Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

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25.

Dawn Richard - Second Line
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
The longtime electronic innovator’s sixth album sees her at once expanding her palette and vision while keeping her roots firmly grounded.

23.

Origami Angel - Gami Gang
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
72
2 reviews

22.

Sons of Kemet - Black To The Future
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

21.

Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Her sound is compelling enough that, even when her lyrics regress into platitudes, her music remains stirring and intense.

19.

Home Is Where - I Became Birds
March 5, 2021
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

18.

Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place
February 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

In contrast with much of today’s folky indie-pop, which rests on the melancholy sway of dream pop, Cool Dry Place is unexpectedly groovy, with hooks and rhythms worming their way into hearts and minds in more ways than one.

17.

Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
March 5, 2021
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

16.

Fiddlehead - Between The Richness
May 21, 2021
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

15.

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

14.

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

13.

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

Nick Cave may very well be the avatar for the idea that what we think of as “mellow” can be “heavy” and vice versa. With Carnage, he and Ellis prove that point yet again. Believe it or not, they also stretch themselves again, suggesting there may be no end to the inspiration they have up their sleeves.

12.

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

Even with booming guitars, pounding drums and soaring instrumentals, Little Oblivions feels just as intimate as Baker’s more, well, intimate albums.

11.

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

10.

Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
31 reviews
Some grin in the face of the absurd and rotten, and others reflect all the hot air back outward. Dry Cleaning make an art of doing both.

9.

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

8.

Squid - Bright Green Field
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

The British quintet’s utter disregard for rock convention elevates Bright Green Field’s paranoid, vaguely dystopian universe.

7.

Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
In so many ways, the album represents the full realization not just of Moctar’s individual artistry, but of what’s possible when influences collide in unexpected ways.

5.

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

Where serpent mourned fizzling loves on soil and debut EP blisters, here, he hails the simple glories and everyday little moments of thriving Black queer romances.

4.

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

After establishing themselves as one of the most unique acts on the indie-rock landscape for three albums in a row, it’s heartening to see Spirit of the Beehive take their music even further.

3.

The Armed - Ultrapop
April 16, 2021
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
What’s most impressive is the way this band brings together different, disparate styles in a way that sounds seamless and natural and new, even if others have done it before.

2.

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

Ignorance is a departure. More specifically, this album is a stunningly assured plunge into a sleek, buzzing jazz-pop wilderness.

1.

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

There’s a timeless quality to Promises, an inscrutable sense that the album could hail from 30 years in the past or 30 years into the future. Of course, that’s what makes it a genuine intergenerational collaboration, this sense of time collapsing upon itself.

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