The Independent's Best Albums of 2016

The Independent's Best Albums of 2016

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19.

November 4, 2016
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

17.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
41 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.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

15.

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 reviews

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

14.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
29 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.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

With Konnichiwa, Skepta hoists grime to another level.

10.

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
77
35 reviews

8.

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
68
9 reviews

6.

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
87
30 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.

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
40 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.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

2.

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

1.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
37 reviews

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

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