Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016

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100. 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

On Treasure House, Cat's Eyes' vision is more focused, creating a charming record worth repeated listens as you drift through the imaginary films in your mind.

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99. Plants and Animals - Waltzed in from the Rumbling

Plants and Animals - Waltzed in from the Rumbling
April 29, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
8 reviews
User Score
74
4 reviews

98. Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death
June 3, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
68
95 reviews

Love You's sticky problem is the same one that plagues all but the Thriller/Purple Rain-iest of pop records, and it's that everything that comes between the hits sounds like filler in comparison.

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97. 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
Gunn possesses a formidable knowledge of Americana, but plays like he's empowered by what's come before, rather than merely informed by it. Perhaps no one else currently working in this idiom can so successfully make the past feel like a stopover on a forward-looking route rather than a roadblock.
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96. Julianna Barwick - Will

Julianna Barwick - Will
May 6, 2016
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
76
108 reviews

With Will, Barwick has once again created something only she could. It's a remarkable achievement—in whatever genre she decides to embrace.

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95. Slow Club - One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More

Slow Club - One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More
August 19, 2016
Folk Rock
Critic Score
71
12 reviews
User Score
72
15 reviews

With many tracks played live in the studio with the Spacebomb crew, the result is a warm, inviting collection that showcases Slow Club's chemistry while drawing their strengths to the fore.

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94. Fear of Men - Fall Forever

Fear of Men - Fall Forever
June 3, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
72
42 reviews

In the end, Fall Forever feels more like an exploratory step forward than a head-to-toe reinvention of the band; it will be even more interesting to see where they go from here.

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93. Weird Dreams - Luxury Alone

Weird Dreams - Luxury Alone
June 10, 2016
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
70
3 reviews

92. Suede - Night Thoughts

Suede - Night Thoughts
January 22, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
76
164 reviews
This is haunting; the black and blue shadows of a new territory
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91. of Montreal - Innocence Reaches

of Montreal - Innocence Reaches
August 12, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
65
19 reviews
User Score
63
48 reviews
It's better to burn out than it is to rust, so they say. Maybe, but it's starting to seem like you can grease the wheels with glitter and cruise on forever.
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90. The Invisible - Patience

The Invisible - Patience
June 10, 2016
Downtempo
Critic Score
74
13 reviews
User Score
73
21 reviews

89. Quilt - Plaza

Quilt - Plaza
February 26, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
73
53 reviews

The four write their songs collaboratively and share vocals; the collective approach to making music has resulted in an incredibly cohesive album with 10 tracks that flow naturally from one to the next for 41 minutes.

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88. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
March 18, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
28 reviews
User Score
74
182 reviews

Post Pop Depression is very much a man trying to find the proper context for himself, his considerable legacy, and where his shape fits in the modern world, and perhaps sounding a little lost in the process. 

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87. Yann Tiersen - EUSA

Yann Tiersen - EUSA
September 30, 2016
Modern Classical
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
80
10 reviews

86. Teleman - Brilliant Sanity

Teleman - Brilliant Sanity
April 8, 2016
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
69
34 reviews

Simply placing a fuller smile over their songwriting, Teleman have created a sharp, smart pop record that—if there's any justice in this world—should bring them the wider attention they merit.

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85. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack

Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
April 8, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
15 reviews
User Score
70
47 reviews

The incorporation of frontman Scott Hutchison's verses of cagey lament and realization into Dessner's poignant pop arrangements feels contrived rather than meant to be.

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84. Field Music - commontime

Field Music - commontime
February 5, 2016
Progressive Pop
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
70
44 reviews
There are more than a few high points to be sure, but the record lacks the inventive spark that we've come to expect from Field Music.
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83. Preoccupations - Preoccupations

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

There is a stout cohesiveness that gives Preoccupations a feeling of completion and resolute artistic confidence and its reverberations mount with close and repeated listens.

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82. Tim Hecker - Love Streams

Tim Hecker - Love Streams
April 8, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
73
159 reviews

81. Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams
April 24, 2015
Americana
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
74
5 reviews

80. Black Mountain - IV

Black Mountain - IV
April 1, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
72
15 reviews
User Score
73
76 reviews

IV is a compelling rocker—and among the best of the larger Black Mountain Army collective's releases.

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79. Metronomy - Summer 08

Metronomy - Summer 08
July 1, 2016
Indietronica
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
71
83 reviews

Summer 08 is Metronomy stripped back and as a result plays to frontman Joseph Mount's strengths.

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78. Woods - City Sun Eater in the River Of Light

Woods - City Sun Eater in the River Of Light
April 8, 2016
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
76
109 reviews

Woods have never sounded more like a fully-functioning unit. Every single layer here swims together to create an unceasingly fluid song cycle of ebb-and-flow paranoia and pleasure.

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77. Teenage Fanclub - Here

Teenage Fanclub - Here
September 9, 2016
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
74
46 reviews

Teenage Fanclub sounds positively content, and even tranquil. It's not the worst fate for a group of rock lifers, but it doesn't make for the most compelling listening.

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76. Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound

Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound
September 23, 2016
Post-Punk
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
74
30 reviews

75. Wilco - Schmilco

Wilco - Schmilco
September 9, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
72
139 reviews

Ten albums and more than 20 years into their career, Wilco are still making great music.

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74. Thomas Cohen - Bloom Forever

Thomas Cohen - Bloom Forever
May 6, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
76
25 reviews

The album's charm is that it manages to deal with first-hand melancholy so eloquently and so affectingly without centering itself entirely around it. Bloom Forever, you can't help but feel, is Cohen's second record that will stick around for a very long time.

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73. Still Corners - Dead Blue

Still Corners - Dead Blue
September 16, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
64
5 reviews
User Score
77
20 reviews

72. Psychic Twin - Strange Diary

Psychic Twin - Strange Diary
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
79
4 reviews
User Score
69
5 reviews

71. Warpaint - Heads Up

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

The things the band does right on this album make it worth checking out, but hopefully next time around Warpaint will be able to keep the songwriting as consistently great throughout as the beginning and ending songs.

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70. Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow

Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow
January 22, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
70
83 reviews

Far from retro, Jet Plane and Oxbow lives up to its Back to the Future billing.

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69. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness
May 6, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
78
425 reviews
Some tracks come across like impromptu recording sessions where ANOHNI worked through recently-penned material over production pieces messed around with just before she'd arrived at the studio. Still, there is enough in this unexpected assimilation of talents to hold intrigue.
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68. TEEN - Love Yes

TEEN - Love Yes
February 19, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
67
39 reviews

67. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

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

Blood Bitch is her latest attempt to marry up the pretty and the grotesque. An open exploration of menstruation, the record uses her ceramic intone to startling effect,

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66. Xiu Xiu - Plays The Music of Twin Peaks

Xiu Xiu - Plays The Music of Twin Peaks
April 16, 2016
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
79
103 reviews

This is a terrific and ambitious mining of a rich creative world that returns with gold. 

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65. The Divine Comedy - Foreverland

The Divine Comedy - Foreverland
September 2, 2016
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
71
9 reviews
User Score
72
16 reviews

64. Soft Hair - Soft Hair

Soft Hair - Soft Hair
October 28, 2016
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
69
14 reviews
User Score
71
21 reviews

63. Lambchop - FLOTUS

Lambchop - FLOTUS
November 4, 2016
Indietronica
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
User Score
72
67 reviews

62. Mass Gothic - Mass Gothic

Mass Gothic - Mass Gothic
February 5, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
63
5 reviews
User Score
70
15 reviews

61. Chairlift - Moth

Chairlift - Moth
January 22, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
73
236 reviews

60. 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

This is a debut record that focuses less on establishing identity and more on crafting its own picturesque little world. Light Upon the Lake hasn't a care in that world; it innocently rolls around some of the loveliest, sunniest country songs you're likely to hear all year.

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59. Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then

Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then
October 14, 2016
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
69
10 reviews
User Score
69
47 reviews

As slick as this production is, the atmosphere on this record is sometimes hard to absorb beneath the constant rhythm, and the occasional moments when the music is allowed to slow down and breathe are refreshing.

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58. Springtime Carnivore - Midnight Room

Springtime Carnivore - Midnight Room
October 7, 2016
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
80
11 reviews

57. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
January 15, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
81
583 reviews

56. Luke Temple - A Hand Through the Cellar Door

Luke Temple - A Hand Through the Cellar Door
November 11, 2016
Indie Folk
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
80
7 reviews

55. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years
September 16, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
11 reviews
User Score
77
94 reviews

They've glacially been building to this, one of the most inventive, adventurous, and best rock records of 2016.

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54. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
April 15, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
32 reviews
User Score
73
221 reviews

The magic of The Hope Six Demolition Project is the glimmer of hope that in a war-torn, inequality-ridden, and ultimately unpleasant world, things might somehow change.

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53. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

James Blake - The Colour in Anything
May 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
User Score
78
497 reviews

In an era of 9-12 track albums, The Colour in Anything comes in at 17 songs and the amount invites you to explore and absorb at random, offering moods and tempos beyond just the ruminative and forlorn.

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52. NZCA Lines - Infinite Summer

NZCA Lines - Infinite Summer
January 22, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
User Score
71
31 reviews
Its strength is not in delivering an immediate shot of aural adrenaline but rather in creating a dark, dramatic mood.
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51. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
April 29, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
User Score
77
195 reviews
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