Dork's Albums of 2021

Dork's Albums of 2021

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50.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
There’s something intensely feel-good about ‘times’ – its unspoken encouragement to throw caution to the wind and embrace pure joy is irresistible. In a way, it feels like a suspension in time; there’s something addictive in the basslines and synth.

49.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

‘Harlecore’ is a truly thrilling creation.

47.

Zara Larsson - Poster Girl
March 5, 2021
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

In embracing music’s most rewarding artform, Zara Larsson has yet again affirmed her place on the brightest of billboards.

46.

Slayyyter - Troubled Paradise
June 11, 2021
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
While she was finding her feet during her mixtape era, they’re firmly planted on the ground this time. A genuine no-skip affair, it’ll be trouble in paradise for the other pop girls next.

45.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

As the long-awaited follow up to ‘Turn Out the Lights’, this album feels desperate to not retread old ground.

44.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
Seeking to lighten the burdens of everyday life, dodie’s affecting style across ‘Build A Problem’ is a salve to soothe widespread worries.

43.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
As her moniker alludes, Greentea Peng’s highly anticipated debut album is an 18-track opus that doesn’t just heal the mind and soothe the soul, but expands it too

42.

No Rome - It's All Smiles
December 3, 2021
Critic Score
71
8 reviews

41.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
Throughout ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’, the thrashing of guitar strings feels exorcising, but never overwhelming. For Pom Pom Squad it’s always been rooted in that rush of excitement that comes from finding something, or someone, you’ve been missing – including this album.

40.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
72
8 reviews

Pinballing wildly in mood between heartbreak and lovestruck, it’s as much of a rollercoaster ride as real life is at this age.

39.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

‘The World Within Our Bedrooms’ contains so much beauty and subtle colours that it demands a return trip to make sure every inch of it is explored thoroughly.

38.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
Just two friends who love music doing exactly what they do best.

37.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Second effort ‘On All Fours’ instantly feels like a stronger brew. More expressive and never playing safe.

36.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

Channelling those growing, loving, losing and learning vibes that so truncate leaving your teens and entering your twenties, it’s refreshing to hear it done with such vibrancy. 

35.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

Delving into the full emotional spectrum, ‘life’s a beach’ is an album that might sound dreamy, but underneath the surface those waters run deep.

33.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

This is raw, unadulterated punk with no prefix that can only come from a band with immense amounts of talent and character.

32.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
‘Greatest Hits’ is great then. And it’s full of hits. So that’s all good.

31.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
Subtle but powerful, ‘Sling’ is an album born of love and care. A slow-burner, sure, but one that will last the distance.

30.

February 12, 2021
Critic Score
67
15 reviews

‘Who Am I?’ is a lot of things. It’s a pop record from the recent past, an album that looks deep within but projects strongly outwards too. But what it most certainly isn’t is a one-trick pony. Pale Waves were always better than that.

28.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

As each track unfolds, it feels as though you are watching Lucy through the lens as she returns to her coming-of-age years.

27.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
65
32 reviews

26.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
78
33 reviews
From the fist in the air of ‘Good Girls’ to ‘Final Girl’, and its strength to push through self-doubt to reach the end credits, ‘Screen Violence’ is a record that understands the lows to appreciate the highs. Just like the band that made it, it’s that ability to last the distance that counts in the end.

25.

June 18, 2021
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

24.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

‘Bullseye’ is bold and bigger than life, covering all bases while still giving the impression that there’s even more to come — a perfect debut record.

23.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
85
27 reviews
It’s a little pretentious, and definitely an album that requires your full attention, but it’s a deceptively good time too.

22.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
91
15 reviews

With a pain at times so real that it can almost be touched, its smartest trick is turning it into something approaching euphoria with its mix of poetry and exhilarating dance beats.

21.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

20.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ is Halsey’s definitive artistic breakthrough.

19.

July 9, 2021
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
Yes, Inhaler are a band who will always have their legacy forced upon them by others – but that’s when the music needs to do the talking. ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ is a mic drop moment. With everything else cast aside, it’s the music that matters. Inhaler have nothing left to prove.

18.

BLACKSTARKIDS - Puppies Forever
October 15, 2021
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

16.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

It’s her lyricism that is the star of the show. Her biting self-examination resides at the core of every track and lays her every flaw and insecurity for all to see.

14.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
It’s rare that an album as close to flawless as this gets released – although we do wish he’d avoided the pointless addition of DJ Drama shouting nonsense across parts of the album’s first half.

13.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
On her first ‘Big Kid’ album, as she calls it, she puts everything together into one supremely satisfying package.

12.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

A record that exists in the gaps of modern life that most other bands skip over, ‘New Long Leg’ sticks its head in your kitchen cupboards, worries about Brexit, waits for the bins to get collected, feels paranoid, gets its leg pissed on in the big Sainsbury’s. Modern life is delightful!

11.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
Swirling in the complicated, often contradictory emotions of everyday life, it’s relatable, affirming and more than occasionally profoundly affecting.

10.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
This is an album that glistens and sparkles at every moment. Zauner is revelling in her musical step up as she employs synths, strings, saxophones, pianos, guitars and anything she can lay her hands on to take her evocative and richly detailed songwriting to a new level.

9.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Packed with energy, snark and absolute bangers, it goes above and beyond what their debut managed to achieve in every conceivable way.

8.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

This album is absolutely Little Simz’s magnum opus – it’s earth-shatteringly beyond what has come before, no easy feat considering her debut is one of the most revered of the past few years.

7.

February 12, 2021
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

Claud can do it all and ‘Super Monster’ is the realisation of a long appreciated yet underrated musical talent flourishing.

6.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
93
18 reviews
‘Prioritise Pleasure’ is one of those those special records that’s importance and legacy will be felt for years to come, both for its creator Rebecca Lucy Taylor and the growing band of people she has been inspiring with her brand of deeply emotionally and physically resonant progressive pop.

5.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
84
16 reviews

Bravely putting his own life under that same microscopic attention to detail that coloured so much of his debut, it is a bold leap forward in all the ways that matter.

4.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

3.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

Like that friend that always makes everyone else feel great, Remi Wolf is the seretonin shot 2021 needed. The next greatest pop star on the planet has arrived.

2.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

As a debut, it is a sublime body of work from the kind of artist who is meticulous in all aspects of her craft.

1.

June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

‘Blue Weekend’ is a triumph. In the context of the world around it, though, it feels even more than that. It’s special.

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