PopMatters' Best Pop Albums of 2016

PopMatters' Best Pop Albums of 2016

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10. Kamp! - Orneta

Kamp! - Orneta
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

9. Empty Houses - Daydream

Empty Houses - Daydream
June 10, 2016
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
NR

8. The Mowgli's - Where'd Your Weekend Go?

The Mowgli's - Where'd Your Weekend Go?
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
76
1 review

7. The Avalanches - Wildflower

The Avalanches - Wildflower
July 8, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
78
361 reviews
The hard work the band put into this album over the past decade and half is abundantly obvious. As with their debut, the exquisitely painstaking craftsmanship, the overriding sense of joy and wonder, the ears wide open to an infinite universe of sonic possibility are all there. It sounds like the Avalanches, and nothing else does.
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6. HalfNoise - Sudden Feeling

HalfNoise - Sudden Feeling
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
55
1 review

5. Beyoncé - Lemonade

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

You can argue about whether you’ll hear better pop albums this year and you may very well win that dispute, but Lemonade is that rare work where you will remember exactly where you were and exactly who you were with the first time you heard it. Few albums can lift themselves up to the level of “experiences”, but few albums could ever be considered as bold, complex, or resolute as Lemonade.

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4. Cardiknox - Portrait

Cardiknox - Portrait
March 11, 2016
Critic Score
68
2 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

3. Field Music - commontime

Field Music - commontime
February 5, 2016
Progressive Pop
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
70
44 reviews

Field Music have always brought a kind of regional dialect to the rock, pop and, on Commontime more than ever, R&B they so dexterously bend to fit them, and that remains one of their greatest assets.

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2. 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
178 reviews

By any standard, it’s an expansive collection, riddled with caution-to-the-wind sonic experiments and bits of alchemical production flourishes. Surprisingly, though, there aren’t any significant misfires here.

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1. Young Gun Silver Fox - West End Coast

Young Gun Silver Fox - West End Coast
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
58
1 review
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