NME's Best Albums of 2023

NME's Best Albums of 2023

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49.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
Following the passing of beloved bandmate Andy Fletcher, the now-duo reunite on a touching, resurgent record.

48.

Grrrl Gang - Spunky!
September 22, 2023
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
Joyously spiky guitar riffs and effortlessly cool slacker vocals dominate this 25-minute sprint of an album – but scratch the vibrant, fizzing exterior and you’ll find darker forces within.

45.

June 30, 2023
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

On a debut that mines a break-up for self-discovery, the 24-year-old distils complex situations into soaring soul-pop.

44.

October 13, 2023
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
On her second album – featuring John Grant – CMAT remains immensely entertaining and impactful.

43.

October 20, 2023
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
Rejoice! The rock legends' first album of original material in almost two decades is an absolute barnstormer.

42.

June 23, 2023
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
The NME cover stars' horror-infused second LP demonstrates their ability to mystify and dazzle with every twist.

41.

April 21, 2023
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
The Teesside noise punks offer up horror and futility on this stark and essential debut.

40.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
The London-born artist's sixth album adds a new touch of colour to the atmospheric soundscapes he made his name on.

39.

October 13, 2023
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
The Grantham-born musician's debut is filled with piercing lyrics and sonic surprises, pointing to a bright and uncategorisable future.

38.

April 21, 2023
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

Seven years after his first release under the alias, Suga brings this chapter of his individual work to a close with thought-provoking social commentary and personal reflections.

37.

July 21, 2023
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
The elusive underdogs of the contemporary West Coast rap scene finally release their debut album – and it's a riot.

36.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
91
13 reviews
Grunge! Experimental jazz! Glam-punk! With album four, the Leeds singer strays a long way from ‘Put Your Records On’.

35.

Hak Baker - World's End FM
June 9, 2023
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

33.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
The Icelandic-Chinese star's dazzlingly second album is confident and musically ambitious, melding jazz, pop and modern classical composition.

32.

September 18, 2023
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
The band follow up April’s ‘First Two Pages of Frankenstein’ with a surprise companion record that’s louder, more immediate and rawer than its predecessor.

31.

May 19, 2023
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
Bridging inventive production, confident lyricism, and delightful sonics, it shows off the genius and depth of their cohesive partnership; long may it continue.

29.

November 10, 2023
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
The generational artist explores vast ideas of death and obsession on an album that expands her sound beautifully.

25.

September 22, 2023
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
The electronic producer's latest album pushes the boundaries of sound and vulnerability.

24.

April 7, 2023
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
On her long-awaited and ambitious debut album, the Korean-American artist hits her stride when looking inward.

23.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
The LA artist's ninth album – amongst her most revealing work yet – continues to expand the modern icon's artistry.

22.

April 7, 2023
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
Urgent, funny and fearless, the LA artist's debut album sees her imbue her rage with wit and fierce ambition.

21.

May 19, 2023
Critic Score
70
15 reviews
The mysterious group have become one of the scene’s most talked-about bands. Their latest album more than justifies the intrigue.

20.

April 28, 2023
Critic Score
85
24 reviews
Ware’s finest album of her career is a transformative experience, an outlandishly good record that allows her to let loose.

19.

June 23, 2023
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
With their uber-melodic songs, the West Coast rockers are the standout new band of the current hardcore punk scene.

18.

August 18, 2023
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
Across 11 tracks, Owusu’s stylistic choices are both unexpected and impressive, visiting all corners of his eclectic taste.

17.

March 17, 2023
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
The alt enigma's fifth album delivers a delightful trip into the darkest corners of the mind.

16.

June 2, 2023
Critic Score
86
31 reviews
Following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins and the frontman's mother, their eleventh album is a suitably pensive toast to rock’s restorative powers.

14.

March 17, 2023
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

The hyperpop trailblazers take sharp left-turns into pop-punk and nu-metal (and dig further down the ska well) on this whiplash-inducing jamboree.

13.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
With production from Fred Again.., Jamie xx and Stuart Price, Romy Madley Croft's solo debut glows with life-affirming house tunes.

12.

June 16, 2023
Critic Score
75
26 reviews
Informed by a turbulent period – including a messy divorce, cancer treatment and the deaths of several of Josh Homme's close friends – the band’s eighth album is suitably bleak.

11.

October 6, 2023
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
The prolific artist returns to “full singer-songwriter mode”, for a record of lush and intimate indie-folk.

10.

July 21, 2023
Critic Score
82
36 reviews
The band's joyous reunion only gets more emotional with this tear-jerking, soaring epic.

9.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
The US artist's second post-hiatus record does away with the glossy sheen and favours hushed intimacy.

8.

June 9, 2023
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
On her thrilling second album, the 28-year-old pushes the boundaries of African music to new, glorious highs.

7.

October 27, 2023
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
The debut album from Peruvian-born, Berlin-based Kourtesis cements her position as a bold and crafty producer of house-infused dancefloor heaters.

6.

February 14, 2023
Critic Score
88
23 reviews

The follow-up to 2019’s ‘Pang’ is hindered by a lengthy rollout, but Polachek’s sheer ambition is never in doubt.

5.

February 10, 2023
Critic Score
85
30 reviews
The trio's clear-eyed and powerful sixth album encapsulates their journey to becoming a generation-defining band.

4.

October 13, 2023
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
Sivan's first album in five years is the sound of a queer artist fully embracing his sexuality.

3.

February 3, 2023
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
The versatile Edinburgh trio continue their strong run of form with a passionate, soulful and often mesmerising work.

2.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

The 20-year-old's self-assured second album documents her hopes, fears and trauma with thrilling emotional candour.

1.

March 31, 2023
Critic Score
88
38 reviews
Each boygenius may have separate artistic aims, but their talents coalesce to hit you right where it hurts.
Original Source: https://www.nme.com/features/music-features/best-albums-2023-3554171
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2mo
I like some of the albums here, but considering how many albums NME give 5 star to, each year, I'm quite surprised to see Caroline Polachek at #6, given that they rated it 3 stars only. I mean, I'm glad to see it this high, but their take was an L straight away.
2mo
Saw "Boygenius" on SNL a couple weeks ago. They were boring and awful. Certainly hope the recording is ALOT better to be the "best", but I find it very hard to believe.
2mo
About ten good albums, terrible job
2mo
nice top 10
2mo
Good list!
2mo
LETS START HERE LETS GO !!!
2mo
How did they miss out Kelela on a top 50 list? It's a crime
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