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Butt's TOP 100!!! of 2021

Tasked myself with the daunting goal of 365 new albums this year, an album a day. Only albums that came out in 2021. From there I've narrowed down to my top 100. Zero chance I have time to write a blurb about all of them, so just added commentary on the top 10. Hope you find something new to enjoy here, happy 2022!! Hope it doesn't suck !!
101Jeff Rosenstock

Starting off with an honorable mention for this beauty, one of the best things that happened this year tbh. But since it's an alternate version of an album that came out last year, I don't think I can count it in my true countdown. Ok onto the real list now.
100Big Red Machine
How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?
99Iron Maiden
98Little Simz
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull
93Snail Mail
92Pile of Love
Pile Of Love
90Green Lung
Black Harvest
89Tigers Jaw
I Won't Care How You Remember Me
88Intestinal Hex
The Exalted Chambers of Abhorrence
87Boldy James and The Alchemist
Bo Jackson
86Free Throw
Piecing It Together
85Cory Hanson
Pale Horse Rider
84Argo Nuff
83Lucy Dacus
Home Video
82Crypts of Despair
All Light Swallowed
81Black Country, New Road
For the first time
Swim Out Past The Breakers
78The War On Drugs
I Don't Live Here Anymore
77Dead and Dripping
Miasmic Eulogies Predicating an Eternal Nocturne
76Chad VanGaalen
World's Most Stressed Out Gardener
75Turris Eburnea
Turris Eburnea
74The Plot In You
Swan Song
73Same Side
In Place
71Ben Howard
Collections from the Whiteout
Where the Gloom Becomes Sound
69Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine
A Beginner's Mind
Red Is The Color Of Ripping Death
67Bruno Pernadas
Private Reasons
66Drawn and Quartered
Congregation Pestilence
Preserved in Torment
63Cassandra Jenkins
An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
Multiple Personalities
61Wild Pink
A Billion Little Lights
60The Body and Big|Brave
Leaving None But Small Birds
59Manchester Orchestra
The Million Masks of God
57Dan Campbell
Other People’s Lives
55Lightning Bug
A Color of the Sky
54Joe Vann
Found in the Smoke
53Narrow / Arrow
Asbestos Weak Hood
52Blindfolded and Led to the Woods
Nightmare Withdrawals
Celestial Putridity
Ascension Codes
48Sturgill Simpson
The Ballad of Dood and Juanita
Infinite Granite
46Cerebral Rot
Excretion Of Mortality
45Emma Ruth Rundle
Engine of Hell
44Frozen Soul
Crypt Of Ice
43The Physics House Band
Incident on 3rd
42Typhoon (USA-OR)
Sympathetic Magic
41Between the Buried and Me
Colors II
40Every Time I Die
39Dream Unending
Tide Turns Eternal
38Brand of Sacrifice
37King Woman
Celestial Blues
Burn in Many Mirrors
35Black Midi
34Sweet Trip
A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
Hypercube Necrodimensions
31The Dirty Nil
Fuck Art
29Billy Strings
.​.​.​And Again into the Light
27The Felice Brothers
From Dreams to Dust
26Hooded Menace
The Tritonus Bell
Life In Your Glass World
Draw Down the Moon
23Marissa Nadler
The Path of the Clouds
22Alexis Marshall
House of Lull. House of When
21Stress Angel
Bursting Church
20Cold Moon (USA-CA)
What's The Rush?
Glow On
Ice Melt
Psychedelic Realms ov Hell
Poison Palinopsia
14Trophy Scars
Astral Pariah
13Malignant Altar
Realms of Exquisite Morbidity
12King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Butterfly 3000
11Cannibal Corpse
Violence Unimagined
10Tyler, the Creator
Call Me If You Get Lost

Tyler's growth has really been something to watch. Igor didn't sit super well with me, but this feels like the true successor to Flower Boy and he really flexes his songwriting muscles here. Probably my top hip hop record of the past couple years.
Bloodmoon: I

I guess we finally settled on this just being a Converge album, but the main reason I love it and was so stoked for it in the first place was Chelsea Wolfe. Chelsea is queen. This record was the next logical progression for both artists, and it's awesome hearing them achieving that next step together and in such a cohesive way.
8Mild High Club
Going Going Gone

Jazzy and psychedelic, but also so catchy! Didn't expect to revisit this too much, but I just kept coming back to it. And at about 30 minutes, it's easy to spin repeatedly.
7Hiatus Kaiyote
Mood Valiant

Had never heard of this band prior to this album coming out, and now I'm a fan. So many fantastic ideas and performances went into this, and the production was some of the coolest I heard all year. Check out All the Word We Don't Say and Chivalry is Not Dead
6Lingua Ignota

Crushingly sorrowful and intricate, she really poured herself into this record. Her recent 'tell-all' about her abusive relationship and where she was at mentally while writing and recording this adds so much more meaning and context.
5Ad Nauseam
Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

Without a doubt the most challenging metal album I found this year. Not even sure how to describe this other than massive, dark, and chaotic. One of those albums that you need to hear a dozen times before it really starts to sink in...in a good way!
4A Great Big Pile of Leaves

Just when I thought I was starting to outgrow this kind of stuff, I get sucked right back in! These guys took some of the best elements of math, emo, and indie rock and melded them together perfectly. The guitars and melodies here are absolutely lovely.
3The Spirit Of The Beehive
Entertainment, Death

Such a weird trip. Some people found this album to be too "out there", and I totally get that, but that's why I love it. It tries so many different things and they all work for me. After the first 3-4 listens, I still didn't understand what I was hearing. I have no idea how people come up with stuff like this (also just look at the album art, it's awesome)
2Lord Huron
Long Lost

I went back and forth between #1 and #2 for a while trying to figure out which one would take the AOTY spot, and it's virtually a tie. I had never listened to a Lord Huron prior to this, only ever heard a couple songs randomly. I had them pinned for a generic indie folk band but wow I was wrong. This album is really a ride, and it takes you lots of places. For the amount of variety here, the consistency is remarkable. The instruments and production are so warm and organic all throughout, and the songwriting is rock solid. I would highly recommend this to anyone regardless of music taste. I'm a metalhead and these songs were addicting.
1The Killers
Pressure Machine

Never in a million years would have thought my AOTY could be The Killers - I'm literally not even a Killers fan - but I guess that's the exciting part of these annual music ventures. Never know what will really jump out at you and stick. This one is an emotional rollercoaster that dives deep into the good and evil that is small town USA. I grew up in a midwestern town with a population of 4,000, and I'm sure that has something to do with how this album resonated with me. You can tell everything here is 100% genuine and written from firsthand experience. Bravo.
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