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  • Originally posted by heppolo View Post

    I really like "Coraline" (they have just performed it live at SanRemo 2022).
    Wait, I'm such a flop... Coraline's melody is actually still in my head and I always saw the song among the clear highlights too, but somehow I already forgot that it's not in English So yeah my previous comment is not true then...

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      30. London Grammar – Californian Soil
      90 points




      Chartrun: *3*-3-6-10-13-15-15-17-Out-RE 17-Out / 9w
      Certification: -


      British Indie Pop band London Grammar released their third album Californian Soil in 2021. While their first two sets If You Wait (2013) and Truth Is A Beautiful Thing (2017) didn’t make big waves for me, Californian Soil immediately turned out to be their best work to date for me personally. This is the Indie Pop I love, catchy at times, always accessible, but still a bit alternative.
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      29. Alvaro Soler – Magia
      91 points




      Chartrun: 2-*1*-4-5-8-15-Out / 6w
      Certification: -


      Alvaro Soler had a similiar situation like London Grammar, as the German-Spanish singer released his third album Magia in 2021 and while his first two sets were solid efforts, Magia clicked with me as much as Alvaro never did before. His very first number one entry on my charts (singles included), a very happy, uplifting record perfectly made for the summer.
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      28. Taylor Swift – Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
      93 points




      Chartrun: *1*-4-10-17-Out-RE 15-8-11-13-17-Out / 9w
      Certification: -


      While Taylor Swift didn’t score one really massive hit in 2021 (Willow reached #49 on the Singles countdown), it still felt like it was totally her year and she kept reaching milestones, kept releasing albums, and kept impressing fans, charts followers and casual listeners alike. Following some problems with her old recordings, the singer decided to re-record all of her older albums and release them again, with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) having made the start in Spring 2021. The original album was the reason why I fell in love with her over a decade ago and this re-release made me appreciate it again. Her first of three appearances on the countdown.
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      27. Bebe Rexha – Better Mistakes
      96 points




      Chartrun: *1*-2-4-7-8-13-16-Out / 7w
      Certification: -


      2021 was the year when many highly anticipated albums finally got released and Bebe Rexha’s second album Better Mistakes was definitely one of them – unfortunately, many of these highly anticipated albums then ended up with less success than expected, and this also goes for Better Mistakes. Bebe’s debut album Expectations reached #3 on the Year-End Charts 2018 and even though Better Mistakes is still a good album, it kinda lacks originalty, is a bit too short and also not too cohesive.
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      26. Madison Beer – Life Support
      97 points




      Chartrun: *2*-5-10-12-15-13-10-11-14-Out / 9w
      Certification: -


      Madison Beer released her full-length debut album in early 2021, a great album with a good mixture of Pop and R&B, plus she’s a fantastic yet somehow underrated singer. It’s still beyond me how Madison still hasn’t more success on the charts out there and how especially Boyshit wasn’t a worldwide hit for hers. Life Support was definitely a great start for a promising career.
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        25. Miley Cyrus – Plastic Hearts
        100 points




        Chartrun in 2020: *1*-1-1-2- / 4w
        Chartrun in 2021: *2*-3-5-8-11-12-9-14-19-Out-RE 17-20-Out / 11w
        Certification: GOLD
        Ranking in the YEC 2020: #41


        The first of just five albums that were already released in 2020 but still did well enough in 2021 to appear on the countdown is Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus. This felt like Miley’s redemption, after pretty much flopping with her previous album Younger Now, as Plastic Hearts ended up as a nice success all around the world and this really felt like she finally found the sound that works the best for her. Only thing that worried me was yet again too few singles though, the era was cut short yet again.
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        24. Vanessa Mai – Mai Tai
        100 points




        Chartrun: *2*-2-4-5-8-15-16-16-Out / 8w
        Certification: GOLD


        Another redemption went to Vanessa Mai. Following the two Gold certified Regenbogen (#32 on the Year-End Charts 2017) and Schlager (#13 on the Year-End Charts 2018), Vanessa bombed completely with Für immer last year (only #79). Mai Tai is a return to form for the German Schlager-Pop princess and similar to previous works, this is more of a (Dance-)Pop album than a Schlager album. Of course there are also some fillers on this, but overall it’s a great album. Not releasing Morgenlicht was a wasted opportunity though.
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        23. Zara Larsson – Poster Girl
        100 points




        Chartrun: *1*-2-5-8-11-12-14-16-20-Out / 9w
        Certification: GOLD


        Similar to Bebe Rexha’s Better Mistakes at #27, Zara Larsson’s second (international) album Poster Girl was also highly anticipated, finally got released in 2021, but unfortunately didn’t meet all the expectations. Her previous album So Good ended up at #1 on the Year-End Charts 2017, but even through the many singles that were released prior Poster Girl’s drop, it was already clear that her sophomore album wouldn’t be as good. Is it still a good album though? Of course! Funny thing is that back in 2017 when Zara released So Good around the same time as Dua Lipa dropped her debut, I really thought Zara would get the career Dua Lipa has now… I was so wrong!
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        22. Little Mix – Between Us
        101 points




        Chartrun: *2*-2-3-3-5-10-SC / 6w
        Certification: GOLD


        With four entries on the singles countdown it’s definitely no surprise to see Little Mix also appearing on the albums countdown. Between Us is the first best of compilation by the British girl group and also their first release as a trio – plus, as for now, it looks like this will also be their final release before going on tour and having a break afterwards. Between Us came at the best possible time, as I’ve grown to love the group more and more over the last few years and with Sweet Melody, they finally released a song that completely won me over in late 2020. 2021 was therefore a great opportunity for me to dive back and more into their earlier stuff, and I started to enjoy these songs as much as never before. Definitely a strong Pop record from a strong girl group! This also earned them their first Gold certified album on my weekly charts.
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        21. Agnes – Magic Still Exists
        104 points




        Chartrun: *1*-2-1-4-9-13-17-20-18-SC / 9w
        Certification: GOLD


        Agnes closes this batch with her latest album Magic Still Exists. The Swedish singer is probably still mostly known for her 2008 hit single Release Me and yes, this song also kept being stuck in my head even over a decade later. Despite that, I somehow never checked her out until she dropped the single 24 Hours in mid 2021, which caught me by surprise and became her very first notation on my weekly charts. When the album then came out, I was even more surprised because this is such a well crafted, modern, catchy, yet interesting Dance-Pop record and basically proves once again that the Swedish musicians know exactly how Pop music works. It’s kinda giving me Robyn with Body Talk vibes.
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          Bubbling Under

          115. Kim Petras – Clarity
          114. Jinjer – Wallflowers
          113. P.J. Harding & Noah Cyrus – People Don't Change EP
          112. Carrie Underwood – My Savior
          111. Beatrice Egli – Alles was du brauchst
          110. James Blunt – The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004 - 2021)
          109. Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anerson .Paak) – An Evening With Silk Sonic
          108. Coldplay – Music Of The Spheres
          107. Angčle – Nonante-Cinq
          106. Luke Hemmings – When Facing The Things We Turn Away From
          105. (G)I-dle – I Burn EP
          104. Passenger – Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted
          103. Astrid S – Leave It Beautiful
          102. John Mayer – Sob Rock
          101. Tones And I – Welcome To The Madhouse
          100. Baekhyun – Baekhyun EP

          99. Kelly Clarkson – When Christmas Comes Around…
          98. Tori Amos – Ocean To Ocean
          97. Chvrches – Screen Violence
          96. Ane Brun – How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow
          95. Loredana – Medusa
          94. Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions
          93. Todrick Hall – Femuline
          92. Alicia Keys – Keys
          91. Barbara Pravi – On n'enferme pas les oiseaux
          90. Alan Walker – Walking Racing League EP
          89. Felix Jaehn – Breathe
          88. Selena Gomez – Revelación
          87. Lindsey Stirling – Artemis
          86. Willow – Lately I Feel Everything
          85. Mark Forster – Musketiere
          84. CL – Alpha
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          • Did you really listen to more than 100 albums last year? That's soooo impressive!

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            • Originally posted by theMathematician View Post
              Did you really listen to more than 100 albums last year? That's soooo impressive!
              179 albums made my weekly Album Top20 last year... obviously including older albums, though I most likely listened to even more older albums. As for 2021 releases, only one didn't appear on my charts that I listened to (Lea's Fluss...).

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              • Thanks for your quick answer. You're really a music enthusiast!

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                • Spaceman is definitely my favourite NJ LP thus far. "This is Heaven" >>>

                  Californian Soil is good - perfect for early morning walks. Fearless (TV) brought back so many memories! Fearless was the album that really transformed me into a big T-Swizzle fan. "You Belong with Me", in particular, both song and video, is what tipped the scales in her favour.

                  What a fantastic album Plastic Hearts is! It really deserved so much more commercial success. Magic Still Exists was among the 2021 highlights for me.
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                  • Originally posted by JSparksFan View Post
                    Spaceman is definitely my favourite NJ LP thus far. "This is Heaven" >>>

                    Californian Soil is good - perfect for early morning walks. Fearless (TV) brought back so many memories! Fearless was the album that really transformed me into a big T-Swizzle fan. "You Belong with Me", in particular, both song and video, is what tipped the scales in her favour.

                    What a fantastic album Plastic Hearts is! It really deserved so much more commercial success. Magic Still Exists was among the 2021 highlights for me.
                    No surprise seeing your love for Spaceman here - I'm still baffled this wasn't a (much) bigger success / era for him.

                    Oh yes, I never listened to Californian Soil on an early morning walk but that sounds like a perfect match! Same here for Taylor... well, she only became successful through that era over here and I still remember so well how and where I bought the Platinum edition of Fearless <3 You Belong With Me will always be among her best ones ever!

                    Plastic Hearts was another era cut short... I just can't with Miley only releasing like two singles of her albums, even when there's so much potential left. I just hope she comes back soon-ish. Glad you enjoyed Magic Still Exists so much as well

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                      20. Yebba – Dawn
                      104 points




                      Chartrun: 5-*4*-5-8-8-12-12-15-16-Out / 9w
                      Certification: GOLD


                      American singer-songwriter Yebba released her debut album Dawn last Fall and this record was long overdue and has a special place in my heart, because it was released around the time when my partner and I got engaged, and, coincidentally, one of the first things he has shown me when we started to date was a live clip of Yebba singing My Mind. She was also featured on albums by Sam Smith, Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran and Drake in the last few years, so she really started to build her name. Besides the personal attachment to her, Yebba is a phenomenal singer, has some strong lyrics, and her Neo Jazz meets R&B meets Pop meets Soul and Gospel is definitely a sound that I’ve grown to appreciate a lot lately, so this definitely met all the expectations. Oh, and I really think she some sort of delivered the better Adele album of 2021.
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                      19. Powerwolf – Call Of The Wild
                      104 points




                      Chartrun: 5-*2*-3-3-7-9-15-20-Out / 8w
                      Certification: GOLD


                      As a fan of Rock music and the charts, especially from German speaking countries, I knew that Powerwolf was a really successful Power Metal band from Germany, but only checked them out for the first time in 2021, when they released their eighth album Call Of The Wild. It was a cool coincidence how my brother spoke about the band and my mom was raving about one of their compilations from 2020 just a few weeks prior Call Of The Wild’s release, so I just had to check this out and I ended up being positively surprised. I’m usually more into the female fronted stuff from this genre, but Powerwolf did such a great job with Call Of The Wild and they easily outdo several other male fronted bands that I’ve heard, such as Sabaton. With Demons Are A Girls Best Friend feat. Alissa White-Gluz, they’re also responsible for one of the best songs of 2021 (#5 on the Year-End Charts).
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                      18. Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over
                      108 points




                      Chartrun: *1*-2-2-4-9-12-15-18-18-Out / 9w
                      Certification: GOLD


                      Demi Lovato’s seventh studio album is a great Pop album that feels under appreciated and unfortunately also already kinda forgotten. While this album contains a big amount of songs and has a length of over an hour (probably depends on which of the many versions one got), I still think they delivered from start to finish and created one of the most solid Pop efforts of 2021. The only thing I could argue about is that a hit single like Cool For The Summer, Heart Attack or a banger like Kingdom Come is missing. But other than that, this doesn’t have to hide in their discography and should’ve continued their Gold certified albums streak in the US.
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                      17. Kacey Musgraves – Star-crossed
                      109 points




                      Chartrun: *2*-2-2-4-6-10-14-19-Out / 8w
                      Certification: GOLD


                      Another album that felt extremely short lived on the official charts is Kacey Musgraves’ Star-crossed. I think 2021 was the year of many great and also critically acclaimed albums that didn’t show any longevity, which is probably also why I feel less and less attached to the official charts all around the globe. Anyways, Golden Hour was so acclaimed by everyone, I must admit it never fully clicked with me and Star-crossed quickly surpassed that album for me personally. Is it Country? No. Does it matter? No, not at all – it’s just such a beautifully crafted album and I can’t wait for what’s next.
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                      16. Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club
                      112 points




                      Chartrun: *2*-4-4-5-6-9-13-17-18-20-Out / 10w
                      Certification: GOLD


                      It’s already been over a decade when Lana Del Rey released her major label debut album Born To Die and truly dominated the charts with it and its singles. Many years later, the singer has maintained a big fanbase, keeps releasing high profile albums and also still does well on the charts. With that being said, while Lana has yet to release a bad or even just weak song, her albums offer no surprises anymore these days and while they’re still extraordinary, they still don’t get me into the same exciting state like her first few albums did.
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                        15. Katja Krasavice – Eure Mami
                        115 points




                        Chartrun: *1*-1-1-3-6-9-14-18-Out / 8w
                        Certification: GOLD


                        Katja Krasavice is definitely one of the most successful artists of 2021, as with Alles schon gesehen (#63), Raindrops with Leony (#44), Friendzone (#29) and Highway with Elif (#20), the German singer placed four songs on the Singles Year-End Charts 2021. Eure Mami is her second studio album, was released already back in February 2020 and with three weeks at #1, it’s also tied with two other albums as the third longest running album of the year (coincidentally, the other two albums are in this update as well). Katja is definitely someone for the don’t judge a book by its cover phrase, as despite not being the greatest singer, she’s actually such a lovable person and knows exactly how to market herself. German Rap / R&B with some sprinkles of Pop, paired with Katja’s colourfulnessness. Her third album Pussy Power is going to be released very soon (11th February 2022) and may be another success.
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                        14. Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)
                        116 points




                        Chartrun: *1*-1-2-1-2-3-SC / 6w
                        Certification: GOLD


                        Following Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (#28) on the main countdown and Folklore (#75) on the Bubbling Under updates, Red (Taylor’s Version) is already Taylor’s third but still not last appearance on the Year-End Charts 2021. Her second re-recorded album has been a massive and totally unexpected success for me, because I’ve always rated the original Red album as one of her weakest albums to date, but this re-release changed that. Since its release, there hasn’t been a week when I didn’t play this at least once from start to finish, which says a lot considering it takes over two hours to play the whole thing. There were never doubts that Taylor is a superstar, but Red (Taylor’s Version) is definitely one of the reasons why 2021 was her year yet again and there’s currently no one out there who does it like her.
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                        13. Epica – Omega
                        141 points




                        Chartrun: *1*-2-6-6-7-8-9-12-12-16-20-19-16-19-Out / 14w
                        Certification: GOLD


                        Dutch Symphonic Metal band Epica were no strangers to me when they released Omega, their eighth studio album. The band is from a genre that is responsible for my two most favorite bands ever, Nightwish and Within Temptation. So despite all that, prior to Omega’s release, nothing by the band fully clicked with me, with Epica Vs. Attack On Titan Songs having been their biggest success to date with its #41 spot on the Year-End Charts 2018. Omega was mainly driven by the epic single Rivers (#15 on the Year-End Charts 2021) and is a strong Symphonic Metal record. It will be exciting to see if a follow-up can get me this much as well or if this was just a lucky shot – hopefully the former!
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                        12. Doja Cat – Planet Her
                        144 points




                        Chartrun: 2-*1*-3-6-8-10-10-13-7-12-15-Out / 11w
                        Certification: GOLD


                        So back in 2020, I really thought Hot Pink would be Doja Cat’s breakthrough all around the globe, but I guess it was just her breakthrough in the English speaking countries and its follow-up Planet Her finally catapulted Doja Cat into a global phenomenon in 2021. A perfect mash-up of R&B meets Rap meets Pop, including some elements of Dance, Reggae and other genres. Doja definitely found her own sound and continues on Planet Her what she already did very well on Hot Pink. An album that’s easy to listen to as a whole, but it still offers some shining moments as well.

                        The year-end stats for Planet Her are very similar to Hot Pink, which ended up at #13 on the Year-End Charts 2020 with just five points less.
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                        11. Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
                        171 points




                        Chartrun: *1*-1-1-2-8-8-14-10-7-9-9-14-18-Out / 13w
                        Certification: GOLD


                        Just missing out on the Top10 is Happier Than Ever, the highly anticipated second studio album by Billie Eilish, and that only shows how strong the best albums of the year were, as with 171 points, Billie would’ve reached the Top10 of the countdown in the past five years.

                        I may be in the minority here but Happier Than Ever is pretty clearly the better of the two Billie albums for me personally, I just think the level of this feels higher than for When We All Fall Asleep. Her debut may have had some awesome standouts, but also some clear fillers. Happier Than Ever isn’t flawless from start to finish either, but even the weaker songs offer a nice atmosphere and don’t stand out too much in comparison. Following Katja Krasavice’s Eure Mami and Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version), Happier Than Ever is the third of the three tied albums with the third most weeks atop the weekly album charts.
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                          Bubbling Under

                          83. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Love For Sale
                          82. Sotiria – Mein Herz
                          81. Ava Max – Heaven & Hell
                          80. Maroon 5 – Jordi
                          79. Ed Sheeran – =
                          78. Lil Nas X – Montero
                          77. OneRepublic – Human
                          76. Sia – Music - Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
                          75. Taylor Swift – Folklore
                          74. Imagine Dragons – Mercury - Act I
                          73. Julia Michaels – Not In Chronological Order
                          72. Justin Bieber – Justice
                          71. Zayn – Nobody Is Listening
                          70. Au/Ra – Soundtrack To An Existential Crisis
                          69. Pentatonix – The Lucky Ones
                          68. Keiino – OKTA

                          67. Adele – 30
                          66. Lana Del Rey – Blue Banisters
                          65. The Veronicas – Human
                          64. Will Young – Crying On The Bathroom Floor
                          63. The Weeknd – The Highlights
                          62. Olivia Rodrigo – Sour
                          61. Amy Shark – Cry Forever
                          60. Pegasus – Unplugged
                          59. Jaël – Sinfonia
                          58. Kiesza – Dark Tales
                          57. Amaranthe – Manifest
                          56. Dennis Lloyd – Some Days
                          55. Shaed – High Dive
                          54. Mahmood – Ghettolimpo
                          53. Twenty One Pilots – Scaled And Icy
                          52. Aly & AJ – A Touch Of The Beat Gets You Up On Your Feet Gets You Out And Then Into The Sun
                          51. Alan Walker – World Of Walker
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                          • Demi's album was okay, but too long. She could've axed a good six or seven tracks.

                            I actually think Star-Crossed is a country album - I guess the issue, as far as Grammy genre classification, is that it isn't just country. Lyrically, it was one of the year's most significant LPs for me.

                            Chemtrails... is okay, but far off from the awesomeness of its predecessor.

                            That 10-minute version of "All Too Well" is, as the kids love to say these days, *chef's kiss*

                            Planet Her is without filler for me! I enjoyed Happier Than Ever and felt that in every way it was more accessible than her previous album.
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                            • Powerwolf and Epica - great ones, particularly loved "Seal Of Solomon" and "Synergize-Manic Manifest"
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                              • Originally posted by JSparksFan View Post
                                Demi's album was okay, but too long. She could've axed a good six or seven tracks.

                                I actually think Star-Crossed is a country album - I guess the issue, as far as Grammy genre classification, is that it isn't just country. Lyrically, it was one of the year's most significant LPs for me.

                                Chemtrails... is okay, but far off from the awesomeness of its predecessor.

                                That 10-minute version of "All Too Well" is, as the kids love to say these days, *chef's kiss*

                                Planet Her is without filler for me! I enjoyed Happier Than Ever and felt that in every way it was more accessible than her previous album.
                                At first I was thinking the same about Demi's album, but then I tried to think what songs they could've axed and I had no idea, because to me all songs make sense as a whole. But I was probably in the minority with these feelings

                                As long as the music's good, the genre is not that important, right? Anyways, I still think they should've kept it in the Country categories and with that, her chances to get (a) Grammy(s) would've been way higher. Agreed about the lyrics!

                                Well, again an album where I'm in the minority with my feelings because Norman F-g Rockwell is among my less favorite albums from Lana. Still good though, she has yet to release an album that's just "solid" or bad.

                                Yes!! And she even hit #1 in several countries with it, what a huge and well deserved achievement!

                                I think I agree with you there. There are some obvious standouts, but Planet Her still flows well as a whole. Glad you think so about Happier Than Ever. Doja and Billie are definitely two artists who are here to stay!

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                                • Originally posted by heppolo View Post
                                  Powerwolf and Epica - great ones, particularly loved "Seal Of Solomon" and "Synergize-Manic Manifest"
                                  Love that you highlight the two Rock artists from the latest group! Good choices for your faves, I truly loved Seal Of Solomon as well, while Synergize-Manic Manifest is really good, but not among my personal highlights on Omega.

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                                  • Sorry for the delay, I'm currently extremely busy, but I hope I can continue / finish the Albums Year-End Charts next week.

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