The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2021

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2021

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50.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
3 reviews

dltzk presents some amazing ideas on Frailty, and hopefully clearer recordings in the future will allow them to shine even more.

49.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

Sonically, Black Metal 2 tends to revisit its predecessor's A-side, with even darker and terser results.

48.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
A fun little blast of classic soul revivalism.

47.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

Eternal Home is seriously impressive in its scope and eclecticism, almost overbearingly so in some pockets.

46.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

Having flirted with heartland rock on their previous album, The Killers delve much deeper into the sound on the conceptual Pressure Machine.

45.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

The conceptual EP Heaux Tales seems to be a point of personal and artistic metamorphosis for Jazmine Sullivan.

44.

May 15, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

And Again Into the Light is a stunning re-consolidation of Austin Lunn's sound.

43.

Twin Shadow - Twin Shadow
July 9, 2021
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

42.

Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
October 22, 2021
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

41.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

On their sophomore album, Viagra Boys tell a love story via punk eclecticism.

40.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

Late to the party, but yeah, this is one of the year's most adventurous pop projects.

39.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

The Alchemist helps Armand Hammer make their most surreal album yet.

38.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews

The emotionally potent and timely Carnage finds Nick Cave and Warren Ellis letting loose with the aesthetic they forged on the previous Bad Seeds trilogy.

37.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

King's Disease II capitalizes on all the potential of its predecessor.

36.

August 2, 2021
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

As its title suggests, GUMBO'! is a viscous and dreamy homage to various strains of southern hip hop whose charm is undeniable.

35.

Westside Gunn - Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B
September 24, 2021
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
The B-side is hands-down his greatest statement since Griselda's rise.

34.

February 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

Though Tyron's introspective side slightly outshines the bangers, it's a powerful journey overall.

33.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

The one we've been waiting for.

32.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

Even while the duo’s finding a distinct sound, Mercurial World serves bop after bop.

31.

death's dynamic shroud.wmv - Faith in Persona
November 1, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

30.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
74
23 reviews
James' best record since his debut.

29.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

Weezer's 2021 output is off to a great start with OK Human.

28.

July 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Yola’s stunning writing and performances easily make up for Stand for Myself’s general lack of novelty.

25.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

Rock debuts as daring as For the First Time are a rarity.

24.

Sematary - Rainbow Bridge 3
April 29, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review
This goes hard.

23.

Black Dresses - Forever In Your Heart
February 14, 2021
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

Black Dresses go harder than ever before on their first post-disbandment album.

21.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

Wiki shines as a solo performer and lyricist on the Navy Blue-produced Half God.

20.

June 20, 2021
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

Backxwash returns with a tour-de-force of harrowing and hellish songcraft.

19.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

Turnstile's hardcore sound undergoes some dreamy renovations on Glow On.

18.

Blu - The Color Blu​(​e)
September 24, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review
It's a three-peat for Blu.

17.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
Low's not fucking around.

16.

March 5, 2021
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

Genesis Owusu's full-length debut is impressive, occasionally even overambitious.

15.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

Cavalcade finds black midi remaining one of the most exciting acts in modern rock while going avant-prog.

13.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

12.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
Sufjan and Angelo make beautiful music together.

11.

September 15, 2021
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
Injury Reserve pulled something of a masterpiece from a truly hellish year.

10.

Jeff Rosenstock - SKA DREAM
April 20, 2021
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Finally, the skankable version of NO DREAM we've all been waiting for.

9.

April 23, 2021
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
Spellbinding.

8.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

SIMBI finds a leveled-up Simz returning to wonderland.

7.

November 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
11 reviews

6.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
And still undefeated: JPEGMAFIA!

5.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

The strongest St. Vincent album since Strange Mercy.

4.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

Promises is a tasteful, spellbinding, and beautiful intersection of jazz, classical, and electronic music.

3.

December 1, 2021
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

Arca has formed an impressive body of work with the KICK series.

1.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
81
13 reviews
Wall-to-wall enchantment.
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2w
Spellling Number 1? Yassssss
4w
he forgot donda
4w
st vincent and arca in the top 5 is the ultimate gay fantasy
1mo
At least the killers made the cut
1mo
Twin Shadow being included makes me very happy man
1mo
good list by Melon, but not seeing Helado Negro, BBNG, Kanye and Mild High Club it's a little disappointing but a very good list still
1mo
Can't believe AJR was album of the year...wow, congrats to them!
1mo
blue weekend > everything on this list
1mo
Glad to see black dresses getting some love same for BROCKHAMPTON
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