MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2016

MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2016

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50. The Divine Comedy - Foreverland

The Divine Comedy - Foreverland
September 2, 2016
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
71
9 reviews
User Score
72
16 reviews

49. Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are
March 4, 2016
Power Pop
Critic Score
69
13 reviews
User Score
69
30 reviews

48. The Comet Is Coming - Channel the Spirits

The Comet Is Coming - Channel the Spirits
April 1, 2016
Space Rock
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
80
12 reviews

47. Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing

Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing
September 30, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
69
7 reviews
User Score
70
6 reviews

46. Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine

Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine
May 19, 2014
Electropop
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
User Score
78
61 reviews

45. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

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

The short length and minimal production means Untitled Unmastered occasionally lacks the dynamics of Lamar’s previous work, but it remains an enthralling postscript to his masterpiece.

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44. Meilyr Jones - 2013

Meilyr Jones - 2013
March 18, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
73
23 reviews

43. Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
March 18, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
77
14 reviews

42. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

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

41. Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Lines

Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Lines
June 3, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

40. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

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

39. White Denim - Stiff

White Denim - Stiff
March 25, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
68
12 reviews
User Score
67
36 reviews

38. William Bell - This Is Where I Live

William Bell - This Is Where I Live
June 3, 2016
Soul
Critic Score
87
5 reviews
User Score
73
6 reviews

37. 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
496 reviews

36. Wilco - Schmilco

Wilco - Schmilco
September 9, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
73
138 reviews

35. Field Music - commontime

Field Music - commontime
February 5, 2016
Progressive Pop
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
70
44 reviews
When ‘maturing’ sounds as satisfying as this, it can be welcomed without reservation.
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34. David Crosby - Lighthouse

David Crosby - Lighthouse
October 21, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

33. Suede - Night Thoughts

Suede - Night Thoughts
January 22, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
76
164 reviews

They might not be able to change the past, but Night Thoughts is the work of a band very much at home in the here and now, all the while looking forward. Still something else, still something wonderful.

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32. The Still - The Still

The Still - The Still
April 22, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

31. Fat White Family - Songs for Our Mothers

Fat White Family - Songs for Our Mothers
January 22, 2016
Garage Rock
Critic Score
60
12 reviews
User Score
69
28 reviews

30. The Monkees - Good Times!

The Monkees - Good Times!
June 10, 2016
Pop Rock
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
71
15 reviews
The remainder, penned by the group, musician fans and long time cohorts, feature Tork, Dolenz and Nesmith and for the most part recapture the enchantment of the original group.
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29. Oh Sees - A Weird Exits

Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
August 12, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
76
83 reviews
Thee oh Sees have never done ‘Thee oh Sees’ quite as well as they do here, a riot of lucid cacophony, androgyny, glowing vignettes of loveliness, and two drummers caught in the most sublime lockstep.
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28. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
497 reviews

27. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
June 17, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
77
107 reviews

26. Cass McCombs - Mangy Love

Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
August 26, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
77
79 reviews

25. Skepta - Konnichiwa

Skepta - Konnichiwa
May 6, 2016
Grime
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
User Score
74
179 reviews

24. 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
459 reviews

23. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
April 15, 2016
Folk Rock
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
User Score
78
211 reviews

22. Solange - A Seat at the Table

Solange - A Seat at the Table
September 30, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
83
460 reviews

21. Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
August 19, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
74
32 reviews

20. Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels

Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels
May 20, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
19 reviews
User Score
68
27 reviews
What Dylan gives us in these recordings is something of a sentimental memoir.
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19. Modern Studies - Swell To Great

Modern Studies - Swell To Great
September 12, 2016
Folk Rock
Critic Score
NR
User Score
81
2 reviews

18. Syd Arthur - Apricity

Syd Arthur - Apricity
October 21, 2016
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
80
3 reviews

17. Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
August 5, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
26 reviews
User Score
74
89 reviews

16. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
User Score
81
672 reviews

15. The Cult - Hidden City

The Cult - Hidden City
February 5, 2016
Hard Rock
Critic Score
70
4 reviews
User Score
69
12 reviews

14. Charles Bradley - Changes

Charles Bradley - Changes
April 1, 2016
Soul
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
75
48 reviews

13. Teenage Fanclub - Here

Teenage Fanclub - Here
September 9, 2016
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
74
46 reviews

12. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
80
757 reviews

With its wealth of sonic adventure, its thoughtful merger of the personal and the political, and its four choice guest spots (Jack White; Kendrick Lamar; James Blake; Abel Makkonen Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd), Lemonade is a dazzling example of pooled talent coalescing around an iconic doyenne. There can be little doubt on whose head Prince’s crown should now sit.

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11. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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

10. Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion
March 4, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
75
39 reviews

9. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
April 15, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
32 reviews
User Score
73
221 reviews

8. Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger

Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
June 3, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
75
74 reviews

7. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
783 reviews

It’s a beguiling, meandering sprawl that rewards total immersion.

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6. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
March 18, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
User Score
74
182 reviews

Post Pop Depression is every bit as startling, both in sound, and end-of-days openness.

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5. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
October 21, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
19 reviews
User Score
82
218 reviews

4. Lambchop - FLOTUS

Lambchop - FLOTUS
November 4, 2016
Indietronica
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
User Score
72
67 reviews

3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
September 9, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
90
27 reviews
User Score
84
448 reviews

2. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
July 15, 2016
Soul
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
79
160 reviews

Kiwanuka’s talent reasserts itself on a broader canvas through 10 compelling compositions that chart the life and thoughts of a young man growing up fast and in public, all expressed in ways anyone can empathise with.

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1. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
863 reviews
David Bowie’s genius here has been in jettisoning his regular cohorts, whose safe pairs of hands might have taken these songs to a less visceral, more orthodox place, instead of this new frontier from which to contemplate innerspace.
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