But let's not get ahead of ourselves. My top 14 albums of 2021, including FOUR bands I've never heard of, three at 10, 9, and 8:
Sting is back! He's always been all over the map, up and down: whether solo or with The Police, sometimes I can't stand what he's doing, sometimes I love it. This album is pretty good!
Neal Morse and friends make their first appearance...
#12 is... Neal Morse and friends! some of the same friends as #13. Some different friends. and they recorded TWO VERSIONS of this one! So that's actually... > 3 hours of Neal Morse and friends :)
This is also #3 from "Top 3 Live or Collections of 2021" is Gamma Ray's amazing new live album.
The triumphant return of both Hansen and Kiske!
How does this man put out so many albums?! And why are they all great?!?!
In any other year this would surely be #1. We had to wait 22 years for LTE3 but it was WORTH IT. >This is also Mike Portnoy's third appearance in the list!
Dream Theater actually produced a good album for the first time since Portnoy's long-ago departure.
Iron Maiden in 2000: Hell, we're Iron Maiden! We can have three guitarists from now on!
Iron Maiden in 2021: Hell, we're Iron Maiden! We can release double albums from now on!
Never heard of these guys before 2021 but this was ALBUM OF THE YEAR. (I had to make my own playlist for this one because youtube corrupted the official one)