Here’s a list of the top-rated albums that came out in August, according to reviews aggregated by Metacritic. That website compiles reviews written by critics and assigns each one a number value based on how well-received the album was. Those numbers are then averaged out, and the record is assigned a Metascore based on what the critics had to say about it. This list is of the eight top-rated new albums — excluding reissues and EPs — released in August.
You may not have heard of many of the artists below, as the biggest names that released albums last month didn’t make it into the upper echelons of Metacritic’s site. None of the albums listed here were top-sellers on the Billboard charts or received heavy radio airplay. This great music could easily go unnoticed, but the critics have been raving about it. Maybe give one of these new albums a try if you’re looking for some new music.