PopMatters' 80 Best Albums of 2023

PopMatters' 80 Best Albums of 2023

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79.

May 26, 2023
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Gia Margaret’s Romantic Piano is informed by innocence and experience, and has gorgeous moments replacing silence by reorganizing background sounds of everyday life.

75.

January 27, 2023
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Fucked Up’s One Day possesses a brightness and sense of happiness that’s addictive and optimistic, even if the lyrics at times insinuate the opposite.

74.

March 10, 2023
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

What makes Miley Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation a full-circle experience is her newfound sense of self and accepting the more chaotic parts of herself.

72.

March 31, 2023
Critic Score
74
18 reviews

Continue As a Guest is a more delicate and less hooky version of the New Pornographers, the most reflective they’ve been since 2007’s underrated Challengers.

71.

March 17, 2023
Critic Score
71
21 reviews

With a bloated runtime and a tendency toward monochromatic synth textures, M83’s ninth studio record Fantasy indulges one too many of the group’s clichés.

70.

February 24, 2023
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
This music is too good not to be shared.

69.

February 24, 2023
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

68.

P!nk - TRUSTFALL
February 17, 2023
Critic Score
64
8 reviews
Indeed, years after outgrowing her manufactured role as the “not like other girls” figure in pop music and culture, Pink has matured into a musician seldom other female pop singers reach.

67.

The Church - The Hypnogogue
February 24, 2023
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Whether calming you with lush songs like “Aerodrome” and “The Coming Days” or tickling the edges of your mind with “Thorn”, the Church’s The Hypnogogue is stunning.

65.

June 23, 2023
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

Maisie Peters knows the power of being the one who has it, of being the one who controls the narrative, as she shows on her new album, The Good Witch.

60.

September 29, 2023
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

Animal Collective’s Isn’t It Now? suggests both urgency and passivity, displaying some of their best attributes but also their self-circumscribed limits.

59.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

Playing Robots Into Heaven is ultimately a flawed album, but at times it’s a worthwhile foray for James Blake into more beat-led, dancefloor-friendly music.

58.

November 10, 2023
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

Chris Stapleton’s Higher is required listening for fans of high-quality, contemporary country. He’s gifted with the most gorgeous male voice in country today.

56.

October 6, 2023
Critic Score
100
1 review

55.

October 13, 2023
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

Jamila Woods’ Water Made Us is full of creativity. The songs are not just liquid, solid, and gas; they are blood, wine, and soul.

54.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

Depeche Mode’s Memento Mori is a testament to the power of art to call us to see more clearly in the absence of resolution.

53.

November 10, 2023
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
Aesop Rock has always excelled at vivid character sketches and using his music to work through the most challenging parts of life. His latest LP is no different.

52.

February 10, 2023
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

Returning from a five-year hiatus, Kelela’s Raven isn’t an explosive comeback for the alternative R&B singer but a downtempo reflection.

51.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
Explosions in the Sky summon an oracular experience, opening sonic spaces full of emotion and empty of subjectivity that can be imbued with a listener’s meaning.

50.

February 24, 2023
Critic Score
76
33 reviews
Gorillaz’s Cracker Island includes Stevie Nicks and reggaeton star Bad Bunny on an unrestrained set of dystopian songs with Damon Albarn’s melodic gift.

49.

August 25, 2023
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

48.

February 3, 2023
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

Anarchist Gospel is a testament to clear-eyed persistence and gritty hope over fantasies of easy resolutions.

47.

Shamir - Homo Anxietatem
August 18, 2023
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
Shamir’s gorgeous voice is a genderless, androgynous instrument, soulful, tight, airy, and jazzy, capable of lilting beautifully over shiny pop beats.

46.

Upper Wilds - Jupiter
July 21, 2023
Critic Score
90
1 review

45.

June 2, 2023
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

44.

November 10, 2023
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

41.

May 26, 2023
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
Water From Your Eyes traffic between experimental music of the krautrock period of the late 1960s and early 1970s and today’s feminine pop sensibility.

40.

September 22, 2023
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

Laurel Halo’s Atlas feels like a natural progression. Mixing her voice with electronics and instruments, she creates her most glacial music yet.

39.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Olivia Rodrigo sings of fame, pain, heartbreak, and growing up on Guts. There’s rage, yearning, and reckless behavior here that transcends generations.

37.

June 9, 2023
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

King Krule’s Space Heavy is a wild listening experience, more muted and introspective than past outings and seemingly reflecting our pandemic moment.

33.

October 20, 2023
Critic Score
87
16 reviews

32.

April 28, 2023
Critic Score
77
4 reviews
The album’s expansiveness is enacted both lyrically and sonically. It’s a potpourri collection of fragrant offerings providing something for everyone without feeling thrown together.

31.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

Strange Disciple finds Nation of Language’s devotion to their synthpop craft and the acts that inspired them admirably intact, even dogged.

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