FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2016

FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2016

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50. Shura - Nothing's Real

Shura - Nothing's Real
July 8, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
77
159 reviews

49. Young Thug - Jeffery

Young Thug - Jeffery
August 26, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
76
193 reviews

48. Luca Brasi - If This Is All We're Going To Be

Luca Brasi - If This Is All We're Going To Be
April 29, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
March 18, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
User Score
74
182 reviews

Occasionally, Homme, Fertita, and Helders impress, but more often than not, Iggy’s sidemen are unremarkable, which only serves to highlight how commanding the rock n’ roll singer still is at age 68.

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46. YG - Still Brazy

YG - Still Brazy
June 17, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
76
200 reviews

45. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
April 15, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
32 reviews
User Score
73
221 reviews

Harvey would suggest that passivity wreaks nothing but death and destruction. But, in this particular case, the result is something like a clarion call.

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44. Hellions - Opera Oblivia

Hellions - Opera Oblivia
July 29, 2016
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
NR
User Score
69
2 reviews

43. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

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

42. Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
May 6, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
80
340 reviews

Bottomless Pit is possessed, and songs like ‘Eh’ and ‘Three Bedrooms In A Bad Neighbourhood’ are as vital as anything the group has yet released.

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41. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
October 21, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
19 reviews
User Score
82
218 reviews

40. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

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

Marked by a reverence for the rich history of black American music, Malibu is a love letter to the giants on whose shoulders he stands.

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39. The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come to Expect

The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come to Expect
April 1, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
24 reviews
User Score
68
144 reviews

Everything You’ve Come to Expect is stylish, self-satisfied, smug, sleazy, cocky and confident. It is completely over the top and that’s just where these boys want to be.

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38. Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death
June 3, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
68
95 reviews

The overarching feeling here is confidence – the result of a band that threw themselves off a cliff and found a net hanging just below.

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37. Broods - Conscious

Broods - Conscious
June 24, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
68
33 reviews

36. 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

35. Drake - VIEWS

Drake - VIEWS
April 29, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
28 reviews
User Score
60
361 reviews

34. 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

The Colour in Anything is a work of restless invention, standing as Blake’s most creative collection to date.

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33. Olympia - Self Talk

Olympia - Self Talk
April 29, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
80
1 review

32. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
June 17, 2016
Grindcore
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
76
78 reviews

31. Ngaiire - Blastoma

Ngaiire - Blastoma
June 10, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
87
2 reviews

30. No Zu - Afterlife

No Zu - Afterlife
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
83
1 review
The group traffic with a certain pagan zeal, a force which allows those who wield it to turn any discotheque into a sadomasochist pleasure-dome. Because – council regulations notwithstanding – isn’t that what every nightclub really aspires to be?
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29. Mitski - Puberty 2

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

Puberty 2 captures the sense of frustration, resignation and self-awareness that can only come from years of grappling with emotional demons: now, she holds her vulnerability with confidence, in anthemic and improbably striking songs, for all to see.

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28. The Jezabels - Synthia

The Jezabels - Synthia
February 12, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
76
52 reviews

27. Flume - Skin

Flume - Skin
May 27, 2016
Wonky
Critic Score
68
8 reviews
User Score
71
196 reviews

26. 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
917 reviews

If The Life of Pablo is about anything, it’s about the absurdity of being Kanye West.

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25. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

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

Hopelessness is a response to the raging debate around diversity; it’s a shot across the bow to steadfast conservatives and ambivalent progressives alike. Anohni doesn’t just seek visibility – she demands it.

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24. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
June 27, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
80
319 reviews
Hynes is a voice of strength, a new Missy for a new generation of young people who live in fear of being shot down in the street, in a club, of being bullied and oppressed for who they are.
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23. Violent Soho - WACO

Violent Soho - WACO
March 18, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
69
7 reviews
It’s a Violent Soho album and a real good one.
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22. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

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

As much a house record as it is a hip-hop record, 99.9% often defies classification, but never abandons its skew-whiff take on contemporary dance music.

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21. The Avalanches - Wildflower

The Avalanches - Wildflower
July 8, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
78
362 reviews

Miraculously, Wildflower still sounds like The Avalanches, a collection of ideas and moments, loosely compartmentalised as songs. It’s 2016, and they’ve kept that bastard, time, at bay.

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20. Savages - Adore Life

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

There are tiny blips in momentum, but for the most part Adore Life is a pummelling statement.

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19. 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
Nothing seems incidental: every subtle blemish, nuance and microscopic crack is an indispensable part of a meticulously crafted chaos.
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18. Big Scary - Animal

Big Scary - Animal
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
84
5 reviews

17. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

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

Although Coloring Book isn’t a disappointment necessarily, but there are no giant leaps forward here, nothing to fully justify the wait. Chance has crystallised his aesthetic, but one hopes that on his next release he adds another chapter to the volume, rather than revising the text again.

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16. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
496 reviews

The candidness on My Woman captures what makes Olsen such a compelling artist, making for an album that will stand as a critical release in her illustrious career.

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15. David Bowie - Blackstar

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

14. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

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

On his fourth album, Atrocity Exhibition, Brown reigns things in: there are less straight up bangers on this album than on XXX or Old, but it’s altogether dirtier and darker than either of those. Danny Brown’s coke dreams are turning into nightmares.

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13. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
March 4, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
644 reviews

untitled’s 34 minutes are so crammed with ideas that they almost need to be read like poetry, with annotations, to be fully appreciated.

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12. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
1000 reviews

11. Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
70
28 reviews
User Score
72
463 reviews

10. D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated

D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
October 7, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
7 reviews
User Score
74
59 reviews

Utopia Defeated is a dark and meticulously constructed debut, the violent fantasies presented within always clever, confronting and beautiful.

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9. Deftones - Gore

Deftones - Gore
April 8, 2016
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
72
115 reviews

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

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
November 11, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
84
390 reviews

We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service sees A Tribe Called Quest revive what they do best, and beyond – bridging the gap between carefree and critical, classic and contemporary, timeless and topical, return and departure.

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7. The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free

The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free
March 18, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
78
73 reviews
There are still guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards, but they’re scrambled by technology and recast as free-flowing passages of cryptic texture. Yet the new approach proves surprisingly accessible, despite The Drones’ continued passion for abrasion.
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6. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
80
756 reviews
Only days after Prince’s death, Beyoncé gives us a thousand reasons to be optimistic.
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5. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
782 reviews

4. A.B. Original - Reclaim Australia

A.B. Original - Reclaim Australia
November 25, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

3. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
April 29, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
User Score
77
194 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. Camp Cope - Camp Cope

Camp Cope - Camp Cope
April 22, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
74
23 reviews
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