I don't feel that 2021 was a stellar year for music. I mean, it was ok......at best. But anymore, I feel a bit stunted in my music hunting abilities. There are very few standouts that I have for his year. In good conscience, I can't even really recommend anything off the new Foo Fighters disk.
Actually, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss get top ranking. There is no second. Or third. Not this year. I wasn't feeling it.
Raise the Roof is far from perfect, but it has some perfect moments, and that is more than most releases I got this year.
Not just because Plant & Kraus have the top disk, they also have the top song for my year. "Quattro (World Drifts In)" would have been my top song even if their disk wasn't. This is kind of more what I wanted of their entire album. Muted harmonies and almost no rhyme or rhyme scheme. I'm loving it.
I didn't love the latest Crowded House disk. There are a few good songs on it, but fair songs for a normally great band are less than fair. But I thought "To the Island" was inventive and catchy.