The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2016

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2016

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50. D.R.A.M. - BIG BABY D.R.A.M.

D.R.A.M. - BIG BABY D.R.A.M.
October 21, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
73
79 reviews
VA rapper-singer D.R.A.M. backs some of the best singles of the year up with a solid album.
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49. Big Ups - Before A Million Universes

Big Ups - Before A Million Universes
March 4, 2016
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
User Score
71
39 reviews

48. Show Me The Body - Body War

Show Me The Body - Body War
June 17, 2016
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
83
17 reviews
New York's Show Me The Body deliver one of the most riotous and creative albums of 2016.
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47. Various Artists - Southern Family

Various Artists - Southern Family
March 18, 2016
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

46. Pop. 1280 - Paradise

Pop. 1280 - Paradise
January 22, 2016
Synthpunk
Critic Score
73
6 reviews
User Score
63
41 reviews

45. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
80
181 reviews
Chicago's Noname delivers one of this year's most heartwarming and positive mixtapes, backing her earnest rap style with beautifully jazzy instrumentals.
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44. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika

Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika
April 1, 2016
Black Metal
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
11 reviews
Moonsorrow deliver another installment of triumphant, grand, epic folk metal with their latest album.
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43. KA - Honor Killed the Samurai

KA - Honor Killed the Samurai
August 13, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
78
57 reviews
Brownsville's own Ka does it again with a tragic set of the most chilling hip hop songs you'll hear this year. Bars abound!
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42. Vektor - Terminal Redux

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

41. Preoccupations - Preoccupations

Preoccupations - Preoccupations
September 16, 2016
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
77
185 reviews
Preoccupations--formerly Viet Cong--return with a new album and a darker sound.
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40. 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
Solange doesn't disappoint on this elegant set of neo-soul track that mix the personal with the political.
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39. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
79
232 reviews
Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson comes through with the classiest country album I've heard in a while.
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38. Neurosis - Fires Within Fires

Neurosis - Fires Within Fires
September 23, 2016
Post-Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
75
35 reviews
One of sludge metal's most legendary bands drops another solid release.
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37. Oh Sees - A Weird Exits

Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
August 12, 2016
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
76
84 reviews
Prolific garage rock outfit Thee Oh Sees drop one of their best records in years.
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36. Denzel Curry - Imperial

Denzel Curry - Imperial
March 9, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
4 reviews
User Score
79
146 reviews

35. The I.L.Y.'s - Scum with Boundaries

The I.L.Y.'s - Scum with Boundaries
July 16, 2016
Noise Pop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
71
30 reviews

34. Conor Oberst - Ruminations

Conor Oberst - Ruminations
October 14, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
23 reviews
User Score
77
48 reviews
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst benefits from going back to basics here on his latest solo album.
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33. Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat

Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat
June 3, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
78
47 reviews
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos backs her tracks with an exciting fusion of art pop, funk, soul, hip hop, and R&B.
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32. The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free

The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free
March 18, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
78
73 reviews
Australia's the Drones are back with their most instrumentally and lyrically dense album yet.
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31. Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone

Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone
February 29, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
72
27 reviews
Neil Cicierega returns with a new Lemon Demon album, featuring the project's catchiest and most eccentric set of songs yet. Very nerdy, very catchy.
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30. Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid

Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
April 29, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
78
139 reviews

29. 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
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds return with one of the most despondent albums in their discography.
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28. clipping. - Splendor & Misery

clipping. - Splendor & Misery
September 9, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
72
87 reviews
The experimental hip hop trio clipping. returns with an intriguing concept album.
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27. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
80
762 reviews
Beyoncé drops her most conceptual and mature album yet--as well as what's likely to be the best pop record of the year.
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26. Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
January 22, 2016
Garage Rock
Critic Score
76
27 reviews
User Score
74
139 reviews

25. Marissa Nadler - Strangers

Marissa Nadler - Strangers
May 20, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
73
98 reviews

Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler delivers her strongest set of songs yet on Strangers.

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24. Street Sects - End Position

Street Sects - End Position
September 16, 2016
Synthpunk
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
User Score
75
15 reviews
HOLY ṠHIT! THIS ṠHIT IS THE ṠHIT!
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23. Injury Reserve - Floss

Injury Reserve - Floss
December 15, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
69 reviews
Arizona's Injury Reserve threatens the rap establishment with one of the most exciting tapes in the underground right now.
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22. 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

21. Matmos - Ultimate Care II

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

20. Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales

Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales
October 14, 2016
Power Pop
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
76
46 reviews
Crying delivers one of the most triumphant, diverse, and instrumentally intricate rock records I've heard this year.
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19. Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.

Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.
October 14, 2016
Power Pop
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
78
93 reviews
Jeff Rosenstock drops a pretty ambitious and conceptual follow-up to last year's 'We Cool?'.
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18. Weezer - Weezer (White Album)

Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
April 1, 2016
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
74
206 reviews

17. Swain - The Long Dark Blue

Swain - The Long Dark Blue
September 9, 2016
Grunge
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
78
9 reviews

On The Long Dark Blue, Swain (f.k.a. This Routine Is Hell) channel the angst and energy of 90s rock music, while putting their own spin on the various styles.

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16. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
496 reviews
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen drops the solid, expressive record I've been waiting for since I heard her music back in 2012.
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15. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

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

14. Touché Amoré - Stage Four

Touché Amoré - Stage Four
September 16, 2016
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
79
97 reviews
Touché Amoré returns with an incredible, emotionally potent concept on their fourth album.
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13. Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation

Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation
October 21, 2016
Electropop
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
76
104 reviews
Kero Kero Bonito comes through with a set of creative, focused, and super sweet pieces of pop music on their debut album.
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12. YG - Still Brazy

YG - Still Brazy
June 17, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
76
201 reviews
Bompton's own returns with an album that relives the glory days of Cali g-funk.
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11. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
1004 reviews
Radiohead's new album is easy on the ears, but heavy on the heart.
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10. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
June 17, 2016
Grindcore
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
76
78 reviews
One of the most savage bands on the planet returns for a third album.
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9. 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
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor returns with her best set of songs in a while.
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8. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
May 20, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
82
460 reviews
Singer-songwriter Will Toledo pushes bedroom pop and lo-fi rock to the next level on the new Car Seat Headrest album.
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7. Frank Ocean - Blonde

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

Frank Ocean doesn't disappoint on this highly-anticipated followup to his breakout album Channel Orange.

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6. 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

5. 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
After nearly two decades, A Tribe Called Quest returns to rap one last time without skipping a beat.
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4. Swans - The Glowing Man

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

Legendary experimental rock outfit Swans returns with one of the most transcendental releases in their discography: The Glowing Man.

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3. Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
May 6, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
80
342 reviews

Death Grips perfects the art of abrasive ear candy on their latest record.

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2. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
869 reviews
Entertainment icon David Bowie turns his death into an awe-inspiring concept album.
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1. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
September 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
User Score
85
473 reviews
Danny Brown returns with one of the wildest hip hop albums ever recorded.
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