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Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2021

Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2021

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75.

Rose City Band - Earth Trip
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

74.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
90
1 review

No Medium melds Linda Rondstadt’s tender command with Crazy Horse-esque exploration for the most powerful country-rock barn burner in recent memory – vulnerability, twang and brawn fused in an elegant dance.

72.

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

Guests Brian Eno, Nick Cave (on pellucid piano) and cellist Vincent Ségal add further depth to arrangements that never intrude, yet are nonetheless striking. What lingers is that vivid voice, as heroically time-worn as the effigy of Shelley’s “Ozymandias”.

71.

Buffalo Nichols - Buffalo Nichols
October 15, 2021
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

He tells a sad story but one enlivened by his skills as a guitarist, his expressiveness as a singer and his insights as a lyricist ... Every song has at least one line that will stop you in your tracks, some songs two or three.

70.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

There’s not a single predictable second to be found on Cavalcade.

67.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

It's a clever trick: blending specific details straight from memoir with the eloquence of hindsight and, where needed, a pinch of wilful fiction, finding points of universal connection amid all the personal nostalgia.

66.

Sarah Davachi - Antiphonals
September 10, 2021
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

65.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Black Encyclopedia... is less abrasive but no less urgently meaningful, a fusion of experimental hip-hop, soul, poetry and jazz-etched beatscapes that ebbs and flows around the concept of an Afrofuturist universe.

62.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
Though Stevens has long known the value of self-imposed creative restrictions, rarely before have they yielded music with quite so much vividness and imaginative power.

61.

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

On ...Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings, we hear The Besnard Lakes make a very contemporary take on psychedelic music; wise to rock history but not in thrall to it, more interested in asking the big questions than senselessly adding to the canon.

60.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

An album of differing intensities, of gentle revelations. Its varying recording quality reflects the length of time it took to assume its final shape — Shade changes spaces as often as moods.

59.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

58.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
73
21 reviews

BRM's second is a dazzling stylistic display on which Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon are joined by talented friends whose pristine singing rubs against Vernon's treated vocals and glitchy grooves to consistently throw off sparks.

56.

Damon & Naomi - A Sky Record
August 13, 2021
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

55.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

54.

Daniel Bachman - Axacan
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

A step forward from 2018’s The Morning Star, Axacan finds the Virginian exploring new contexts for his Primitive American guitar music.

53.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
You can’t turn the clock back, of course, but in “Sad Days And Lonely Nights” you completely understand how the simple groove and ringing of the strings might act as a revivifying tonic.

52.

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble - Now
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

51.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

47.

Elephant9 - Arrival of the New Elders
February 12, 2021
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

46.

Israel Nash - Topaz
March 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

45.

July 2, 2021
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

It is also the most emotionally mature and fully realised work Gillespie has delivered in years, laying rainy, soulful, impassioned vocals over sumptuously old-school chansons clothed in vintage orchestrally country-rock arrangements.

44.

Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi - They're Calling Me Home
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
87
8 reviews
Most striking of all is “О Death", modelled on Bessie Jones’ version, in which Giddens’ extraordinary voice hits new levels of resolute power.

43.

My Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket
October 22, 2021
Critic Score
74
13 reviews

Fortunately, My Morning Jacket .... is frequently thrilling, and its pilfering from America's classic rock catalogue — including The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band and Crazy Horse - is affectionate and celebratory.

42.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

I Know I'm Funny haha could have been made by no-one else but Faye Webster.

41.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

For all its exotic genesis, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows is soaked in a peculiar English melancholy.

40.

Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood & Juanita
August 20, 2021
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

It's a story-in-instalments country record, and brilliantly realised.

39.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
A bold debut that continues their frenetic exploration of post-punk kraut-jazz but also moves into more electronic and soundscape-like worlds.

37.

Dean Wareham - I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L A
October 15, 2021
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

36.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

Marrying post-rock, folk and electronic beats, complete with poetic tales of love, death and sex, the album captures life’s pendulum swing between beauty and bleakness.

34.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

With its organic, relaxed feel and experimental boldness, Barnett's third may be her finest album todate.

33.

Chuck Johnson - The Cinder Grove
February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

32.

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

Rousing, rueful andvery funny: one of their best yet.

30.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

It would be foolish to wish away what we have — Endless Arcade exists, and it's excellent, with enchanting melodies, emotional depth and a few unexpected evolutions.

29.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

28.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

A clear case of natural evolution, rather than calculated reinvention — and a record that opens a fresh chapter in Walker's story.

27.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

The 20-year-old punctuates beautifully languid, trip-hoppy vignettes witha voice redolent of Martina Topley-Bird and a neat line in spoken-word poetic musings.

26.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

To keep that hunger alive, you need to feed it with new inspirations. What you can hear on Fat Pop is the reciprocation of that care.

Original Source: https://www.uncut.co.uk/publications/magazines/uncut-january-2022-135082/
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