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NME's Albums of the Year 2016

NME's Albums of the Year 2016

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50. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
This is a febrile folktronica album which confounds and astounds in equal measure, melting your heart one minute and agitating your eardrums the next, but always baffling and beautiful.

49. Public Access T.V. - Never Enough

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

47. Wild Beasts - Boy King

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
74
25 reviews

This time they’ve decided to house their fulsome electro-indie randiness in something of a concept album, one that picks apart the idea of masculinity, stripping it down in an attempt to reveal its hidden depths.

46. Savages - Adore Life

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
79
33 reviews
For the most part, this is an album of love songs: not in the trite, wishy-washy sense of the word but as an elemental and all-consuming force.

45. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
‘Teens Of Denial’ is the work of a precocious talent. Most tracks last over five minutes and the longest comes in at 12. It gives the impression that Toledo is doing what he wants and making the music he wants to hear. You can’t help but love him for it.

43. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
Making relevant, accessible, uncringey protest music in this day and age is such a difficult task that most artists have decided not to bother. Anohni has been brave enough to take that risk, and the most vital album of recent times is the reward.

42. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
All 10 tracks on ‘Light Upon The Lake’ share a serene, peaceful bond, with Ehrlich’s startling falsetto bringing to mind Bobby Charles and Shuggie Otis, two genial artists whose personalities have always shone through on their records.

41. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
These are complicated topics to address on record, but ‘A Seat At The Table’ succeeds because it’s musically soothing even when her lyrics are challenging.

40. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
28 reviews
It’s not quite the revelatory departure we might have hoped for, and has the rich but unfocused feel of something worked on perhaps too long with obsessive fervour, but it’s also subtle and interesting; an intriguing soundtrack to an era of change.

39. Green Day - Revolution Radio

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
63
23 reviews
Every great downfall deserves a redemption, however, and with ‘Revolution Radio’, Green Day now have theirs.

38. Slaves - Take Control

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
65
10 reviews

37. Soft Hair - Soft Hair

October 28, 2016
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

More than anything else, ‘Soft Hair’ is about intimacy, creativity and a zest for life – two singular musicians liberated by collaboration.

36. Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

35. Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
On ‘How To Be A Human Being’, the four Oxford dudes have found bigger and broader stomping grounds, stepping out of ‘Zaba’’s intoxicating murk and into the glare of a strange new reality.

34. Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
While their pop sensibilities are clear, the music is surreal and dense, with guitar, synthesiser, saxophone, glockenspiel, recorder and vocals that lurch from sugary to shouty.

32. Kings of Leon - WALLS

Kings of Leon - WALLS
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
55
19 reviews

They’ve done what comes naturally – and also what they’re very good at. To put it simply, it’s clear that they like big, possibly-a-bit-cheesy choruses, and so have written 10 of them.

31. Bastille - Wild World

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

30. Nao - For All We Know

July 29, 2016
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

At an impressively thorough 17 tracks long – including a couple of brief but lovely demos in the shape of iPhone voice memos – Nao’s debut album certainly isn’t shy about setting her out as one of the UK’s brightest new talents.

28. GOAT - Requiem

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

27. Giggs - Landlord

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

26. Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
69
11 reviews
The whole feel of the album is fun, shackle-free, uninhibited, but still masterfully crafted. In fact, by opening themselves up Biffy Clyro have captured the spirit of a brand-new band again.

25. Blossoms - Blossoms

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
66
9 reviews

24. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
27 reviews

This is not an album for the rest of us; it’s a reflex reaction to a torment most people will thankfully never have to endure. It goes back to that old instinct of self-preservation: just as a shark must keep moving, so an artist must keep working, even in the face of unimaginable loss.

23. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

July 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
While Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith have gone on to be bigger than the Brexit backlash, Kiwanuka has avoided becoming a household name. ‘Love & Hate’ could change all that.

22. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

Thom Yorke and co remain reluctant saviours of rock, and 'A Moon Shaped Pool' doesn’t so much grab you by the throat as creep into your house in the night and paint your walls an enigmatic shade of blue.

21. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

20. Lady Gaga - Joanne

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
Gaga Americana is not the Nashville kind, nor the big-beards sort, but a schlocky, thrill-packed theme-park. When Gaga strips herself back, what’s underneath is just a more streamlined strangeness.

19. White Lung - Paradise

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
Seamlessly bringing together beauty and brutality, ‘Paradise’ is an album which proves that after four decades, punk isn’t just alive and well, but that it still has the power to take your breath away.

18. Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
Eight albums into their career, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have made their definitive record.

17. Drake - VIEWS

April 29, 2016
Critic Score
67
28 reviews
‘Views’ should be a slog. But remarkably, his signature brand of downbeat introspection remains gripping.

14. Jamie T - Trick

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
The full, colourful spectrum of Jamie is on show here, as broad as it’s ever been.

13. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

As with her previous efforts Olsen’s unique vocal steals the show, but this is the singer opening up all the other parts to her personality. The more we see, the more there is to love.

12. Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
73
15 reviews
On debut album ‘Human Ceremony’, they fuse Led Zeppelin’s raunchy riffs with the blissful mid-’80s indie of Felt, the best bits of ’80s alt-pop (The Cure) and krautrock (Neu!) and, in front-duo Julia Cumming and Nick Kivlen, have the kind of boy-girl chemistry last seen in the White Stripes.

11. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

‘Lemonade’'s first four tracks are a thrillingly honest sucker-punch from a famously guarded pop star.

9. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
22 reviews
Fizzingly fun, this third mixtape sees Chance finessing but certainly not hampering, his freewheeling nature.

8. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
Iggy’s vocals and lyrics are astounding – he’s like an angry young man all over again, and is far more gnarly and potent than any of his contemporaries. It’s an intelligent, sassy garage rock record that’s obsessed with two things: sex and death.

7. DIIV - Is the Is Are

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
72
25 reviews

‘Is The Is Are’ could be DIIV’s definitive statement. Forget all the baggage, this is just a band in a room, and the noise they make is thrilling.

6. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
Warped showtunes, skronking industrial rock, soulful balladeering, airy folk-pop, even hip-hop – it all has a place on this busy, bewildering and occasionally beautiful record.

4. Skepta - Konnichiwa

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
‘Konnichiwa’ is a landmark in British street music, a record good enough to take on the world without having to compromise one inch in the process.

2. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
More an obscure self-portrait than a Picasso masterpiece, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ retains its author’s status as the most interesting man in music. But he makes it seem like harder work than the effortlessness we’re used to.

1. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
When a band conquers the charts with a fun but inoffensive debut album, you don’t expect them to return with a 17-track follow-up that tempers pop tunes with swampy post-rock instrumentals and references mental health, religion, addiction, loneliness and fame. But The 1975, whose self-titled debut hit number one in 2013, aren’t concerned with playing it safe.
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