I took the easy way out from having to choose my favorite books of the year and blogged about the library's top circulating novels instead. I couldn't deal with the struggle of narrowing down my favorite reads, and I'm not sure why I convinced myself that choosing my favorite albums would be any easier! There was so much brilliant music released this year, but I eventually managed to narrow my top picks a bit. While all of the albums were released in 2021, a couple of the songs selected to represent the album have been around longer than their official releases.
Johhny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane- Lost in the Cedar Wood
"Ten Degrees of Strange"
Maneskin- Teatro d'ira Vol I
"Zitti e Buoni"
Pokey LaFarge- In the Blossom of Their Shade
Brandi Carlile- In These Silent Days
"Right On Time"
We Are Scientists- Huffy
The Vaccines- Back in Love City
Jon Batiste- We Are
"I Need You"
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit- Georgia Blue
Georgia Blue is an entire album covering songs by artists from Georgia, including this one originally by the Black Crowes
Garbage- No Gods, No Masters
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi- They're Calling Me Home
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats- The Future
The Lathums- How Beautiful Life Can Be
"I See Your Ghost"
Langhorne Slim- Strawberry Mansion
Wolf Alice- Blue Weekend
David Bowie- Toy
"Can't Help Thinking About Me"
Toy is a work with an interesting history. Bowie wrote the songs in his youth, long before becoming the icon he did. It was supposed to be released in 2001 before getting shelved, and eventually some tracks leaked in 2011. Now a decade later, the album is included in the box set Brilliant Adventure, featuring music from Bowie's career between 1992-2001.
And as a bonus song I'm also including my favorite on the entire Brilliant Adventure box set even though it is not a new/unreleased track (though it is a 2021 remaster).
"I'm Afraid of Americans"
More bonus content: 2022 is already shaping up to be a great year with announced releases from bands I already love, and I can't wait to discover more who are new to me. Here are some older favorites from some of the artists I'm most looking forward to hearing from in the new year.
Frank Turner- "Plain Sailing Weather"
The Wombats- "Let's Dance to Joy Division"
Stabbing Westward- "Shame"