Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2016

Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2016

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40. Stephen Steinbrink - Anagrams

Stephen Steinbrink - Anagrams
July 1, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
72
10 reviews

39. GOAT - Requiem

GOAT - Requiem
October 7, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
73
33 reviews

38. Warpaint - Heads Up

Warpaint - Heads Up
September 23, 2016
Dream Pop
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
73
118 reviews

Never before has the group’s vocal interplay sounded so lush, so implausibly otherworldly, while Stella Mozgawa’s beats have grown into combustible walls of polyrhythms, meaning that this is the Warpaint’s most danceable, most tactile record to date.

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37. Poliça - United Crushers

Poliça - United Crushers
March 4, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
72
18 reviews
User Score
72
68 reviews

‘United Crushers’ is here to debunk the notion that Poliça are doomed by their own experience with the simplest of tools – better songs.

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36. Beyoncé - Lemonade

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

35. Beyond the Wizards Sleeve - The Soft Bounce

Beyond the Wizards Sleeve - The Soft Bounce
July 1, 2016
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
72
7 reviews
User Score
74
16 reviews

34. MMOTHS - Luneworks

MMOTHS - Luneworks
March 11, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
75
49 reviews
Created in a month-long haul of 12 hour sessions, ‘Luneworks’ sighs every second of its nocturnal isolation.
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33. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

Jessy Lanza - Oh No
May 13, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
76
135 reviews
Where ‘Pull My Hair Back’’s seductive lullabies were occasionally so diaphanous as to almost disappear, the increased tempo here adds a welcome heft to Lanza’s slinky songs, leaving a record of confident statements in comparison to its predecessor’s whispers.
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32. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
496 reviews
Olsen’s immense talent hovers under the surface throughout, and of course the vocals are consistently stunning.
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31. Joey Purp - iiiDrops

Joey Purp - iiiDrops
May 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
77
74 reviews

30. 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
461 reviews
It’s brilliant. I can’t emphasise that enough. It’s surprising and clever and current. But its real genius resides in Solange’s radical political voice — she veils her anger in a soft, soulful sound that even her detractors will find hard to ignore.
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29. Jackie Lynn - Jackie Lynn

Jackie Lynn - Jackie Lynn
June 10, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
71
6 reviews
User Score
71
8 reviews

28. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

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

27. Preoccupations - Preoccupations

Preoccupations - Preoccupations
September 16, 2016
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
77
185 reviews

The overall experience is simply a much more listenable one; the LP puncturing the occasionally overwhelming sense of foreboding and paranoia with one of positivity – euphoria, even – just as Flegel sings about “suicide machines” et al.

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26. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
77
181 reviews

Part of the beauty of what Hval does is the way her art takes you to a place you didn’t know existed, but in a way where you don’t notice the journey.

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25. Cat's Eyes - Treasure House

Cat's Eyes - Treasure House
June 3, 2016
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
74
40 reviews
Sublime and hopefully an indication of things to come, this is where Badwan and Zeffira move beyond even the skies, towards the heavens.
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24. Bat For Lashes - The Bride

Bat For Lashes - The Bride
July 1, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
31 reviews
User Score
73
154 reviews
It’s certainly BFL’s most downbeat work to date, but, in it, there’s also a message that hope and strength can crawl out of even the most tragic of situations.
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23. Virginia Wing - Forward Constant Motion

Virginia Wing - Forward Constant Motion
November 11, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
83
5 reviews
User Score
74
19 reviews

22. Cullen Omori - New Misery

Cullen Omori - New Misery
March 18, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
68
20 reviews

An orchestra of influences bubble, perceptibly, into a delicious mash-up that, like any great cocktail, is stronger than the sum of its parts. Exciting and original. And proof that not quite knowing who you are is just fine.

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21. Savages - Adore Life

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

By basing any adjustments on empirical evidence, the band have imbued this second album with a sense of vindication that ‘Silence Yourself’ lacked.

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20. clipping. - Splendor & Misery

clipping. - Splendor & Misery
September 9, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
72
87 reviews
‘Splendor & Misery’ is no prog indulgence, and doesn’t come with A Message, a shoehorned “plot” or a shred of ponderous pomposity.Instead, it’s a magnificent, nerve-jangling and altogether rather riveting blast of unflinching white noise and throb, virtuoso rapping and, most improbable of all, richly romantic gospel-choir interludes.
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19. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
September 23, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
78
119 reviews
It’s a concept that plays out beautifully with Rostam’s production softening Leithauser’s lupine power and makes ‘I Had a Dream That You Were Mine’ a storied, sepia waltz through more sentimental times.
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18. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
User Score
81
673 reviews
The obvious attraction here lies in admiring Vernon’s artistic skill, but the greater pleasure is in the album’s simple honesty: this is unmistakably the music Vernon felt he had to make – not self-pitying or even particularly sad, but still with an abstracted sense of longing that feels as universal as it does personal.
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17. Mitski - Puberty 2

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

‘Puberty 2’ features all of those teenage troughs, and the confusing, thrilling peaks too – the starry eyes, manic ambition and constant distraction of sex.

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16. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
May 27, 2016
Microhouse
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
75
85 reviews
After the glitching melodies and bright, busy eclecticism of his debut, and the Orient-inspired, analogue imagination of the follow-up, album number three is Derwin Panda’s most optimistic to date.
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15. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
May 20, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
82
459 reviews

14. David Bowie - Blackstar

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

13. Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini

Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini
June 17, 2016
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
74
35 reviews
It’s not without the missteps you’d expect from a debut this wild (‘Sleep Song’ is overlong; ‘Chocolate Sludge Cake’ annoying in part) but it seems reductive to denounce ‘I, Gemini’ on account of its lack of focus when we’ve grown so tired of young musicians obsessed with a nostalgia they can’t remember but we can and are sick of.
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12. BADBADNOTGOOD - IV

BADBADNOTGOOD - IV
July 8, 2016
Nu Jazz
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
User Score
77
178 reviews
‘IV’ ends up resembling more two adjacent EPs than a single body of work. While that might be to the detriment of the whole, the split doesn’t detract from its individual parts, which remain stylish, sensitive and expressive throughout.
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11. Show Me The Body - Body War

Show Me The Body - Body War
June 17, 2016
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
83
17 reviews

10. Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere

Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere
October 14, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
75
31 reviews

9. 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

8. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

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

I could list every track and rhyme off a whole catalogue of touchstones so let me keep this simple: ‘Light Upon The Lake’ is a beautiful thing. Its melodies are beautiful and its honesty of emotion is beautiful. Make it a part of your life.

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7. Oliver Coates - Upstepping

Oliver Coates - Upstepping
May 13, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
74
7 reviews

6. The Avalanches - Wildflower

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

With that enchanting inscrutability, in fact, ‘Wildflower’ feels almost like the Avalanches incarnate: curiously stoic, utterly unique, and the purveyor a weirdly dazzling trip.

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5. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness
May 6, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
78
424 reviews
Aside from some staggeringly strong songwriting, the genius of the collaboration is the juxtaposition between these synthetic textures and the soulful, innately-empathetic timbre of Anohni’s voice.
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4. Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
October 7, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
78
57 reviews

3. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

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

With ‘Atrocity Exhibition,’ Danny Brown cements himself as a hip-hop great.

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2. Lionlimb - Shoo

Lionlimb - Shoo
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
72
7 reviews

1. Anna Meredith - Varmints

Anna Meredith - Varmints
March 4, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
76
167 reviews

Half of ‘Varmints’ eschews vocals but with odd exception Meredith manages to cloak high-minded experimentalism in playful pop sensibility.

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