NME's Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

NME's Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

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AJ Tracey - Flu Game
April 16, 2021
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
Although not every track is a total slam dunk, AJ has here crafted another successful project whose streaming numbers, singles and infectious melodies will live on in memory – just like Michael Jordan’s infamous match.

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

The breakout star has crafted a quietly subversive pop record that, for all its deceptive softness, challenges old perceptions of sexuality and mental health.

black midi - Cavalcade
May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews
Simply going down the rabbit hole with these deeply weird, brilliant musicians will never be less than exhilarating.

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

On her first album Celeste cements her place as the new face of British soul.

CHUNG HA - Querencia
February 15, 2021
Critic Score
92
3 reviews
Taking influence from genres across the planet, the Korean soloist widens up our world with a truly impressive debut.

Claud - Super Monster
February 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

Instrumentally and stylistically, ‘Super Monster’ is true to the all-embracing ethos of bedroom pop, with Claud pulling from a wide arsenal of sounds to flit between genre boundaries.

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

Following their two hype-building EPs ‘Sweet Princess’ and ‘Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks’, the quartet’s debut album sees them wade further into lyrical surrealism and musical experimentation.

Easy Life - Life's a Beach
May 28, 2021
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

The Leicester band ruminate on modern living and mental health with sincerity and breezy wit.

For Those I Love - For Those I Love
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

‘For Those I Love’ is not only an immaculate debut, but a beautiful record that speaks to anyone who’s ever loved and lost, anyone who might be mourning or just processing the days of youthful abandon, or perhaps those who need reminding that you can’t have shadows without the light.

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

With ‘Smiling With No Teeth’, Genesis Owusu has delivered a riveting album that underscores the power of self-knowledge, perspective and art – one that should be cranked loud.

Ghetts - Conflict Of Interest
February 19, 2021
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

It’s a rare achievement to make an album as thoughtful and transparent as this; you need real lyrical talent to do so.

girl in red - if i could make it go quiet
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
In the stand-out moments Ulven proves that she’s more than capable of rabble-rousing indie-rock and slow-burning yearning alike.

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

The star follows up her career-high 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!' with another stunning album, one the aches with meditations on fame and romance.

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

After 'Drivers License', pop's brightest new thing proves she's not just a flash-in-the-pan, but a multidimensional artist who's in it for the long haul.

Royal Blood - Typhoons
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
‘Typhoons’ is not only their best work to date, but all the better for Royal Blood being free to explore what they’re capable of.

shame - Drunk Tank Pink
January 15, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Whether or not they found what they were looking for, ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ confirms Shame’s status as one of the most exciting bands at the forefront of British music.

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

The Nottingham duo put COVID Britain bang to rights with stunning production, great guests, scabrous lyrics – and a steadfast refusal to offer easy answers.

Squid - Bright Green Field
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
An uncompromising debut that fulfils every ounce of the band’s potential.

St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
Daddy’s Home’ is Clark’s most welcoming record yet, defined by an arch humour which also brings its listeners closer than ever, and filled with compassion for the characters who dwell within it.

Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
31 reviews
The Londoners cement their place at the peak of British music with a stunningly good third album.
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