2021 Special: The Records That Marked the Year

While some insist that complete albums are no longer heard these days, the year saw several works argue in favor of long-format compilations. Some were for a concept that was better used with more time, others were for a well-explored narrative and others have more to do with a good offer of songs – there are many reasons why some records did not come out of our ears in recent months .

The team Pave Music selected, voted and commented on those albums that marked the year with the quality of production, the impact of their releases and, of course, the many replays that happened around here. The general public may listen to fewer records than before, but they are getting better.

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Juçara Marçal – Delta Estacio Blues

The idea of ​​Amefricanity worked on by Lélia Gonzales talks about strategies and technologies of black existence and resistance in a land where black people are always crossing a hostile environment, in search of something that never seems their own. In her new album, Caxiense updates this with broken experiments, challenging musical logics and a poetics that, even moving, finds a home. (Vítor Henrique Guimarães)

St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home

The year 2021 was so intense – not only this one, we know very well – that many times we forget about simple things, like, for example, breathing. Daddy’s Home, the seventh album by the North American St. Vincent, is an invitation to slow down the pace a little and make it more rhythmic. Consequently, more sensitive. It is a record that refers to a seventies sound, yes, but that shows all the versatility of St. Vincent as an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer. Without any comparison, but an artist as chameleon as David Bowie. (William Nunes)

Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams

Collapsed In Sunbeams is an album about broken hearts, loneliness and complicated romances. But even with the melancholy that permeates the album, Arlo Parks’ poetry results in music that embraces, welcomes and warms the heart. The composer touches the knots of human relationships and gently untangles them. After listening to the album, we can’t help but wonder, how does she do on the track Too Good: “Why do we make the simplest things so difficult?” (Guilherme Gurgel)

Duda Beat – I love you out there

After the success of Sorry (2018), there was a lot of expectation about what Duda Beat would do next. In I love you out there, the suffering remains in the aura and compositions of the singer from Pernambuco, but this time from a more mature angle. This is combined with a new instrumental outfit, which brings it closer to electronic pop. The album is a full plate for those who like sad music that you can dance to. (Thai Ferreira)

Of yours – We arrive at Home Alone

Tuyo released two We arrive at Home Alone first in volumes 1 and 2 – already more than enough for us to follow along well throughout the year. However, not satisfied with having already won the rout game, here’s the version Deluxe, special material bringing together the synthesis of the two albums, which bring together Lucas Silveira, Luccas Carlos, Jaloo, Drik Barbosa, Lenine, RDD, Shuna and Jonathan Ferr, in addition to inviting rapper Kamau and including the beauty Abyss. (Romulo Mendes)

Marina Sena – At first

Tropical, popular and oozing personality, the singer’s music was everything we wanted to hear and either we didn’t know, or couldn’t wait for something like At first be released. Its ten songs bring bold harmonies and production out of the obvious, without ever losing that characteristic of something you don’t want to stop listening to. From the wide smiles that Tamborim cause to the invitation to dance in Hair, Marina is par excellence what Brazilian pop needs. (André Felipe de Medeiros)

Caetano Veloso – My coconut

Singing with/for friends, singing along, in quotes. Caetano weaves a network of encounters and walks through this space. Attentive, present and current. My coconut is one of the possible drawings of our Brazil in 2021. We entered this sound environment through affection. After ten years without releasing an unpublished album, Caetano welcomes us – with him we share the complexity of being Brazilian. (Letícia Miranda)

Honorable Mention: Don L – Script for Aïnouz (Vol. 2)

Released at 45 in the second half, RPAV2 it continues what the rapper from Ceará promotes both as a discourse and as an aesthetic. Don gathered friends and references for a work that points to possible reconstructions for a shattered Brazil, in a detailed, charismatic and incredibly necessary album. (André Felipe de Medeiros)

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