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Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2016

Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2016

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39. GOAT - Requiem

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

38. Warpaint - Heads Up

September 23, 2016
Critic Score
74
22 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.

37. Poliça - United Crushers

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

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

36. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

34. MMOTHS - Luneworks

March 11, 2016
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
Created in a month-long haul of 12 hour sessions, ‘Luneworks’ sighs every second of its nocturnal isolation.

33. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
79
19 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.

32. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
Olsen’s immense talent hovers under the surface throughout, and of course the vocals are consistently stunning.

31. Joey Purp - iiiDrops

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
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30. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 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.

27. Preoccupations - Preoccupations

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
79
19 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.

26. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
20 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.

25. Cat's Eyes - Treasure House

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
Sublime and hopefully an indication of things to come, this is where Badwan and Zeffira move beyond even the skies, towards the heavens.

24. Bat For Lashes - The Bride

July 1, 2016
Critic Score
76
31 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.

22. Cullen Omori - New Misery

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
71
11 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.

21. Savages - Adore Life

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

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

20. clipping. - Splendor & Misery

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
71
13 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.

19. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

September 23, 2016
Critic Score
80
19 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.

18. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 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.

17. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
86
24 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.

16. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
78
17 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.

14. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

13. Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
73
14 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.

12. BADBADNOTGOOD - IV

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
74
19 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.

10. Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

8. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
17 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.

6. The Avalanches - Wildflower

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
79
30 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.

5. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 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.

3. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

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

2. Lionlimb - Shoo

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

1. Anna Meredith - Varmints

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
83
6 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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