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Our 10 favourite albums of 2021

This is the end, beautiful friend. Of the year that is. Which means it’s time for us to rank our favourite albums.

By Rachael Davis, Marcus Lawrence, Frederick O'Brien & André Dack

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CRAWLER IDLES

IDLES’ most considered, sonically thoughtful, and complex release to date, taking the band down a new path while preserving their strengths.

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Hushed and Grim Mastodon

As much fun as its riffs and crunching tone can be, the album feels like a product of veterans going through the motions. For a really long time.

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Skin Joy Crookes

Weaving larger-than-life arrangements with razor-sharp yet feather-light lyricism, Crookes sits as the centerpiece of a kind of big band pop.

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Our 10 favourite singles of 2021

A lot of things about 2021 somehow managed to be worse than in 2020. Not the music, though. The music has been terrific. These were our favourite singles.

By Rachael Davis, Marcus Lawrence, Frederick O'Brien & André Dack

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Max Richter’s evocative activism soothes the soul

Deep, lush composition meets powerful spoken word delivery in Max Richter’s latest project, producing a potent, uplifting concoction.

By Andrew Bridge

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Thomas Ashby: ‘When you’re in a studio that’s your space to be the biggest you you can be.’

Thomas Ashby is a singer/songwriter from Herne Bay. We discuss living together during the time he recorded and released his third EP - 'Backlash'.

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Colourful Sevens: ‘I love making music by myself – I can treat my songs as diary entries.’

The Manchester musician talks about his most recent project (Moon), the merits of working alone, and the wisdom of Roger Ebert.

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‘Quite comfortably the best thing I've listened to this year’ - André and Andrew listen to Shame

Crunchy guitars and relentless percussion abound in Shame's new record 'Drunk Tank Pink'. Yes we're two weeks into the year, but a highlight all the same.

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André and Fred listen to r/qotsa’s Best Of album

r/qotsa put together the ultimate Queens of the Stone Age playlist: ...Vulgar Songs for Villains (Rated R). We put it to the test.

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IX: Believe the Hype

In which postmodern literature finally finds meaning.

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VIII: Hazardous

In which we hear the innermost thoughts of the world's most important person.