No Ripcord's 50 Best Albums of 2021

No Ripcord's 50 Best Albums of 2021

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50.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

49.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Weighed down by its own concept and bloated with references, there’s just no room left for emotional reckoning.

47.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

46.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
72
19 reviews

Though The Golden Casket shows Modest Mouse at their most accessible and tuneful ... they return to some of the experimental aspects that defined so much of their early work. 

45.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

Following in the footsteps of the group’s breakout album, Sympathy For Life proves more subtle in its efforts to explore new territory.

43.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

42.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
73
10 reviews

40.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

39.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

38.

June 11, 2021
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

36.

Aaron Frazer - Introducing...
January 8, 2021
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

35.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

For the first time is usually nonsensical, frequently transcendent, and compulsively listenable. Everything that sprung to mind is on the wax here, but BC, NR don’t forget to make it catchy and groovy. In nailing that balance, they’ve given us the year’s first capital-G Great record.

34.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

The ever-ethereal Grouper is truly a universe unto itself, and what music we’ve gotten from the project feels like glimpses as to what the night sky allows. Shade, Harris’ most varied release yet, feels like the broadest and most crisp view of this vista yet.

33.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

30.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

28.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews

It’s the sound of a band transforming into something subtle but beautiful—the same way trees do when their foliage fades from green to orange.

27.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

Introvert is a beautiful collection of poems filled with stories and experiences, on which Simz doesn't skimp on resources and thinks big.

25.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews
On her third album, Lucy Dacus makes it clear that her latest collection of songs is not just personal but autobiographical.

24.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

23.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

22.

April 16, 2021
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

As madcap of a concept as ULTRAPOP appears to be, its musical thrust feels purposeful in its creation and curation.

20.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
What's being attempted here is sensational, an unmissable combination of common emotions and abstract anxieties that shouldn’t work. And yet, when Lindeman shares with us, these songs explode with the air of something incredible.

18.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

There's no denying that Valentine is a singular statement that is profoundly genuine at every turn.

17.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Shame could've settled when, instead, they've outsmarted their post-punk contemporaries with their apolitical, yet powerfully-charged message about sticking it to the doldrums.

15.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

14.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

13.

January 22, 2021
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

Cooler Returns plays out best if you go with its flow. Musical flourishes, references, and inspirations abound, but if you let yourself get lost in it, there is a lot to enjoy and not too much to worry about.

11.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Getting lost in the world Parks takes us in is surely captivating and invites deep reflection. But once the moment has passed, you wonder if it carries any lasting impact.

9.

April 9, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

The trio seems more determined and passionate in how they concoct their witches' brew of ideas, knowingly aware of how the plot unfolds while convincing us that anything kept a secret doesn't matter.

8.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
This is solipsism of the highest caliber: gentle, hypnotic, fastidious, but above all else, hard to resist.

7.

October 1, 2021
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

Let Me Do One More teeters betweens knowing jokiness and kindhearted vulnerability. And though she's shown these qualities before, Tudzin carries the weight of these emotions with a masterful command—embracing change and figuring things out as she fumbles along the way. 

5.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

From Old Skin to Harmonia’s Dream, I Don’t Live Here Anymore has plenty of new War on Drugs classics that will sit comfortably next to Red Eyes and Strangest Thing on a setlist.

4.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

Musically, Blue Weekend serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the U.K.'s recent post-punk renaissance led by acts such as Squid, The Murder Capital, and Dry Cleaning. But Roswell also shares themes of shame, confusion, and feeling lost in the song's blissful anthems.

3.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

A sonic cigarette hanging off the bottom lip.

2.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

While much has been made of Jubilee being an album about joy—and in some ways, it is—the majority of the third Japanese Breakfast album captures a full breadth of emotions.

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