna use this page to chronicle every new release I listen to in 2021 – complete with a handy rating from 1 to 10. I’ll update this page every other week or so. If you think there’s a release missing from the list that I should check out, give me a yell and I’ll smack it on the backburner!

Last update: Thursday April 29th, 2021.

Albums

  1. 4AD – Bills & Aches & Blues (4.5/10)
  2. 6 Dogs – Ronald (4/10)
  3. ‘68 – Give One Take One (8.5/10)
  4. 7-11 Jesus – Tree Dream (3.5/10)
  5. A Cloud Of Ravens – Another Kind Of Midnight (6/10)
  6. A Day To Remember – You’re Welcome (8/10)
  7. Adult Mom – Driver (8.5/10)
  8. Al Riggs – I Got A Big Electric Fan To Keep Me Cool While I Sleep (7.5/10)
  9. Alfa Mist – Bring Backs (5/10)
  10. Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds – Waiting To Get Paid (7/10)
  11. Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories (5.5/10)
  12. Aliceissleeping – Completely Fine (7/10)
  13. Amends – Tales Of Love, Loss, And Outlaws (9.5/10)
  14. America Part Two – Price Of A Nation (7/10)
  15. Amulets – Blooming (4/10)
  16. Another Michael – New Music And Big Pop (7/10)
  17. The Antlers – Gold To Green (7/10)
  18. Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist (7.5/10)
  19. Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams (6/10)
  20. The Armed – Ultrapop (8/10)
  21. As Everything Unfolds – Within Each Lies The Other (7.5/10)
  22. Atlas Of Elysian – Through The Threads Of Reality (1.5/10)
  23. Atria – Moonbrain (6.5/10)
  24. Aziola Cry – The Ironic Divide (6/10)
  25. Baby Boys – Threesome (8/10)
  26. Baio – Dead Hand Control (6.5/10)
  27. The Bamboos – Hard Up (8.5/10)
  28. Birthday Ass – Head Of The Household (2/10)
  29. Basic Bitches – Go To The Movies (4.5/10)
  30. The Berries – Throne Of Ivory (5/10)
  31. Black Country, New Road – For The First Time (7.5/10)
  32. Black Honey – Written & Directed (7.5/10)
  33. Black Pistol Fire – Look Alive (7.5/10)
  34. Black Twig – Was Not Looking For Magic (7/10)
  35. Blood Lemon – S/T (6/10)
  36. Blue Ox – Holy Vore (5/10)
  37. Blue Water Highway – Paper Airplanes (6/10)
  38. The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness – Songs From Another Life (6.5/10)
  39. Brockhampton – Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine (8.5/10)
  40. Catherine Britt – Home Truths (8/10)
  41. Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined (5.5/10)
  42. Capra – In Transmission (5.5/10)
  43. Carla Geneve – Learn To Like It (9/10)
  44. Carpool Tunnel – Bloom (6.5/10)
  45. Cave Of Swimmers – Aurora (6/10)
  46. Celeste – Not Your Muse (6/10)
  47. Chase Atlantic – Beauty In Death (1/10)
  48. Cheap Meat – People Are The Worst (8.5/10)
  49. Cheap Trick – In Another World (7.5/10)
  50. The Chris Ruben Band – Madness On Repeat (8/10)
  51. Chung Ha – Querencia (7/10)
  52. Citizen – Life In Your Glass World (8.5/10)
  53. Claire Rousay – A Softer Focus (4.5/10)
  54. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – New Fragility (7/10)
  55. Claud – Super Monster (8/10)
  56. Cloud Nothings – The Shadow I Remember (7.5/10)
  57. Communions – Pure Fabrication (7.5/10)
  58. The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground (5.5/10)
  59. Dead Poet Society – -!- (7/10)
  60. Death From Above 1979 – Is 4 Lovers (8/10)
  61. Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over (7/10)
  62. Dinosaur Jr – Sweep It Into Space (7.5/10)
  63. Dirty Honey – S/T (5/10)
  64. The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art (8.5/10)
  65. Dispirited Spirits – Fragments Of A Dying Star (6/10)
  66. Divide And Dissolve – Gas Lit (1.5/10)
  67. Django Django – Glowing In The Dark (7.5/10)
  68. Dog Trainer – Scrolling To Feel Better… Part One (4.5/10)
  69. Dollar Signs – Hearts Of Gold (7/10)
  70. Down By Law – Lonely Town (7/10)
  71. Dreamshade – A Pale Blue Dot (8.5/10)
  72. Drones – Our Hell Is Right Here (8/10)
  73. Dropkick Murphys – Turn Up That Dial (8.5/10)
  74. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg (5.5/10)
  75. Du Blonde – Homecoming (8/10)
  76. Dumpstaphunk – Where Do We Go From Here (6.5/10)
  77. Dust Moth – Rising // Sailing (7.5/10)
  78. DZ Deathrays – Positive Rising: Part 2 (8.5/10)
  79. Ego Kill Talent – The Dance Between Extremes (5/10)
  80. Electric Century – S/T (8.5/10)
  81. Emily Rodgers – I Will Be Gone (7/10)
  82. Enforced – Kill Grid (7.5/10)
  83. Escape The Fate – Chemical Warfare (7.5/10)
  84. Erra – S/T (7/10)
  85. Evan Greer – Spotify Is Surveillance (7.5/10)
  86. Evanescence – The Bitter Truth (7.5/10)
  87. Flux Pavilion – .wav (5/10)
  88. Flyte – This Is Really Going to Hurt (8/10)
  89. Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight (6.5/10)
  90. The Fratellis – Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (8/10)
  91. Fritz – Pastel (8/10)
  92. Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth (9.5/10)
  93. Ghlow – Slash And Burn (7.5/10)
  94. Girl In Red – If I Could Make It Go Quiet (10/10)
  95. Glitterer – Life Is Not A Lesson (6/10)
  96. Goat Girl – On All Fours (6/10)
  97. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee At State’s End! (6.5/10)
  98. Gojira – Fortitude (7.5/10)
  99. Greta Van Fleet – The Battle At Garden’s Gate (7/10)
  100. Grouplove – This Is This (7.5/10)
  101. Hail The Sun – New Age Filth (7.5/10)
  102. Harmony Woods – Graceful Rage (7.5/10)
  103. Haunted Shed – Faltering Light (6/10)
  104. Hayley Williams – Flowers For Vases (8.5/10)
  105. Hey, King! – S/T (8.5/10)
  106. The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy (8/10)
  107. Holding Absence – The Greatest Mistake Of My Life (9/10)
  108. Hospital Bracelet – South Loop Summer (9/10)
  109. Huck Hastings – Cheers To Progress (7/10)
  110. Icon For Hire – Amorphous (4.5/10)
  111. Illy – The Space Between (7/10)
  112. Incisions – Bliss (3.5/10)
  113. Indigo Sparke – Echo (6/10)
  114. Jarryd James – P.M. (5/10)
  115. Jeff Rosenstock – Ska Dream (8.5/10)
  116. Jess Locke – Don’t Ask Yourself Why (8.5/10)
  117. Joelistics – Film School (7.5/10)
  118. The Juliana Theory – A Dream Away (6.5/10)
  119. Julien Baker – Little Oblivions (8/10)
  120. June Joans – Leafcutter (8.5/10)
  121. Justin Bieber – Justice (6.5/10)
  122. Kali Masi – [Laughs] (8/10)
  123. Kate Davis – Strange Boy (8.5/10)
  124. Katy Kirby – Cool Dry Place (8/10)
  125. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – L.W. (8/10)
  126. King Khan Unlimited – Opiate Them Asses (4/10)
  127. Kings Of Leon – When You See Yourself (6/10)
  128. Lady Dan – I Am The Prophet (7.5/10)
  129. Lana Del Ray – Chemtrails Over The Country Club (7.5/10)
  130. Lande Hekt – Going To Hell (7.5/10)
  131. Landmvrks – Lost In The Waves (7.5/10)
  132. Lil Yachty – Michigan Boat Boy (7/10)
  133. Liz Stringer – First Time Really Feeling (8/10)
  134. Loathe – The Things They Believe (5/10)
  135. Lokoy – Badminton (6.5/10)
  136. London Grammar – Californian Soil (6/10)
  137. Lonely The Brave – The Hope List (7.5/10)
  138. Loney Dear – A Lantern And A Bell (6/10)
  139. LNZNDRF – II (6/10)
  140. Luca Brasi – Everything Is Tenuous (8/10)
  141. Luna Shadows – Digital Pacific (6/10)
  142. Major Murphy – Access (7.5/10)
  143. Maks The Fox – That We Exist (8.5/10)
  144. Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks Of God (8.5/10)
  145. Melvins – Working With God (2.5/10)
  146. Mere Women – Romantic Notions (6.5/10)
  147. Middle Kids – Today We’re The Greatest (8.5/10)
  148. Mogwai – As The Love Continues (8/10)
  149. Moon Taxi – Silver Dream (6/10)
  150. Nervous Dater – Call In The Mess (9/10)
  151. New Pagans – The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots And All (7.5/10)
  152. New Talk – Time & Memory (8/10)
  153. NF – Clouds (6.5/10)
  154. Nick Jonas – Spaceman (5.5/10)
  155. NOFX – Single Album (9/10)
  156. nothing,nowhere. – Trauma Factory (8/10)
  157. Octopus Montage – How To Live & How To Lose (7/10)
  158. Odette – Herald (7/10)
  159. The Offspring – Let The Bad Times Roll (5.5/10)
  160. Oscar Scheller – Boys Cry (7.5/10)
  161. Pale Waves – Who Am I? (9.5/10)
  162. The Paper Kites – Roses (5.5/10)
  163. Passenger – Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted (6/10)
  164. Phantom Wave – Wilds (6.5/10)
  165. Polish Club – Now We’re Cookin’ (7.5/10)
  166. Pony – TV Baby (8/10)
  167. Porter Robinson – Nurture (7.5/10)
  168. Powerlines – All Of This Is Temporary (8/10)
  169. The Pretty Reckless – Death By Rock And Roll (7.5/10)
  170. Prism Bitch – Perla (7.5/10)
  171. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound (8/10)
  172. Quiet Marauder – The Gift (ft. Kadesha Drija) [8/10]
  173. Rare Americans – Rare Americans 2 (8/10)
  174. Rawb – The Beachfront (7.5/10)
  175. Remember Sports – Like A Stone (7.5/10)
  176. Rivals – Sad Looks Pretty On Me (7/10)
  177. Ross Gay – Dilate Your Heart (8/10)
  178. Royal Blood – Typhoons (7/10)
  179. The Rubens – 0202 (5.5/10)
  180. Run River North – Creatures In Your Head (6.5/10)
  181. Serpentwithfeet – Deacon (6.5/10)
  182. Shame – Drunk Tank Pink (6/10)
  183. SHINee – Don’t Call Me (5.5/10)
  184. Silverware – No Plans (7.5/10)
  185. Skegss – Rehearsal (7.5/10)
  186. Sleaford Mods – Spare Ribs (7.5/10)
  187. Slowly Slowly – Race Car Blues: Chapter 2 (8/10)
  188. Slowthai – Tyron (4/10)
  189. Sly Withers – Gardens (9/10)
  190. The Small Calamities – Moments Of Impact (9.5/10)
  191. Smith & Burrows – Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough (7/10)
  192. Son Lux – Tomorrows III (6/10)
  193. Son Of The Velvet Rat – Solitary Company (5/10)
  194. The Sonder Bombs – Clothbound (8/10)
  195. The Spill Canvas – Conduit (7/10)
  196. Spirit Of The Beehive – Entertainment, Death (6/10)
  197. St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home (7.5/10)
  198. The Staves – Good Woman (7.5/10)
  199. Steady Holiday – Take The Corners Gently (8/10)
  200. Stepson – Help Me, Help You (8.5/10)
  201. Steven Wilson – The Future Bites (7/10)
  202. Sun June – Somewhere (6.5/10)
  203. Tash Sultana – Terra Firma (5/10)
  204. Taylor Swift – Fearless (Taylor’s Version) [9/10]
  205. Teenage Fanclub – Endless Arcade (5/10)
  206. Teenage Wrist – Earth Is A Black Hole (8.5/10)
  207. Th1rt3en – A Magnificent Day For An Exorcism (7.5/10)
  208. Thirdface – Do It With A Smile (6/10)
  209. Tigers Jaw – I Won’t Care How You Remember Me (8.5/10)
  210. Tilian – Factory Reset (7.5/10)
  211. To The Grave – Epilogue (5.5/10)
  212. Trippie Redd – Neon Shark (8.5/10)
  213. Tune-Yards – Sketchy (9/10)
  214. TV Priest – Uppers (4/10)
  215. Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz (7/10)
  216. Void Of Vision – Hyperdaze (Redux) [8/10]
  217. Walking Bombs – Tears We Should Have Shed (6/10)
  218. Waterparks – Greatest Hits (8/10)
  219. We Set Sail – Ritual And Ceremony (6/10)
  220. The Weather Station – Ignorance (6.5/10)
  221. Weezer – OK Human (8/10)
  222. Weezer – Van Weezer (9.5/10)
  223. While She Sleeps – Sleeps Society (8/10)
  224. Wild Pink – A Billion Little Lights (7.5/10)
  225. Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend (7.5/10)
  226. Wolf Club – Just Drive, Part 1 (6/10)
  227. Year Twins – Perfect Forever, Forever Perfect (5/10)
  228. Yellow Ostrich – Soft (6/10)
  229. You Am I – The Lives Of Others (8.5/10)
  230. You Me At Six – Suckapunch (5.5/10)
  231. Zara Larsson – Poster Girl (7.5/10)
  232. Zayn – Nobody Is Listening (6.5/10)

EPs

  1. A Better Hand – Cheap Smokes And Champagne (7/10)
  2. All Hours – Perspectives (9.5/10)
  3. Arm’s Length – Everything’s Nice (9/10)
  4. Arteries – Outdoor Claustrophobic (7.5/10)
  5. Astrid Cordes – Beautiful Mess (8/10)
  6. August Burns Red – Guardian Sessions (7/10)
  7. Babehoven – Yellow Has A Pretty Good Reputation (5/10)
  8. Babygirl – Losers Weepers (8/10)
  9. Babyteeth – Poser (4.5/10)
  10. Basside & Sophie – Fuck It Up (7.5/10)
  11. Beach Bunny – Blame Game (9.5/10)
  12. Beakhyun – Bambi (4.5/10)
  13. Belle Haven – Time Changes Nothing (9/10)
  14. Blacklist Royals – Doomsday Girl (5/10)
  15. Blanketman – National Trust (7/10)
  16. The Blossom – ’97 Blossom (8/10)
  17. Bodom After Midnight – Paint The Sky With Blood (8/10)
  18. Car Park Social – S/T (6/10)
  19. Céline & The Blue – Within & Without (8/10)
  20. Chapel – Room Service (6.5/10)
  21. Charmaine – Hood Avant Garde (6.5/10)
  22. Church Tongue – The Hubris Of Gods Departed (7.5/10)
  23. Coach Party – After Party (7.5/10)
  24. Coma Girls – Skyboxer (6.5/10)
  25. Conduit – Only Human (6/10)
  26. Congrats – Pharaoh (6/10)
  27. Dad Sports – I Am Just A Boy Leave Me Alone !!! (8/10)
  28. Deap Vally – Digital Dream (7/10)
  29. Dev Lemons – Lemontopia (5/10)
  30. Drown This City – Colours We Won’t Know (8/10)
  31. Emily Weisband – I Call It Being Human (5.5/10)
  32. Fake Dad – Old Baby (6/10)
  33. Fickle Friends – Weird Years (Season 1) [8/10]
  34. Foxes – Friends In The Corner (7/10)
  35. Frank Iero And The Future Violence – Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place (10/10)
  36. From Sorrow To Serenity – Trifecta (6.5/10)
  37. Future Teens – Deliberately Alive (8.5/10)
  38. Glitchers – Thought Crimes (7/10)
  39. Goo Goo Dolls – EP 21 (7/10)
  40. Grids & Dots – What Happens To Friendships (5.5/10)
  41. Hand Habits – Dirt (6.5/10)
  42. Harmony Byrne – The Songs I Sing When No One Is Around (8/10)
  43. Heartline – I Call For The Sinking Warmth (7.5/10)
  44. Home Is Where – I Became Birds (7/10)
  45. Jaguar Jonze – Antihero (8/10)
  46. JayWood – Some Days (5.5/10)
  47. Jesswar – Tropixx (5.5/10)
  48. Josh Radnor – One More Then I’ll Let You Go (7/10)
  49. Julia-Sophie – Heartbroken </3 (7/10)
  50. Justin Courtney Pierre – An Anthropologist On Mars (8.5/10)
  51. Kai Cult – OK Boomer (7/10)
  52. Keepsake – Slowburn (9.5/10)
  53. Kero Kero Bonito – Civilisation II (7/10)
  54. Kneeling In Piss – Types Of Cults (2/10)
  55. Lastelle – Delicate (7.5/10)
  56. Little Hurt – Every Second (6.5/10)
  57. Maggie Lindemann – Paranoia (8/10)
  58. Mannequin Pussy – Perfect (8.5/10)
  59. Marie Naffah – Golden State (6.5/10)
  60. Midwxst – Summer03 (7.5/10)
  61. Miss Grit – Imposter (5.5/10)
  62. Mountain Bird – Once We Were Present (6.5/10)
  63. Nasty Cherry – The Movie (8/10)
  64. Nick Ward – Everything I Wish I Told You (8/10)
  65. The Night Café – For Better Days (7.5/10)
  66. No Hope for The Lost – The Pilgrimage (8/10)
  67. Northlane – 5G (6/10)
  68. Odd Circus – Mantha (7.5/10)
  69. The Oddness – Distant Voices (5/10)
  70. Of Mice & Men – Timeless (6/10)
  71. Paper Citizen – Wandering Ghost (8.5/10)
  72. Peach Tree Rascals – Camp Nowhere (6.5/10)
  73. People Museum – I Could Only See The Night (7.5/10)
  74. Pictures Of Wild Life – Terrene (7/10)
  75. Play Dead – Skint (7/10)
  76. Pretty Uglys – Party Friends (7/10)
  77. Pussy Riot – Panic Attack (4/10)
  78. Rain – Pieces (5/10)
  79. RedHook – Bad Decisions (4.5/10)
  80. Ribbons – Total Loss (6.5/10)
  81. Rosie Darling – Coping (6.5/10)
  82. Rough Dreams – From The Graves Of Better Days (8/10)
  83. Rumours – If Only You Could Feel Something Too (7.5/10)
  84. Safety – Greetings From The Sunshine State (7.5/10)
  85. Serj Tankian – Elasticity (3/10)
  86. Show Me The Body – Survive (5/10)
  87. Skullcrusher – Storm In Summer (8.5/10)
  88. Snake Eyes – Skeletons (6.5/10)
  89. Steve Aoki – 6OKI: Rave Royale (4/10)
  90. Stick To Your Guns – The Meaning Remains (7/10)
  91. Talk Me Off – Abyss (6.5/10)
  92. Teenage Joans – Taste Of Me (10/10)
  93. Teeth – Dark Harvest (8/10)
  94. Sorry – Twixtustwain (8/10)
  95. The Vaughns – Rom Coms + Take Out (8/10)
  96. Waxflower – We Might Be Alright (7.5/10)
  97. Widowspeak – Honeychurch (5/10)
  98. Yaya Bey – The Things I Can’t Take With Me (7/10)

RATING KEY

1 – it’s unbearable.
2 – it’s awful.
3 – it’s bad.
4 – it’s weak.
5 – it’s mediocre.
6 – it’s okay.
7 – it’s good.
8 – it’s great.
9 – it’s fantastic.
10 – it’s a masterpiece.