The Irish Times' Top Albums of 2021

The Irish Times' Top Albums of 2021

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Adrian Crowley - The Watchful Eye Of The Stars
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
Crowley solidifies his status as one of our finest songwriters of the past 20 years, finding his stride and flexing an increasingly singular voice nine albums into a remarkable career.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews
Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho could well have (and may yet still) enjoyed a fruitful career as a performance poet. Still, her talents stretch far beyond the written word as her debut album is incredibly musically engaging too.

January 22, 2021
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

Nature has often been a wellspring of inspiration for artists; shapeshifting and mysterious, it can hold a mirror to human nature, something Albarn does deftly here, stopping to marvel at Iceland’s landscapes (Esja), with a stopover in Uruguay (The Tower of Montevideo).

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

Dry Cleaning bring a refreshing pop sensibility to British rock music, and New Long Leg is a cracking and captivating debut.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

Balfe throws himself into these songs wholeheartedly, teeth gritted as he runs the gamut of anger, pain, nostalgia and sadness. As a result, he has made not only a powerful record but a potentially important one.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
The sweet, singular beauty of the vocals shines through and is complemented rather than obscured by spiky blasts of disorientating distorted noise. These startling juxtapositions create a soundscape unlike any of their previous albums – which, quite simply, conclusively prove that Low are undeniably one of the best bands in the world.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Saint Sister - Where I Should End
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
79
1 review

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

This exceptional, empathic record reshapes that idea into a call to arms for the broken, and the devoured, so that a kind of purity might yet triumph over dissolution.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
An intimate album that takes more than one listen to fully attune to, but the music remains a joy.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

By weirding up his trademark magic, he somehow sounds closer to himself than ever.

Original Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/the-top-10-irish-and-international-albums-of-2021-1.4747447
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