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The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016

The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016

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50. Daughter - Not To Disappear

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
73
27 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.

48. De Rosa - Weem

De Rosa - Weem
January 22, 2016
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

47. Steve Mason - Meet the Humans

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
Now in his early 40s, Mason sounds like an artist finally finding his creative stride.

46. Law Holt - City

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

45. American Football - American Football

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
Like its predecessor, this is a record you’ll want to spend endless nights with.

43. Honeyblood - Babes Never Die

October 28, 2016
Critic Score
77
15 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.

42. Shield Patterns - Mirror Breathing

Shield Patterns - Mirror Breathing
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
100
1 review

41. Teenage Fanclub - Here

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
75
16 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.

40. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
78
17 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.

39. Parra for Cuva & Senoy - Darwīš

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

38. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

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

37. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
71
15 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.

36. Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

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

35. Moor Mother - Fetish Bones

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review

33. HINDS - Leave Me Alone

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
76
26 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.

32. Julianna Barwick - Will

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
19 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.

31. Wild Beasts - Boy King

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
74
25 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.

30. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

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

29. Noname - Telefone

July 31, 2016
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

27. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

26. Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
77
17 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.

24. Savages - Adore Life

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
79
33 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.

23. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 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.

20. Pinegrove - Cardinal

February 12, 2016
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

19. Shura - Nothing's Real

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
79
16 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.

15. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
86
24 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.

13. Tacocat - Lost Time

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

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

11. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
34 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.

10. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

9. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

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

7. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 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).

6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
27 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.

5. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
30 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.

4. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

3. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 reviews

1. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 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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