Best of the Year: Top 10 Albums of 2021 by Chris

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Myles Kennedy performs at Baltimore Soundstage in 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Where 2020 was mostly a lost year for music, 2021 became a banner year for the industry. While much of the industry is still working to recover from the massive toll that was forced upon them by the pandemic, we fans have been gifted a plethora of music this year. Vaccines got in arms, bands went back on tour, and new albums were released in droves. So many new records came out in 2021 that at times it was hard to keep track of it all. There were multiple times that I was surprised by a new release, or I realized that I had completely missed a new album by and artist I loved. It’s very possible that there are still a few records that I haven’t listened to that I am certain to love.

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Music Park: The Pretty Reckless @ 9:30 Club — 4/26/17

The Pretty Reckless @930Club, Washington DC, 04/26/2017 Taylor Momsen fronts The Pretty Reckless at 9:30 Club on April 26, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Wow! It’s amazing to think Taylor Momsen, vocalist of The Pretty Reckless is only 23. Don’t get me wrong — the blonde former actress certainly appears vital and fresh, but her looks belie her voice. That voice is big and booming, and surprisingly weathered while still occasionally sliding into bluesy romance.

Taylor’s voice was on full display Wednesday in a very crowded show at 9:30 Club, where she demonstrated her vocal power. I was impressed by how no matter how loud her bandmates played their instruments, that strong voice remained out front, incapable of being drowned out by the din.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Pretty Reckless @ 9:30 Club, 4/26/17

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The Pretty Reckless (Photo courtesy the artist)

Last fall, The Pretty Reckless released their third studio album, Who You Selling For, via Razor & Tie, then they embarked on a big tour. They are touring some more, and they will visit 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 26. You can win tickets to go!

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