NME's Albums of the Year 2016

NME's Albums of the Year 2016

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50.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
42 reviews
This is a febrile folktronica album which confounds and astounds in equal measure, melting your heart one minute and agitating your eardrums the next, but always baffling and beautiful.

49.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

47.

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
73
33 reviews

This time they’ve decided to house their fulsome electro-indie randiness in something of a concept album, one that picks apart the idea of masculinity, stripping it down in an attempt to reveal its hidden depths.

46.

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
80
42 reviews
For the most part, this is an album of love songs: not in the trite, wishy-washy sense of the word but as an elemental and all-consuming force.

45.

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
‘Teens Of Denial’ is the work of a precocious talent. Most tracks last over five minutes and the longest comes in at 12. It gives the impression that Toledo is doing what he wants and making the music he wants to hear. You can’t help but love him for it.

44.

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

43.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
34 reviews
Making relevant, accessible, uncringey protest music in this day and age is such a difficult task that most artists have decided not to bother. Anohni has been brave enough to take that risk, and the most vital album of recent times is the reward.

42.

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
78
21 reviews
All 10 tracks on ‘Light Upon The Lake’ share a serene, peaceful bond, with Ehrlich’s startling falsetto bringing to mind Bobby Charles and Shuggie Otis, two genial artists whose personalities have always shone through on their records.

41.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
These are complicated topics to address on record, but ‘A Seat At The Table’ succeeds because it’s musically soothing even when her lyrics are challenging.

40.

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 reviews
It’s not quite the revelatory departure we might have hoped for, and has the rich but unfocused feel of something worked on perhaps too long with obsessive fervour, but it’s also subtle and interesting; an intriguing soundtrack to an era of change.

39.

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
66
32 reviews
Every great downfall deserves a redemption, however, and with ‘Revolution Radio’, Green Day now have theirs.

38.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
65
13 reviews

37.

October 28, 2016
Critic Score
70
17 reviews

More than anything else, ‘Soft Hair’ is about intimacy, creativity and a zest for life – two singular musicians liberated by collaboration.

36.

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

35.

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
On ‘How To Be A Human Being’, the four Oxford dudes have found bigger and broader stomping grounds, stepping out of ‘Zaba’’s intoxicating murk and into the glare of a strange new reality.

34.

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
While their pop sensibilities are clear, the music is surreal and dense, with guitar, synthesiser, saxophone, glockenspiel, recorder and vocals that lurch from sugary to shouty.

32.

Kings of Leon - WALLS
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
57
23 reviews

They’ve done what comes naturally – and also what they’re very good at. To put it simply, it’s clear that they like big, possibly-a-bit-cheesy choruses, and so have written 10 of them.

31.

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

30.

July 29, 2016
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

At an impressively thorough 17 tracks long – including a couple of brief but lovely demos in the shape of iPhone voice memos – Nao’s debut album certainly isn’t shy about setting her out as one of the UK’s brightest new talents.

28.

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

27.

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

26.

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
66
17 reviews
The whole feel of the album is fun, shackle-free, uninhibited, but still masterfully crafted. In fact, by opening themselves up Biffy Clyro have captured the spirit of a brand-new band again.

25.

August 5, 2016
Critic Score
65
13 reviews

24.

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

This is not an album for the rest of us; it’s a reflex reaction to a torment most people will thankfully never have to endure. It goes back to that old instinct of self-preservation: just as a shark must keep moving, so an artist must keep working, even in the face of unimaginable loss.

23.

July 15, 2016
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
While Adele, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith have gone on to be bigger than the Brexit backlash, Kiwanuka has avoided becoming a household name. ‘Love & Hate’ could change all that.

22.

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
46 reviews

Thom Yorke and co remain reluctant saviours of rock, and 'A Moon Shaped Pool' doesn’t so much grab you by the throat as creep into your house in the night and paint your walls an enigmatic shade of blue.

21.

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

20.

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
68
28 reviews
Gaga Americana is not the Nashville kind, nor the big-beards sort, but a schlocky, thrill-packed theme-park. When Gaga strips herself back, what’s underneath is just a more streamlined strangeness.

19.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
75
26 reviews
Seamlessly bringing together beauty and brutality, ‘Paradise’ is an album which proves that after four decades, punk isn’t just alive and well, but that it still has the power to take your breath away.

18.

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
77
28 reviews
Eight albums into their career, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have made their definitive record.

17.

April 29, 2016
Critic Score
67
34 reviews
‘Views’ should be a slog. But remarkably, his signature brand of downbeat introspection remains gripping.

16.

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
84
34 reviews

15.

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
68
9 reviews

14.

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
The full, colourful spectrum of Jamie is on show here, as broad as it’s ever been.

13.

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

As with her previous efforts Olsen’s unique vocal steals the show, but this is the singer opening up all the other parts to her personality. The more we see, the more there is to love.

12.

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
On debut album ‘Human Ceremony’, they fuse Led Zeppelin’s raunchy riffs with the blissful mid-’80s indie of Felt, the best bits of ’80s alt-pop (The Cure) and krautrock (Neu!) and, in front-duo Julia Cumming and Nick Kivlen, have the kind of boy-girl chemistry last seen in the White Stripes.

11.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
37 reviews

‘Lemonade’'s first four tracks are a thrillingly honest sucker-punch from a famously guarded pop star.

10.

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

9.

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
Fizzingly fun, this third mixtape sees Chance finessing but certainly not hampering, his freewheeling nature.

8.

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
75
34 reviews
Iggy’s vocals and lyrics are astounding – he’s like an angry young man all over again, and is far more gnarly and potent than any of his contemporaries. It’s an intelligent, sassy garage rock record that’s obsessed with two things: sex and death.

7.

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

‘Is The Is Are’ could be DIIV’s definitive statement. Forget all the baggage, this is just a band in a room, and the noise they make is thrilling.

6.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
41 reviews
Warped showtunes, skronking industrial rock, soulful balladeering, airy folk-pop, even hip-hop – it all has a place on this busy, bewildering and occasionally beautiful record.

5.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

4.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
‘Konnichiwa’ is a landmark in British street music, a record good enough to take on the world without having to compromise one inch in the process.

2.

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
77
35 reviews
More an obscure self-portrait than a Picasso masterpiece, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ retains its author’s status as the most interesting man in music. But he makes it seem like harder work than the effortlessness we’re used to.

1.

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
69
31 reviews
When a band conquers the charts with a fun but inoffensive debut album, you don’t expect them to return with a 17-track follow-up that tempers pop tunes with swampy post-rock instrumentals and references mental health, religion, addiction, loneliness and fame. But The 1975, whose self-titled debut hit number one in 2013, aren’t concerned with playing it safe.
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