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Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best Albums of 2016

Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best Albums of 2016

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50. Robyn - RMX / RBN

Robyn - RMX / RBN
June 25, 2016

44. Noname - Telefone

July 31, 2016
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

42. Loretta Lynn - Full Circle

Loretta Lynn - Full Circle
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

41. Tkay Maidza - Tkay

Tkay Maidza - Tkay
October 28, 2016
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

39. Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto

March 14, 2016
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

38. Common - Black America Again

November 4, 2016
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

Black America Again is a timely statement exploring the ills of police brutality, mass incarceration, and institutionalized racism, delivered with laser-sharp focus by one of hip-hop’s foremost poets.

36. Young Thug - Jeffery

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

35. Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

Ouroboros is a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format.

34. HINDS - Leave Me Alone

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

33. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

32. Wilco - Schmilco

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

31. Tove Lo - Lady Wood

October 28, 2016
Critic Score
72
14 reviews
While Lo’s lyrics are stark and intensely personal, the music sounds engineered for the masses.

30. Låpsley - Long Way Home

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

The British songwriter marries dark, club-kid influences from her nights spent at Liverpool venues with crunching heartache on 12 lush songs that morph and twist her voice into various iterations.

27. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

While pop stars often atone for transgressions through song—just ask Justin Bieber—Grande wants to test the limits, not apologize. And that’s the best, baddest thing about Dangerous Woman.

26. St. Lucia - Matter

St. Lucia - Matter
January 29, 2016
Critic Score
61
7 reviews

It’s a durable, malleable passport to hedonism—loud when you want it to be, just funky enough, capable of holding up to headphone scrutiny.

24. 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

Healy may get lost in his head, but I Like It… is a delightful, overshare-y trip that celebrates a new era of boundaryless pop. As for that Tumblr rant of a title, they’re forgiven.

23. Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

Stranger to Stranger is ... Simon’s most interconnected work, a self-contained world unto itself full of backing tracks that wind up in multiple songs and recurring characters (“the Street Angel”) who pop up in unexpected places.

22. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
If this is what modern soul music sounds like in 2016, consider James Blake the genre’s sharpest visionary.

20. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service not only satisfies its lofty expectations, it often exceeds them.

19. School of Seven Bells - SVIIB

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

It’s a fully-realized vision of the dreamy shoegaze-pop they’d sought to prefect for years. How heartbreaking to know such a once-in-a-lifetime creative partnership has been silenced.

17. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
87
19 reviews
On his 14th studio album, the songwriting maestro—still vital at 82—is a lion in winter, his lyrics heavy with God and sex and death and his legendary voice scraped down to a subterranean rumble.

16. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

November 18, 2016
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

There’s something pleasingly organic ... in Weight’s cohesiveness; it asks for patience and rewards it, weaving true tales of regret and resilience into one fiercely honest, gloriously flawed whole. Bless this mess.

14. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
With these 17 tracks, Ocean shows himself to be one of pop’s foremost innovators.

12. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

It’s a bold statement on what it means to be a proud and yet sometimes anguished black woman in 2016, and it’s also her most individuated work to date. Solange gets political by also making Seat stunningly personal and poetic.

11. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 reviews

A right-now snapshot of a restless, neurotic artist’s ever-evolving psyche. Like the man himself, the album is emotional, explosive, unpredictable, and undeniably thrilling.

10. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

By nature, Radiohead albums will always be somewhat epic, but this one is more consistently grandiose than any of the band’s releases since 2000’s masterpiece Kid A.

9. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

Malibu, his second full-length, is a bracing wash of warm neo-soul that spits in the face of the chilly self-flagellation the Weeknd managed to spin into chart gold.

7. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

Though it doesn’t eclipse the LSD-inspired brilliance of Acid Rap, Coloring Book affirms Chance’s place as one of hip-hop’s most promising — and most uplifting — young stars.

6. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
86
24 reviews

5. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
Overall, the album is strikingly intimate. At times, it feels like you’ve somehow found yourself in the singer’s hallway, listening as he coos lullabies to his child in a nursery.

3. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
28 reviews

Anti proves Rihanna should play by her own rules more often.

2. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
It’s the kind of album that works beautifully as a physical experience – an all-senses headphone surrender to the sound of an artist who is older and almost definitely wiser but still fantastically, singularly himself.

1. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
If you want to spend your time speculating, cool—that’s your deal. But Beyoncé’s not thinking about that. She’s too busy putting out her boldest, most ambitious, best album to date. Middle fingers up.
Original Source: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/12/08/ew-best-albums-2016
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