DIY's 16 Albums That Shaped 2016

DIY's 16 Albums That Shaped 2016

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Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
80
757 reviews
In a year when the world’s biggest artists have put their necks on the line - Rihanna’s leave-me-alone, independent streak of ‘Anti’, Kanye West’s scatterbrained ever-changing doodle ‘The Life of Pablo’ - Beyoncé can count herself as a risk-taker breaking new ground, up there with the bravest.
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Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
User Score
81
672 reviews
‘22, A Million’ stands out as Bon Iver’s finest moment yet, a cross between invention and beauty that’s delivered without compromise.
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Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine

Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine
May 19, 2014
Electropop
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
User Score
78
61 reviews

Daughter - Not To Disappear

Daughter - Not To Disappear
January 15, 2016
Dream Pop
Critic Score
73
27 reviews
User Score
72
228 reviews
Daughter’s signature - and their staying power - is in how they balance the harshest of subject matters with groundbreaking beauty.
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David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
863 reviews
‘Blackstar’ seems to be him giving everything, allowing all of his creative impulses to flourish. If that’s what selfish means, then let’s hope Bowie gives us lots more of it.
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Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
783 reviews
Searching for ‘Blonde’’s true meaning is like fishing for treasure in the Great Barrier Reef. There’s bound to be something down there somewhere, but you’ve got to get past the infinite, beautiful distractions.
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Frank Ocean - Endless

Frank Ocean - Endless
August 19, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
70
12 reviews
User Score
76
126 reviews

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
August 26, 2016
Indietronica
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
75
133 reviews
Their new record showcases inner madness, characters you’d cross the street to avoid, and some of the band’s smartest pop songs to date.
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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
917 reviews

A genius - and yes, perhaps a little bit crazy - with an attention to detail like no other, no matter what might slip from his grasp, Kanye West is in full control of every atom of ’The Life Of Pablo’. 

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Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

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

Beyond anything, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ feels like the beginning of a new chapter - the first time these five have merged their own idiosyncrasies without compromising or crossing wires.

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Savages - Adore Life

Savages - Adore Life
January 22, 2016
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
33 reviews
User Score
74
313 reviews

At times, the musical chaos they paint teeters on the hair-thin borderline of being impenetrable, but Savages - as always - get away with it.

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Skepta - Konnichiwa

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

Spring King - Tell Me If You Like To

Spring King - Tell Me If You Like To
June 10, 2016
Garage Rock
Critic Score
69
7 reviews
User Score
80
6 reviews

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
February 26, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
63
179 reviews
When ‘I like it…’ strikes, it delivers defining moments. But that’s not to excuse the bloated, instrumental rush of ‘Please Be Naked’ and ‘Lostmyhead’, tracks that meander instead of offering breathing space from a glammed-up norm.
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The Kills - Ash & Ice

The Kills - Ash & Ice
June 3, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
66
21 reviews
User Score
68
58 reviews
It’s ... a culmination of all that’s come before; a band confident in their own skin, their identity clearer than ever, their mission unchanged since those transatlantic tapes at the turn of the millennium.
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Weaves - Weaves

Weaves - Weaves
June 17, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
12 reviews
User Score
74
18 reviews
Both deliciously raucous and whimsical, Weaves’ ‘wonky-pop’ debut is a whole lot of fun.
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Yak - Alas Salvation

Yak - Alas Salvation
May 13, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
76
72 reviews

With ‘Alas Salvation’, they’ve set a marker for every borderline-insane newcomer emerging in the next decade.

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