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The AllMusic 2021

Year In Review

Rock albums came in many forms in 2021 from the raw energy of Amyl and the Sniffers, to the hooky throwback sound of Weezer, to regionally-inspired covers albums from Jason Isbell (playing songs by Georgia artists) and Los Lobos (paying tribute to bands from L.A.).

Amyl and the Sniffers

Comfort to Me

The thrilling sophomore LP from the Aussie punks adds maturity and focus to the mix without sacrificing their rabid, defiant sound.

Foo Fighters

Medicine at Midnight

Foo Fighters loosen up and dance on this self-styled "party album."

Here Lies Man

Ritual Divination

Sabbath-sized riffs, Afrobeat rhythms, and fever dream production all contribute to the most inspired album to date from this Afro-metal quartet.

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Let Me Do One More

Producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Tudzin delivers an embarrassment of smart pop riches on her great third LP.

Jason Isbell / Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Georgia Blue

The ace songwriter covers 13 tunes from Georgia artists, showing off his influences and having a blast doing it.

Jerry Cantrell


Jerry Cantrell's first new set in decades dials back the dimly lit ruminations of past efforts for something that hews dangerously close to hope.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Butterfly 3000

The Gizz add synth loops and breezy warmth to their tool kit; the result is hooky choruses, helium-light vocals, and songs perfect for a summer afternoon.

Los Lobos

Native Sons

The great East L.A. band cover a dozen songs from their hometown and show how much they've learned and how far they've grown.

Matthew Sweet


Sweet rages against the dying of the power pop light on his raw 15th album.


Kingdom of Oblivion

Composed of material demoed for but left off the GullvÄg Trilogy, the band re-envisioned and re-recorded these songs as a freestanding album.

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket

The Louisville roots-psych band returns after a hiatus with a strong album that finds the five musicians grooving as one.

Nathaniel Rateliff / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

The Future

Rateliff gives his band some weightier material to chew on, resulting in their most diverse set to date.

Royal Blood


Royal Blood gets trashy after hooking up with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.

Silver Synthetic

Silver Synthetic

Classic rock & roll with a dash of country done with style and substance by a New Orleans combo.

The Armed


The Detroit art-punk collective delivers a barrage of sounds and styles that show no delineation between discomfort, reassurance, pain, or pleasure.

The Coral

Coral Island

Inspired by faded seaside resorts, the group explore pre-Beatles pop, psychedelia, folk-rock and more on a brilliant double-record that's both expansive and focused.

The Hold Steady

Open Door Policy

A self-styled cinematic album populated with vivid characters captured with bold colors and nuance.

The Pineapple Thief

Nothing But the Truth

Recorded live in the studio and livestreamed across the Internet, this concert serves as a beautifully recorded and incendiary live retrospective.

The War on Drugs

I Don't Live Here Anymore

After the densely layered moodiness of their last album, this '80s-modeled band returns with a warmer, more uplifting rendering of their blue collar rock sound.

The William Loveday Intention

The Dept. of Discontinued Lines

England's godfather of garage punk changes things up with a four-volume set informed by '60s pop and classic Bob Dylan.


Glow On

The Baltimore punk outift's third long-player rolls in like a violent, late-summer storm and pummels the power grid but mercifully leaves the lights on.

Ty Segall


Somehow Segall manages to sound sleek and nasty at once as he cleans up his garage sound while adding synths and tightening up the arrangements.


Van Weezer

A salute to the oversized hooky hard rock of the early 1980s.

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