The Wire's Best Releases of 2016

The Wire's Best Releases of 2016

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1. David Bowie - Blackstar

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

2. Shirley Collins - Lodestar

Shirley Collins - Lodestar
November 4, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
74
4 reviews

3. Moor Mother - Fetish Bones

Moor Mother - Fetish Bones
September 16, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
73
13 reviews

4. Autechre - elseq 1–5

Autechre - elseq 1–5
May 19, 2016
IDM
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
75
17 reviews

5. 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
451 reviews

6. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

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

7. Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina

Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
77
2 reviews

8. Yves Tumor - Serpent Music

Yves Tumor - Serpent Music
September 30, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
76
27 reviews

9. Gaika - Security

Gaika - Security
April 21, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
70
16 reviews

10. Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande

Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande
September 8, 2016
Dub
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
70
4 reviews

11. Gate - Saturday Night Fever

Gate - Saturday Night Fever
February 1, 2016
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
NR
User Score
60
1 review

12. 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
463 reviews

13. 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

14. Oren Ambarchi - Hubris

Oren Ambarchi - Hubris
October 28, 2016
Krautrock
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
72
14 reviews

15. Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow

Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
April 1, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
9 reviews
User Score
69
41 reviews

16. 75 Dollar Bill - Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock

75 Dollar Bill - Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
June 2, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

17. Anna Meredith - Varmints

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

18. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
April 1, 2016
Folktronica
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
77
69 reviews

19. 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
23 reviews
User Score
84
395 reviews

20. Carla dal Forno - You Know What It's Like

Carla dal Forno - You Know What It's Like
October 28, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
User Score
74
22 reviews

21. David Toop - Entities Inertias Faint Beings

David Toop - Entities Inertias Faint Beings
June 24, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
75
1 review
User Score
56
5 reviews

22. 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
220 reviews

23. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
March 4, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
26 reviews
User Score
81
647 reviews

24. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans
May 27, 2016
Jazz
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
4 reviews

25. Laura Cannell - Simultaneous Flight Movement

Laura Cannell - Simultaneous Flight Movement
October 21, 2016
Experimental
Critic Score
NR
User Score
66
2 reviews

26. Ectoplasm Girls - New Feeling Come

Ectoplasm Girls - New Feeling Come
November 11, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

27. Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Lines

Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Lines
June 3, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

28. Ian William Craig - Centres

Ian William Craig - Centres
July 8, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
77
64 reviews

29. Matmos - Ultimate Care II

Matmos - Ultimate Care II
February 19, 2016
Glitch
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
73
62 reviews

30. Laraaji & Sun Araw - Professional Sunflow

Laraaji & Sun Araw - Professional Sunflow
June 17, 2016
Free Improvisation
Critic Score
68
1 review
User Score
67
2 reviews

31. Scott Walker - The Childhood of a Leader (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Scott Walker - The Childhood of a Leader (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
August 19, 2016
Modern Classical
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

32. Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
March 18, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
77
14 reviews

33. Elysia Crampton - Demon City

Elysia Crampton - Demon City
July 22, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
83
7 reviews
User Score
70
59 reviews

34. Katie Gately - Color

Katie Gately - Color
October 14, 2016
Glitch Pop
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
75
17 reviews

35. Shackleton - Devotional Songs (With Ernesto Tomasini)

Shackleton - Devotional Songs (With Ernesto Tomasini)
July 22, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
72
1 review
User Score
62
2 reviews

36. Anxiety - Anxiety

Anxiety - Anxiety
June 29, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

37. Skepta - Konnichiwa

Skepta - Konnichiwa
May 6, 2016
Grime
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
User Score
74
180 reviews

38. Puce Mary - The Spiral

Puce Mary - The Spiral
March 25, 2016
Death Industrial
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
66
8 reviews

39. The Dwarfs of East Agouza - Bes

The Dwarfs of East Agouza - Bes
April 29, 2016
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
NR
User Score
58
5 reviews

40. Catherine Christer Hennix - Live At Issue Project Room

Catherine Christer Hennix - Live At Issue Project Room
March 18, 2016
Drone
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

41. Horse Lords - Interventions

Horse Lords - Interventions
April 29, 2016
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
1 review
User Score
74
5 reviews

42. Roy Montgomery - R M H Q: Headquarters

Roy Montgomery - R M H Q: Headquarters
October 21, 2016
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
81
2 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

43. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
788 reviews

44. Thalia Zedek Band - Eve

Thalia Zedek Band - Eve
August 19, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
75
1 review

45. Charlemagne Palestine - Cathédrale De Strasbourg

Charlemagne Palestine - Cathédrale De Strasbourg
February 20, 2016
Minimal
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

46. Kepler Quartet - Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7 & 8

Kepler Quartet - Ben Johnston: String Quartets Nos. 6, 7 & 8
April 12, 2016
Classical
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. Jackie Lynn - Jackie Lynn

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

48. Zomby - Ultra

Zomby - Ultra
September 2, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
65
12 reviews
User Score
63
19 reviews

49. Klara Lewis - Too

Klara Lewis - Too
May 27, 2016
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
74
1 review
User Score
76
6 reviews

50. Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body

Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body
April 18, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
56
7 reviews
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