NOW Magazine's Top Albums of 2016

NOW Magazine's Top Albums of 2016

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10. Omar S - The Best

Omar S - The Best
March 31, 2016
House
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
77
7 reviews

9. Frank Ocean - Blonde

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

Blonde delves even further into Ocean’s creeping sense of mortality than Endless, but with the kind of focused songwriting and production values befitting the intense level of fan expectation that preceded its release.

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8. 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

Past Chance the Rapper releases seemed inspired by Kanye West's The College Dropout, whereas Coloring Book has the celebratory and playful feel of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III - densely packed with metaphors, flow and tempo change-ups, and summer-jam-worthy songs.

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7. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
User Score
81
675 reviews
Although the presentation has changed, the raw emotional power at the heart of Bon Iver is intact.
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6. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness
May 6, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
78
425 reviews

Combined with Anohni's trembling and vulnerable vibrato, its grandiose sounds crescendo into a sprawling political epic that could inspire spontaneous bursts of interpretive dance.

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5. Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth
October 21, 2016
Psychedelic Folk
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
User Score
79
129 reviews

4. 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

Most pop stars are content with a me-against-the-world mentality, but The Life Of Pablo posits a mantra more like me-against-myself, expressed as a mainline rush of gospel, rap, soul, house, noise and pop, and full of digressions into the highest highs and lowest lows.

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3. Andy Shauf - The Party

Andy Shauf - The Party
May 20, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
77
64 reviews

2. 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
There’s a weariness to Solange’s album, a realization that the Black identity, stripped of its dimensionality and packaged for mainstream entertainment, has left us all looking like bad dudes to some degree in the eyes of others.
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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
Although there's cosmic energy in the music's upward trajectory, it comes from a decidedly earthbound live-off-the-floor approach rather than meticulously sculpted production.
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