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  • Writer's pictureSantiago Mora

5 Best albums of Spanish and non Spanish music of 2021

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

Sometimes criteria to identified which album or music genre is hard to establish, but in here, we are gonna show you who were the most expected albums and more successful, even with the different topics that are represented in here.

"Puta" from Zahara is a milestone in Spanish music that will try to be silenced by the blindness of those who despise everything that smacks of criticism of the heteropatriarchy, but that will resonate for many years in any human being with the capacity and daring to look in the mirror and ask themselves certain questions. The beastly lyrics are dressed up in an indie sound that is much more powerful than in their previous albums, with some less convincing hip-hop excess, in a whole that screams that this is a historic album.

"Chemtrails Over The Country Club" and "Blue Banisters", of Lana del Rey. Music history reminds us that such bursts of fluid creativity last as long as they last, they come, they go and they don't usually come back. That's why this is the year to listen to Lana's albums non-stop, because they land in a melodic meadow after steaming in your head, because her atmospheric sound and hypnotic voice flirt with the luminous and the dark, the vintage and the current, with a depth and a lightness that sound better in her than in anyone else.

"El madrileño", of C. Tangana. Sony Music released this album, the most commented of the year, criticised or acclaimed for the review. Some flamenco and urban stile to complete this album full of party vibe and a mix of sad and happy lyrics with some deeps thoughts about how to do certain things or control certain behaviors.

"Clamor", de María Arnal i Marcel Bagés. The second album by this duo is of hypnotic beauty, an experiment that mixes electronic and traditional music, from the square and the monastery, as if the scientists/sparks were Rosalía and Bjork, hand in hand. An album to listen to with your eyes closed and your senses overwhelmed.

"Montero", de Lil Nas X. He is the true revolution of the year. Beyond the satanic scandals involving Nike or his exciting performances, Lil Nas X has crowned himself as the new god, divo, prince, whatever you want, of the music industry. The powerful thing about his media explosion is that his worldwide number ones, such as Montero (Call Me By Your Name) or Industry Baby, sound like urban-pop smash hits while at the same time claiming his status as a gay black man with a fresh, unabashed brazenness.

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