|2021_well: Rejects・OKs (B-list)|
Hello, here is my list! Wasn't sure what format to copy this year, so I copied not! Took everything I'd rated this year, ranked it, chopped it in half, and here we are! Some of these albums are awful! Some of them are pretty okay! Look on as the former turns into the other, and I'll write something longer and soppier when the big list comes around. よいお年を！
|86||A Day To Remember|
"one of the greatest pop songwriters of all time" - ronwa5215
|84||Lana Del Rey|
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
Uruk Hai (Unreleased Material 1988-1994)
bedroom black metal
not human (JUST KIDDING i luv washed up fascist murderers who love their families what a guy)
midlife crisis failed-pop metal
The Future Bites
just please fucking not
The Things They Believe
rejected carpet simulator
black metal / dungeon synth
shitstain of the year
New Long Leg
the first (and worst!) of many post-punk disappointments to come
best 1.0 of the year
hiphop / gospel / godcomplex
Making weed a little more uncool, one useless song at a time
|74||Yukiga Futte Uresii|
Chuusuu no Romero
stupid fuckin noise
Rebecca Black Was Here
irony pc muzak pop
i am sorry rebecca black you deserve better
|71||Hurry Up, Brothers|
All is Beautiful. I'm Okay to be Alive..
boring as shit post rock 
|70||God Is an Astronaut|
Ghost Tapes #10
boring as shit post rock  ft. boring as shit riffs
chamber / skramz
no i will not take ur classical screamo seriously
no kishi, americana kishi, why'd'ya have ter fuckin DO IT kishi
|67||Girl In Red|
if i could make it go quiet
"a sErIOus LaCk of seRoToNIn"
latinjank you shouldn't dance to
computerjank you mustn't dance to
not what i want from cutesy jpoprock dammit where are the HOOKS why does the twee never end i am crying
""""doo YOUu evennn liykk haradxoxccore?""""
Inside (The Songs)
not funny / not that smart / definitely overproduced / partially authentic / reliant on visual humour /
Oh, this is about the music? LOL
not an album i remember in the slightest
from annoying gimmick to skramz queen to boring af non-entity
|59||Portrayal of Guilt|
oh i know this game *shits on amplifier and jerks riffs into brain erasing anti-order*
relatively listenable lame post-punk
|57||Between the Buried and Me|
as far as dead on arrival memes go this is asdfghjkl;
|55||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
boring as shit post-rock 
Happier Than Ever
a huge leap forward for billie pirate eilish, you bet your salt she has a 3 in her somewhere
A Dream About Love
The more things change the more they stay the same *except* the opener is a Circa song I vaguely like! Congratulations.
|52||Every Time I Die|
I've listened to this surprisingly much for a boring album I do not like; have concluded it has some good tracks! A Colossal Wreck! but still, it is boring and overlong and not good.
gothic hardcore postmetal
scary group of industry veterans go gothic amdram. sunday afternoon horrorhouse whateverfest
|50||Hail the Sun|
New Age Filth
this band has survived a decade(?) without firing their vocalist and everything they do is consequently a little bit incredible
|49||King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard|
lol i didn't even bother rating butterfly 3000, but this band is boring and should stop flexing their increasingly strained chemistry and maybe one day make a decent album again
Illusions of Control
Bad cocteau twins tribute, but how bad can such a thing really be?
post progressive noisebore
real ones amongst us will remember with relish the day they told that scampy loud smart-kid at the back of the class with too many party tricks to fuck off back to winchester. it wasn't even their fuckin birthday in the first place.
The Million Masks of God
bedwetter indie 101
no better excuse than fresh hurtbreak to hit payday from other people's songs
Opening pair is surprisingly solid; the rest is at least a brave attempt from this insecure directionless joke of a band
The Golden Casket
This album is average-to-bad and Isaac Brock is a crank who long since lost his touch, *but* "Never Fuck A Spider On The Fly" is one of my favourite awful songs of the year and I've jammed it about 6x as much as anything else from this. Fantastic trashheap guilty pleasure with a good ol' feelgood chorus; this album gets a generous bump as such.
Tones and performances on this are actually pretty neat, but I don't rate the vocals or their approach to guitars or the songwriting, so alas.
Vaporous bedroom smoke mhwwwn
There's so much tryhard overworked LA cringe here that I vaguely wish I hated it, but there are also enough good ideas that I even-more-vaguely wish I believed in the hype. Confusion not appreciated, but best sub-3 of the year!
|39||Portrayal of Guilt|
We Are Always Alone
Piana, no! After 2014's largely fantastic glitch/ambient pop sortof career opus Muse, her soporific ladyship took 7 years out of the full-length circuit to trotout this plinky-plonk meandering snooze. A shame. But not quite a bad album. Ok.
|37||King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard|
Whoops, looks like I lied in the L.W. blurb (#149) - I did hear this! And then I forgot all about it. What a rude awakening. Goodbye.
Castle in Madness
the ugliest, most tastetless album i've heard all year maybe. 4s4ki is probably going to blow up at some point, but she can hold down a mic so ig there is hope
|35||Maria Arnal i Marcel Bages|
art pop / glitch pop
warm and wry putative glitch pop that does not bop
is post industrial a genre hmmmmhmmmmmm this happened. new album next month maybe it will be better
Bright Green Field
More invested in mining the absolute limits out of every single individual idea and relatively unwanky compared to their Windmill brethren. What do they want for it? I have no honour and no medals for them.
From Naiv's slick-as-an-eel genre fusion to this load of overgunned riff salad - really??? Chugga chugga cheesecake.
|31||Anneke van Giersbergen|
The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
I love Anneke, you love Anneke, we all love Anneke (but these acoustic tracks are very far from her best alas). I don't think her lyrical style suits these kind of songs at all - still, lovely voice.
|30||Gang of Youths|
alt rock / chamber pop
One really great GOY guyrocker followed by two chamber nonentities. What to do, what to say?
2021 regret #104: trying to (kinda) plug Doja Cat on sputnikmusic.com. lol. cya losers, hope you get some next year
|28||Spangle call Lilli line|
When great longstanding indie bands do REALLY UNREMARKABLE things dammit
i still do not know what to make of this lol ffs milo. v glad for its existence, but not enough to rank it above albums that i plan on returning to at some point in my lifespan
|26||Dai Dai Dai|
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth
noise pop / alt-idol
Not nearly as awesome as their rainbows-of-death standout LP last year, but there's some fun chaos to be had here
Not nearly as awesome as her sensational debut last year, but Yukika always packs a bop or two or more. Shame she's ditched much of her vintage sound.
Collections from the Whiteout
etcetc., yes a lot of these songs are not particularly good, and very few of them *sound* good (cue the Aaron Dessner Is An Untrustworthy Bellend jingle), but but but I can't help but give credit to Far Out, Sage... and Rookery for giving this thing some measure of leggage. Benny boi isn't lost yet!
Undeniably impressive in its way, but I trim my neck hair and haven't played Skyrim in years. Get skillcapped.
The Idyll Opus (I-VI)
indie emo folk
corny corncore corn anthems for cornhole theatre kids (no, not the cool ones; the CORN ones!!!!)
|21||Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The LSO|
This year is an elevator and this album has been playing for so long that I no longer have any idea if we're going up or down.
St. Vincent returns to make sloppy work of a controversial concept; it pans out surprisingly inoffensively, but she does drop a handful of modest winners, cajole Jack Antonoff into doing something worthwhile for potentially the only time this year, and raise the game on the disappointing Masseduction. Fair shits.
JesperL is ticklish as fuck, I can tell. This album is alright and sometimes good and sometimes boring
|18||Black Country, New Road|
For the first time
Process of elimination says that BCNR are the best of this year's postpost-punk UK boredom spawn. Their songwriting is a bit cumbersome but overall workable, and the is-it-apathy? vox is *just* tongue in cheek enough to warrant the kind of pretentious hand in pants delivery it recurrently chokes over. Their klezmer influence is whatever, but ig kudos for having an ear for drone and dissonance. Still not a great album, but Sunglasses gives me hope
Once-hip noise rock sublimating into stale dad rock. Bless you, Mike Patton - you knew it'd happen some day
Bleep guitar bloop bloop folk ok
borderline redeemable post-rock 
|14||The World Is a Beautiful Place...|
emo / post rock
Hick hack hock HECK, this one is a pain to rank!
Infinite Josh first half: 5/5
Infinite Josh second half: 2.5/5
rest of album: relatively turgid 3/5.
Anywhere below IU and above Tomahawk seems appropriate; one of the better records severely overrated this year I guess
Draw Down the Moon
Believe me, this is exactly the kind of trite woo-hoo singalong anthem indie I would *love* to hate on, but as it happens only half the tracklist is embarassing to listen to and the rest is actually pretty good! Beacons woo-hoooooo
2021's middle-of-the-road pop landmark; neat concept, decent sound, good lyrics, handful of decent songs, couple of colossal stinkers, no real stunners, alas. This was not a great year for pop!
As the Love Continues
borderline redeemable post rock  - Midnight Flit, Pat Stains and a bunch of other songs
Nerd solace with messy production. I guess one of the most reassuring albums of the year?
FLOWERS for VASES / descansos
It takes time to appreciate Hayley Williams' DIY bedroom record. Almost one year on, I guess it's alright.
Artsy synthy chillpop. Almost good! Decent spread of ideas, but hooked I am not :[
I cannot tell the difference between good songs and really bad songs on this album, but there are lots of them and almost all bang.
Especially "Ah puh". What an instantly adorable banger. K-Pop supremacy on a plate, and I ain't even a believer.
Let's call this the first probably-decent album of the list! A milestone! Cheers IU
The Book 2
yeah, they played it by the book alright
|5||Fievel Is Glauque|
God's Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess
lofi jazz pop
This band have fantastic titles and a lot of charm! Wish I could say more nice things about them, but alas this felt piecemeal and I did not get it all that much
Wish I liked this more + "Ship" is one of the year's most underacknowledged bangers, but a lot of it gets lost in a big shimmery krauty haze
math rock / pop rock
After hitting my top 10 last year with the best album of their career, Tricot revert to overproduced pop-rock things that are sometimes catchy and sometimes annoying. Top 10 on the B-list ain't awful, but they've got better in them
post hardcore / alternative
Thrice have good ideas again, but do they have their mojo??? Bet.
Green to Gold
I guess it figures for this list to be topped by the most inoffensive album of the year. Green to Gold is lovely and pure and utterly forgettable. I appreciate it.