A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2016

A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2016

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20. Martha - Blisters In the Pit of My Heart

Martha - Blisters In the Pit of My Heart
July 1, 2016
Pop Punk
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
74
24 reviews

20. 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

19. 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
Car Seat Headrest may be 12 albums into its career, but Toledo shows no sign of slowing down. Through the record’s unrelenting buzz of power chords and fuzzy vocals, slow-burn anthems and primal screams, Toledo seems to be saying, buckle in; I’m taking you somewhere exciting. Trust him.
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18. 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
921 reviews

It feels far different from any of the tightly constructed, singular works of West’s past, and from a sonic standpoint, it sounds almost like a greatest-hits collection of nearly every sound and musical idea that he’s cultivated up to this moment.

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17. Touché Amoré - Stage Four

Touché Amoré - Stage Four
September 16, 2016
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
79
97 reviews

It’s a painful record and one that becomes just as personal to its listeners as it is to its maker, thanks in part to the scene’s connective tissue.

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16. 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

Imagine catching a fleeting glimpse of an artillery of tanks engulfed in flames barreling by your living room window, but by the time you dart out your front door to get a better look, it’s vanished. That’s how so much of Nails’ Nuclear Blast debut You Will Never Be One Of Us functions. The demolition is swift and the carnage scorched.

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15. Lydia Loveless - Real

Lydia Loveless - Real
August 19, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
73
22 reviews

Real is more adventurous and possesses far more depth than any of Loveless’ releases to date.

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14. Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost

Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost
May 13, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
74
73 reviews

In addition to being a powerful examination of self-worth and how it tends to wither beneath the responsibilities of adulthood, the record is also a testament to the band’s growth musically and thematically.

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13. 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
462 reviews

12. Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann

Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann
March 25, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
65
25 reviews
The lasting impression is a deeply personal one, like the reflective calm after a long conversation full of hard-won lessons.
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11. 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
219 reviews

On this record, Cohen is choosing to tie up loose ends in the way he sees fit, with equal parts wistfulness and acceptance. In other words, he’s choosing to examine his life (and life’s work) rather than ponder the abyss. That ensures You Want It Darker doesn’t feel like an ending, as much as it feels like one more chapter in Cohen’s songbook.

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10. Joyce Manor - Cody

Joyce Manor - Cody
October 7, 2016
Power Pop
Critic Score
74
13 reviews
User Score
73
36 reviews

9. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
786 reviews
For the most part, the musicality—much sparser than the maximalist sonic feasts of his earlier work—still holds the same synesthetic power of the past, even for those who don’t claim to have the ability to see sounds.
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8. Mitski - Puberty 2

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

Puberty 2 exposes new dimensions to Mitski’s voice, revealing its true richness and range. Mitski is an exceptionally keen observer of the human condition, and Puberty 2 marks a triumphant new step in her evolution.

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7. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

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

Coloring Book delivers one celebratory hymnal after another, emphasizing the natural high that comes with feeling loved and watched over.

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6. White Lung - Paradise

White Lung - Paradise
May 6, 2016
Noise Rock
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
User Score
75
159 reviews

At its core, Paradise is another addition to a pretty flawless, decade-old White Lung canon.

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5. The Hotelier - Goodness

The Hotelier - Goodness
May 27, 2016
Emo
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
76
178 reviews

What makes Goodness feel like a true album instead of just a very good collection of songs is how much all of these aspects establish a mood from which the band never breaks.

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4. Pinegrove - Cardinal

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

3. Angel Olsen - My Woman

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

My Woman is one of the realest albums of the year.

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2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
1003 reviews

A Moon Shaped Pool is the sound of Radiohead trying to imbue personal attachment to a world that feels as though it’s lost such connections.

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1. David Bowie - Blackstar

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

For all its jazz accents and solos, Blackstar ends up becoming a stage for the things that first made Bowie a pop star: his incessantly catchy melodies and elastic voice. With its simple (though oblique) lyrics and endlessly repeated choruses, it’s a secret pop record submerged in the dark places of studio improvisation.

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