Record Collector's Best New Albums of 2021

Record Collector's Best New Albums of 2021

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24.

Peter Hammill - In Translation
May 7, 2021
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

23.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

It's all compelling enough to keep drawing listeners back for the next 14 years. Magnificent.

22.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

These post-Brit School experimentalists reap the benefits of fortified focus on Cavalcade.

18.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
It’s the most bittersweet of silver linings on a record that has turned upheaval into something beautiful.

17.

Luke Haines - Setting The Dogs On The Post Punk Postman
April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
Haines sniffs out scuffed gold wherever he roams, never failing to deliver the unexpected and unrestrained.

15.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

14.

March 12, 2021
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
Catherine Anne Davies reasserts herself as a commanding alt-gothic solo force on her second album as The Anchoress.

12.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews
It's rich with rallying cries and uplift, is allergic to doing the safe or obvious, and captures the pop temperature of the moment.

11.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews
You don't have to be born in the 21st century to appreciate Parks' flair for language on these evocative, detailed vignettes.

10.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Fresh, clever and endlessly intriguing, it adds up to a stellar debut.

8.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Though Mogwai mavens may recognise the terrain, the routes mapped across As The Love Continues are often fresh.

7.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews

Subversive, clever, of the moment and utterly joyous, this a record that reminds you how life-affirming pop music can be.

6.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

The rockier songs have a vague whiff of Faith No More’s deepest cuts, or even the lurching noir-rock of Tomahawk ... On the poppier moments he flaunts his range more confidently than ever. There’s a lot to take in.

5.

May 14, 2021
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

Annie Clark lures us into the sleazy underbelly of 70s New York on funky-sounding sixth ... The sassy pansexual swagger of 2017's Masseduction survives, but there's a generous allowance of warmth and melancholy.

4.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

It's an impressive if harmonically static musical edifice built on Shepherd's omnipresent keyboard ripples, over which Sanders' braying tenor sax emits billowing squalls of sound ... Promises exhibits a rare unique beauty.

3.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
Even if the Manics will never candy-coat their struggles, they illuminate them with unflinching acuity here. If to the abyss we must go, who better to pick as co-travellers than the Manics at full thrust?

2.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

These 11 songs are varied enough to make categorisation tricky, and they often mix it up within the same track.

1.

February 25, 2021
Critic Score
88
30 reviews
It is an album, certainly, that carries the magic and surprise that belongs only to strange times, that belongs to this moment completely: a record of the way we saw the world, once, the way it sounded, the way it felt, as we all stood still and watched.
Original Source: https://recordcollectormag.com/issue/christmas-issue-2021
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