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PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2016

PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2016

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15. Spain - Carolina

Spain - Carolina
June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

13. The Handsome Family - Unseen

The Handsome Family - Unseen
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
69
5 reviews

12. Mount Moriah - How to Dance

Mount Moriah - How to Dance
February 26, 2016
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

9. Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee

Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee
October 7, 2016
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

Each of these song conjures the Southeast in some subtle or explicit way, but it’s not the ethos of the Southeast that makes Heart Like a Levee so captivating; it’s Taylor’s vision of it and how he lets it flood out of his music like water bursting through a reinforced dam.

8. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

Afforded creative freedom many felt would be stifled, Simpson’s latest musical offspring is a love letter we can all cherish.

6. Robbie Fulks - Upland Stories

Robbie Fulks - Upland Stories
April 1, 2016
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
He’s the real deal; the king of country music just needs to be crowned. The fact that he probably would refuse the honor is part of what makes him so freaking good.

5. The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin

The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin
August 26, 2016
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

3. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
Her bold delivery and fresh take on classic tropes show she’s a master of detailing the chaos of life. She’s a double threat who can write ‘em and sing ‘em.

2. Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
81
14 reviews
It’s defiantly, proudly, and gorgeously organic, in a different universe from today’s processed digital pop.

1. Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds

Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds
October 7, 2016
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-15-best-americana-albums-of-2016/
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