Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2021 So Far

Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2021 So Far

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Adult Mom - Driver
March 5, 2021
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

At 10 compact, differently beautiful songs, Driver is the work of an artist entering the springtime of their brilliance, as good as singer-songwriter indie-rock can get.

Alice Cooper - Detroit Stories
February 26, 2021
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

Bachelor - Doomin’ Sun
May 28, 2021
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
What happens when two great songwriters huddle in a Topanga Cannyon house to make an album? In the case of Jay Som and Palehound, pure indie-rock sunshine.

Benny The Butcher & Harry Fraud - The Plugs I Met 2
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

On The Plugs I Met 2, Benny explores this sadness and danger more fully over a selection of Harry Fraud beats that meld the grit of the first Plugs with the sheen of Proof.

black midi - Cavalcade
May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

You can always feel the humanity behind Black Midi’s mad scientist experiments.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolves
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
Matt Sweeney's artfully gnarled guitar lines are still an ideal match for Will Oldham's ancient-feeling warble and lyrics.

BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

Some of the best music can be raw while remaining widely accessible. Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine is Brockhampton’s best effort to balance these approaches; their hard times and brash raps go down more smoothly than ever.

Celeste - Not Your Muse
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Dawn Richard - Second Line
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
The adventurous R&B artist takes her sound to bold new places, while creating a New Orleans funk utopia all her own.

Dinosaur Jr. - Sweep It Into Space
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
Ear-bleed guitar glory and woolley-headed grandeur from J. Mascis and Co.; “And Me” recalls their historic cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” and “Take It Back” even adds an island vibe.

Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

Eric Church - Heart
April 16, 2021
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

Eric Church - Soul
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

Eric Church - &
April 20, 2021
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

Evanescence - The Bitter Truth
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
The beloved goth-metal band returns to the bedrock sound that made it 2000s heroes, driven by singer Amy Lee's high-drama vocals and razor-sharp pop instincts.

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews
Sanders pushes his sound to its most heavenly extreme, with his murmuring lines hovering above producer Floating Points’ ambient-classical shimmer.

Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight
February 5, 2021
Critic Score
70
33 reviews

The Foos’ 10th album is upbeat even by their uniquely well-adjusted standards, returning to their core Nineties alt-rock sound minus any gimmicks, detours, or shenanigans.

Goat Girl - On All Fours
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Goat Girl’s second album evokes the dreamier side of post-punk ... Listening to On All Fours is like wandering in a cool thrift shop.

Gojira - Fortitude
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

Guided By Voices - Earth Man Blues
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
The band’s latest squarely hits all the marks that make Guided By Voices great — again and again and again.

Hayley Williams - FLOWERS for VASES / descansos
February 5, 2021
Critic Score
75
18 reviews

As a quarantine-driven detour on Williams’ artistic path as a solo act, Flowers works as a side project, although its commitment to confessional storytelling and stripped-down production the whole way through will make it appear one-noted against Petals.

J. Cole - The Off-Season
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
The rapper’s compositions are nimble but his stories feel safe.

Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Japanese Breakfast’s latest LP Jubilee is the project’s most ecstatic-sounding album to date, although one glance at the lyrics will tell you that Zauner isn’t done excavating the thornier aspects of dependency, devotion, and longing.

Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales
January 8, 2021
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Though brief, with a runtime of just over 30-minutes, the EP shows Sullivan crafting a complete constellation of love and loss.

Joyce Wrice - Overgrown
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
70
1 review

Juliana Hatfield - Blood
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

Julien Baker - Little Oblivions
February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

A fully realized artistic statement without a skippable track, even if a few songs trail off a bit toward the end — almost as if Baker knows the rush of cathartic energy has left everyone involved a little exhausted, including herself.

Lake Street Dive - Obviously
March 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

On Obviously, they’re still oddballs, but in the best way.

Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

On Chemtrails, her most subdued and introspective album thus far, she soundtracks the death of the American dream right from the heart of Hollywood, just as she did on her previous effort, 2019’s electrifying Norman Fucking Rockwell! And while it may not have as many grandiose showpieces as its older sibling . . . Chemtrails is every bit as sharp and prescient of a cultural artifact from pop’s premier Cassandra.

Liz Phair - Soberish
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

Soberish, her first album in 11 years, brings to mind the glory of Guyville and its 1994 follow-up, Whip-Smart, without feeling at all like self-conscious recapitulation.

Madlib - Sound Ancestors
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

The wildly inventive rapper-producer teams up with electronic musician Four Tet to create an album that lives in the space between the past and the future.

Marianne Faithfull With Warren Ellis - She Walks In Beauty
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

She Walks in Beauty is best taken in small doses to appreciate its majesty.

Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

There’s no real sense of worry or anxiety in the love songs, and Moctar’s calls for unity are set to a loose soundtrack of unpredictable guitar. This is how free rock & roll should sound.

Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
May 28, 2021
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

Mustafa’s choice to sing of hood tragedy in folk music is effective, not only because it is beautiful and stirring, but because it feels unexpected.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - CARNAGE
February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

Carnage ... is a relatively quiet meditation on spiritual salvation in the era of loneliness.

Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Whereas most artists build to their breakup album, carefully laying down the foundations of their future devastation, Rodrigo has already skipped ahead to her Tunnel of Love.

Palberta - Palberta5000
January 22, 2021
Critic Score
73
8 reviews

Pom Poko - Cheater
January 15, 2021
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

Remember Sports - Like a Stone
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
This fine Philly band delivers a rootsy indie-pop collection of sharply crafted twentysomething anthems (“Like a Stone”) and gorgeous slacker ballads (“Out Loud”).

Selena Gomez - Revelación
March 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

She has a great time singing over reggaeton beats on an EP that plays to her strengths.

serpentwithfeet - DEACON
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

It’s the cheekiness and humor of Deacon that really shines, without sacrificing the complex theatricality that has made Serpentwithfeet such a standout project.

Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs
January 15, 2021
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

Spare Ribs, the Mods’ 11th LP since they formed in 2007, is a veritable a la carte menu of outrages.

Sleater-Kinney - Path of Wellness
June 11, 2021
Critic Score
73
21 reviews

On Path of Wellness, Sleater-Kinney sound like they’re regrouping after a period of loss and isolation, taking stock of what remains.

slowthai - TYRON
February 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

Tyron ... while not as evolved as it might think, is a solid effort at reflection from a promising young artist learning to get out of his own way.

St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
Annie Clark recorded her latest wth superproducer Jack Antonoff, arriving at a mutant strain of retro pop steeped in New York lore and evoking anything from Lou Reed to Sheena Easton.

Taylor Swift - Fearless (Taylor's Version)
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Her thirty-something voice is richer, deeper and more sure of itself. She embodies her earlier country affectations, but only to a point.

The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy
February 19, 2021
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

This late in the game, Craig Finn should have run out of punk-rock-noir narratives, but, nope, the lyrics on the eighth THS album are as vivid as ever, and the guitars ring true.

The Weather Station - Ignorance
February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

A revelatory collection of glassy-piano dance grooves and noir folk, based in Tamara Lindeman's piercing songwriting.

Topaz Jones - Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
74
1 review

Valerie June - The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
March 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

June has never sounded more fully and thrillingly herself than she does on her latest album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, which merges pop ambition, folksy open-heartedness and blues wisdom.

VanJess - Homegrown
February 5, 2021

Weezer - OK Human
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

It’s Weezer’s attempt at pathos (or bathos in Cuomo’s case) that makes OK Human feel, well, more human. If Cuomo could ever let his guard down fully, without feeling self-conscious, he probably has a great album inside of him.

Zayn - Nobody Is Listening
January 15, 2021
Critic Score
58
12 reviews

Despite its brooding introduction, Nobody Is Listening shows both restraint and growth from a new dad who just turned 28, even if the songs seem more reflective of his relationship with longtime partner Gigi Hadid than of his journey into fatherhood.

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3mo
Good list with exception Serena Gomez and Maluma
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