FLOOD's Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

FLOOD's Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)

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

Even with its flaws Sunbeams establishes Arlo as an artist who finds middle ground between nonchalant cool and somber earnestness in a way few artists can manage.

Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

Divide And Dissolve - Gas Lit
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

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

The group has been buzzing for a while, and as is too rarely the case, New Long Leg lives up to the hype and builds upon it, imagining a future in which a new crop of bands long to mimic their style.

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

Its lengthy epic movements, gently textured and opulently lived in by the London Symphony Orchestra’s startled, spacey strings, could exist on a planet of their own—a rainy evening’s night sky with stars blinking dimly before the clouds.

H.E.R. - Back Of My Mind
June 18, 2021
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
It’s the sort of statement so well-chiseled and superior to its predecessors that it scans as a breakthrough, even though this is a band well past the breakthrough stage.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000
June 11, 2021
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

Butterfly 3000 is an inviting, welcoming, and deeply accessible album.

Natalie Bergman - Mercy
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

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

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

TYRON is a step back for the rapper, an opportunity to reveal the inner monologue of the guy crouching on Jimmy Fallon’s desk as he steals the show for his friend’s network TV debut, among other bizarre public spectacles.

Spellling - The Turning Wheel
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

Such warmth and whimsicality in our musicians is rare these days. It’s also rare that an album is as full of charm and magic as The Turning Wheel.

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

Spirit of the Beehive takes you on a sonic highway of left turns and fractured noise to lure you into dead ends and unsolvable mysteries—because ultimately ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH is about the journey, not the destination.

The Armed - Ultrapop
April 16, 2021
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

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

Ignorance is truly a masterful statement for The Weather Station.

Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

Flying backwards into abstraction while maintaining the potency of the present tense of IGOR, and a free-music future that is, collectively, the point of Call Me If You Get Lost, is what Emily Dickinson once referred to while writing about hope: the elusive thing with feathers.

Original Source: https://floodmagazine.com/90436/the-best-albums-of-2021-so-far/
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