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
10 reviews

17. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 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.

15. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
28 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
86
23 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
80
16 reviews

5. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 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
20 reviews

2. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

1. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
31 reviews

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

Original Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/best-albums-2016-beyonce-anderson-paak-frank-ocean-leonard-cohen-chance-the-rapper-a7446336.html
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