It’s that time of year again! With Christmas nearing and 2021 drawing to a close, we take a look back at some of the best art and cultural offerings to come out of Wales this year. Today, we’re looking at our favourite Welsh albums from 2021.
2021 has been a fantastic year for Welsh music. Despite the persistence of the coronavirus pandemic, artists and groups from Wales have continued their creativity and produced an array of wonderful albums. With some help from the Wales Arts Review contributors and editorial team, we have selected our favourite Welsh albums of 2021.
Our number one will be announced later in December.
Astro Tough by Audiobooks
Love No Less Than a Queen by Trampolene
Into the Blue by The Joy Formidable
Seeking New Gods by Gruff Rhys
Sai-thaiñ ki Sur (The Weaving of Voices) by Khasi-Cymru Collective
The Art of Losing by The Anchoress
Cwmwl Tystion/Witness by Tomos Williams
The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers
Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land by Marina
Previous winners include:
2020: Beethoven: The Complete Piano Concertos – BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Stewart Goodyear
2019: Everything Solved at Once – Silent Forum
2018: Echo the Red – Accü
2017: Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den – Rufus Mufasa
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