The Line of Best Fit's Albums of the Year 2023

The Line of Best Fit's Albums of the Year 2023

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50.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Rodrigo has bigger aspirations than just being big. GUTS doesn’t sound like anything any major pop star has released in decades – or ever, to an extent. And that’s a good thing.

49.

July 7, 2023
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

Unlike HOPELESSNESS, My Back meticulously retraces the outlines of the past and inspects the intergenerational effort in amending the hornet’s nest, that is, human society.

48.

Vagabon - Sorry I Haven't Called
September 15, 2023
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

47.

June 30, 2023
Critic Score
83
22 reviews
Impressive, but the full power isn’t on display.

46.

October 6, 2023
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

Perfect Picture speaks volumes to her work across the digital landscape cementing her status as a cult icon behind both the camera and a microphone.

44.

September 5, 2023
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

Mastin and Levi have long described their songwriting process as almost automatic, passing ideas back and forth and growing them together – Trip9Love…??? feels just as symbiotic in that way as previous cuts 2018's Devotion and 2021's Colourgrade did, but this time, they’re so emotionally vivid that it’s disquieting to feel like a fly on the wall.

43.

February 17, 2023
Critic Score
71
13 reviews

There isn’t a better way that Skrillex could’ve made his return, and Quest For Fire will undoubtedly be remembered as one of his best.

42.

April 21, 2023
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

Benefits unleash their furious invective on the state of the nation with NAILS.

41.

May 19, 2023
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
With the creative flair that both of these artists possess, this album could have gone in any direction, but this way just feels right. An assured and confident debut and packed to the brim with style, it is equal parts familiar just as it is surprising.

40.

June 30, 2023
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
Regarding melody and structure, Sternberg’s songs are readily accessible; then again, the talented musician and singer offers multilayered lyrics and works skillfully with vocal paradoxes.

39.

April 7, 2023
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

Across just nine tracks, HMLTD’s sophomore album chronicles the swallowing of the world by a giant worm … returning England to its mediaeval feudal system. Obviously.

38.

February 14, 2023
Critic Score
88
23 reviews

The tight 12-track collection is doe-eyed, confident, and sonically varied – not only is it wholly different from its predecessor, it’s a portrait of someone in love. From its opening screams welcoming the listener to her world, Desire, I Want to Turn Into You is an island where romance is meshed with clearly focus artistic vision.

37.

July 21, 2023
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
It’s the perfect encapsulation of the duo’s impeccable style. A dazzling introduction to new fans, and a crystal clear familiarity for fans that have been here from the beginning.

36.

June 30, 2023
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
Just when you think she’s reached her peak, another set of triumphs rears its head to contribute to Olivia Dean’s impressive biography.

35.

September 1, 2023
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

everything is alive isn’t a definitive renovation of Slowdive’s sonic architecture, but a modern recontextualisation of it: a reinstatement of their true identity whose characteristics never shy away from distorted, multi-layered guitar thrashes and reverberated vocalisation.

34.

June 30, 2023
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

It’s a perfect microcosm of the cautious void between optimism and pessimism where In The End It Always Does lives – a gorgeous purgatory that feels more than OK to stay in for a minute.

33.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
85
11 reviews

32.

July 14, 2023
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
Beautiful and Brutal Yard displays both the beauty and brutality of the world, from a man at the top but also aware of where he came from. It is an album that connotes the essence of home, and his home is his music.

30.

November 17, 2023
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
Though it may confound the fans who want more of the yelping renegade of old, this is Brown’s most personal and cohesive record to date; difficult, timely, and necessary. To the man’s credit, he can drop so many of his signature tics and tricks without becoming any less captivating an artist.

28.

June 9, 2023
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

Williamson’s voice, writing, and sound have all evolved leaps from her previous albums, and Time Ain’t Accidental stands tall among masterful country-pop crossover records like Speak Now or Golden Hour that made their authors superstars.

27.

September 22, 2023
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
Its musical journey mirrors yeule’s life progression, pairing alternative rock with electronic glitch just as yeule couples their human self with their cyborg persona. This creates spectacular results, opening up to raw and honest emotion all while maintaining the mystery.

26.

January 27, 2023
Critic Score
81
15 reviews
It is music capable of helping us to navigate the world around us, and within us, with greater clarity and depth of meaning.

25.

July 7, 2023
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

It may be a hard record to get a finger on, particularly compared to her last decade or so of releases, but I Inside The Old Year Dying, is another strong record in a discography already stacked with classics.

24.

August 25, 2023
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

The band has proven themselves over and over again, recognising that while there are peaks along the way, artistic development takes a lot of time. But when you finally reach the level of brilliance you’ve been working toward for so long, The Window is exactly what it sounds like.

22.

October 20, 2023
Critic Score
87
16 reviews

We know who Sampha is: a generational talent who has once again delivered a rich, emotional work for us to process. Lahai is phenomenal.

21.

June 23, 2023
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
Militarie Gun's melodic influences emerge on Life Under the Gun.

19.

April 7, 2023
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

The artist’s love for effortless aesthetics may have ironically been brought into a confident big room setting on With A Hammer, but successfully merging thoughtful pop, trip hop, house and everything but the kitchen sink is surely anything but effortless. After all, this is Yaeji we’re talking about.

18.

March 10, 2023
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

On Radical Romantics, Dreijer wears their heart on their sleeve and delivers their stories of love and lust with classic Fever Ray conviction.

17.

February 10, 2023
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Raven doesn’t feature much of the volcanic beats and unadulterated longing of its predecessor, but its minimalistic approach showcases an artist in the midst of her evolution.

16.

August 18, 2023
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

While The Patience is less conceptually rounded, and instead, a directive of bottled emotion and frustrations inevitably concluding with an artistic clarity, Mick Jenkins proves his worth goes beyond a label deal.

15.

July 7, 2023
Critic Score
86
15 reviews

Soar is the key word – although extra ingredients are applied sparsely, analogue synths, strings and harp infuse the percussion-free proceedings of The Greater Wings with a warmly enveloping ambience and majestic glow.

14.

June 30, 2023
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
On album number two, instead of writing out a cheat sheet, they have created an enigma for you to unravel. One of dark beauty and twisting longing.

12.

October 27, 2023
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
This album not only heralds the return of a singular talent in contemporary popular music, it’s the demonstration of art actioning change in real-time.

11.

October 27, 2023
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

10.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
86
14 reviews
A compilation of wicked, synaptic beats bleeding together in the more welcoming moments, but for the most part this is a project that deals in one thing and one thing only – frantic energy.

9.

April 7, 2023
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
It is the sound of an artist finally getting to let loose and say the things that have stayed locked up inside for too long. In turn, Teitelbaum offers an exciting introduction to a talented songwriter and a thoroughly rewarding debut.

8.

May 5, 2023
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

Maps is an album of sheer restlessness. In half-sketched scenes scattered through seventeen tracks, here is a protagonist who is perpetually on planes, in Ubers, or alone in hotels, staggering down to afterparties filled with hipsters and cut glasses.

7.

August 11, 2023
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
Every track excels in a topical focus that will not be spoiled or summarized by the deadline-watching eyes of a critic. They are to be found and grappled with individually, or communally, if that’s your thing.

6.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
88
33 reviews

The commendable combination, as well as the new musical directions, reestablishes her artistic identity the same way Bury Me at Makeout Creek and Be the Cowboy did. This time, she is a crestfallen wanderer in a desolate desert, looking for bygone felicity.

4.

October 6, 2023
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
A deeply personal, Earth-moving masterpiece exploring relationship tensions with the gravitas of an apocalypse and the simplicity of a melody passed down through generations.

3.

February 3, 2023
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Young Fathers might feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, but on Heavy Heavy they shake it off.

2.

April 7, 2023
Critic Score
85
19 reviews
The space between the two – reckless childhood and cynical maturity – is where Wednesday resides, but they manage to find beauty in it all.

1.

April 14, 2023
Critic Score
84
8 reviews
Where so many albums are frantic and breathless, Jackson has created something that allows you space to wonder and take a breath.
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