Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2021

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2021

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100.

Matthew E. White - K Bay
September 10, 2021
Critic Score
72
8 reviews

98.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

97.

April 2, 2021
Critic Score
78
15 reviews

Walker’s fifth solo effort is a perfectly imperfect package with significant potential and just enough expanse to keep things interesting.

96.

Remember Sports - Like a Stone
April 23, 2021
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

Like a Stone continues to deliver on the band’s perennial promise of adrenaline-fueled melodic punk and passionate communal joy.

95.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

94.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

93.

March 19, 2021
Critic Score
70
14 reviews

This is what Middle Kids do best. Big songs about big emotions. While the record may lag somewhat in the middle section, the band is closer than ever to honing their indie rock style to a razor’s edge, improving in most every aspect over their debut.

90.

Allie Crow Buckley - Moonlit and Devious
March 12, 2021
Critic Score
73
2 reviews

89.

May 26, 2021
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

The confidence and style with which black midi has taken these risks has led to every gamble paying off. It’s hard to imagine any rock album this year beating Cavalcade in pure genius.

88.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

86.

January 22, 2021
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

My worry is that in the long run they may become a one trick pony and if Kiwi Jr. continue to cling too close to Football Money, their appeal will begin to wilt and they will find themselves alone and dejected, like an now overweight jock in the basement clinging to their memories and a now tarnished high school trophy.

84.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
66
9 reviews

81.

Baio - Dead Hand Control
January 29, 2021
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

80.

Midnight Sister - Painting the Roses
January 15, 2021
Critic Score
73
6 reviews

78.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

77.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

75.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

On All Fours is the sound of a young band willing to take risks and expand their sonic palette and whilst it sounds less confrontational than their debut it’s every bit as innovative and compelling.

74.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

Most of the songs seamlessly track into the next while maintaining a distinct identity of their own. With each rotation of the record, Albarn’s artistry allows for discovering new puzzle pieces in a masterfully crafted way.

71.

February 19, 2021
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

Acquainted With Night is the type of album where there is not much need to dissect individual songs. It’s a complete work best taken in its entirety, with Neale’s ethos stamped all over it.

70.

January 8, 2021
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

Viagra Boys come off as less as comedic satirists and more as representatives of the very characters they critique, turning inward for a fascinating, though no less manic, follow up.

69.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

68.

July 2, 2021
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

Though Gillespie and Beth both break from their established styles on Utopian Ashes, they strike on something truly special in the process—a bountiful collaborative relationship and a resulting record of powerful drama and sweeping instrumental beauty.

66.

May 28, 2021
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
Sometimes songwriting duos are famous as much for their conflict as for their collaboration. That is not the case with Bachelor, as Duterte and Kempner’s friendship and palpable creative chemistry underpin some of their strongest work to date.

65.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews
Now, diverting slightly from their standard hardcore sound, the five-piece emerges into an era of experimentation, meshing thrashing guitar riffs with subtle creative instrumentation to create jam-packed songs—most still under three minutes.

64.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

63.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Drunk Tank Pink comes three years nearly to the day after Songs of Praise, bruised and bruising, fitter and angrier.

62.

December 10, 2021
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

61.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Whether it’s maturity, finding true love, or a move to the West Coast, DEACON’s disposition is perennially sunny with little effort put to questioning the outcome.

60.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

While the two albums seem to be beating to a similar drum, Any Shape You Take makes a concerted effort to clean-up the messes left behind and unfinished in 2018.

59.

August 13, 2021
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

58.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

The fusion of all these elements leads to an intriguing, if uneven listen.

57.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews
As before, there will probably be talk about what this band is, or should be; what genre conventions it fits into, and so on—it’s shown that it doesn’t care about any of that, and this album is a riposte to the doubters as Deafheaven morphs once again, into quite possibly the best version of itself.

55.

Sam Evian - Time to Melt
October 29, 2021
Critic Score
66
5 reviews

54.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

53.

March 12, 2021
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
This album moves and inspires rather than being a “difficult listen” due to its subject matter.

51.

Mega Bog - Life, and Another
July 23, 2021
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
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