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MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2021

MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2021

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75.

BLK JKS - Abantu/Before Humans
May 21, 2021
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

74.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

As on 2018’s Babelsberg and 2019’s Pang!, Rhys excels at holding anxiety and unease up to the light without becoming harsh; Seeking New Gods keeps that balance beautifully.

73.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

Busy Guy gives Fretwell a magnificent second chance, апd а а richly deserved one.

71.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

Thackray crams a lot into the 14 tracks of her cerebral yet deeply groovy debut.

70.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

Certainly not easy listening ... Cavalcade harbours considerable thrills for those up to its challenges.

69.

Dinosaur Jr. - Sweep It Into Space
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
It ain’t broke, so Dinosaur Jr. don’t fix it on resonant twelfth full-length.

68.

Loretta Lynn - Still Woman Enough
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

This is not another tribute-to-Loretta album, it’s Lynn’s show, and she and the band are on fine form.

67.

AC/DC - Power Up
November 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

Power Up is one mighty curtain call, and listening to it feels a bit like playtime.

66.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

With Home Video ... Dacus finds the pages of her diary she just can't shake, turning them into songs that are destined to stay with you, too.

65.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
For all their uncompromising aversion to the mainstream, this remains far from forbidding music, with an orchestrated heft that’s as close to Ennio Morricone as it is Glenn Branca.

64.

Tony Allen - There Is No End
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

Whether it’s more forceful, electronically detailed efforts with The Koreatown Oddity and Danny Brown or the bristling mono tones of Jeremiah Jae and poet Ben Okri, these tracks feel more like intimate conversations, with Allen’s boundless curiosity shining through.

63.

Howlin' Rain - The Dharma Wheel
October 8, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

62.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

In amongst the jumble of influences, trad indie-guitar Parquet remains ... written pre-pandemic, but wonderfully inspiring for late 2021.

61.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

59.

Billy F Gibbons - Hardware
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
72
7 reviews

58.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

For all its deft homage, the elaborately rococo'd prog- folk of Course In Fable is still very much Walker's own trip.

56.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
65
32 reviews

55.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Their most forward-facing jazz album yet, packed with complex, multi-storied compositions you can still dance to.

54.

Tony Joe White - Smoke from the Chimney
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
72
6 reviews
Both the shame and the joy of this project is that in those moments when Auerbach and team strip it right back to its essential parts – on Bubba Jones, Boot Money and Scary Stories – they sound like White at his absolute peak.

53.

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood - LIVE
October 31, 2020
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

52.

Nathan Salsburg - Psalms
August 20, 2021
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

51.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

50.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolves
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

Superwolves – like the best of the Bill and Billy songcycle – suggests that, far from going on hunger-strike to protest the non-availability of organic food in prison, the Shaman of alt-country might still have it in him to found a new republic in the ruins of Capitol Hill.

49.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

The excellent concept sometimes outshines the music, but if everyone's a tourist, this is the trip to go on.

48.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

There’s reassurance to be gleaned from that spirit of examination, and from the accompanying music’s audacity ... Their ambitious record is, in itself, an absolute tonic.

46.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
One to file alongside Natalie Prass's 2015 debut, and to bear in mind when album of the year season comes around.

45.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

Loving In Stereo feels altogether more insouciant. They've gone looking elsewhere for vibes and are having fun.

44.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

Their first new album in over 15 years sees the reactivated Falkirk duo older and wiser raving against the dying of the light.

43.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

The Nearer The Fountain... may prove to be one of the most beautiful, tangentially produced artefacts of our strange and uncertain times.

42.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
74
9 reviews

Feted Indiana soul revivalists embrace the dancefloor and survey a nation in crisis on timeless, irresistible third album.

41.

Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8
September 3, 2021
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

39.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

Songwriter and 'sound carrier' hits stride with psych space-pop and a new direction.

38.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

As an album, I’ve Been Irying To Tell You works wonderfully on many levels.

36.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

North Londoners get it together Traffic-style at lockdown Sommerset Airbnb.

35.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

34.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
Soul-funk psychedelicist's debut is a dubbed-out early-summer treat.

33.

Endless Boogie - Admonitions
November 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

32.

Paul McCartney - McCartney III
December 18, 2020
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

Just like McCartneys I and II, III is a confounding cocktail of genius and misfires.

31.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

Prog-psych-punk sextet take satisfying third bite of the microtonal cherry.

30.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

An enthralling step on her musical voyage.

29.

April 23, 2021
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
Having grown in style and confidence with each album and displayed a flair for charting life’s ever-changing weather patterns, here they do so with real, deeply- lived insight and dazzling pop expertise.

26.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Another high water mark in Mogwai's irresistible rise.

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