It was another incredible year for music and I was lucky enough to witness such creativity during this second year of the pandemic. I had a longer list, but narrowed it down to fifty new albums to share with you. So many fantastic releases and reissues in all genres, but more importantly I saw live music once again. Only a handful of live shows, so far but each one unique and worth the price of admission. Highlights include Thee Oh Sees at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA and Richard Ashcroft at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Without further delay, here are my favorite new albums released in 2021, and in order.
There were many great reissues this year and some of my favorites were Bola Sete, Grateful Dead, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, R.E.M., Beau Brummels, and Johnny Cash.