Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2021

Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2021

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49.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

For a record born of introspection, Things Take Time, Take Time is surprisingly fun.

47.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
The longtime electronic innovator’s sixth album sees her at once expanding her palette and vision while keeping her roots firmly grounded.

45.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

43.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

Dark in Here doesn’t exactly capture America’s emerging comprehension that, in fact, there’s rot at the country’s core that requires swift remediation; mostly it gives opportunities to reflect on and recover, if only slightly, from our national trauma.

41.

April 23, 2021
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

40.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

Where their peers might suddenly send out a head-spinning blast of guitar noise, Black Country, New Road thrive in slower tension and release.

38.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
It’s a breathtaking, immersive, often mournful exploration of the fundamentally transformative, ever-changing nature of feeling.

36.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

Even with booming guitars, pounding drums and soaring instrumentals, Little Oblivions feels just as intimate as Baker’s more, well, intimate albums.

35.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

33.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

In contrast with much of today’s folky indie-pop, which rests on the melancholy sway of dream pop, Cool Dry Place is unexpectedly groovy, with hooks and rhythms worming their way into hearts and minds in more ways than one.

32.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

31.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

30.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

29.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

28.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Home Video ... is just what you’d expect from such a talent. Here, her wise brand of rock music blooms into something even more palpable, relatable and beautifully messy.

27.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews

Over the past eight years, they’ve demonstrated their creative ambition, as well as the courage to move away from the sound that made them successful. And on Infinite Granite, they prove they have the chops to follow the path of their choosing, wherever it may lead.

25.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

The North Carolina songwriter’s heart overflows on her instrumentally and emotionally abundant second record.

24.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

21.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Her sound is compelling enough that, even when her lyrics regress into platitudes, her music remains stirring and intense.

20.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Over the past 13 years—and with each project—The War on Drugs have continuously grown into fuller and more realized versions of themselves.

18.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

The British quintet’s utter disregard for rock convention elevates Bright Green Field’s paranoid, vaguely dystopian universe.

14.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Where serpent mourned fizzling loves on soil and debut EP blisters, here, he hails the simple glories and everyday little moments of thriving Black queer romances.

13.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

Nick Cave may very well be the avatar for the idea that what we think of as “mellow” can be “heavy” and vice versa. With Carnage, he and Ellis prove that point yet again. Believe it or not, they also stretch themselves again, suggesting there may be no end to the inspiration they have up their sleeves.

12.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s 13th album in nearly three decades—and first as a duo—is a visceral treatise on modern-day existential dread.

11.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
In so many ways, the album represents the full realization not just of Moctar’s individual artistry, but of what’s possible when influences collide in unexpected ways.

10.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

We’re left with 10 raw, rock-solid tracks that feel just as restorative for us as they clearly do for Jordan. Valentine is proof that a breakup album doesn’t have to be sad—it just has to be powerful.

9.

April 9, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

After establishing themselves as one of the most unique acts on the indie-rock landscape for three albums in a row, it’s heartening to see Spirit of the Beehive take their music even further.

8.

April 16, 2021
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
What’s most impressive is the way this band brings together different, disparate styles in a way that sounds seamless and natural and new, even if others have done it before.

7.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Some grin in the face of the absurd and rotten, and others reflect all the hot air back outward. Dry Cleaning make an art of doing both.

6.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

Call Me If You Get Lost delivers, by way of investigating a part of Tyler we’ve not yet seen on any of his previous projects: transparency.

3.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Ignorance is a departure. More specifically, this album is a stunningly assured plunge into a sleek, buzzing jazz-pop wilderness.

2.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

GLOW ON isn’t just one of the best hardcore albums of the year; it’s one of the best albums of the year in general.

1.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

There’s a timeless quality to Promises, an inscrutable sense that the album could hail from 30 years in the past or 30 years into the future. Of course, that’s what makes it a genuine intergenerational collaboration, this sense of time collapsing upon itself.

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