Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2021

Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2021

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50.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

49.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin’s fuzzy, rococo synthpop confections have a magic power: They sound like whatever you grew up with, whenever that was.

47.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
3 reviews

The official debut from the young digicore producer and songwriter is riveting, a shapeshifting emo-electronic record that sounds like new worlds seeping out of a digital abyss.

46.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

The follow-up to 2019’s This Is How You Smile is mellower and breezier than its predecessor; it feels less like a tour of Roberto Carlos Lange’s psyche than an afternoon barbecue in his backyard.

45.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

The boundless debut from the London-based artist is a delirious tug of war between pleasure and unease, shuttling between club sounds and psychedelic mind states with a steely, unbridled intensity.

44.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
88
2 reviews
The Berlin-based artist pays tribute to her native Lima, Peru in bittersweet house music that wears its spiritual yearning on its sleeve.

43.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

With stark, introspective lyrics and fuller production, Meg Duffy’s latest is a bold foray into poppier sounds. It feels like a fresh start.

42.

April 9, 2021
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

Even as they negotiate complex parameters of rhythm and harmony, the trio’s expertly attuned playing evokes the openness of improvisation and the urgency of justice.

41.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
87
14 reviews
Kristin Hayter’s latest is an intense and frightening religious inquiry, incorporating traditional Appalachian instruments and samples from televangelist sermons.

40.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
75
13 reviews
Though heavily inspired by ’90s and ’00s R&B, the Portugal-born, Danish musician grows into a quietly commanding presence of her own on her second album.

39.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
The London producer’s third album tests the boundaries of dance music not just for the sake of experimentalism, but as an expression of vulnerability and a vehicle for self-knowledge.

38.

Navy Blue - Song of Sage: Post Panic!
December 22, 2020
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

On his second album of 2020, the underground New York rapper reaches a new level. The vibe is calm and bittersweet, as Navy Blue sinks deep into the recesses of his mind.

37.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

36.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

The debut LP from the duo Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden is a warm-blooded exploration of the sensuality of the artistic process.

35.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

With poignant writing and irreverent humor, Sarah Tudzin’s second album as Illuminati Hotties plays like a demonstration in the art of persistence.

34.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

While you could put on I Don’t Live Here Anymore and take comfort knowing that the War on Drugs have Beach House’d their way to another terrific record by simply refining what works, there are a few songs that test the borders of the band’s classic little world.

33.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
76
6 reviews
The singer-songwriter’s latest album is steeped in Caribbean texts that have influenced her musicianship. In its shades of love and grief, it sounds like life as it arrives.

32.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
Once again, Adele transforms her heartbreak into a searching, graceful, and incredibly moving album. But the complexity of her emotions and the nuanced production make this her most ambitious work to date.

31.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

Produced entirely by Navy Blue, the New York rapper’s latest is one of his greatest. A wise and angry Wiki reveals what it’s like to come of age in the city: the way it shapes, hardens, prematurely ages you.

29.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews
On her fourth album, the UK rapper wrestles with the split between her public persona and private self, raising broadly relatable questions about the craving for validation.

28.

April 9, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

The outstanding album from the Philadelphia electro-psych trio is reclusive, cryptic, late-night paranoia music. Their oblique songs can evoke an entire landscape of feeling in very few words.

27.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
Though she’s found a way to make the pill a little easier to swallow, Moor Mother re-emerges from her DIY time machine offering nothing but the bitter truth: Everything must change.

26.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

On their collaboration with the Alchemist, ELUCID and billy woods drag postcolonial wounds onto the examination table. They don't just embrace the darkness; they wear it as a protective cloak.

25.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
The North Carolina songwriter’s outstanding second album spans grungy rock and colorful, hi-fi pop, illuminating her impressive voice and her ability to wring out every last drop of emotion.

23.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews
The UK band stakes out even more ground on their glorious second album. The chord changes are more elaborate, the rhythms more twisted, the pretty parts prettier, the heavy parts heavier.

22.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
For almost two decades, Dawn Richard has been increasingly beholden to nothing but her own satisfaction as an independent artist. Her sixth album is a decadent testament to her maturation.

21.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Four months after “drivers license,” pop’s newest star offers a nimble and lightly chaotic collection of breakup tunes filled with melancholy and mischief.

20.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
On one of his most ambitious and definitive projects, Mach-Hommy reunites with Westside Gunn and puts on an unforgettable clinic with his razor-sharp bars and an exceptional eye for detail.

19.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

The sequel to 2014’s beloved Black Metal is a brief but thrilling project from the mercurial artist, featuring the most approachable music of his career.

18.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
The chain reaction these nine songs generate together produces enough fog and smoke to keep the spell going strong—and to keep whatever secret she’s trying to tell us just on the other side of the speakers.

17.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
Filled with people, stories, and dialogue, the New York songwriter’s second album flows like an emotional breakthrough, tying together disparate observations into a serene and unified vision.

16.

June 21, 2021
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
MIKE’s place in the vanguard of New York underground rap has invigorated him. It would be a stretch to call this album happy, but the atmosphere is undeniably warmer and more hopeful.

15.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
Lindsey Jordan’s exquisite second album documents love in all stages, but mostly in disrepair. She takes on a larger and poppier sound while keeping her songwriting dazzlingly sharp and passionate.

14.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
Michelle Zauner embraces the spotlight and goes for the brass ring on her third album, a stylish and eclectic record that feels of the moment and also steeped in classic indie sensibilities.

13.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
72
17 reviews
The London songwriter’s mesmerizing second album turns towards porous, avant-garde love songs that celebrate kinship, change, and the wonder of quotidian experience.

12.

April 23, 2021
Critic Score
84
3 reviews
The Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer draws from jazz, Hindustani classical, and folk to create a heartbreaking, exquisite document of the journey from grief to acceptance.

11.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

There is so much depth to Faye Webster’s dazzling fourth album. It strikes a perfect balance between classic country stoicism and the sound of the saddest person you follow on social media.

10.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
The London art-rockers’ outstanding debut is a droll album full of surreal images, bizarre obsessions, and sense memories. The cumulative effect of Florence Shaw’s narration is inexplicably wonderful.

9.

December 25, 2020
Critic Score
69
9 reviews
The Atlanta rapper’s third record is both wildly innovative and strikingly consistent. It’s hard, melodic, experimental, and unlike anything else happening in mainstream rap.

8.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

The Tuareg guitarist and his bandmates deliver the fullest picture of his gifts yet. Recorded piecemeal during tour breaks, the album captures the group’s easy chemistry and explosive energy.

7.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Tamara Lindeman’s songwriting has reached stunning new heights. With a full band supporting her, her new album draws upon the natural world to create unforgettable moments of calm and beauty.

6.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

The Baltimore band’s spectacular fourth record is all groove, riffs, and passion. It is not a crossover hardcore album that looks to transcend the genre, but one that tries to elevate it to its highest visibility.

5.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

On the follow-up to 2018’s astonishing Double Negative, Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk push deeper into abstraction, finding fresh angles on the themes that have animated them since the beginning.

4.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

The all-star collaboration between a producer, a saxophonist, and a symphony is a celestial event. But it’s Pharaoh Sanders’ playing that holds it all together, a clear late-career masterpiece.

3.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
With DJ Drama in tow, Tyler thrives in the realm of the rap mixtape, which allows him great freedom to explore every facet of his talent as a producer, writer, and vocalist.

2.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
The Brooklyn songwriter and sound artist’s second album is a kind of spiritual accounting, a swirling blend of orchestral groans and human whispers that evokes subconscious drift.

1.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
On her fourth album, Jazmine Sullivan contends with all that can be lost and gained through sex and love. She is in full command of her spectacular voice and totally delivers on an ambitious concept.
Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/best-albums-2021/
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1mo
aw hell naw pitchfork on that coke
1mo
The number 1 ALBUM of the year...is an EP? Pitchfork didn't understand the assignment.
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