musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2021

musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2021

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50.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Boy From Michigan is not an easy album to get to grips with, nor is it one for background listening. For those willing to put the work in, this is another invigorating missive from one of music’s finest minds.

49.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

The sound on Welfare Jazz may be more of the same glam-phetamine trash disko bomp that made the first record so distinctive ... but there’s something else that’s been added to their arsenal, something that was hiding in plain sight all along.

48.

Mira Calix - absent origin
November 5, 2021
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

47.

The Body - I've Seen All I Need to See
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
Somehow, there’s an odd clarity to be found amongst all the noise, distortion and decay. The Body might have looked to their past in finding the sound for this album, but in creating this slab of grief and anger, they’ve managed to be uncannily prescient.

46.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

45.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

44.

Xiu Xiu - Oh No
March 26, 2021
Critic Score
73
16 reviews
Embracing the participatory rather than lurking in personal mistrust, and supplementing their formerly disconsolate narratives with unusually contented flourishes, these diverse new manifestations substantially demonstrate that Xiu Xiu still exist in a universe of their own design, but that maybe they’re ready to temporarily negotiate ours once more.

43.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

Coral Island is an ambitious record that never topples under the weight of that ambition. Unusually for a double album there’s barely any filler and the songs have a timeless quality that keeps you returning.

42.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

Despite its relatively short running time, and the low-key nature of the songs, this third album sounds like a big step forward for Barnett – a move away from the stream of consciousness delivery of her early days and a step towards sincere contemplations of matters of the heart.

41.

MAN ON MAN - MAN ON MAN
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
Predominantly joyous in its approach, these subtly provocative tracks are a defiant call to arms in an ever more uncertain age, underlining Bottum’s impeccable songwriting chops.

40.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

Flying Dream 1 is, in many respects, a typical Elbow album – warm, comforting and sincere. It’s also a record that many of us need after the last two years.

39.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
Liars have not only been reborn creatively, they’ve emerged with by far the most accessible album of the band’s illustrious career to date.

38.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

... its vivid subject matter dealing with depression, sexuality, prejudice and matters of the heart with an uplifting old-school feel complemented by celestial vocals.

37.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

Vynehall’s potential has always been apparent, but Rare, Forever is a truly beguiling record – equal parts poignant and hedonistic – which allows his vast array of talents to shine.

36.

Loscil - Clara
May 28, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

35.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

Vince Staples is a worthy continuation of his oeuvre, and proof if it were needed that his paradox of youthful energy and world-weary cynicism remains as captivating as ever.

33.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

It may take a few listens for this album’s charms to fully reveal itself, and some may find the apeing of classic rock greats a bit wearying, but overall, I Don’t Live Here Anymore is a solid addition to The War On Drugs canon.

32.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

They find Harris stepping away from the choral ambiance and glacial minimalism of the Nivhek era and retreating back to the nocturnal ebbs and crackling timbres of earlier albums.

31.

Oddfellow's Casino - The Cult of Water
April 2, 2021
Critic Score
90
1 review

30.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

Fir Wave is an exploration of large-scale natural patterns and cycles, translating them into musical forms – a kind of extended set of symphonic poems for electronics.

29.

March 12, 2021
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
The Anchoress is stepping out of the shadow of her famous friends to show that she’s an almighty talent in her own right.

28.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

Music For Psychedelic Therapy is a real accomplishment, otherwordly escapism that’s irresistible for the mind, body and soul.

27.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
Exploring increasingly adventurous songwriting terrains and expanding their studio capabilities whilst managing to retain some of the fire that once sparked up their engines, Iceage have delivered another tour de force.

26.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

It’s still a sumptuously crafted, warmly atmospheric and often beautiful work from The Antlers, proving that Silberman remains one of America’s most gifted, emotionally intelligent songwriters.

25.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Seeking New Gods is simultaneously thought provoking, questioning, elegant and unsettled – but it is fundamentally a feelgood album. We find Gruff Rhys at his most natural, his winning blend of a slight, endearing shyness balanced by extrovert, psychedelic tendencies.

24.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

This album certainly is a rush, and it’s also the best Japanese Breakfast album to date.

23.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

The dark, introspective nature of Idles’ latest release may well disappoint those who love the band for their rabble-rousing, tongue-in-cheek headbangers. But for those who’ve been waiting some time for the beloved Bristolians to take a left turn with their sound, Crawler is an absolute thrill.

22.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

One of their most powerful and cohesive statements to date.

21.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
70
24 reviews

Overall, Voyage is an odd mixed-bag of styles and subject matter, not all of which completely work. But then, if we’re really honest, hasn’t this in fact been what has always made an ABBA album special and enduring – the refusal to stick to a limited formula even if you get something you don’t like?

20.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

Endless Arcade might be an album of recalibration and evolution, but it’s also one that more than holds its own against the lofty peaks scaled earlier in their career.

19.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

As Days Get Dark is a remarkable return, a new Arab Strap that updates, deepens and re-energises their sound.

18.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

It’s fair to say that you generally know what you’re getting with new Godspeed albums these days, but that doesn’t make the appearance of a new album any less thrilling. G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! might follow a certain well worn path but still sounds magnificent, especially at volume, pulling you in like a rip tide.

16.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson’s observations are so pin sharp, albeit wrapped up in his own unique lyricism, that it’s almost a civic responsibility to listen to him.

15.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Daddy’s Home may lack the more exhilarating, guitar-shredding moments of some of Clark’s earlier work, but it’s possibly her best, most considered album to date.

14.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

With -io she has made a work that is both devastatingly personal and beautifully generous.

13.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

This is a truly joyous album, and a purely pleasurable experience.

12.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

The music throughout MONTERO suggests that Nas X has a very bright future ahead of him.

11.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

Blue Weekend is Wolf Alice’s best work yet – a confident, euphoric, blistering 40 minutes that’s guaranteed to be on many people’s ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year.

10.

January 22, 2021
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

The layered and intricate soundscapes that embody Isles are testament to the vast and diverse musical influences that Ferguson and McBriar have explored and savoured over the years. Bittersweet and introspective, yet hopeful and spellbinding.

9.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Overall, Moctar’s creations are perfectly pitched in drawing from Tuareg culture and reaching beyond the traditional into new territory.

8.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

With Carnage, Cave and Ellis have successfully balanced introspection and self reflection with the tumult and confusion of the wider world. It’s a hugely powerful statement.

7.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
84
16 reviews

Seventeen Going Under is powerful, essential stuff, a coming of age album that speaks to the human experience in the here and now. Its creator is absolutely the real deal.

6.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

There’s no sudden rush or instantaneous hit, but that’s not the point. Its hazy, dreamlike and enveloping charms unfold anew with further layers of melancholic woozy, summery beauty each time, as you contemplate about contemplation.

5.

July 23, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews
It’s the album that disproves the myth of the ‘Mercury Prize Curse’ and also consolidates Dave’s reputation as one of this country’s most important and impressive young artists.

4.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Displacing the emotional in favour of engagingly tenuous perspectives, this precariously magnetic album, much like the contents of Dourofs, will absolutely floor you.

3.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

2.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews

A vitally important album: a record that could be a feminist manifesto all on its own. It fuses the pop genius of the likes of Rihanna or Taylor Swift with the searing rage of early ‘90s Riot Grrrl.

1.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

It is neither their most immediate nor their warmest album, yet its provocations are effective, and become curious and complex in light of the melody and harmony that sits above them.

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