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There are so many new country albums coming oour way in September 2021. I think we are still seeing the benefits of the quarantine, which is great for us as country fans! Let's roll through some of the new country album releases for September 2021:

On Sept. 3: Lauren Alaina's Sitting Pretty on Top of the World hit the shelves, and man is this a personal album. Lauren gets really deep into what was on her mind these past couple of years, and she really takes us through a journey of life that you can learn a few lessons from, that's for sure.

On Sept. 17: Scotty McCreery's Same Truck will drop, and his fans are so darn excited about it! Scotty told us that his fans found out when the pre-sale and dates and all the codes and stuff before they were supposed to, but he is so happy that they are excited for this new music to drop. So am I.

On Sept. 24: Carrie Underwood's My Gift special edition comes out, and I fully expect Carrie Underwood to rule Christmas 2021, just like she did Christmas 2020. There will be three new tracks on this re-release, as well. I can't wait to be sitting by the fire with our 2-year-old daughter, opening presents on Christmas morning, listening to Carrie.

A full list of album releases set for September 2021 includes:

Sept. 3: Lauren Alaina, Sitting Pretty on Top of the World
Sept. 10: Kacey Mugraves, Star-Crossed
Sept. 17: Carly Pearce, 29: Written in Stone
Sept. 17: Laine Hardy, Here's to Anyone
Sept. 17:
Scotty McCreery, Same Truck
Sept. 24: Larry Fleet, Stack of Records
Sept. 24
: Mickey Guyton, Remember Her Name

Best Country Albums of 2021 - Critic's Pick

There have been many creative country albums in 2021, but not all have hit the mark. Artists are more than ever toying with distribution methods and packaging as much as they are new sounds, so you get double and triple albums, Part 1 and Part 2, and digital EPs in lieu of a traditional 10 or 11-song release.

The bar for an EP on this list of the best country albums of 2021 is higher than an LP, but one project did crack the Top 10. Too much music proved to dampen other artist's efforts, although Alan Jackson's first album in years was filled with country music we couldn't turn away from. Where Have You Gone has 21 songs, but somehow no filler.

More than ever, this relied on staff opinion and artistic merit to allow for some parity among major label artists and independents. The 10 albums listed below are not ranked, although the year-end list published in the fall will crown a true best album of 2021.

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