Slant Magazine's Best Albums of 2021 … So Far

Slant Magazine's Best Albums of 2021 … So Far

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Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - HARAM
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

Throughout, the album’s 14 tracks unravel into convoluted tangles of disembodied voices, discordant jazz piano, and droning synths.

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

Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
The album conceives of the exuberant possibilities of life and love while teasing out their more bracing realities.

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

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

With Little Oblivions, Baker upgrades her erstwhile folk style to accommodate a harder rock approach, though lyrically she’s as vulnerable as ever.

Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
The album is a compelling, if minor, chapter in the artist’s ongoing saga of fatalistic romanticism.

Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

LSDXOXO - Dedicated 2 Disrespect
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
75
1 review

Lucy Dacus - Home Video
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

It takes profound empathy to write an entire album about your own past and have it turn out to be about your love for others instead.

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

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

Like Eilish and Lorde before her, Rodrigo possesses both a knack for stealthy pop hooks and a vocal control beyond her years. And even if Sour doesn’t quite transcend its myriad influences, it might at least inspire her fans to Google the Piano Man.

serpentwithfeet - DEACON
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
The artist scales back the divine aspirations and melodramatic tendencies, resulting in his most secular work to date.

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

Originating as a quintet schooled in modal jazz, Squid’s transformation into post-punk disruptors is indicative of a band that relentlessly bucks against their limits. To hear them ply their craft on Bright Green Field, the album represents a crystallization of that impulse.

St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Daddy’s Home is slicker and more professional—and resultantly, more conventional—than anything she’s released to date. And yet, the album’s pitch-perfect ‘70s-retro stylings and testy lyrical themes are just as challenging as anything on 2011’s Strange Mercy.

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

The album is an ambitious, dizzying jumble of genres and tones, held together on the power of the singer’s beguiling voice and charisma.

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