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173 – Riot Act Albums of the Year 2021 (20 – 16)

It’s the moooost won-der-ful tiiiiiiime, of the yeeeeear.

Or rather, it would be, if Steve and Remfry weren’t tasked with re-listening to all their favourite music from the past year and attempting to put their favourite 20 albums into some arbitrary list of preference!

Excessive sadfishing aside, 2021 has been an extraordinary year for new music and whittling it down to just 20 albums each has been a tougher task than ever (yes, we know we say that every year). We’re spreading the Riot Act Albums of the Year over 4 episodes this year, with this episode counting down from 20 – 16. On top of that, we take a look at our favourite EPs of the year.

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141 – Dinosaur Jr., London Grammar, Big I Brave and Assertion

Remfry and Steve start this week’s show on a sombre note as we pay tribute to Jim Steinman, the colourful composer behind hits like Bat Out Of Hell and Total Eclipse Of The Heart, who passed away earlier this week from kidney failure after being ill for some time.

In other news, the internet has been a-buzz with hype after Mudvayne announced they are set to return to US festivals to play their first shows since their hiatus in 2010. Exciting news for sure, but maybe not quite as exciting as many people seem to be making out. 

Albums reviewed this week are Sweep It Into Space by Dinosaur Jr., Californian Soil by London Grammar, Vital by Big I Brave, and Intermission by Assertion.