Remarkable Rock 2021
Some experimented and blazed new trails with experimental sounds, some reverted to their original sound. In that context, the year was a richer one when it came to the output.
Halsey (Photo: artwork from If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power)
No rundown of the year will be complete without a quick mention of the effect of the pandemic on the live music industry. Though the downside was a severely limited concert scene, the virus forced artists to be even more creative and innovate within the limitations. This innovation manifested itself in unique ways. Many bands had members venturing into solo projects. Some individuals and outfits explored collaborations they may never have thought of before.
The year cranked open with a few high-profile releases - Steven Wilson's solo album, Evanescence's 4th studio album, the 10th studio album from Foo Fighters, and even a long-overdue album from The Pretty Reckless. The Killers released their latest album Pressure Machine in August and received positive reviews all around.
The collaboration between pop diva Halsey and NIN's Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross gave us the former’s rock album. If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power came out in August to rave reviews from fans across genres. Daughtry, the band that had moved to a country/pop approach, released their sixth studio album, Dearly Beloved, signifying a return to their rock roots. However, the year’s surprise was the spunky Italian rock band, Måneskin, winner of the Eurovision contest and a massive trend on social media.
Words by Mayur Chikramane
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