Beats Per Minute's Top 50 Albums of 2021

Beats Per Minute's Top 50 Albums of 2021

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50.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
It’s a little loose, a little shaggy, and sometimes simply unimaginative or rote, but it also provides an intriguing glimpse into the archives of one our most beguiling artists.

48.

TWICE - Formula of Love: O+T=<3
November 12, 2021
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

TWICE are in a position in which they know exactly what they’re worth – and exactly what they want. Having topped themselves yet again with Formula of Love: O+T=<3, it’s all theirs for the taking.

47.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

Gas Lit is an important record from an important band. It doesn’t attempt to make things palatable for you, and nor should it. The record is a provocation to a difficult conversation, one that in all honesty shouldn’t really still have to take place in 2021.

46.

July 1, 2021
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

44.

Sophia Kennedy - Monsters
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

43.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
As she continues to embolden her songwriting, takes up more space, and earns a legion of fans, the results can only be positive for her and everyone around her.

42.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
There’s something ungraspable about their music: referential yet original, derivative yet prototypical, memorable yet oddly irretrievable. Ponderous yet transcendent. A listener is invited to encounter the assorted boundaries of their own preferences, biases, identity – to let those hard lines dissolve.

41.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews

Infinite Granite feels less like an abandonment, and more like a new era – a rebirth that fans can either jump on or off for.

40.

NTsKi - Orca
August 6, 2021

39.

September 15, 2021
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

Injury Reserve could very well call it quits today, and everyone would be devastated. But there’d also be an understanding that, because they’ve released what is arguably their definitive record, they wouldn’t have any obligation to release anything else.

37.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

36.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

Yet another impressive and experimental addition to Dawn’s discography, Second Line proves that this prolific artist is not running out of steam or fresh ideas any time soon.

35.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

A Common Turn is at its best when Savage is purely focused on herself, plumbing the depths of her psyche and existential angst.

33.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

Although this is an album about oneness, we are here for Peng, and these moments where we feel closest to her as a person are some of the most rewarding.

32.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

It never bursts, like Lush did, but stumbles and swings, begs and borrows. Nothing about it is ironic, because it anxiously glances over its shoulder to, somehow, find something in the past that has been lost and maybe never existed.

31.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

On Reflection, we truly see the breadth of her resourcefulness as an artist: both as translator and purveyor of gut feeling. The elemental building blocks are all you need to shape something completely new.

30.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

Slap as many abstract adjectives and kitschy references you want on it, you’re not going to pin The Turning Wheel down. Its ineffability can be its greatest strength.

29.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

Carnage is the bedroom record that we never expected from Cave. He and Warren Ellis have assembled a minimal record that still sounds like a full Bad Seeds album. It’s a testament to both of their abilities that at this juncture in their careers these two can still write powerful music.

28.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Seek Shelter isn’t the big, era-defining statement, but a transitional album for the quintet, opening up the possibility of rock’n’roll in their arsenal. While this stylistic choice doesn’t fit 2021’s overarching trends, it proves just how good Iceage are at transforming their sonic interests into full-blown epics.

27.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

26.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

This record evades categorization. It’s a strange beast, like a sphinx: you can’t tell where one animal begins and where the other ends.

25.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Maybe that’s what makes Jubilee so special: only Zauner could have fashioned these songs both as tenderly bright and violently sad as they’ve become. Not one colour: an entire spectrum of female experience, struggle and fulfilment.

24.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

Vince Staples is certainly not an easy album to tap into, nor a particularly fun one, but for those interested in a piece of art in which the barrier between the creator and onlooker is veritably nonexistent, to the point of shared claustrophobia, look no further.

23.

June 20, 2021
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

Yes, I Lie Here Buried… is an angry album, but it’s one that inspires empathy, solidarity and rueful sadness. In a compassionate and just world, Ashanti wouldn’t be judged for how she self-identifies and presents; she wouldn’t have to pit herself against her family, against society, and against God.

22.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Candy Racer
October 27, 2021
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

21.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
The innovative sonic mayhem of their music is both an acknowledgement of the despair of our existence – and a reminder that nobody is alone in feeling it.

20.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

Esfandiari hones the persona explored on prior releases, channeling the aspirations and ambivalences of the mystic. With Celestial Blues, she presents herself as one of the chief proponents of metal informed by spiritual inquiry, yearning for emancipation from the habituated self, and the complex desire that exceeds convention.

19.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
She shifts between intimate personal reflections and extensive ambient meditations with the elegance of tides swelling and settling. The guiding lights in the sky above her are the likes of Cat Power, Grouper, and Stars of the Lid, but this album is all about Walker’s own quiet exposure of her soul to the natural world.

18.

August 2, 2021
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

For those in a rut over the seemingly endless absence of Kendrick Lamar, you need look no further for boundlessly creative and irresistibly unique hip hop than GUMBO’!.

17.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

For all its horror trappings and flat-out aggression, We Are Always Alone is a deeply emotional record. It is catharsis writ large; a writhing, wailing, violent resistance against the injustice of a cruel world full of self-serving people.

16.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

As Wise’s voice and music continues to impressively dart, elude, and shapeshift through listening ears, its emotional magnitude has remained a constant. It’s effortlessly buoyant, especially now that he’s reclaimed his image; he’s not the sad and desperate crooner he was once made out to be.

15.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

The Ramble ... sums up the themes of Phenomenal Nature with ease; it’s an album about our fractured self conception and the ways we try to put it all back together.

14.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

There’s a lot of comfort and warmth to Lange’s albums. He’s a beacon of hope in almost every instance, a rarity these days.

13.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

Dry Cleaning seem a working-class band, but they are not a political band in that same sense. This concept is mimicked across many post-punk bands past and present, but instead of trying to stay firmly between those politically-charged guardrails they have stepped outside of them and created their own scenic route.

12.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Over the course of the album, we seem to hear Fohr coming to terms with the vastness of mortality, and realising that it is in itself beautiful – it is what makes life precious.

11.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

A Martyr’s Reward feels like the most complete Ka album yet, from the brighter production to the ever-evolving wordplay.

10.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

He’s displaying lessons learned here – the fact that he can legitimately sing, that he can tell narrate without insulting a demographic, and that, most importantly, Flower Boy wasn’t a fluke.

9.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews

Prioritise Pleasure is such an impacting album precisely because it wields that power of being too much – of Taylor being entirely herself.

8.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

Haram is a tremendous success, largely due to the powerful lyrics by its antiheroes. It is built to make you uncomfortable, from its harsh cover art to its incendiary lyrics.

7.

April 9, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

The band’s shape-shifting compositions create a forward momentum well suited to a journey through different levels of Hell on Earth.

6.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews
With their bizarrely experimental guitar music and a poetic flair that speaks to Gen-Z, Black Country, New Road have also proven that they are no longer the next Slint or, in Wood’s own words, “the world’s second-best Slint tribute act.” Instead, they have made a name for themselves with a record that may very well be “the absolute pinnacle of British engineering.”

4.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

The tremors from the encounter between Sanders and Shepherd resonating out into the infinitude. It leaves us in no doubt that we have just witnessed a meeting of monolithic proportions.

3.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
87
14 reviews

These nine songs will still speak to those willing to listen, speak of the arrogance of those claiming superiority, of the delusion of lovers and anger of those left by the wayside; of the loneliness of the mortally confused, and of the jealousy of those left behind.

2.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

Cavalcade is an experience album, one that lingers long after it’s over. It calls to you from the basement.

1.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Low’s thirteenth album HEY WHAT is both crushing and crushingly beautiful at the same time.

Original Source: https://beatsperminute.com/bpms-top-50-albums-of-2021/
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4w
such a good list
1mo
Good list!
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