Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk & Country Albums of 2016

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk & Country Albums of 2016

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10. Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth
October 21, 2016
Psychedelic Folk
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
User Score
79
129 reviews

Front Row Seat to Earth might not be the most immediate record released this year, but it never turns its back on you. Accessible without ever being simple, it's one worth getting into, even if the way is labyrinthine.

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9. 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

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is a personal best for Walker, innovation for the genre and in general, just a damn good listen.

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8. Veda Hille - Love Waves

Veda Hille - Love Waves
May 15, 2016
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
NR

7. Marissa Nadler - Strangers

Marissa Nadler - Strangers
May 20, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
73
98 reviews

On Strangers, Nadler seems to have her perfected her craft, adding even more confidence to keep her winning streak alive and well.

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6. Cass McCombs - Mangy Love

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

It's not just McCombs' Technicolor aspirations that make his latest, Mangy Love, so absorbing, but his generous use of instrumentation and collaboration.

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5. Daniel Romano - Mosey

Daniel Romano - Mosey
May 27, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
76
10 reviews

4. 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
The thing with this collaboration is that, as on all great records, your favourite songs are liable to shift around a little. And what this songwriting team has to offer isn't just pretty, though it can be that — it's also pretty profound, passionate and substantial.
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3. 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

Midwest Farmer's Daughter will almost certainly stand among the best country records of 2016.

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2. John K. Samson - Winter Wheat

John K. Samson - Winter Wheat
October 21, 2016
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
73
17 reviews
The musical accompaniment doesn't always completely live up to the moods and settings evoked so strongly in his lyrics, but it's usually enough to make the words leap off the page.
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1. 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

Simpson ... seems hell-bent on disassembling the genre and piecing it back together the only way that sounds right to him. While the best of the best learn to master country music, he's turning it into a whole new monster, one that's his and his only.

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