Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2021

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2021

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49.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

48.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

You can chalk Carnage up as anything from a zeitgeist experiment to a flawed masterpiece, but there’s something precious and compassionate at its heart that I honestly believe will make the world a better place in its own peculiar way, beyond the scope of critical evaluation.

47.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

It’s Iron Maiden, once again, flexing their inimitable style with vigour and enthusiasm. And that’s the most endearing aspect of Senjutsu; for a band that’s been going for this long, it’s wonderful to see all of these talented musicians making music with genuine heart and passion behind it all.

46.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

In truth, this is an entirely new beast from the UK rapper. There's an argument to be made that Sometimes... is the fullest realisation of all Little Simz's facets, that the contrasts she's always employed from project to project are trapped in amber together in this one breathtaking moment.

42.

Emily Scott Robinson - American Siren
October 29, 2021
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

41.

Lil Ugly Mane - VOLCANIC BIRD ENEMY AND THE VOICED CONCERN
October 12, 2021
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

Travis Miller's work has always been infinitely more complex than simple descriptors make it sound, and VOLCANIC BIRD ENEMY... is perhaps the apotheosis of this. Warm, haunted, lovely and broken, this album provides you no roadmap to its secrets except the invitation to just fucking listen and find them for yourself.

40.

Corbin - Ghost With Skin
October 31, 2021
Critic Score
90
1 review

38.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

They delivered neither a classic nor an embarrassing flop that revealed them as a flavour-of-the-week fancy, but just a pretty good album with room to improve.

37.

Angels & Airwaves - Lifeforms
September 24, 2021
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

For a fan of Angels & Airwaves, this album will probably blow your mind. As a casual fan like myself, even I can’t overlook the refined songwriting here. Its cohesive atmosphere is matched only by its densely packed, multi-faceted instrumentation.

36.

Empyrium - Über den Sternen
February 26, 2021
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
Empyrium's sixth release trades youth for maturity and the result is an emotional trip that conjures images from the Germans' entire discography.

35.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
Once it sinks its teeth in, this thing is packed with enough sweet syrup and grooves to get your hips gyrating and pelvis popping, while simultaneously dark and twisted enough to make you blow chunks.

34.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

33.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
The result isn’t moving, per se, but it is at its best affecting and warm.

32.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

32.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

30.

Alora Crucible - Thymiamatascension
August 20, 2021
Critic Score
84
1 review

29.

Cynic - Ascension Codes
November 26, 2021
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

27.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Home Video is a vibrant, unsparing celebration of life's many chapters and what it means to be human: flaws, doubts and all.

25.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is Tribulation at its best, a testimony of everything that the band is capable at this point, but also an album weaved and dominated by Hulten’s vision.

23.

Trophy Scars - Astral Pariah
September 10, 2021
Critic Score
86
1 review

22.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
Kris Esfandiari and her team have created something truly special with this album, a musical piece where the divine is given voice and flesh to envision what is Kris' most honest and enrapturing work of her prolific career, and be sure it won't be the last one.

21.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

20.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews

Infinite Granite does posit a concrete achievement of sorts with Deafheaven’s career. Its style is continuous and, while occasionally underwhelming, never disastrous.

19.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

A big splash in this secret garden.

18.

Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Noktvrn
November 19, 2021
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

17.

Dvne - Etemen Ænka
March 19, 2021
Critic Score
94
1 review

16.

Dale Kerrigan - noise bitch
June 25, 2021
Critic Score
100
1 review

15.

Limp Bizkit - STILL SUCKS
October 31, 2021
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

Flaws aside, Still Sucks delivers exactly what you'd expect from the band.

14.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

Primordial Arcana combines the band’s better features into one, defining release.

11.

Swallow The Sun - Moonflowers
November 19, 2021
Critic Score
86
3 reviews

10.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
78
28 reviews
While documenting the shattered dreams of small town Americana, Brandon Flowers has finally created the Earth-mover that he's always lusted after – and ironically, it comes during a moment of quiet reflection.

9.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

On Little Oblivions, she's taken the spaces in her music that used to be empty and filled them with churning, beautiful noise.

8.

Sweet Trip - A Tiny House, in Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
May 28, 2021
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

A Tiny House… is a wonderful album in its own right, shimmering, soothing and startling at the opportune moments and confirming all the wonderful things everyone already knew about Sweet Trip: that’s no mean feat, conservative a scope as it may be.

7.

Iosonouncane - IRA
May 14, 2021
Critic Score
100
1 review

IRA is haunting, breathtaking, and evocative – a towering benchmark for Iosonouncane that may have already swept the rest of 2021 under its enormous shadow.

6.

Musk Ox - Inheritance
July 9, 2021
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

5.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

I am certain that Blood Moon I will push the limits of disbelief for many veteran Converge fans, but it’s a development in their sound that’s been a long time coming, and that it has finally been realized here masterfully.

4.

September 15, 2021
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
What these artists have pulled together in their last outing as a trio is something more than the sum of its parts, a paradoxical masterpiece that lies somewhere in the space between, blindingly bright and painfully incomprehensible.

3.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

Radical is by no means a reinvention or revelation for the band, but I wouldn't want it to be. In refusing to fix what ain't broke, ETID prove themselves once more as the reigning king of their peculiar, blood-splattered bouncy-castle.

2.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

Despite trimming themselves down to five members, Illusory Walls finds the band at their most adventurous and resolute. They’re downright progressive, and damn near metal at times.

1.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

With so many callbacks to other albums over the years it’s little to no wonder as to why Mastodon’s latest offering is such a worthy gem. Both new and older fans should find more than a moment to enjoy.

Original Source: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/2021/12/20/staffs-top-50-albums-of-2021-50-31/
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Based IRA
1w
No mention of Black Midi? This list fucking sucks
1mo
Swallow The Sun - Moonflowers at 11 les go
1mo
Limp Bizkit at number 15!! Seriously!!!
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