10 great international albums of 2021


Transitional year, with a handful of new stars, some great figures and good records. The most outstanding, Adele, Raw Alejandro or the Spanish C. Tangana. There is a lot to listen to … Here are the 10 great albums of the last twelve months, for all tastes and musical registers.

1. “Call Me If You Get Lost” (Sony Music), de Tyler, The Creator: Hip hop lovers who did not see the expectations placed on the new Kanye West or Drake fully met will find here a lifeline that draws from some of the great icons of music to show a diverse mosaic of colors, more mature and emotional than in the past.

2. “30” (Sony Music), by Adele: It took her six years to edit a new sentimental biography in songs, less pop and immediate, more in the elegant line of the Barbra Streisand of the 70s, also more raw when she traced for her son a story about the breakdown of the home that she had created for he.

3. “Sour” (Universal Music), by Olivia Rodrigo: It would be strange if the Grammy for the revelation artist was not for the former child star who took over the charts and who, without transforming anything on the musical or production level, did know how to rescue the intensity of adolescent emotions, first with the ballad “Drivers license”, then mingling with “good for u”, one of the (few) great songs of the summer.

4. “Collapsed In Sunbeams” (Transgressive Records), de Arlo Parks: Another young star who has burst into force as the winner of the Mercury award for Best British Album, “a safe space” in which, following the patterns of figures such as Sufjan Stevens or Phoebe Bridgers, she sings freely and frankly.

5. “Montero” (Sony Music), by Lil Nas X: A burst of fireworks fired against the waterline of the old social structures; a proud blend of hip hop and pop, with enduring tracks and iconoclastic and iconic music videos like the one that gives it its name.

6. “Happier Than Ever” (Universal Music), de Billie Eilish: Here, the queen of generation Z shuns the gothic pop canons that raised her to the top, in the musical, emotional and aesthetic plane, although in a more jazzy wave she maintains her hypnotic capacity and a singular, personal voice, still acid in his account of the effects of fame.

7. “Screen Violene” (Universal), de Chvrches: It is commendable that a band perhaps reaches its best harvest of songs on its fourth studio album without losing its identity, that danceable pop of synthesizers apparently “naive” but with which they dispatch great existential questions on the edge of the precipice, as they did to his way The Cure, hence the good understanding with Robert Smith in “How Not To Drown”.

8. “VICE VERSA” (Sony Music), the Raw Alejandro: Neither Bad Bunny, nor Maluma, nor Karol G nor Rosalía, nor the “In Da Guetto” by J Balvin. If there has been a musician who has set the tone for the urban Latin, it has been this Puerto Rican by tying a rhythm that is difficult to shake to the cathartic arrangements of the 80s on songs that will define the memory of 2021, such as “Todo de ti” or “Desenfocao ”.

9. “Home Video” (Matador Records), de Lucy Dacus: The female authors again marked the path with force, people like Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves or this young singer-songwriter with a special timbre, with a lot of air and power of suggestion, in a soft rock album, a little evocative, melodic, intimate, ideal to lead through the paths of adolescent memory in search of the present version of oneself.

10. “EL MADRILEÑO” (Sony Music), by C. Tangana: The great revolution of the year in Spain jumped internationally with the three Latin Gramm that the artist achieved, known until now more for his collaborations with Rosalía than for his albums.

“Me maten” or “Tú me dejaste de quiero” demonstrated the wisdom of reinventing the idea of ​​“Spanish” from a global perspective, with pasodoble, flamenco and rumba by Calamaro, Jorge Drexler, Gipsy Kings, Elíades Ochoa, Kiko Veneno … He already said it: “It could have been a grotesque”, but it was a milestone.



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