Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2016

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2016

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50. Alcest - Kodama

Alcest - Kodama
September 30, 2016
Shoegaze
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
78
44 reviews

49. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
September 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
User Score
85
472 reviews

Atrocity Exhibition is the Danny Brown we know and love, but even though his attitude and perspective remain largely the same as it ever was, he’s made room for further growth and corruption.

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48. Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows

Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
April 15, 2016
Death Metal
Critic Score
84
1 review
User Score
73
3 reviews

The band has made an immense and incredibly work of death metal with their sophomore album. It's a bold and winding masterwork of metal that shows how keenly aware the band is to every little facet of the genre.

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47. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder

Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
October 14, 2016
Heavy Metal
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
67
7 reviews

46. Gojira - Magma

Gojira - Magma
June 17, 2016
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
75
76 reviews

45. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016
Pop
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
74
271 reviews

Dangerous Woman still feels unshakably safe. She appears to be in the right place creatively, but she just needs to take her own advice and break free.

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44. Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.

Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.
October 14, 2016
Power Pop
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
78
93 reviews

43. Sumac - What One Becomes

Sumac - What One Becomes
June 10, 2016
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

42. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
May 6, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
282 reviews

It’s a vintage hip-hop sound, but it’s so many different shades of that vintage that it’s a record that is quintessentially 2016.

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41. Oathbreaker - Rheia

Oathbreaker - Rheia
September 30, 2016
Black Metal
Critic Score
73
6 reviews
User Score
75
28 reviews

40. Chevelle - The North Corridor

Chevelle - The North Corridor
July 8, 2016
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
81
2 reviews
User Score
72
8 reviews

39. The Jezabels - Synthia

The Jezabels - Synthia
February 12, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
76
52 reviews

Like all truly great artists, it seems that The Jezabels are not content to remain still – and with their third full length release, they’ve evolved into the best version of themselves that we’ve ever heard.

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38. Swans - The Glowing Man

Swans - The Glowing Man
June 17, 2016
Post-Rock
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
80
182 reviews

37. Be'lakor - Vessels

Be'lakor - Vessels
June 24, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
74
10 reviews

Vessels is immediately attention-grabbing and, ultimately, an inspiring piece of music that is borderline genre-defining.

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36. Mitski - Puberty 2

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

35. Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life

Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life
September 30, 2016
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
70
17 reviews
User Score
75
63 reviews
She’s always had a knack for writing both flashy and tender pop melodies, but on her latest album she knocks each number clear out of the park. It’s a delightful smorgasbord of all things Regina, complete with the richest selection of music she’s ever offered up on a single album.
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34. Blood Incantation - Starspawn

Blood Incantation - Starspawn
August 19, 2016
Death Metal
Critic Score
86
1 review
User Score
74
6 reviews

32. Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake

Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
October 28, 2016
Thrash Metal
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
76
7 reviews

32. 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
One of the most important pieces of music you will hear this year.
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31. Sarah Neufeld - The Ridge

Sarah Neufeld - The Ridge
February 26, 2016
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
71
27 reviews

The strength of The Ridge isn’t really in how it evokes emotions, or even to showcase Neufeld’s maturing skills, though it accomplishes both. Moreso, it succeeds in how it makes an indeterminate landscape worth trekking.

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30. 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

In its utter madness it somehow forms a coherent picture of Yeezy’s unhinged genius.

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29. Yellowcard - Yellowcard

Yellowcard - Yellowcard
September 30, 2016
Pop Rock
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
67
13 reviews

It’s a befitting and worthwhile finale to one of the most incredible, memorable rides in the history of pop-punk.

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28. Saor - Guardians

Saor - Guardians
November 11, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
77
8 reviews

27. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts

Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
May 20, 2016
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
73
11 reviews

26. Deftones - Gore

Deftones - Gore
April 8, 2016
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
72
116 reviews

Some strange production choices and a few safe songwriting decisions may bring down the experience for some, but Gore is Deftones further pushing their sound in a more melodic and rewarding direction.

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25. 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
394 reviews

24. Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
May 27, 2016
Metalcore
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
69
13 reviews

23. Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle

Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
86
1 review
User Score
86
3 reviews

22. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

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

Despite controversial lyrics, unconventional song structures, and a lofty concept, Blood Bitch somehow fits like a defiant glove against all the odds.

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21. Frank Ocean - Blonde

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

20. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika

Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
April 1, 2016
Black Metal
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
11 reviews

19. Dorisburg - Irrbloss

Dorisburg - Irrbloss
March 11, 2016
Ambient Techno
Critic Score
76
1 review
User Score
78
3 reviews

18. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
October 14, 2016
Mathcore
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
76
59 reviews

17. PUP - The Dream Is Over

PUP - The Dream Is Over
May 27, 2016
Pop Punk
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
74
83 reviews

The Dream is Over is everything the band’s debut was and more. It’s angrier, louder, and at times, it’s downright hilarious.

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16. Insomnium - Winter's Gate

Insomnium - Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
77
12 reviews

15. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
June 17, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
77
107 reviews

Far from the sort of thrown-together collaboration that is generally de rigueur, case/lang/veirs stands out because it remains an accurate representation of the sum of its parts, a catalog of what makes its three artists great.

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14. Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues

Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues
October 21, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
70
19 reviews

13. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
April 15, 2016
Folk Rock
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
User Score
78
211 reviews

Singing Saw is one of those albums that immediately captures your interest, but offers enough depth and hidden intricacies to make every subsequent listen just as rewarding.

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12. 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

Skeleton Tree is meant to be a record for everyone, a naked, honest depiction of true grief in musical form ... This stands as possibly his greatest achievement, as much a sorrowful exploration as a loving sendoff only for his fans, but more importantly, for himself.

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11. Touché Amoré - Stage Four

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

10. The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns With the Devil In Confessional

The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns With the Devil In Confessional
September 9, 2016
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
82
14 reviews

9. Cobalt - Slow Forever

Cobalt - Slow Forever
March 25, 2016
Black Metal
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
79
33 reviews

8. Fates Warning - Theories of Flight

Fates Warning - Theories of Flight
July 1, 2016
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

7. Vektor - Terminal Redux

Vektor - Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
79
46 reviews

6. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis

Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis
October 28, 2016
Death Metal
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
81
10 reviews

A masterpiece of musicianship, composition and imagery, Shrines of Paralysis is Ulcerate as we’ve come to expect, while showing us another facet of them as artists and human beings.

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5. 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

4. Angel Olsen - My Woman

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

From the surreal, cloudy opening of ‘Intern’ to the wild and noisy guitars that close out ‘Sister,’ MY WOMAN feels like an authentic trip into Angel Olsen’s mind. It may not be perfect - and it’s certainly not all roses - but it’s real.

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3. 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 sees Thom Yorke gazing into his own reflection. It makes for one of Radiohead's most personal efforts, but also an elusive one. Yorke often loses himself to the point of losing others.

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2. Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere

Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
May 27, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

1. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
866 reviews
In coming to see David Bowie the man finally portrayed by David Bowie the artist, he not only affirms our natural human hopes and fears, but realizes his own in his final hours. The artist lowers his mask and takes a bow. And the audience applauds.
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