Top Vinyl Releases of 2021
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2021 has been an incredible year for new vinyl releases. Featuring iconic albums from some of today’s top female artists, a 3 LP studio album from British Heavy Metal legends, and anniversary reissues of some of the most legendary albums of all time. With titles ranging from exclusive coloured vinyl to deluxe box sets there will surely be something here for the vinyl lover in your life. Check out our picks.
Adele - 30 (2 LP)
Already the best selling album of 2021, critics are calling "30" Adele's most powerful album yet, while praising her vocal performances as being the best of her career, particularly on the emotional first single "Easy on Me". With lacquers cut by renowned mastering engineer Ryan K. Smith, this 2 LP vinyl record is the ultimate way to experience Adele's stunning voice.
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever 2 LP
The follow up to her game-changing debut album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?", "Happier Than Ever" is a subdued yet sonically diverse album with minimalist arrangements, strong melodies, and lyrics which detail the struggles of Eilish’s rise to fame and the downsides of stardom. Debuting at Number 1 on the charts, Billie Eilish has avoided the sophomore slump as "Happier Than Ever" has been an incredible commercial and critical success worldwide.
Radiohead - Kid a Mnesia (3LP/Red/Limited)
This reissue compiles Radiohead’s classic albums "Kid A" and "Amnesiac", with a third disc of previously unreleased material, including the two singles “If You Say The Word” and “Follow Me Around”. "Kid A Mnesia" restores Radiohead’s original vision as they had initially considered releasing the two albums as a double album, as the more electronic nature of the albums represented a departure from the band’s earlier more guitar-oriented sound. This Indie Record Store exclusive version of the album is pressed on limited edition red vinyl.
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu (3 LP)
"Senjutsu" is Iron Maiden’s first album in nearly six years. It was definitely worth the wait, as the album has received universal acclaim, being hailed as an epic and triumphant return. While maintaining many of the qualities that have made the British heavy metal giants so beloved over the years, this epic album - clocking in at just over 80 minutes - also showcases the band’s more progressive rock tendencies (the last 3 tracks are all well over 10 minutes long).
The Beatles - Let It Be Special Edition (4 LP + 12 EP)
This 50th Anniversary Special Edition Box Set of The Beatles’ "Let It Be" is a must have for The Beatles fan in your life. Featuring a remix of the original album by Giles Martin (the son of Beatles producer George Martin), 2 LPs of outtakes, jams rehearsals and studio chat, the famed "Get Back" album (1969 mix by Glyn Johns, featuring original album artwork), the 4 song "Let It Be" EP, and a 100-page hardback book, this is a treasure trove documenting a tumultuous time in The Beatles’ career. This deluxe box set is the perfect companion piece to Peter Jackson’s "Get Back", the new six-hour Beatles documentary mini-series about the making of the "Let It Be" album.
Buena Vista Social Club (25th Anniversary, 2 LP)
One of the landmark releases of world music, this release commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the legendary "Buena Vista Social Club". This 2 LP 180-gram vinyl release features a remaster by famed mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, 5 bonus tracks from the original recording sessions, and a 20-page booklet featuring new liner notes, photos, song notes, and lyrics.
John Coltrane - Another Side Of John Coltrane (2LP)
"Another Side Of John Coltrane" showcases the legendary tenor saxophonist’s early work as a sideman before embarking on his own incredibly successful solo career. This collection highlights some of Coltrane’s work in recording sessions led by Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor, including a version of Sonny Rollins’ "Tenor Madness", which is the only known recording of the two tenor sax giants together.
Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed (Indie Exclusive)
"Star Crossed" is the fifth album from country pop singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. Musgraves has described the album as a modern tragedy, dealing with themes of heartache, and taking inspiration from William Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet", and citing musical influences as diverse as Bill Withers, Daft Punk, and Weezer. This Indie Exclusive pressing is released as a surprise 1 of 3 different colour variants.
Taylor Swift - Folklore "In The Trees" (2LP)
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without a selection from Taylor Swift. "Folklore" is a departure from the upbeat pop production of her previous albums, instead focussing on mellow acoustic ballads in indie folk, alternative rock, and electroacoustic styles. In contrast to the autobiographical tone of much of Swift’s past work, the songs explore fictional narratives with themes of nostalgia and escapism. The 2 LP “In The Trees” Edition features a unique album cover, back cover, inner sleeves, photos, and 2 marbled brown “In The Trees” vinyl records.
Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days
Written in quarantine during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandi Carlile’s seventh album "In These Silent Days" showcases Carlile’s meticulous song writing craft. Upon the album’s release it was praised as being a high point amongst Carlile’s stellar discography, garnering universally positive reviews from critics. With the album’s 1970’s style analog production, this Indie Exclusive Gold vinyl record will surely sound great on any turntable.
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