2021 Music Journal

The Best of 2021:
1. Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God A-
2. Chvrches – Screen Violence B+
3. Holden Days – Peregrine B+
4. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee B+
5. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine – A Beginner’s Mind B+
6. Myles Kennedy – The Ides of March B
7. Foo Fighters – Medicine at Midnight B
8. Five Iron Frenzy – Until This Shakes Apart B
9. Kacey Musgraves – Star-Crossed B
10. Switchfoot – Interrobang B

Honorable Mention:
11. Maxïmo Park – Nature Always Wins B
12. Ed Sheeran – = B
13. Billie Eilish – Happier than Ever B-
14. Django Django – Glowing in the Dark B-
15. My Morning Jacket – My Morning Jacket B-
16. Coldplay – Music of the Spheres B-
17. Jon Foreman – Departures B-
18. Karen Peris – A Song Is Way Above The Lawn B-
19. The Killers – Pressure Machine B-
20. The Gray Havens – Blue Flower B-

The Rest:
Deafheaven – Infinite Granite B-
Parker Millsap – Be Here Instead B-
The Choir – Deep Cuts B-
Weezer – OK Human B-
Finneas – Optimist B-
Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket B-
Lord Huron – Long Lost C+
Evanescence – The Bitter Truth C+
Liam Singer – The Ocean C+
Thrice – Horizons/East C+
Toad the Wet Sprocket – Starting Now C+
New Canyons – Heavy Water C+
Sleater-Kinney – Path of Wellness C+
Future of Forestry – Remember C+
Jax Anderson – Songs for Every Condition C+
Dar Williams – I’ll Meet You Here C+
Iceage – Seek Shelter C+
Sarah Jarosz – Blue Heron Suite C+
Barenaked Ladies – Detour de Force C
Umphrey’s McGee – You Walked Up Shaking in Your Boots But You Stood Tall and Left a Raging Bull C
Annie Moses Band – Tales From My Grandfather’s Pulpit C
Sara Watkins – Under the Pepper Tree C
Flock of Dimes – Head of Roses C
Starflyer 59 – Vanity C
Rostam – Changephobia C
The Polyphonic Spree – Afflatus C
Valerie June – The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers C
The Mountain Goats – Dark in Here C
Charlie Peacock – Skin and Wind C

Dishonorable Mention:
Lauryn Peacock – Theology C-
Kye Kye – Arya C-
Mouse Rat – The Awesome Album C-
John Mayer – Sob Rock C-
St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home C-
Hayley Williams – FLOWERS for VASES / descansos C-
Crowder – Milk & Honey D
The Paper Kites – Roses D
Maroon 5 – JORDI D-

Don’t Get It/Not That Interested:
Sufjan Stevens – Convocations
Chris Thile – Laysongs
Typhoon – Sympathetic Magic
Young Oceans – You Are Fullness

Compilations/EPs/Live Albums/Re-releases:
Lovebites – Glory, Glory, to the World EP A-
Anberlin – More to Living than Being Alive A-
Maxïmo Park – By the Riverside (Live) A-
Colony House – Colony House Live, Vol. 1 B+
Colony House – Rotten Tomatoes EP B
Anberlin – Paper Tigers B
Muse – Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) B
The Dee Gees / Foo Fighters – Hail Satin B
Lewis Del Mar – BOUQUET EP B
Dolph Chaney – This Is Dolph Chaney B
The Secret Sisters – Quicksand EP B
Enter Shikari – Moratorium (Broadcasts From the Interruption) B
Anberlin – As You Found Me B-
Jon Foreman – Roll Tape: Live From Melody League Studios B-
The Juliana Theory – A Dream Away B-
Semler – Preacher’s Kid EP B-
Radiohead – Kid Amnesiae C+
Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room (20th Anniversary Edition) C+
Dolph Chaney – This Was Dolph Chaney C+
Japanese Breakfast – Live at Electric Lady C
Hollow Coves – Blessings EP C
Liam Singer – The Ocean Remixes C-

Tori Amos – Ocean to Ocean
Anberlin – Heavy Lies the Crown
Circa Survive – A Dream About Love EP
Dream Theater – A View From the Top of the World
Elbow – Flying Dream 1
Garbage – No Gods No Masters
Geographer – Down and Out in the Garden of Earthly Delights
Jimmy Eat World: – Futures: Phoenix Sessions
Kina Grannis – It’s Hard to Be Human
Lovebites – Five of a Kind (Live at Zepp Divercity Tokyo 2020)
Ships in the Night – Latent Powers
Weezer – Van Weezer

Already Released, Need to Listen to It:
Beach House – Once Twice Melody: Chapter One
black midi – cavalcade
Blues Traveler – Traveler’s Blues
Gloomcatcher – Red Markers EP
Sara Groves – What Makes It Through
Jesca Hoop – The Deconstruction of Jack’s House
Jimmy Eat World: – Clarity: Phoenix Sessions
Jónsi – Obsidian
Manchester Orchestra – Christmas Songs, Vol. 1
Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God: The Remixes
Leigh Nash – The Tide, Vol. 1 EP
Sting – The Bridge
Aaron Tate – Midlife
Derek Webb – The Songs that Made Me: Rich Mullins EP

Eagerly Anticipating:
Durry – Suburban Legend

Meagerly Anticipating:
Sad Astronauts – Adult Fears (December 3)
San Fermin – In This House (December 10)
Meg & Dia
Jason Wade – Ode to Silence

See You in 2022:
Marsden & Richardson – Marsden & Richardson (January 28)
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – The Alien Coast (January 28)
Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa (February 11)
Alt-J – The Dream (February 11)
Beach House – Once Twice Melody (February 18)
Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point (February 25)

Rumors, Hearsay and Development Hell:
Broken Bells
Coyote Kid
Steven Delopoulos
The Echoing Green – In Definite Infinite
The Last Bison
Kevin Max
Of Monsters and Men
Passion Pit
Sigur Rós
Stabbing Westward – Wasteland
Wye Oak

Last Update: 11/26/2021

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