Slant Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2021

Slant Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2021

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49.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

47.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

Throughout, the album’s 14 tracks unravel into convoluted tangles of disembodied voices, discordant jazz piano, and droning synths.

45.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

Composed of two-minute fragments that function as snapshots of his dim view of humanity, Vince Staples is another microcosmic release from the rapper, his leisurely approach suggesting a newfound confidence.

43.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

Originating as a quintet schooled in modal jazz, Squid’s transformation into post-punk disruptors is indicative of a band that relentlessly bucks against their limits. To hear them ply their craft on Bright Green Field, the album represents a crystallization of that impulse.

42.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Like Eilish and Lorde before her, Rodrigo possesses both a knack for stealthy pop hooks and a vocal control beyond her years. And even if Sour doesn’t quite transcend its myriad influences, it might at least inspire her fans to Google the Piano Man.

41.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

With Little Oblivions, Baker upgrades her erstwhile folk style to accommodate a harder rock approach, though lyrically she’s as vulnerable as ever.

40.

March 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

The album is an ambitious, dizzying jumble of genres and tones, held together on the power of the singer’s beguiling voice and charisma.

39.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
87
14 reviews

Sinner Get Ready is driven by a penetrative imagination, a preternatural sense of empathy, and an innate awareness of the paradoxical nature of human existence.

35.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

34.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

‘Far In’ highlights Helado Negro’s knack for constructing minimally psychedelic but seductively melodic soundscapes.

33.

DJ Seinfeld - Mirrors
September 3, 2021
Critic Score
65
4 reviews

32.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Though the War on Drugs may take a slightly more straightforward approach on I Don’t Live Here Anymore than they have in the past, they still find new ways to engage with complex arrangements. The result is a nimble balancing act of accessible pop-rock anthems and experimental soundscapes.

31.

August 29, 2021
Critic Score
57
22 reviews

With Donda, he’s crafted his most unforgiving self-portrait yet, one that, like the best works that plumb a person’s inner depths, winds up reflecting our collective imperfections.

30.

April 23, 2021
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

Robinson mostly keeps his promise to pursue new sounds on Nurture, with mixed results.

29.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
The songs comprise a nebulous mass not unlike the swirling galaxy of the album’s cover art.

27.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

The Horses and the Hounds proves that McMurtry’s nearly peerless ability to tear our hearts out with a good yarn hasn’t waned a bit.

25.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

The songs on the Killers’s Pressure Machine take their sweet time unfurling, luxuriating in subtle details.

24.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

She eschews the disempowerment that characterized her debut, instead considering her history and default patterns while displaying a matter-of-fact melancholia. If Lush presented a snapshot of a particular mindset, a woman trapped in a psychological limbo, Valentine captures the blurry nature of an inquiry still in progress.

21.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

20.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power thrillingly homes in on notions of self and identity.

17.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Torres’s fifth album, Thirstier, straddles the line between art pop and art rock.

13.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

It takes profound empathy to write an entire album about your own past and have it turn out to be about your love for others instead.

12.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
88
16 reviews

As narrative fiction and songwriting, it’s a masterpiece of construction and control. And having both the unabridged and the condensed versions of the song for direct comparisons testifies to Swift’s newfound capacity to revise herself.

11.

Suzanne Santo - Yard Sale
November 5, 2021
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

10.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

Courtney Barnett’s Things Take Time, Take Time captures something true and profound about how we relate to the world and each other.

8.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
The artist scales back the divine aspirations and melodramatic tendencies, resulting in his most secular work to date.

6.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

The songs on Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever seamlessly trace the singer’s path to happiness, or something close to it.

5.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
The album seamlessly blends the nightmarish and the romantic, interweaving our perennial hopes and the terrors we can’t shake off.

4.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
The album is a compelling, if minor, chapter in the artist’s ongoing saga of fatalistic romanticism.

3.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
‘Blue Banisters’ further fleshes out Lana Del Rey’s increasingly colorful personal world.

2.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Daddy’s Home is slicker and more professional—and resultantly, more conventional—than anything she’s released to date. And yet, the album’s pitch-perfect ‘70s-retro stylings and testy lyrical themes are just as challenging as anything on 2011’s Strange Mercy.

1.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
The album conceives of the exuberant possibilities of life and love while teasing out their more bracing realities.
Original Source: https://www.slantmagazine.com/music/the-50-best-albums-of-2021/
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1mo
slant is surely a lana fan LOL
1mo
Why is this list without a cover picture? It's on their site pls update my OCD will be thankful.
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