Top 66 Music Albums of 2021 by Repo (2021)

Only the ones I consider interesting and are vying for AOTW.

Essential EPs
1. Kurt Vile - Speed, Sound, Lonely KV
*** The dude just gets better with age.

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AOTW #1 (1/7/21)
Post Punk
release date: 1/8

Hot Damn! These mf'n cats got it!!!

Let's see. Liars? Check. Lightning Bolt? Check. No bloody way! Birthday Party?!?! Why yes, Sir Repo! they actually do like Birthday Party. Now, please. Clean up after yourself, sir. You're getting a bit ravenous.
[First added to this chart: 01/08/2021]
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AOTW #6: One To Rule Them All (2/9)
release date: 1/15

Dread Sovereign deliver a master class in Doom on Alchemical Warfare. Epic, diverse, dynamic & well crafted. The kind of album that gives you chills up your spine because everything is just so perfect. So good. The kind that makes you wish you were back in ninth grade so you could pass notes in class like secrets about this special thing you discovered. Dread Sovereign seem to take in the whole world of Doom in and then breath it back out with a fresh, novel spin. With nods to to the past as diverse as Hellhammer and Reagars' Saint Vitus but in ways that that don't seem like a retread.

This is one of those album’s where you discover a new best song every time you listen to it. Just face it. You don’t need to worship Satan to realize that this is going to be one of the best metal albums of the year. Mark it down. I'm calling it here in February.

Highly Recommended!
[First added to this chart: 02/09/2021]
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ALC#4: DBZ
Genre: Still have no clue!
Release Date: 1/22
Great

To The Power Of Three

1st take: Pretentious avant-garde noodling that's all over the place. Just a sprawling mess. Stick to a genre, dammit!

2nd take: Hmm.... These guys are kinda like a re-9invention of 70s Residents.

3rd take: Hot Damn! These MF'n' cats got it! Best ALC yet and that's saying something since I really dig that Bicep's album! AND Gowi's dream pop pick.
[First added to this chart: 02/19/2021]
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AOTW #3 (1/16/21)
Indie Rock/Emo
release date: 1/15

Just a great Indie Rock album that takes me back to the mid-90s! Has the energy and ferocity of early Throwing Muses and late-90s Rainer Maria. And an easy choice for my #3. Thanks, Merc!
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AOTW #4 (1/24/21)
Singer-songwriter
release date: 1/15

Repo's AOTW#4: Coloring Inside The Lines
aka For those waiting for the next Phoebe Bridgers to Drop, I Give U This...

aka What my girlfriend's from the 90s are listening to right now. Feels like stumbling upon a long lost friend from college (who you always had a crush on) and grabbing a cup of tea at the some college coffee shop and catching up on her marriage and subsequent divorce with the sincere promise of getting drinks later (but also knowing that will never happen).

Makes me miss Boston (more specifically Cambridge)!!! Nothing better than that!
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AOTW#8: The Benefits of a STEM Education
Indie Rock/Post-Punk
Release Date: 1/22

Let’s get one thing out of the way first. The Raincoats are fucking awesome. Do we all get that? Sure they ARE the embodiment of atonal amateurism. And that RULES! Don't get old! Stay young & vibrant and full of spirit forever. Stay cute & playful and full of possibilities. Pretension free never looking over your shoulder as u spin round & 'round until you fall down & down a hill and then u just roll & roll & roll until u (hit) a ROCK.

But! And this is a big BUTT, imagine if you were kindred spirits of The Raincoats ( some girl thrift store super heroes) and it turns out all the girls went to The Berklee "I'm In Love With Massachusetts.” We're talking a marriage of The Raincoats spirit with Mary Timony's (of Helium) chops. That's Palberta.
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7. (=)
ALC#3 Applerill
EDM/IDM
Release date: 1/22
Great!

I love when EDM is done with warmth and emotion. And the production is perfectly vibrant and punchy. So much EDM sound two-dimensional (to me) and yet this just pops out and feels alive and cozy.
[First added to this chart: 02/07/2021]
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AOTW #7: Eleven Months (2/16/21)
aka But Who Knows, I May Need Even More Time!!!
Post-Punk
Release Date: 1/15

I used to dream of working for Spin magazine back in the early 90s. (Nowadays it would be Pitchfork I guess.) In retrospect, I'm so glad that path never materialized. Because... I do NOT have what it takes. Just ask my kids. I'm a total softie. How could I ever choose? Give one album that highly coveted Best New Music award and let all the others wither on the vine. Take for instance just last month. January 2021 brought us not one but TWO killer post-punk albums. I mean is it 1981 all over again? What's going on?!?! Civil unrest, you say? Blatant widespread racism?! A divisive global pandemic with a response that's been bloody botched?!?! Ok. Ok. You don't have to SHOUT! It does makes sense. I will give ya that. Because post-punk is simply on fire in 2021. But, the two best, by a long shot, are Shame's Drunk Tank Pink and Lice's Wasteland. And barring some unforeseen event, I can't really see any others challenging them for the prized Repo 2021 Post-punk throne. Luckily I get eleven months. And that still might not be enough!
[First added to this chart: 01/30/2021]
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AOTW #2 (1/14/21)
Death Metal
release date: 1/8

Nothing new here. Just some great straight-ahead, classic Death Metal that goes down like comfort food during these strange, strange times.
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The REAL Tilly's AOTM: #1
Hyper Pop
Release date: 1/15
Great
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United States 29 44%
United Kingdom 15 23%
Australia 5 8%
Canada 3 5%
Germany 2 3%
Sweden 2 3%
Norway 1 2%
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Great list. I enjoyed your commentaries and you gave me some ideas for further listening.
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Glad she's liking it! I think it's a solid record. Plenty of fun, and some great melodies. Might even be better than any twee record I heard in 2020. Not sure why the BEA rating is so low. Singapore's twee scene has been really strong the last few years. Sobs, Aspidistrafly, Cosmic Child, and Subsonic Eye have all released records I'd recommend with ease. (Subsonic Eye's 2017 effort isn't as good as this new record, but it's worth a spin— the real gem of the scene is Sobs' Telltale Signs though, that's a fantastic record).
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