The Kuhronic Top 50 Albums of 2021

Here we go again, 2021, and this will be the 10th Kuhronic best album list that I have completed (happy anniversary to me!). When I created this Medium blog near the end of 2019, I had planned to make all of my previous lists available here, but it would seem that’s still a work in progress. Perhaps I can focus on completing that task once this list is “published”, and before starting on 2022. Anyhoo…..

Another strange year for music (and everything else); the return (and re-disappearance) of live shows, the release of a bunch of those quarantine albums, Adele clogging the toilet of global record pressing capacity (metaphorically, of course), and just like every other year, the release of crap albums, mediocre albums and stellar albums in varying percentages. So before we get to the list proper, here are a few bonus / stupid categories

Best Live Album:

ChromeoDate Night

Best Posthumous Album:

PrinceWelcome 2 America

Best Titled Album That Didn’t Make The List:

Luke HainesSetting the Dogs on the Post Punk Postman

Best Electronic Free Jazz Classical Album:

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony OrchestraPromises

Best Album by a Band That Hasn’t Released an Album in 40 Years:

ABBAVoyage

Best Album That My Old Drummer Plays On:

Bebe Buckskin Captain Medicine

Best Adele Album With a Numerical Title:

Adele30

Best Limp Bizkit Album:

Limp BizkitStill Sucks

OK enough with all the nonsense and tomfoolery, here we go, the Kuhronic top fucking 50 albums of 2021

50. The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings

49. Royal Blood Typhoons

48. FiddleheadBetween the Richness

47. Parquet CourtsA Sympathy for Life

46. DaveWe’re All Alone in This Together

45. Arlo ParksCollapsed in Sunbeams

44. Richard Dawson & Circle Henki

43. Tori AmosOcean to Ocean

42. Cameron Graves — Seven

41. The Dirty Nil Fuck Art

40. Aesop Rock & Blockhead Garbology

39. Genghis TronDream Weapon

38. Actors Acts of Worship

37. Deafheaven Infinite Granite

36. Snail MailValentine

35. MogwaiAs the Love Continues

34. Tomahawk Tonic Immobility

33. cÉvin Key Resonance / Xwáyxway

32. NasKing’s Disease II / Magic

31. Cloud NothingsThe Shadow I Remember

30. Bad Waitress No Taste

29. The War on Drugs I Don’t Live Here Anymore

28 . Quicksand Distant Populations

27. St. Vincent Daddy’s Home

26. Tyler, The Creator Call Me If You Get Lost

25. Death From AboveIs 4 Lovers

24. Kings of LeonWhen You See Yourself

23. Silk Sonic An Evening with Silk Sonic

22. Japanese Breakfast Jubilee

21. Shame Drunk Tank Pink

20. Dinosaur Jr. — Sweep It Into Space

19. Casper Skulls Knows No Kindness

18. Halsey If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

17. QuiversGolden Doubt

16. Dry CleaningNew Long Leg

15. Geese Projector

14. The Weather Station Ignorance

13. Amyl and the SniffersClose To Me

12. Iron MaidenSenjutsu

11. Squid Bright Green Field

10. Black Country, New RoadFor the First Time

09. Sleaford Mods Spare Ribs

08. Wolf AliceBlue Weekend

07. Shad Tao

06. Mastodon Hushed and Grim

05. Idles — Crawler

04. SAULT — Nine

03. Little SimzSometimes I Might Be Introvert

02. Black Midi Cavalcade

01. TurnstileGlow On

And as per usual, I can’t stop at just 50 so here are another 50 albums that “Almost Made It” on the list

Snoh Aalegra Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies

Damon AlbarnThe Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows

Amorphous AndrogynousWe Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal

The AntlersGreen to Gold

Arkells Blink Once

AZDoe or Die II

BackxwashI Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses

BadbadnotgoodTalk Memory

Julien Baker Little Oblivions

Courtney BarnettThings Take Time, Take Time

Black DressesForever In Your Heart

Blunt Bangs Proper Smoker

The BronxThe Bronx VI

Cadence Weapon Parallel World

Cleo Sol Mother

Czarface and MF Doom Super What?

Lucy Dacus Home Video

DeathretroDeathretro

Dooms ChildrenDooms Children

FloatieVoyage Out

Fruit BatsThe Pet Parade

Fucked UpYear of the Horse

GhettsConflict of Interest

Godspeed You! Black Emperor G_d’s Pee at States End

IceageSeek Shelter

Illuminati HottiesLet Me Do One More

Inhaler It Won’t Always Be Like This

IslandsIslomania

Casssandra Jenkins An Overview On Phenomenal Nature

King Khan UnlimitedOpiate Them Asses

Mammoth WVHMammoth WVH

The Martha’s Vineyard FerriesSuns Out Guns Out

Ministry Moral Hygiene

Mdou MoctarAfrique Victime

MotoristsSurrounded

Nick Cave & Warren EllisCarnage

The NotwistVertigo Days

Gary NumanIntruder

ParannoulTo See the Next Part of the Dream

RulesThe Bummer Circus Comes to Truth City

Sleater-KinneyPath of Wellness

Sons of KemetBlack to the Future

Spellling — The Turning Wheel

Spirit of the BeehiveEntertainment, Death

The StranglersDark Matters

Th1rt3en / Pharoahe Monch A Magnificent Day For an Exorcism

TunsDuly Noted

Viagra BoysWelfare Jazz

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to DieIllusory Walls

Yoo Doo Right Don’t Think You Can Escape Your Purpose

That’s it that’s all, another year in the bag, another 100 Kuhronic approved records and the total number of albums I listened to pushed uncomfortably near the 300 mark. With rumoured or confirmed releases from Kuhronic heavy hitters like Spoon, Foals, Arctic Monkeys, Billy Talent, Kendrick Lamar and Arcade Fire, 2022 is shaping up real nice, musically anyway. See you on the flip side!

Much love,

Dave E. Kuhronic

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Husband / Father / Bass Player — Music Fanatic, Armchair Philosopher / Physicist

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Husband / Father / Bass Player — Music Fanatic, Armchair Philosopher / Physicist

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