Clash's Albums of the Year 2021

Clash's Albums of the Year 2021

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60.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

Vocally, he’s unsettlingly beautiful.

59.

July 2, 2021
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

Aiming to pin down essential emotions in a personal way, ‘Utopian Ashes’ succeeds beyond their imaginations – a crisp, entrancing song cycle, it’s unaffected feel helps it linger long in the memory.

57.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
As the evening comes to a close for this writer, this album serves up Summer Walker’s best work yet. It’s brutal, yet romantic, it’s fun, yet flirty, it’s everything any listener could be wanting. A rollercoaster of emotions and she’s not even finished yet.

55.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
The amount of moments of contemplation away from the mosh pit benefits the listenability of the album, though its overall sequencing is blotchy and still more like a mixtape.

54.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

It’s not easy to write an album about yourself without seeming egotistical, and it’s also not easy to write one which touches on themes of gang violence and poverty without falling into braggadocio or morbidity. On this album, Vince Staples has pulled off both. It may be a short album, but it’s an incredibly deep one.

53.

Ouri - Frame of a Fauna
October 22, 2021
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

52.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
That the groove will be locked down is never in question. Silk Sonic are gonna do what Silk Sonic are gonna do. The only question is whether you or the unnamed love interest are joining them. And you should. 'An Evening With Silk Sonic' is a real good time.

51.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
'Seventeen Going Under' has something for everyone, touching on every corner of his previous discography from softer ballads to raging indie tracks.

50.

Jevon - Fell in Love in Brasil
February 5, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

49.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

‘As The Love Continues’ is Mogwai at their best, and is possibly their most consistent record since 2006's ‘Mr Beast’.

48.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

'Talk Memory' ... album number six, sees BBNG in full jazz mode, a nine-track opus of gorgeous musical exploration on their own terms.

46.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

'Ignorance' is a well-crafted and heart-felt piece of work that dances seamlessly through the caverns of dark and light, a perfect offering to hold onto with hope.

45.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

A record that thrives on the most miniscule of details, ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ is a project that rewards patience ... An enchanting listen, her world-building remains absolutely undimmed on this triumphant, bewitching project.

44.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
71
2 reviews

43.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

42.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

The sonics are strange and hard to recreate: they are forward thinking but in some ways ageless, a natural fit for Tirzah’s magnetic voice.

41.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews
Turnstile are flexing some of their heaviest hooks yet - gliding us across nonchalant bops and hellish riffs, the Maryland five-piece have yet again come out with a bang.

40.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
An album with novelistic depth, when ‘30’ turns once more for its London-rooted conclusion, Adele seems to reach a new level in her stratospheric career.

39.

June 18, 2021
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

In its length and scope, there’s a feeling here of witnessing H.E.R. in 360 – panoramic R&B that more than justifies the wait, a sumptuous, multi-faceted jewel that seems to reveal fresh colour with each play.

38.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
A very clever album that plays with musical codes and conventions brilliantly to create something greater than the sum of its parts. This could be the bravest Low album in recent years.

34.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
'Hushed And Grim' is a reminder of what makes the band so beloved while boldly stepping into a new chapter. They've never sounded so good.

33.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

A project that wrestles with complex ideas, ‘Nine’ never quite settles. Masterful in its softness of touch, Sault know when to apply and relieve pressure; at moments it can be intense, yet others are bathed in a beatific R&B halo.

32.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

Constructed amid the dystopia of 2020, ‘CARNAGE’ instead stands as something unique, the sound of two vastly experienced musicians removing themselves from expectations, and constructing something both beautiful and visceral, tender and blood-thirsty, wholly terrifying and completely absorbing.

31.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

Overall, this mixtape was worth the wait and something you can tell he’s really put time and effort into – unlike the usual microwave nonsense being distributed.

30.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

28.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

27.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
Potent in its execution, revealing in its lyricism, it’s a record that finds Olivia Rodrigo effortlessly claiming her status as pop’s newest icon, and one of its bravest voices.

26.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

As a complete aesthetic statement, the debut album from Dry Cleaning hardly merits contemporaries at all – suffocating, surreal, and exploratory, it takes chances other groups could scarcely envisage.

25.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

Definitely not a reinvention, it plays to the band’s strengths while amplifying new qualities, a record as bruising as it is subtle. Working to their own passions and desires, ‘Blue Weekend’ places Wolf Alice beyond the reach of their peers.

24.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
Aligning herself to one of the greats, Greentea Peng seems to implicitly suggest that such gravitas should be afforded to her own artistry – with such evident excellence as this, it’s only right that she be granted the dignity her art sorely deserves.

23.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

22.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

21.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
Across ‘Skin’, the 13 smooth jams showcase Joy Crookes not only as a vocalist or candid writer but as the new face of British soul. While many artists chase nostalgia, Crookes offers a different way forward by disregarding the traditional boundaries of classicism.

20.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
Patiently moving into a new era, ‘Happier Than Ever’ is shrouded in a transformative darkness.

19.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews
'Prioritise Pleasure' is a strong offering with inspiring, soul-searching songs. The songs range from pop hits to serene tracks and Taylor shows that she can do it all with this second album.

17.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
A colossal event release, ‘MONTERO’ excels the marketing spin by delivering one of 2021’s most daring, riveting, and honest pop statement. After months of anticipation, Lil Nas X speaks his truth – and the world is ready to listen.

16.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

‘DEACON’ is a triumph because it realises and relives love’s quiet, archived moments, be it romantic or spiritual. It’s a triumph because it reminds us R&B exists on a vast continuum, forever a source of inspiration and innovation.

15.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

‘Promises’ is five years' worth of experimental soundscaping condensed into one mind-boggling harmonic journey. A highly accomplished piece of music.

14.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
Succinct yet packed with stunning detail, it refuses to take the easy way out, and that stubbornness may see Squid outstrip their peers in a head-long race towards a re-engaged future.

13.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

That backwards glance has helped deliver his strongest album to date, and one of grime’s true classics.

12.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Ending such a lengthy wait for new material was never going to be easy, but Jazmine Sullivan makes her Everest-like task look deceptively simple. A woman speaking her truth in poetic, soulful fashion, ‘Heaux Tales’ could be her defining chapter.

11.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
'The Off-Season' is a solid project with no expiration date and can easily be digested for months and years to come.
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