The Guardian's 50 Best Albums of 2021

The Guardian's 50 Best Albums of 2021

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49.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

47.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

45.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

A eulogy for a dead friend, David Balfe’s stirring debut combines lyrics on class, death and despair with clubland highs and hope.

42.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

40.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
35 reviews
Her usual themes of nostalgia, troubled fame and ne’er-do-well lovers are trotted out again – but the melody writing is stronger than ever.

38.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

37.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

Full of 90s and 00s nostalgia, from Destiny’s Child to Café del Mar, the Danish artist’s second album boasts witty lyrics, outlandish soundscapes and beautiful pop melodies.

36.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

31.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
The veteran group continue the scorched digital manipulations of 2018 masterpiece Double Negative, but their vocals are left pristine and beautiful.

30.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

29.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

28.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

The bliss of Musgraves’ Grammy-winning Golden Hour sours on this follow-up, with a breakup narrative that is a little too tidy.

27.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews
It’s all hugely impressive and striking, the familiar made subtly unfamiliar, Clark’s famously incendiary guitar playing spinning off at unexpected and occasionally atonal tangents, its effect simultaneously heady and disturbing.

26.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

25.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Madlib channels a deep, intertwining lineage of Black music through Sound Ancestors like folklore oration, storytelling with the sorcery of a beatmaker who knows how to make an instrumental really sing.

24.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
On perhaps the most anticipated album of 2021, Eilish uses subdued yet powerful songwriting to consider how fame has seeped into every corner of her life.

22.

July 2, 2021
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

21.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

Nostalgic without bitterness or regret, the melodies pour out of this double album themed around the titular resort.

19.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews
The rapper’s long-awaited second album darts between hedonistic swagger and unsparing social commentary to cement his place at rap’s apex.

18.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

17.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

16.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews
Fifth album by San Francisco band finds intense and yes, ethereal, shoegaze taking over from black metal.

15.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

Cave’s rich writing and Ellis’s dense sounds form a reliably potent picture of locked-down end-times and the fantasy of redemption.

14.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
This blockbuster debut album matches its eclecticism and broad emotional range with high-quality hooks throughout – and all with the rapper’s sexuality front and centre.

12.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

11.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
Seventeen Going Under is an album rooted in 2021 that, in spirit at least, seems to look back 40-something years, to the brief early 80s period when Top of the Pops played host to The Specials and The Jam. The result is really powerful.

9.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

The London singer-songwriter’s warm, conversational and observant debut justifies the hype.

8.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
A collection of polished, precociously accomplished pop that doubles as one of the most gratifyingly undignified breakup albums ever made.

7.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Florence Shaw’s laconic spoken delivery is a highlight in a talented band making the quotidian exciting.

6.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

5.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
Bursts of kaleidoscopic synth-pop, soul balladry and jazz sweep you through the latest offering in the artist’s eclectic, controversial and – against the odds – enduring career.

4.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

3.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews
Intensely creative as she discusses race, womanhood and family – and with a cameo from Emma Corrin – Simz’s fourth album feels totally alive.

2.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

On their third and best album, the London four-piece embrace a more polished, widescreen sound that serves their sharp writing on late-20s anxieties.

1.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews

The sound of an artist coming into her own, Rebecca Taylor’s remarkable second album as Self Esteem mixes the intimate and conversational with the unabashedly dramatic.

Original Source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/nov/30/the-50-best-albums-of-2021
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