PopMatters' 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2016

PopMatters' 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2016

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15. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers
May 13, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
71
12 reviews
User Score
71
32 reviews

It’s fearless, the way she approaches the task of genre-bouncing. She’s not sitting still merely for the sake of not sitting still; she’s not sitting still because she’s an artist who has a very unique and very determined sense of versatility.

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14. King - We Are King

King - We Are King
February 5, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
74
75 reviews

We Are King is an album designed to work on the listener as a whole. The LP’s slow-burning atmospherics, vamping introductions and sophisticated song structures unfold elegantly and purposefully over the course of its 60-minute runtime.

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13. Ngaiire - Blastoma

Ngaiire - Blastoma
June 10, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
87
2 reviews

12. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

James Blake - The Colour in Anything
May 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
25 reviews
User Score
78
496 reviews

The rest is, as mentioned, colorless and tedious, with Blake’s typical lugubriousness added in.

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11. Alicia Keys - HERE

Alicia Keys - HERE
November 4, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
70
71 reviews

Alicia Keys decided to make something so raw, so honest, so palpable, that it should be all but impossible for soul music lovers to ignore this release.

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10. St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Sea of Noise

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Sea of Noise
September 9, 2016
Soul
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
79
9 reviews

9. Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
June 17, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
74
41 reviews

8. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
July 15, 2016
Soul
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
79
160 reviews

7. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
786 reviews
Like the greatest artists, Frank Ocean makes the new and experimental appealing towards even the most mainstream audiences, except this time the songs are more fulfilling and memorable than ever before.
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6. Gallant - Ology

Gallant - Ology
April 6, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
75
68 reviews

His first record reveals a felicity with language, a charismatic manner of singing, and a deep understanding of what makes a song work well beyond his years. Each track works on several layers. One can listen to it, make love to it, or just move to the beats.

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5. Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Jamila Woods - HEAVN
July 7, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
80
61 reviews

4. BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind

BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind
February 19, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
70
81 reviews

3. Dawn Richard - Redemption

Dawn Richard - Redemption
November 18, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
74
35 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

Daunting and at times exhausting, A Seat at the Table is still an undeniably important work.

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1. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
January 15, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
81
582 reviews

His ability to make uptempo soul without losing his ability to invoke a response more typical of downtempo sounds is particularly impressive.

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