Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2021

Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2021

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19.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
At long last capturing on wax the full range of his talent, Mdou Moctar crafts the first great guitar album of the ‘20s with this urgent, incandescent roar of desert rock.

18.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews
Doubling down on the dense, avant-garde clamor of their debut, black midi further asserts themselves as one of the boldest new voices in rock.

17.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
Sordid tabloid details are less important than the sadistic, wicked, resolutely teenage way she writes about her devastation.

16.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

12.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

The writing style and compositions are reminiscent of centuries-old folk songs and lullabies, further lending to the notion of Spellling singing as some omniscient being.

11.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
Scotland’s greatest exporters of sadcore return after a 16-year break-up with an irresistibly strong and delightfully maudlin comeback album that stands tall as one of their greatest works yet.

10.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
It’s warm and mature, fun and relatable, and just as masterfully produced and performed as ever before. It’s just very Adele.

9.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

Blossoming her one-woman show into an overwhelming soundscape of loops and effects, Baker nonetheless remains one of the most lyrically direct and bracing acts in modern music.

8.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

At 14 tracks and a few missteps, the album could be trimmed slightly, but the pair’s first full-length collaboration shows both artists bringing the best out of each other.

7.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
Blending their current level of sophistication with some of their earliest stylistic flourishes, GY!BE shows how far they’ve come by returning to where they started.

6.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews
Even when we can't escape tragedy, Cave sees us through.

5.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

After years of writing impressionistic ballads in the abstract, Lucy Dacus has returned with a collection of songs steeped in nostalgia, regret, and explicit personal connection.

4.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews
A widescreen, cross-generational collaboration that takes the listener on a beautiful, unpredictable journey.

3.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
On their 13th album, Low doesn’t sound sure which tack they’re taking but, even in the malaise, they make it sound amazing.

2.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

Like (almost) nothing you’ll hear this year, Bright Green Field is a remarkable and unabashedly strange debut for Squid, one that is as perplexing as it is addicting. The only thing more addicting is trying to describe them to your friends.

1.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

If nothing else, Jubilee is confirmation that Michelle Zauner is a great artist regardless of the context.

Original Source: https://spectrumculture.com/2021/12/16/top-20-albums-of-2021/
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