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FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2016

FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2016

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49. Young Thug - Jeffery

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

47. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
75
28 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.

46. YG - Still Brazy

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

45. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
76
32 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.

42. Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
12 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.

40. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 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.

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

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
70
24 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.

38. Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
76
22 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.

37. Broods - Conscious

Broods - Conscious
June 24, 2016
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

35. Drake - VIEWS

April 29, 2016
Critic Score
67
28 reviews

34. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

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

31. Ngaiire - Blastoma

June 10, 2016
Critic Score
90
1 review

30. No Zu - Afterlife

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
80
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?

29. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
86
24 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.

28. The Jezabels - Synthia

February 12, 2016
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

27. Flume - Skin

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
68
8 reviews

26. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 reviews

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

25. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 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.

24. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

June 27, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 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.

23. Violent Soho - WACO

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
70
1 review
It’s a Violent Soho album and a real good one.

22. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
19 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.

21. The Avalanches - Wildflower

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
79
30 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.

20. Savages - Adore Life

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

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

19. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
Nothing seems incidental: every subtle blemish, nuance and microscopic crack is an indispensable part of a meticulously crafted chaos.

18. Big Scary - Animal

Big Scary - Animal
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review

17. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
22 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.

16. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
30 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.

15. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

14. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
29 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.

13. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
84
26 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.

11. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
28 reviews

10. D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

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

8. 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 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.

7. The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
80
5 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.

6. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
Only days after Prince’s death, Beyoncé gives us a thousand reasons to be optimistic.
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