The Independent's Best Albums of 2016

The Independent's Best Albums of 2016

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19. Common - Black America Again

November 4, 2016
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

17. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
36 reviews
It's a finale that suggests a Bowie desperate to break with the past, but acknowledging it'll always be with him – however hard he tries here.

16. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

15. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
69
30 reviews

This is Rihanna at her most strikingly self-assured and it’s wondrous.

14. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Save for the chunky “Don’t You Wait”, there’s little punch or pop charm to the album, which boasts a surfeit of luscious textures and feisty attitudes, but a shortfall of killer melodies.

12. Skepta - Konnichiwa

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

10. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

8. Kano - Made in the Manor

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
67
6 reviews

6. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
25 reviews
Despite the hiatus, this guest-laden double-album finds the group still very much engaged, rattling out tongue-twisting, articulate verbal flows dealing more with social realities than self-aggrandising brags and outlaw fantasies.

5. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

Less structured and song-oriented than Channel Orange, it’s a long, meandering ramble through Ocean’s passing interests and attitudes, hopes and memories ... delivered in an undulating sprechstimme that seems to be avoiding the difficult choice of a compelling melody.

4. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

2. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

1. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
32 reviews

Lemonade is fiery, insurgent, fiercely proud, sprawling and sharply focused in its dissatisfaction.

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