The reviews of all the albums reviewed this year continue to pile up. The Top 10 Best Albums of 2021 has been finalized, I think, with the final album added this week but some shuffling around of those picked has started the second-guessing. Oh! I also got a new Rush album. Don’t get too excited, see below.
- Merry Axemas – (album)
I told you Merry Axemas would remain on The Weekly Playlist for a few weeks.
- Mammoth WVH – Self-titled (album)
Wolfgang Van Halen’s debut album. Read the review.
- Duran Duran – Future Past (album)
Still going after 40 years, Duran Duran’s new album shows the band looking for new ways to reinvent themselves. Read the review.
- Weezer – Van Weezer and Maladroit (albums)
Van Weezer isn’t the first hard rock (ish) album from Weezer as 2002’s Maladroit also had some heavier guitars and mildly head-banging chords that showed a different side to this band. A band that probably has created its own musical niche by now. Read the review for Van Weezer.
- Daughtry – Dearly beloved (album)
Another listen to Daughtry’s new album. Read the review.
- Dream Theater – A View From the Top of the World (album)
- Greta Van Fleet – The Battle at Garden’s Gate (album)
Another listen to Greta Van Fleet’s sophomore album. Read the review.
- Styx – Crash of the Crown (album)
Styx returns to my area next summer with REO Speedwagon. For a while I was seeing Styx seemingly all the time but it’s been some time since I’ve seen them. I suspect they will play plenty off their new album. Read the review.
- Rush – Icon (album)
A friend texted me a photo of the new Rush Icon album he found at Wal-Mart. It was a limited edition white vinyl. I didn’t realize “they” (whoever they is from Canada as it came from Canada) released it on vinyl. So, the next day I went to Wal-Mart and found four copies, three on white and one on cobalt blue. I grabbed the cobalt blue. I am sure “limited edition” means 10,000 copies or some such making the whole “limited edition” thing a bit meaningless but an interesting selection of songs from the first 11 Rush albums.