MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2021

MOJO's 75 Best Albums of 2021

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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.

2.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
37 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.

3.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
36 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.

4.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

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

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.

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.

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.

8.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

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

10.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
80
16 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

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

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.

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.

18.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

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

20.

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

21.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

22.

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

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.

24.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

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.

26.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Another high water mark in Mogwai's irresistible rise.

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.

30.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

An enthralling step on her musical voyage.

31.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

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

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.

33.

Endless Boogie - Admonitions
November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

34.

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

35.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

36.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

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

38.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

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

39.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

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

41.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

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.

43.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

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

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.

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.

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.

48.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
28 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.

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.

50.

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.

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