PopMatters' 75 Best Albums of 2021

PopMatters' 75 Best Albums of 2021

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75.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

After seven soundtracks, a plethora of quality EPs, plus remix, live, and radio compilations, Mogwai hit another inimitable height with their tenth album, As the Love Continues.

74.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

Yol proves Altın Gün’s versatility, reassuring listeners that the group can walk down many paths and still take us on a fabulous trip.

73.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

Throughout Cavalcade, Black Midi display superlative skills, fierce chemistry, and avant-garde vision, offering spellbinding performances while also, and perhaps inevitably, falling prey to sonic tautologies and circuitousness.

72.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
It’s an album where grand ambitions and warm sounds meet at an opportune intersection where texture ultimately overrules genre.

71.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power contains enough magic to be infectious, an ambitious work by an immensely gifted artist who is continuing to explore aesthetic possibilities.

70.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Iron Maiden’s Senjutsu is not without its share of bumps and plenty of familiar scenery, but after more than 40 years, the band are as exhilarating as ever.

67.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
It floats, drifts, and rips apart, and yet when it whips up a storm you are still centered and calm because the music never lets go of your hand.

64.

Bremer/McCoy - Natten
October 29, 2021
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

63.

Alessia Cara - In The Meantime
September 24, 2021
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

Creating her best work with In the Meantime, Alessia Cara proves that any process of healing is never black or white and doesn’t exist on a straight line.

61.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

60.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

Things Take Time, Take Time marks a turn toward openness and positivity for Courtney Barnett, who has previously thrived on precisely communicating anxieties.

57.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
This album is perfectly complete, hermetically sealed while suggesting any number of influences and reference points that never usurp the originality of the songs themselves.

56.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

55.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

Their political stance is a call for love and as the title of the album suggests, this takes more than one to accomplish.

54.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

It’s effortlessly likable and rich with heart and soul.

53.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

With his latest album, Vince Staples mines an artistic, existential, and notably fertile limbo. It’s his most reflective and sober perspective to date.

52.

Hayes Carll - You Get It All
October 29, 2021
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

51.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

What we have on Goat Girl's On All Fours are some hazy but deeply unsettling observations, carried along effortlessly on a bed of delirious voices, sailing over music quieter, slicker, and tighter than that on their debut.

50.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

Creating warm, emotional synthpop is Chvrches’ forte, and Screen Violence is the kind of bruised pop record that can only be made after a year of so much loss.

49.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

The best record the Montreal Godspeed You! Black Emperor have put together since 2000’s Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. And that is no small feat.

48.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

Cassandra Jenkins meditates on life’s fragmentation and nature’s healing properties on her immersive new album, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature.

47.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
Maisie Peters creates a loveable, introspective pop journey into the chaotic emotions that often accompany the transition into early adulthood.

46.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
Nearly every track mentions change, movement, and the inevitability of time — it’s a record about growth, but it’s never drowning in existential dread.

45.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever mostly navigates a mix of downtempo and glitchy ambience, framing her as Gen Z’s resident chanteuse.

44.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

The dozen tracks here showcase the range of her talents as a singer and a songwriter and that of a human being who refuses to accept life’s limitations and stand up for herself.

42.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Home Video brings Lucy Dacus’ early era to a sort of summation without any sense of her artistic momentum slowing down.

40.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

39.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

On Helado Negro’s Far In, Robert Carlos Lange uses electric piano, drums, and lush textures to craft boundless dreamscapes worth inhabiting.

35.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

34.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

Though Chemtrails Over the Country Club isn’t quite Lana Del Rey's strongest album or the most iconically Lana, it’s an intimate, emotional, and largely successful renewal of her artistic vows.

33.

Headie One - Too Loyal for My Own Good
October 1, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

31.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
The confidence and trust they have as a group is manifested in the songs. Flying Dream 1 also trusts its listeners, asking us to hold a quiet space for the music and let it reveal itself over time. It requires a tiny leap of faith to “step into the air” and fly.

28.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

26.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

Valentine delivers on the hype and proves—in case there was any doubt remaining—that Lush wasn’t a whip-smart fluke.

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1mo
Terrible list .
1mo
Good list!
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