The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016

The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016

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50. Daughter - Not To Disappear

Daughter - Not To Disappear
January 15, 2016
Dream Pop
Critic Score
73
27 reviews
User Score
72
228 reviews

Not to Disappear is shattering throughout: a brooding sound board, crackling guitars, unsettling beats and Tonra buried in there somewhere, documenting unspeakable hurt, graphic and unfiltered.

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49. Carly Rae Jepsen - EMOTION Side B

Carly Rae Jepsen - EMOTION Side B
August 26, 2016
Dance Pop
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
78
172 reviews

48. De Rosa - Weem

De Rosa - Weem
January 22, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
73
6 reviews

47. Steve Mason - Meet the Humans

Steve Mason - Meet the Humans
February 26, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
70
75 reviews
Now in his early 40s, Mason sounds like an artist finally finding his creative stride.
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46. Law Holt - City

Law Holt - City
August 26, 2016
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
NR

45. American Football - American Football

American Football - American Football
October 21, 2016
Emo
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
User Score
70
74 reviews
Like its predecessor, this is a record you’ll want to spend endless nights with.
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44. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw

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

43. Honeyblood - Babes Never Die

Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
October 28, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
74
25 reviews

Peppered with catchy choruses and heroic riffs, and with sing-along moments galore, it's much fuller, better rounded and more complete than 2014's Honeyblood.

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42. Shield Patterns - Mirror Breathing

Shield Patterns - Mirror Breathing
September 2, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
72
2 reviews

41. Teenage Fanclub - Here

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

An unremarkable final quarter means Here’s not quite as strong an overall statement as Shadows or Man-made, with Connected to Life making an oddly sombre closer for what’s otherwise such an optimistic record.

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40. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
May 27, 2016
Microhouse
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
75
85 reviews

Good Luck and Do Your Best is imbued with shiny-eyed, open-hearted optimism, and built with all the sensitivity and care that we’ve come to expect from anything Gold Panda touches.

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39. Parra for Cuva & Senoy - Darwīš

Parra for Cuva & Senoy - Darwīš
May 27, 2016
Downtempo
Critic Score
65
1 review
User Score
65
1 review

38. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
June 3, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
79
296 reviews

Light Upon The Lake is a transient pleasure – but a vivid one while it lasts.

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37. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack

Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
April 8, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
15 reviews
User Score
70
47 reviews
Despite the line-up changes, shifts in location and personal life traumas that have been played out on successive records over the past decade, the core and essence of the band remain the same, and it’s still as brilliant as it has ever been.
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36. Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
August 26, 2016
Indietronica
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
75
133 reviews

How to Be a Human Being is arguably yet more effervescent than its predecessor.

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35. Moor Mother - Fetish Bones

Moor Mother - Fetish Bones
September 16, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
73
13 reviews

34. Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win

Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win
October 7, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
78
32 reviews

33. HINDS - Leave Me Alone

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

Leave Me Alone is crunchy, sticky and massively more-ish; there's nothing better than when long anticipated records turn out to be super, super great.

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32. Julianna Barwick - Will

Julianna Barwick - Will
May 6, 2016
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
76
108 reviews

Will is a deeply dramatic showcase throughout – Barwick's vision might have its foundation in traditional forms but the way in which she deconstructs and rebuilds is a distinctly renegade act.

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31. Wild Beasts - Boy King

Wild Beasts - Boy King
August 5, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
User Score
68
111 reviews

Certainly a contender for the most electronic of their canon, Boy King is perhaps also their most compact and claustrophobic release since 2011’s Smother.

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30. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
September 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
User Score
85
468 reviews

Hard rhymes, hard beats and a metallic self-scrutiny see Danny Brown make astute decisions, and reap all that he deserves.

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29. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
80
180 reviews

28. 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
495 reviews

27. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
September 30, 2016
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
80
241 reviews

26. Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
April 1, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
User Score
77
204 reviews

For all her DIY charms, Next Thing continues to give credence to the view that the home studio environment might not quite meet the requirements of a songwriter blessed with such precocious talent.

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25. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

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

24. Savages - Adore Life

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

With fearless approach and razor sharp delivery, Adore Life is so bruisingly intimate that it feels like a surgical hand taking grasp of your gut. When Savages speak, you listen.

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23. 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
916 reviews

West wants everything, equally we expect everything, so the result is exhilarating in its instability. The Life Of Pablo is bursting at the seams with ideas and talking points.

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22. Leon Vynehall - Rojus

Leon Vynehall - Rojus
April 1, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
76
63 reviews

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

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
February 26, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
63
179 reviews

20. Pinegrove - Cardinal

Pinegrove - Cardinal
February 12, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
76
196 reviews

19. Shura - Nothing's Real

Shura - Nothing's Real
July 8, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
77
159 reviews
As far as poppy coming of age records go, there’s not a lot to separate Shura from the pack on initial spins. Like most teenage neuroses, scratch beyond the surface and you’ll find there’s much more going on than first seems apparent.
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18. Nao - For All We Know

Nao - For All We Know
July 29, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
76
122 reviews

17. Anna Meredith - Varmints

Anna Meredith - Varmints
March 4, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
76
167 reviews

16. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
June 27, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
80
319 reviews

15. Mitski - Puberty 2

Mitski - Puberty 2
June 17, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
24 reviews
User Score
80
402 reviews

Featuring crunchy guitars, squeals of feedback and masterful melodicism, comparisons to Pinkerton are inevitable, but there's more nuance and maturity at work here.

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14. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

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

13. Tacocat - Lost Time

Tacocat - Lost Time
April 1, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
71
30 reviews

Lost Time is such an enjoyable half-hour you’ll barely worry about favourites. Melody, thy name be Tacocat.

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12. 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
458 reviews

11. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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

It’s the soundtrack to our most outlandish dreams, perhaps the exit music to the unmade film of our most romantic lives. If you're still to discover Radiohead, listen to this, for it's the perfect way in.

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10. Beyoncé - Lemonade

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

9. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

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

Human Performance might have sacrificed the band's rickety immediacy, but they compensate with wise, grass-stalk chewing authority and grubby, plentiful hooks.

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8. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

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

7. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
861 reviews

Bowie has always been an artist who reframes his own past – the liberal use here of his beloved saxophone a case in point – and whilst the lyrical trails are necessarily opaque, the arrangements don’t rely on vogue to foster the narrative (as perhaps was the case with much of his 1990s output).

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6. 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
447 reviews

Never hesitant to reach into the depths of himself and his times, this is his deepest journey yet, his own katabasis and nekyia – Cave's journey to the underworld to speak with the dead.

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5. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
496 reviews
The voice – that pure, craggy vibrato – is bold and beautiful, and on her fourth and (by some distance) best album, it finds the showcase it needs and deserves.
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4. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
January 15, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
81
580 reviews

3. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

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

2. 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
459 reviews

1. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
781 reviews
It's a dignified, down-tempo celebration of taking all the damn time you need to get something done that's worth doing right.
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Original Source: http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/opinion/albums-of-the-year/top-50-albums-of-2016

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