Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2021

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2021

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50.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
Annie Clark recorded her latest wth superproducer Jack Antonoff, arriving at a mutant strain of retro pop steeped in New York lore and evoking anything from Lou Reed to Sheena Easton.

48.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
57
19 reviews

For his part, Drake is rapping at a new level throughout CLB, and it’s worth noting that, as bland as it is by now, these are some of his best tough-guy raps which, perhaps depending on your level of toxic masculinity, is a good thing. 

46.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Chaos Chapter: FIGHT OR ESCAPE
August 17, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

44.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
Long-running metal firebrands have matured their sound on LP 17 without sacrificing any of their epic grit.

43.

April 23, 2021
Critic Score
70
1 review

40.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
70
33 reviews

The Foos’ 10th album is upbeat even by their uniquely well-adjusted standards, returning to their core Nineties alt-rock sound minus any gimmicks, detours, or shenanigans.

38.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Platinum-voiced Brit reunites with Dan Auerbach in the producer's chair for a dazzling showcase of luxurious Seventies-inspired soul and mellow, Laurel Canyon-style folk rock.

37.

Pooh Shiesty - Shiesty Season
February 5, 2021
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

35.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
The most enjoyable record Mars has been a part of — a glorious excuse to turn out the lights, break out the bubbly and let the sublime power of their almost troublingly uncanny retro verisimilitude work its mimetic magic on your soul and mind.

34.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

At 10 compact, differently beautiful songs, Driver is the work of an artist entering the springtime of their brilliance, as good as singer-songwriter indie-rock can get.

33.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
The breakout R&B singer’s second album is sultry and cathartic, processing bad relationships and new beginnings.

32.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

With its amped-up pop choruses, refined sense of melody, and hints of everything from Blood Orange-inspired R&B to vintage mid-century torch balladry, Valentine, indeed, opens up entire new worlds of possibilities for her.

31.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

The wildly inventive rapper-producer teams up with electronic musician Four Tet to create an album that lives in the space between the past and the future.

30.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

Mustafa’s choice to sing of hood tragedy in folk music is effective, not only because it is beautiful and stirring, but because it feels unexpected.

29.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
69
9 reviews
While it doesn’t have the standout moments of some of his previous albums, the rapper’s latest LP is a vibrant collection from one of music’s truest eccentrics.

27.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

A revelatory collection of glassy-piano dance grooves and noir folk, based in Tamara Lindeman's piercing songwriting.

26.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

There’s no real sense of worry or anxiety in the love songs, and Moctar’s calls for unity are set to a loose soundtrack of unpredictable guitar. This is how free rock & roll should sound.

25.

Carly Pearce - 29
February 19, 2021
Critic Score
70
1 review

23.

Cimafunk - El Alimento
August 8, 2021

22.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
The adventurous R&B artist takes her sound to bold new places, while creating a New Orleans funk utopia all her own.

21.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
The singer’s third album feels like a debut, inviting us deeper than ever into her exquisitely strange and spectacularly camp world.

20.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
The versatile Texas soul man’s third LP is his most ambitious and powerful work.

18.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
The adventurous pop star’s fourth album is a fascinating, if at times overwrought, collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

17.

September 14, 2021
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

All together, If Orange Was a Place broadens Tems’ budding discography across moods and tempos, uniting all her strengths in a multi-faceted display of self-actualization.

16.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

The songs on Hey What, the duo’s 13th full-length, sound both heartbreaking and uplifting, often at the same time.

15.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
Her sophomore album documents her fears and traumas and still manages to sound astonishingly self-assured.

14.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

13.

Morgan Wade - Reckless
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

12.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews
The rich, albeit brief, collection of songs on to hell with it feels like the kind of genuine and heartfelt openness that the internet once promised.

11.

December 25, 2020
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

Playboi Carti—Gen Z’s answer to Nosferatu—performs emotions, toggles between them, and disguises them with a disquieting ease. He has never been more enigmatic.

10.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Japanese Breakfast’s latest LP Jubilee is the project’s most ecstatic-sounding album to date, although one glance at the lyrics will tell you that Zauner isn’t done excavating the thornier aspects of dependency, devotion, and longing.

8.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

7.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Though brief, with a runtime of just over 30-minutes, the EP shows Sullivan crafting a complete constellation of love and loss.

6.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

Despite a big-ass budget and assists from co-writers and producers like Ryan Tedder, Take a Daytrip, and Kanye West, Montero doesn’t contain any “Old Town Road”-scale musical coups. This has always been the paradox at the heart of the Lil Nas X project.

5.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Home Video is her greatest work yet — a cohesive and poignant collection of tales from her teenage years in Richmond, Virginia.

4.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

The rapper’s signature self-awareness has matured into some of the more compelling rap music being made today, and as such Call Me If You Get Lost proves to be Tyler’s best effort to date.

2.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

She’s never sounded more ferocious than she does on 30—more alive to her own feelings, more virtuosic at shaping them into songs in the key of her own damn life.

1.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Whereas most artists build to their breakup album, carefully laying down the foundations of their future devastation, Rodrigo has already skipped ahead to her Tunnel of Love.

Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-2021-list-1260864/
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