Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2021

Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2021

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51.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

As a first full-length release, Remi Wolf has pulled off pop music that most artists couldn’t dream of. It’s hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t be captivated by her pure charisma and pop splendour.

50.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

DEMIDEVIL is definitely a grower, on first few listens it’s good at best...and you’re lying if you don’t feel completely enticed by concluding track ‘Clitoris the Musical.’ 

49.

Bull - Discover Effortless Living
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

48.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
In expanding their stylistic repertoire they gently step upon familiar ground whilst forging the sound of modern masters honing their craft to reinvigorate their genre.

47.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
Iceage have clearly been up for the challenge with this album, which continues their growth but not at the expense of the band’s edge.

45.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
71
19 reviews

Planet Her is a passable collection of pop songs, but as a part of the Doja Cat universe, it’s unrepresentative of her bold, charismatic personality.

44.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

Friends That Break Your Heart is some of Blake's best writing in years; there's something interesting to be said for every track, and takes the musician outside of his comfort zone whilst attempting to evolve into a new Blakeian era.

43.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

They have distanced themselves from the love-drunk punk of Human Performance, the collective indie urgency of Wide Awake!, and stumbled across an album that lives in the groove. 

42.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

A Way Forward is Nation of Language at their best and boldest. By blending the organic with the synthetic, they’ve crafted a record so uniquely their own, they might as well have their own movement.

41.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

40.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

The project has an electrifying cohesion that makes the eight tracks addicting to dissect. BOY ANONYMOUS radiates playful creativity and oozes a honeyed venom that keeps you hooked.

39.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
One of the most life-affirming albums in recent history.

38.

January 22, 2021
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

Isles is an album that, with its paradoxical layers of complexity, not only calls for multiple and detailed listens, but rewards attentiveness.

37.

July 2, 2021
Critic Score
85
18 reviews
One thing that shines through is that Mvula sounds like she’s enjoying herself - as if she’s making the music she wants to make, not the music she thinks she should be making. And it’s something that we can enjoy too.

36.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
Dishing out an evocative explosion of crooning melodies, abstract coolness and an ardent passion for motifs from a seedy metropolis, St Vincent succeeds in her exquisite vision.

35.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

34.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

CARNAGE is a step away from the narrative-heavy albums we’ve heard before like Murder Ballads; generally closer to the imagery and metaphor-rich lyrics of Ghosteen, but it also has its own particular charm.

32.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
Sling shows a more mature Clairo, displaying clear artistic growth and suggesting that the 22-year-old is becoming a real force to be reckoned with.

31.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Whilst Parks frequently invokes soulful legends and contemporaries with her sound, she is undoubtedly setting a path of her own with her incredible lyricism; a beautiful combination of performance, poetry, and emotion that stops you in your tracks.

30.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

A thrilling sophomore album, Any Shape You Take imbues existentialism in an intricately crafted mixture of melancholy joy.

28.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

2018’s Combat Sports was a career high, a peppy indie-pop album with cinematic intentions, with Justin Young’s songwriting at a new peak: a peak which he somehow manages to top on Back In Love City, a sprawling gem of an album that shows The Vaccines eradicating any restraints on their wild creativity.

27.

Tommy Genesis - goldilocks x
September 10, 2021
Critic Score
66
5 reviews

26.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

With his sixth studio album Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler turns everything up-side-down again, resulting in one of the most dynamic and interesting entries in his discography so far.

25.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

With a newfound simplicity, the dynamic shifts hang together around earnest vocals and mature songwriting to produce not only a sonic achievement but an emotionally intimate one.

24.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

Taken together alongside its extraordinary marketing materials and the barrier-smashing music videos they come with, MONTERO represents a true revolution in pop, rap and music as a whole: from Lil Nas X onwards, no topic should be off limits.

22.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

One of the best slices of indie-pop you’re likely to hear this year, The world within our bedrooms is the perfect summer time accompaniment.

21.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Dry Cleaning have really nailed the delicate balance of music v.s lyrics: the band themselves are really well put together, playing dancey, groovy indie pop that gives you flashbacks to prime Blur. The addition of Florence Shaw’s beatnik-esque spoken word lyrics and delivery really takes this project to the next level.

20.

Surfbort - Keep On Truckin'
October 11, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

19.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

Post-punk has always been a genre that only vaguely fitted IDLES, used only because it was a convenient way to compare them to their contemporaries. In some ways, CRAWLER is the closest that the Bristol five-piece have come to the now-overused label, but the album is, at its core, unpredictable.

18.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

17.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Mogwai have managed to write the most quintessentially “Mogwai” sounding album, while remaining fresh, exciting and original. They’re masters of their craft and As The Love Continues is one of their more enjoyable records in years.

16.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

It might only be nine tracks long—practically sacrilege in the streaming age—but An Evening is a supremely enjoyable album that will leave listeners begging for more.

15.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

14.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

On her second full-length record Happier Than Ever, Billie Eilish (alongside her producer/brother FINNEAS) has instigated a new direction that will inevitably ripple throughout our culture—and yeah, maybe even reset it.

13.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

Bullseye is undoubtedly one of the greatest debuts of the year. With complex lyricism and emotive instrumentation, it’s the perfect accompaniament for late nights, early mornings, and those days where nothing quite seems certain.

12.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

Yellow is a triumph of Thackray’s singular vision. A positive, consistent, joyously listenable and danceable album, which somehow pulls off being both instantly memorable and continually surprising.

11.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
84
16 reviews

Seventeen Going Under is a spectacularly faultless second record that will inspire generations to come: Springsteen might be Sam’s hero but he's becoming a boss in his own right.

10.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

Everything about this album, from first burp to last pluck is an absolute treat.

9.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

It begs you to dive into its murky waters headfirst and peer at what lays beneath this puddle of gloom, and see the album for what it really is: a triumphant and true return to self.

8.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

On Sometimes I Might Be Introvert Simz continues to operate at the highest echelons of British rap.

7.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

Balfe’s wounded outpourings are all too seldom heard from male voices across society, and for that reason, this is an album that will rightly be remembered for years to come.

5.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

On reflection, To hell with it changes everything. It’s a collection of lost songs, for people to confide in. It offers an escape, a refuge, a rave, and a place to lie down. Beautifully bleak, bordering on existential, it’s the record we’ve all been crying out for, and it’s arrived in the knick of time.

4.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
86
24 reviews
This LP refuses to be confined by genre as Sons of Kemet make one the most atmospheric albums of the year and what can only be described as a masterpiece from start to finish.

3.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

It's pretty much the perfect modern punk record: the band have unabashed talent, as well as thunderous fire in their bellies. Superb.

2.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

This album is - dare we say it - fucking faultless. Sleaford Mods are out to save 2021 with their boisterous lyricism and hard-hitting production.

Original Source: https://www.gigwise.com/features/3413487/the-gigwise-51-best-albums-of-2021
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