Without any further ado, here is the 2021 Breaking More Waves albums of the year list.
The thirty records I’ve enjoyed the most.
I don’t normally publish this till December 31st but given that I am now certain I won’t be listening to any new albums till January and that my feelings for these records are highly unlikely to change, I’m breaking my own rules and putting it out there a tiny bit early.
As usual with me the list contains some records you’ll see on a lot of end of year lists, some you’ll see on a few and maybe a handful that you’ll only see on this one.
Ideally, I’d keep the list to 10 but there’s been an awful lot of stuff I’ve enjoyed this year, so 30 it is.
Thank you particularly to Pearl Charles. Magic Mirror might have been released right at the start of 2021, but I fell in love with it early and it has stayed with me throughout. From the opening song Only For Tonight, which makes me want to suggest that everyone should be having one-night stands if they end up making such Abba-esque glitterball pop like this, to the closing soulful jam of As Long As You’re Mine, it’s an album full of hazy 70s sunshine-radio referencing tunes sung with a voice so golden and calming that you could quite easily believe nothing is wrong with the world. Never ever did I think that my favourite album of any year would sound, in places, like The Carpenters. But there you go. Music is a funny old thing and you never know what journeys it will take you on.
Thirty Favourite Albums of 2021
1st Pearl Charles – Magic Mirror
2nd Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
3rd Warrington Runcorn New Town Development Plan – Interim Report, March 1979
4th Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
5th Jungle – Loving In Stereo
6th Hannah Peel – Fir Wave
7th Ashnikko – Demidevil
8th Poppy Ackroyd – Pause
9th Bicep - Isles
10th Mogwai – As The Love Continues
11th Lorde – Solar Power
12th Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
13th Sault – Nine
14th Glume – The Internet
15th Hamish Hawk – Heavy Elevator
16th Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
17th Warrington Runcorn New Town Development Plan – People & Industry
18th Chvrches – Screen Violence
19th Black Country, New Road – For The First Time
20th Sedibus – The Heavens
21st Celeste – Not Your Muse
22nd Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
23rd For Those I Love – For Those I Love
24th Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark
25th Joy Crookes – Skin
26th Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
27th Salt Ashes – Killing My Mind
28th AvaWaves – Chrysalis
29th Natalie McCool – Memory Girl
30th Easy Life – Life’s A Beach
Pearl Charles - Only For Tonight
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