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Our Favourite Albums of 2021

1. Joy Crookes - Skin

A gorgeous showcase of everything I’ve loved about Crookes since she burst onto the scene - stunning vocals, eloquent lyrics and the ability to make you dance and cry in the same album.


In this record, IDLES really begin to explore who they are as a band by venturing into new genre territories - and it just made me love them even more.

3. Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

Long anticipated for a reason, Fender’s powerful lyrics and even more powerful vocals were at their best on this album.

4. Amyl and the Sniffers - Comfort to Me

One of the most exciting punk bands out there at the moment, this new album’s explosive sounds and lyrics are utterly empowering.

5. girl in red - if i could make it go quiet

This debut album exceeded our already sky high expectations for this online sensation: a collection of heartfelt indie anthems exploring everything from queer love to mental illness.

6. Chvrches - Screen Violence

Our favorite Glaswegian synth-pop trio came back with a bang, with lyrics diving into much darker territories and giving their sound a new severity. A Robert Smith collab was just the icing on the cake.

7. Royal Blood – Typhoons This Brighton rock duo have transformed their sound by letting groovy dance floor influences shine through, and we’re not mad.

8. Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams

This album is exactly what its title captures - a warm, sunny burst of feel-good, while still tackling important themes lyrically.

9. Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed

Musgraves’ fifth album can only be described as an emotional rollercoaster. From dance-pop to heartfelt ballads, it proves she can write just about anything.

10. Doja Cat - Planet Her

Doja Cat continues to inject the world of pop and rap music with her endless quirkiness in this album, with the help of collaborators like The Weeknd and Ariana Grande.

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