Variance's 50 Best Albums of 2016

Variance's 50 Best Albums of 2016

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50. Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town

Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town
June 10, 2016
Country
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews

49. Francis and the Lights - Farewell, Starlite

Francis and the Lights - Farewell, Starlite
September 24, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
65
3 reviews
User Score
74
30 reviews

48. Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
August 26, 2016
Indietronica
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
75
107 reviews

47. Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
September 2, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
78
129 reviews

46. Empire of The Sun - Two Vines

Empire of The Sun - Two Vines
October 28, 2016
Electropop
Critic Score
64
13 reviews
User Score
63
26 reviews

45. BRONCHO - Double Vanity

BRONCHO - Double Vanity
June 10, 2016
Garage Rock
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
User Score
64
10 reviews

44. Drake - VIEWS

Drake - VIEWS
April 29, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
27 reviews
User Score
61
277 reviews

43. River Tiber - Indigo

River Tiber - Indigo
June 24, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

42. Gallant - Ology

Gallant - Ology
April 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
74
54 reviews

41. The Weeknd - Starboy

The Weeknd - Starboy
November 25, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
66
23 reviews
User Score
67
185 reviews

40. Wilco - Schmilco

Wilco - Schmilco
September 9, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
User Score
73
122 reviews

39. Shura - Nothing's Real

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

38. Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
September 2, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
8 reviews
User Score
64
102 reviews

37. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
80
138 reviews

36. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
June 3, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
79
255 reviews

35. NEEDTOBREATHE - H A R D L O V E

NEEDTOBREATHE - H A R D L O V E
July 15, 2016
Pop Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
63
3 reviews

34. Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
72
25 reviews
User Score
71
363 reviews

33. BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind

BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind
February 19, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
70
77 reviews

32. Pinegrove - Cardinal

Pinegrove - Cardinal
February 12, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
76
170 reviews

31. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
November 18, 2016
Funk
Critic Score
70
12 reviews
User Score
65
103 reviews

30. How to Dress Well - Care

How to Dress Well - Care
September 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
69
13 reviews
User Score
65
59 reviews

29. Young Thug - Jeffery

Young Thug - Jeffery
August 26, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
76
137 reviews

28. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

Parquet Courts - Human Performance
April 8, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
User Score
77
291 reviews

27. Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Jamila Woods - HEAVN
July 7, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
80
49 reviews

26. Skepta - Konnichiwa

Skepta - Konnichiwa
May 6, 2016
Grime
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
73
144 reviews

25. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
September 30, 2016
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
81
205 reviews

24. Jon Bellion - The Human Condition

Jon Bellion - The Human Condition
June 10, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
65
27 reviews

23. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
October 21, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
86
17 reviews
User Score
82
170 reviews

22. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
76
58 reviews

21. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
February 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
User Score
75
733 reviews

20. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

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

19. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
January 15, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
81
467 reviews

18. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

James Blake - The Colour in Anything
May 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
78
423 reviews

17. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
May 6, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
77
228 reviews

16. Maren Morris - Hero

Maren Morris - Hero
June 3, 2016
Country
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
61
18 reviews

15. Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
December 2, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
User Score
76
193 reviews

14. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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

13. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
November 18, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
75
20 reviews

12. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness
May 6, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
User Score
77
357 reviews

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

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
80
196 reviews

10. 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
19 reviews
User Score
64
140 reviews

9. Angel Olsen - My Woman

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

8. Solange - A Seat at the Table

Solange - A Seat at the Table
September 30, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
22 reviews
User Score
82
307 reviews

7. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
31 reviews
User Score
84
537 reviews

6. 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
22 reviews
User Score
83
266 reviews

5. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
81
502 reviews

4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
September 9, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
90
24 reviews
User Score
84
356 reviews

3. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
28 reviews
User Score
79
565 reviews

2. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
84
698 reviews

1. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
May 13, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
21 reviews
User Score
78
401 reviews
Original Source: http://variancemagazine.com/features/7223-50-best-albums-2016

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