FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2016

FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2016

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50.

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

49.

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

47.

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
75
34 reviews

Occasionally, Homme, Fertita, and Helders impress, but more often than not, Iggy’s sidemen are unremarkable, which only serves to highlight how commanding the rock n’ roll singer still is at age 68.

46.

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

45.

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
75
39 reviews

Harvey would suggest that passivity wreaks nothing but death and destruction. But, in this particular case, the result is something like a clarion call.

42.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Bottomless Pit is possessed, and songs like ‘Eh’ and ‘Three Bedrooms In A Bad Neighbourhood’ are as vital as anything the group has yet released.

40.

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

Marked by a reverence for the rich history of black American music, Malibu is a love letter to the giants on whose shoulders he stands.

39.

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
70
27 reviews

Everything You’ve Come to Expect is stylish, self-satisfied, smug, sleazy, cocky and confident. It is completely over the top and that’s just where these boys want to be.

38.

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

The overarching feeling here is confidence – the result of a band that threw themselves off a cliff and found a net hanging just below.

37.

Broods - Conscious
June 24, 2016
Critic Score
72
7 reviews

35.

April 29, 2016
Critic Score
66
33 reviews

34.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

The Colour in Anything is a work of restless invention, standing as Blake’s most creative collection to date.

31.

June 10, 2016
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

30.

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
The group traffic with a certain pagan zeal, a force which allows those who wield it to turn any discotheque into a sadomasochist pleasure-dome. Because – council regulations notwithstanding – isn’t that what every nightclub really aspires to be?

29.

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

Puberty 2 captures the sense of frustration, resignation and self-awareness that can only come from years of grappling with emotional demons: now, she holds her vulnerability with confidence, in anthemic and improbably striking songs, for all to see.

28.

February 12, 2016
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

27.

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
13 reviews

26.

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
77
35 reviews

If The Life of Pablo is about anything, it’s about the absurdity of being Kanye West.

25.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
34 reviews

Hopelessness is a response to the raging debate around diversity; it’s a shot across the bow to steadfast conservatives and ambivalent progressives alike. Anohni doesn’t just seek visibility – she demands it.

24.

June 27, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
Hynes is a voice of strength, a new Missy for a new generation of young people who live in fear of being shot down in the street, in a club, of being bullied and oppressed for who they are.

23.

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
70
1 review
It’s a Violent Soho album and a real good one.

22.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

As much a house record as it is a hip-hop record, 99.9% often defies classification, but never abandons its skew-whiff take on contemporary dance music.

21.

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
80
41 reviews

Miraculously, Wildflower still sounds like The Avalanches, a collection of ideas and moments, loosely compartmentalised as songs. It’s 2016, and they’ve kept that bastard, time, at bay.

20.

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
80
42 reviews

There are tiny blips in momentum, but for the most part Adore Life is a pummelling statement.

19.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
41 reviews
Nothing seems incidental: every subtle blemish, nuance and microscopic crack is an indispensable part of a meticulously crafted chaos.

18.

Big Scary - Animal
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

17.

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Although Coloring Book isn’t a disappointment necessarily, but there are no giant leaps forward here, nothing to fully justify the wait. Chance has crystallised his aesthetic, but one hopes that on his next release he adds another chapter to the volume, rather than revising the text again.

16.

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

The candidness on My Woman captures what makes Olsen such a compelling artist, making for an album that will stand as a critical release in her illustrious career.

15.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
41 reviews

14.

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

On his fourth album, Atrocity Exhibition, Brown reigns things in: there are less straight up bangers on this album than on XXX or Old, but it’s altogether dirtier and darker than either of those. Danny Brown’s coke dreams are turning into nightmares.

13.

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

untitled’s 34 minutes are so crammed with ideas that they almost need to be read like poetry, with annotations, to be fully appreciated.

11.

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 reviews

10.

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

Utopia Defeated is a dark and meticulously constructed debut, the violent fantasies presented within always clever, confronting and beautiful.

9.

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

8.

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service sees A Tribe Called Quest revive what they do best, and beyond – bridging the gap between carefree and critical, classic and contemporary, timeless and topical, return and departure.

7.

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
There are still guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards, but they’re scrambled by technology and recast as free-flowing passages of cryptic texture. Yet the new approach proves surprisingly accessible, despite The Drones’ continued passion for abrasion.

6.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
37 reviews
Only days after Prince’s death, Beyoncé gives us a thousand reasons to be optimistic.

5.

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
39 reviews

1.

April 22, 2016
Critic Score
74
2 reviews
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