Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2016

Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2016

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20.

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
77
35 reviews

The album is almost workmanlike, a reflection of the artistic process of its creator rather than a grand statement of intent.

20.

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
74
13 reviews

16.

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

13.

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

It’s unsettling, affecting and compelling in a way that few pieces of music have been this year.

12.

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

9.

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Teens of Denial is a generous record bursting with so many ideas that Toledo seems like he’s rushing to get them out, trying to connect and willing to share personal stories of failure.

8.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

On A Seat at the Table, Solange with an expansive mix of features and co-producers, continues a legacy of Black cultural production that is not just self-referentially critical, but peaks in spiritual and emotional transcendence.

7.

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
46 reviews

A Moon Shaped Pool is not the best Radiohead album, but it is still striking in its intimacy and introspection. It’s a step forward and further evidence of just how thoroughly the band has mastered their craft.

6.

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

Like this year’s other great death-infused masterpiece, David Bowie’s Blackstar, Cave’s latest is both an avant-garde benediction and a striking push forward for a constantly advancing artist.

3.

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
39 reviews

The multiplicity of spins and perspectives Ocean draws out of love stories, social commentary and self-reflection is payoff enough to return to the album again and again.

2.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
37 reviews

This is Beyoncé’s best album yet and one of the most compelling cases ever made for the pop album as confessional art form.

1.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
41 reviews

Blackstar will go down as one of the great Bowie albums, not simply for emerging on his deathbed but for the strength of its focus, the scale of its ambition and the clarity with which he incorporates swooning, sinister jazz with contemporary production and emerges with a quintessential statement.

Original Source: https://spectrumculture.com/2016/12/22/top-20-albums-2016/
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