The Line of Best Fit's Best Albums of 2021

The Line of Best Fit's Best Albums of 2021

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50.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

49.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
70
16 reviews

As carefree as it is frustrated, as playful as it is temperamental, WILLOW’s lately I feel EVERYTHING is a straight up lively hit of jaded emo bangers that will have a new generation of listeners whipping their hair back and forth.

48.

February 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

The unique identity in each one of the 13 tracks is what makes it such a terrific and arresting listen.

47.

Molly Payton - Slack
October 1, 2021
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

46.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

Once again, the band finds healing and beauty in their own chaotic vortex, and once again they invite everyone listening to do the same, joining them on their most exploratory and cathartic ride yet.

45.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

Using cinematic references to divide her latest record into three acts, Musgraves tells the story of this chapter of her life through the exposition, the climax, and the resolution. Often referencing unique personal tragedy while translating her tales through whimsical compositions and poetic lyrics.

44.

Griff - One Foot In Front Of The Other
June 18, 2021
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

One Foot in Front of the Other is joyful and unpretentious – Griff seems to have indeed found her footing in the industry and it doesn’t look like she’ll be leaving anytime soon.

43.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

A masterful record that sounds like a full flowering of a remarkable talent. It is true: Ignorance can indeed be bliss.

42.

July 2, 2021
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

All in all, Pink Noise is a roaring success for Mvula’s reinvention. It’s a joyous celebration of her past, her present, and all the success that is to come in her future. Laura Mvula is back, and she’s not going anywhere.

41.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
71
2 reviews

39.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

Owusu’s debut offering not only manages to deftly balance style with substance, but does so with a jubilance that gives as much reason to curl up your own most toothy grin.

38.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

Each element of Fatigue has its importance, distinguishing itself also by the prowess of some great and varied highlights ... One even ends up regretting that Fatigue is so short.

37.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

I Don’t Live Here Anymore is The War On Drugs’ most perfect album.

36.

March 12, 2021
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
Davies’ fight back is well worth remembering in those times of grave need.

35.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
Richard’s voice floats through it all, shepherding newcomers with an intoxicating haze. Possessing the dynamism of a true leader, she deftly switches her singing from breathy and euphoric to strong and assured.

33.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

32.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
It is a well-considered progression for her, and while there are some missteps along the way, it is so good to see her moving forward.

31.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

Charistmatically stepping onto the scene with an unmistakable presence in an era of reclaiming confidence is not an easy feat but Remi Wolf has delivered a debut that is powered by a true liveliness to be fun and real.

30.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

While the cosy acoustic folk of Sling is indebted to her influences — Joni Mitchell, Carole King, the Carpenters — Cottrill makes it wholly her own; it’s the perfect habitat for her introspection.

29.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

If i could make it go quiet cements girl in red as a dynamic and wholly committed force ... It's a strong debut that will in no doubt be held in reverence for its musical deftness as it will its personal exorcism.

28.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

Friends That Break Your Heart is a pretty on-the-nose title, even by James Blake’s standards. But this isn’t a return to the early melancholic Blake that the title suggests, nor is it a continuation of the most recent Blake, bowled over by love. His fifth studio album is intriguingly somewhere in the middle.

27.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

She didn’t make a record expected of her even by fans of her last LP and, in doing so, has produced something which is strange, chaotic and utterly her own.

26.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
88
16 reviews

Red (Taylor's Version) sees Swift delivered a package that balances fan service alongside an insightful documentation of one of modern pop’s best songwriters at a key juncture in her career.

25.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Any Shape You Take is a record about heartbreak and despair. But it’s also more than that. It encompasses the extremes of human emotion, as De Souza shoots back and forth across the divide like a pendulum in full swing.

24.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

Demidevil ... sees Ashnikko revel in her playfully acerbic humour, but also explores friendships and the emotional vulnerability behind her facade.

23.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

Truly establishing themselves as the bright possibilites of guitar music, and blurring lines along with setting new ones out, ultimately with Blue Weekend, Wolf Alice continue to be the very essence of what is to be a band while also remaining - more importantly - human.

22.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
All of these songs – every single one – are of the same calibre you might expect from universally-renowned artists, from Frank Ocean to The Weeknd. These are world-class songs, thoughtfully sequenced into an endlessly replayable record.

21.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Mdou Moctar’s energy for revolution is full force experience, as exhilarating as it is inspiring, and it is made more powerful by his sincere love and understanding of the Tuareg tradition.

20.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
71
8 reviews

19.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

Even with the online version trimmed to his ex-label's liking, LP! is a riveting display of hip-hop steeped in its future while also embracing all the music Peggy has consumed up until this point. But it is his version that possesses his proper signature, and truthfully, it's the only one worth writing about.

18.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Still Over It plays to the Atlanta singer’s strengths, striking a similar balance between club-ready anthems and delicate acoustic arrangements to that of its predecessor.

16.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

Time will tell exactly where this album lands in Tyler, The Creator’s discography, but CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST is yet another memorable record from Wolf Haley himself, one that only further cements his status as one of the best artists of his generation.

15.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
With art this bold and ambitious, Halsey doesn’t really have to choose between love and power: they deserve both.

14.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews
Rebecca Taylor expels years of self doubt, reckless behaviour, and self-destruction into an album that transforms these woes into a celebration of self-worth, sisterhood and, of course, pleasure.

13.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

Little Oblivions leaves questions unanswered and epiphanies freshly discovered and displays the beautiful moments the ugly times keep quietly hidden.

12.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

Valentine is a big, ambitious album centered around big, overwhelming feelings, but some of its most resonant moments come when Jordan strips away the layers of drama.

11.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

The versatility of Collapsed In Sunbeams is beyond comendable. Parks seemingly effortless lyricism and laidback melodies make her songs cosy in winter, and chilled in summer - always to be uplifting and comforting.

10.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

With the album's massive amount of impressionable hooks, occasional moments of dumb-fun raunchiness, and an electric atmosphere conducive to mind-numbing dancing, 박혜진 Park Hye Jin has single-handedly constructed a safe and supportive space for the introverted, sad, and disillusioned.

9.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

On his major label debut, Conflict Of Interest, the decorated East London wordsmith refines the winning formula of his past long-players, getting up close and personal while still finding room for a plethora of A-listers including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Skepta.

8.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Olivia Rodrigo cements her success story on the explorative and heartbroken Sour.

7.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

Within the chapters of We’re All Alone In This Together, Dave strikes at the core of his identity, vulnerability, and struggle. Merging the different aspects of his personality: bravado, sensitivity, and the gift of expression, the UK rap scene’s most straight-talking son outgrows his peers.

6.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

While Shade certainly holds no surprise, it’s an album that brims with substance and Harris’ longtime base won’t skip a beat in welcoming these tracks. Yet we’re reminded more than anything of the quiet strength these songs take on.

5.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews
A genuine talent creating music that is genuine to her and by showing the wide spectrum of her talent, PinkPantheress adds an extra sensation to her ‘viral sensation’ tag. Nestling perfectly within the current climate whilst also carrying its own charm, this is the start of something big.

4.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

The artist who brings out the most conflicting of emotions in people has birthed a true labour of love with MONTERO, and simply, the internet may never be the same again.

3.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
If nothing else, one thing’s for certain: Zauner is absolutely in her element here and it goes without question that while this is undeniably her year, she’s also just rebranded herself as one of today’s top-tier indie visionaries.

1.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

With her blessings seemingly endless, Little Simz looks set to enter the Hall of Fame with the cinematic storytelling of Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.

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