Sunday, October 24, 2021

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 2021

McQ's Best Of will continue to update its favorite albums of 2021 list throughout 2022. 

Weezer's enthusiastic Eddie Van Halen tribute Van Weezer is the highest arrival in a large batch of new additions to our rankings this week.

Highest Recommends
1. Promises - Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
2. HEY WHAT - Low

Strong Recommends
3. Blue Weekend – Wolf Alice
6. Jubilee - Japanese Breakfast
7. Ignorance – The Weather Station
8.  Collapsed In Sunbeams – Arlo Parks
9. Carnage - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
10. Smiling With No Teeth - Genesis Owusu

Solid Recommends
11. Bright Green Field - Squid
12. Stand For Myself - Yola
13. Prioritize Pleasure - Self Esteem
14. Daddy's Home - St. Vincent
15. Sour - Olivia Rodrigo
16. An Overview On Phenomenal Nature - Cassandra Jenkins
17. I Don't Live Here Anymore - War On Drugs
19. Heaux Tales - Jazmine Sullivan
20. Afrique Victime - Mdou Moctar
21. In These Silent Days - Brandi Carlile
22.  Spare Ribs – Sleaford Mods
23. Drunk Tank Pink – Shame
24. Glow On - Turnstile
25. 30 - Adele
26. Flock - Jane Weaver
27. G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
28. Welfare Jazz - Viagra Boys
29. The Art Of Losing - The Anchoress
31. Vulture Prince - Arooj Aftab
32. Sympathy For Life - Parquet Courts
33. Happier Than Ever - Billie Eilish
34. Montero - Lil Nas X
35. Flying Dream 1 - Elbow
36. On All Fours - Goat Girl
37.  For the first time – Black Country, New Road
38. Long Lost - Lord Huron
39. New Long Leg - Dry Cleaning
40. Cavalcade - Black Midi
42. Comfort To Me - Amyl & the Sniffers
43. Little Oblivions - Julien Baker
44. Urban Driftwood - Yasmin Williams
45. Good Woman - The Staves
46. A Beginner's Mind - Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine
47. Van Weezer - Weezer
48. They're Calling Me Home - Rhiannon Giddens & Francisco Turrisi
49. Infinite Granite - Deafheaven
50. A Few Stars Apart - Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
51. Blame Game - Beach Bunny
52. Seek Shelter - Iceage
53. As Days Get Dark - Arab Strap
54. Dream Weapon - Ghengis Tron
55. Conflict Of Interest - Ghetts
56. Call Me If You Get Lost - Tyler, The Creator
57. Cooler Returns - Kiwi Jr.
58. Seventeen Going Under - Sam Fender
59. CRAWLER - IDLES
60. American Noir - Creeper
61. A Common Turn - Anna B Savage
62. Home Video - Lucy Dacus
63. Delta Kream - The Black Keys
66. The Path Of The Clouds - Marissa Nadler
67. Senjutsu - Iron Maiden
68. Death Of A Cheerleader - Pom Pom Squad
69. Epic Ten - Sharon Van Eten
70. Seeking New Gods - Gruff Rhys
71. Black Metal 2 - Dean Blunt
72. The Apple Drop - Liars
73. J.T - Steve Earle
74. Quietly Blowing It - Hiss Golden Messenger
75. Pale Horse Rider - Cory Hanson
76. Skin - Joy Crookes
77. Raise The Roof  - Robert Plant & Alison Kraus
78. Screen Violence - Chvrches
81. I Know I'm Funny Ha Ha - Faye Webster
82. Open Door Policy - The Hold Steady
83. Ultrapop - The Armed
84. Pray For Haiti - Mach-Hommy


Mild Recommends
85. DEACON - Serpentwithfeet
86. Former Things - LoneLady
87. Things Take Time, Take Time - Courtney Barnett
88.. Flat White Moon - Field Music
89. The Asymptotical World EP - Yves Tumor
90. Forever Isn't Long Enough - Alfie Templeman
91. Modern Fiction - Ducks Ltd.
92. Losing Light - Antlers
93. Vanities - W. H. Lung
94. Far In - Helado Negro
95. to hell with it  - Pink Pantheress
96. Any Shape You Take - Indigo De Souza
97. Valentine - Snail Mail
98. I've Been Trying To Tell You - Saint Etienne
99. Fatigue - L'Rain
100. Let Me Do One More - Illuminati Hotties
101. Greatest Hits - Waterparks
102. Black To The Future - Sons of Kemmet
103. KID A MNESIA (Disc 3 only) - Radiohead
104. Pink Noise - Laura Mvula
105. Boy From Michigan - John Grant
106. ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH - SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE

2021 Albums In The Mix (number of listens in)

Angel Tears In Sunlight (1) - Pauline Anna Strom
California Soil (1) - London Grammar
Coral Island (1) - The Coral
Detroit Blues (1) - Danny Kroha
Endless Arcade (1) - Teenage Fanclub
Fat Pop (1) - Paul Weller
Fever Dreams (1) - Villagers
Fire (1) - The Bug
Glowing In The Dark (1) - Django Django
How Long Do You Think It's Going To Last (1) - Big Red Machine
Illusory Walls (1) - The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
King's Disease II (1) - Nas
Mood Valiant (1) - Hiatus Kaiyote
My Morning Jacket (1)
Outside Child (1) - Allison Russell
Planet Her (1) - Doja Cat
Playground In A Lake (1) - Clark
Shade (1) - Grouper
SINNER GET READY (1) - Lingua Ignota
Sling (1) - Clairo
Soberish (1) - Liz Phair
Sound Ancestors (1) - Madlib
Spiral (1) - DARKSIDE
star-crossed (1) - Kacey Musgraves
Still Over It (1) - Summer Walker
Talk Memory (1) - Badbadnotgood
The Blue Elephant (1) - Matt Berry
The Myth Of Happily Ever After (1) - Biffy Clyro
The Shadow I Remember (1) - Cloud Nothings
The Turning Wheel (1) - Spelling
These 13 (1) - Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird
Typhoons (1) - Royal Blood
Vince Staples (1)

Last Updated 11.12.22