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PopMatters' Best Pop Albums of 2016

PopMatters' Best Pop Albums of 2016

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Empty Houses - Daydream
June 10, 2016
Critic Score
2 reviews


The Avalanches - Wildflower
July 8, 2016
Critic Score
43 reviews
The hard work the band put into this album over the past decade and half is abundantly obvious. As with their debut, the exquisitely painstaking craftsmanship, the overriding sense of joy and wonder, the ears wide open to an infinite universe of sonic possibility are all there. It sounds like the Avalanches, and nothing else does.


Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
Critic Score
37 reviews

You can argue about whether you’ll hear better pop albums this year and you may very well win that dispute, but Lemonade is that rare work where you will remember exactly where you were and exactly who you were with the first time you heard it. Few albums can lift themselves up to the level of “experiences”, but few albums could ever be considered as bold, complex, or resolute as Lemonade.


Cardiknox - Portrait
March 11, 2016
Critic Score
2 reviews


Field Music - commontime
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
23 reviews

Field Music have always brought a kind of regional dialect to the rock, pop and, on Commontime more than ever, R&B they so dexterously bend to fit them, and that remains one of their greatest assets.


The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
February 26, 2016
Critic Score
31 reviews

By any standard, it’s an expansive collection, riddled with caution-to-the-wind sonic experiments and bits of alchemical production flourishes. Surprisingly, though, there aren’t any significant misfires here.

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