Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Albums of 2016 (so far)

Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Albums of 2016 (so far)

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25. Underworld - Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future

Underworld - Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
March 18, 2016
Progressive House
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
75
96 reviews

24. HINDS - Leave Me Alone

HINDS - Leave Me Alone
January 8, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
26 reviews
User Score
68
202 reviews

23. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
May 20, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
82
460 reviews

22. Chairlift - Moth

Chairlift - Moth
January 22, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
73
236 reviews

The Brooklyn-based duo ... continue to make experimental-leaning synth-pop that serves as a showcase for Polachek’s lithe and operatic pipes—one of the most unique in pop today.

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21. Gallant - Ology

Gallant - Ology
April 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
75
68 reviews

20. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
March 4, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
647 reviews

19. Låpsley - Long Way Home

Låpsley - Long Way Home
March 4, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
71
86 reviews

The British songwriter marries dark, club-kid influences from her nights spent at Liverpool venues with crunching heartache on 12 lush songs that morph and twist her voice into various iterations.

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18. Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros

Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
March 4, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
76
39 reviews

Ouroboros is a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format.

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17. Zayn - Mind of Mine

Zayn - Mind of Mine
March 25, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
65
20 reviews
User Score
64
143 reviews

He doesn’t sound particularly interested in pushing pop’s boundaries or dissecting the vagaries of his own fame. Instead, he tends to keep his lyrical focus exactly where you’d expect any 23-year-old’s to be.

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16. Savages - Adore Life

Savages - Adore Life
January 22, 2016
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
33 reviews
User Score
74
313 reviews

It’s dark subject matter, sure, but also irrefutably compelling. And Savages rhythm section helps amp up the urgency,

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15. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
May 6, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
282 reviews

14. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
May 13, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
22 reviews
User Score
77
532 reviews

Though it doesn’t eclipse the LSD-inspired brilliance of Acid Rap, Coloring Book affirms Chance’s place as one of hip-hop’s most promising — and most uplifting — young stars.

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13. St. Lucia - Matter

St. Lucia - Matter
January 29, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
61
7 reviews
User Score
59
41 reviews

It’s a durable, malleable passport to hedonism—loud when you want it to be, just funky enough, capable of holding up to headphone scrutiny.

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12. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

James Blake - The Colour in Anything
May 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
User Score
78
498 reviews
If this is what modern soul music sounds like in 2016, consider James Blake the genre’s sharpest visionary.
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11. Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like
March 18, 2016
Electropop
Critic Score
56
14 reviews
User Score
59
108 reviews

She wears her girlishness on her own terms, and here it feels truer—and sounds stronger—­than it has in years.

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10. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
February 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
User Score
76
921 reviews

A right-now snapshot of a restless, neurotic artist’s ever-evolving psyche. Like the man himself, the album is emotional, explosive, unpredictable, and undeniably thrilling.

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9. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

Parquet Courts - Human Performance
April 8, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
77
326 reviews

Nearly every cut on Human Performance ... finds Parquet Courts exploring fresh sounds and reaching new heights in the process.

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8. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
76
72 reviews

7. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness
May 6, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
78
426 reviews

6. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
79
232 reviews
Overall, the album is strikingly intimate. At times, it feels like you’ve somehow found yourself in the singer’s hallway, listening as he coos lullabies to his child in a nursery.
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5. School of Seven Bells - SVIIB

School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
February 26, 2016
Dream Pop
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
73
135 reviews

It’s a fully-realized vision of the dreamy shoegaze-pop they’d sought to prefect for years. How heartbreaking to know such a once-in-a-lifetime creative partnership has been silenced.

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4. Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
70
28 reviews
User Score
72
465 reviews

Anti proves Rihanna should play by her own rules more often.

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3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
1004 reviews

By nature, Radiohead albums will always be somewhat epic, but this one is more consistently grandiose than any of the band’s releases since 2000’s masterpiece Kid A.

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2. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
869 reviews
It’s the kind of album that works beautifully as a physical experience – an all-senses headphone surrender to the sound of an artist who is older and almost definitely wiser but still fantastically, singularly himself.
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1. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
80
762 reviews
If you want to spend your time speculating, cool—that’s your deal. But Beyoncé’s not thinking about that. She’s too busy putting out her boldest, most ambitious, best album to date. Middle fingers up.
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Original Source: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/26/25-best-albums-2016-so-far

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