Loud and Quiet's Albums of the Year 2021

Loud and Quiet's Albums of the Year 2021

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39.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review
There is compelling evidence that we have a genuinely inventive new voice in pop.

38.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

The pristine gloom of Grouper is still here in places, but it’s tested on this new record. Harris has never been a static artist, but this capacity for self-questioning feels healthy and well-timed, and she still writes a despondent vocal hook better than almost anyone.

37.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

To their credit, on Terrain Portico Quartet manage to steer just clear of such Fast Show ‘nice’-ness by taking painstaking care with every part of the record, meaning that if at first it might seem a little too polite for some, close, repeated listens will be richly rewarded.

35.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

WINK is endearing, but it’s not Kawaii; it’s all analogue R&B and garage punk with a rap verse. It’s a bold move forward in their movement, which candidly champions people on their own terms.

34.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
Their sound comes with the accessibility and charm of a bedroom recording project but arrives packaged with the scope and ability of something with much larger potential.

33.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

Painful Enlightenment feels like a rewarding, groundbreaking footwork record for daring not to sound much like footwork at all.

32.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews
This album secures his status as the voice of a generation of young Londoners, putting the personal into the political and making sense of the current social chaos with his signature wit.

31.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

Harlecore‘s gimmick is tempered with some incredibly solid melodies.

30.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

The most refined record Tyler, the Creator has made.

29.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
This group means a lot – they’re a tacit reminder that metal’s expressive potential is limitless. Fuck the man-babies: Divide and Dissolve are the coolest thing to happen to metal since Deafheaven.

28.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Unapologetically big and dazzlingly bright, Jubilee is an invigorating depiction of Zauner’s journey to finding true happiness in a testing and unforgiving world.

27.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

This is an album of quiet ambition, one that treads softly in both sound and message.

26.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

A masterful album – one which unsurprisingly surprises at every turn. Cavalcade proves Black Midi are incapable of resting on their laurels.

25.

SASSY 009 - Heart Ego
October 22, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

24.

G.S. Schray - The Changing Account
March 5, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

23.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

21.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

Ultimately, the high points more than make up for any shortcomings; this an at-times-stunning album that balances bangers and heart in an endearing and enduring fashion.

20.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
It’s a richly imperfect LP, whose broad contours one can just about discern, but onto which an infinite number of meanings can be projected; for that, it’s a record worth cherishing.

18.

Iglooghost - Lei Line Eon
April 2, 2021
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

This is a more patient and slippery album than some may be used to from IGLOOGHOST, but no less rewarding. Its expansive quality and quiet spirituality show him as not just a great storyteller, but a new kind of myth maker.

17.

Virginia Wing - private LIFE
February 12, 2021
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Aside from its tighter presentation of Virginia Wing’s existing sound, private LIFE benefits from a doubled-down dedication to the specific wild abandon only pop can offer.

16.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

Each track is unique and there’s not a bad song here. Conversations between mates, exclamations about the demise of punk and unique beats wind themselves around the listener’s mind until it is completely claimed, fertile ground for an outpouring of pain and love and the unfairness and bittersweetness of history

15.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

14.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

13.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
An entirely dynamic free flow that manages to satisfy a disparate, yet tightly cohesive tracklist. Even to a point where songs converse independently amongst themselves.

12.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

Great Spans jettisons reference for dizzying experience. Foraging further into the wilderness, Doyle has uncovered a maximalist Lynchian heaven from the undergrowth.

11.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

It’s their most musical record yet, with more adventurous instrumentation, as well as the vocal features of Amyl and the Sniffers’ Amy Taylor and up-and-comer Billy Nomates, adding further excitement to what is a brilliantly by-the-book Sleaford Mods album.

10.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

The album that emerged is a record of greater confidence and refinement than Dry Cleaning’s two EPs, Sweet Princess and Boundary Road Snacks. Here, triviality and meaning compete to create a compelling portrait of ordinary life, one littered with acerbic wit, intricacy and yawning negative space.

9.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

On S.I.M.B.I., Little Simz levels her successes by being herself, being introverted. And with that, she has made a record that prompts the kind of introspection that can lead to personal breakthroughs. It’s an album to listen to over and over.

8.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

Theon Cross goes deeper than preconceptions by delivering a record that is truly personal and intricate.

7.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

Thoroughly modern in its make-up, A Common Turn is simultaneously reflective and rambunctious. Anna B Savage has made an outstanding first impression.

6.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

Sanders’ performance is the star turn, seeming almost three-dimensional with his breath sounds and key-clicks interacting  with Shepherd’s electronics, and the LSO’s blending of their instruments is always the moreish side of soupy.

5.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

If Wrench’s masterful production is the expertly-made canvas, it’s this storytelling which gives the record its colour, and combined they make a brilliant piece of art.

3.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews

Rather than using pop polish to mask uncomfortable truths, Prioritise Pleasure hits so powerfully specifically because it uses the language of a pop record to state them frankly. It’s masterful.

1.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

For The First Time comes off as a wildly successful experiment and, much like Slint, it’s easy to wonder if Black Country, New Road will ever make anything remotely similar ever again.

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