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MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2021

MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2021

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25.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
73
17 reviews

Their back-to-our-roots arc is hardly new, (cf the Stones’ Blue And Lonesome), but this music is timeless, alive, and about as good as it gets.

24.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

23.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

A searching, typically heart-warming record about middle-aged men somewhat adrift, yet ultimately anchored to people and place, Endless Arcade testifies to the Fannies’ endurance.

22.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
While personal and sexual politics were always implicit within Taylor's bovver girl workouts, her words have grown tougher and sharper.

21.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

20.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
Niger desert rock giants’ first for Matador hits suitably transcendent form.

18.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

Idles are finding new directions home: the hallmark of a great band.

17.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Three years in the making, with over a dozen sessions spread across seven studios, from New York to LA, I Don't Live Here Anymore is the most grounded War On Drugs record and the best: a calm space amid a world in collapse.

16.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
Written chiefly on piano, it's essentially a particularly dark MSP bravely attempting to go a bit Abba, failing miserably, but in the process creating a skewed but alluring new pop persona.

15.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

Cerebral, caustic: exhilarating John Parish-produced debut from art-schooled Londoners.

14.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

The young seven-piece have ... progressed at warp-speed, here passing the full-length test with confidence.

13.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

While the band’s fury at corruption, incompetence and duplicity remains fierce, Spare Ribs is a strikingly layered response to harder times.

12.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

This is what Ignorance delivers: the document of an introvert empowered by the vastest crisis of passion imaginable.

11.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Boy From Michigan is Grant in panoramic mode, looking back and looking forward to create his biggest picture yet.

10.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

This edge of madness — а sense of a record that has stewed in itself, fermented, and re-emerged in a surreal form its creator had not planned — is a large part of what makes Fever Dreams the free-est, fun-est, most psychedelic Villagers record so far.

8.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
86
24 reviews

It’s sonically deeper and more emotionally engaging, from start to finish, than any previous SOK release.

7.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

While Coral Island's concept is unusually robust ... it's the melodic strength of its 15 'proper' songs that's the real mindblower.

6.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

Fat Pop (Volume 1), conceived and written mid-Covid clampdown, suggests Weller’s ability to write fizzing pop tunes, slinky soul anthems and weird dub-electronica hybridisations is inexhaustible.

5.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

More than clashing sonics or soaring hymns or pervasive anxiety (and the quest to overcome it), the quality that best defines Carnage might be Cave's reckoning with the unknown, or his recognition of the unknowable.

4.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

After almost 30 years documenting the bittersweet mysteries of life, this one’s for the angels.

3.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

The intoxicating strain of California anomie that pervaded 2019's Norman Fucking Rockwell is still, thankfully, strong on Del Rey’s excellent seventh album.

2.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

It's masterful stuff: a full conceptual realisation, filled with great melodies, deep grooves, colourful characterisations and sonic detail that reveals itself over repeated plays ... Even if its heart is in the '70s, Daddy's Home is a keeper for the decades to come.

1.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

It's a subtly sophisticated piece, but it also creates space for Sanders to showcase his tender, measured, lyrical phrasing, abstracted scatting and, 34 minutes into this 46-minute marvel, a brief sputtering blast of free saxophone energy that proves, at 80, his fire remains potent.

Original Source: https://www.mojo4music.com/magazine/latest-issues/mojo-338-january-2022-the-rolling-stones-the-best-of-2021/
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