musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2016

musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2016

Original Source →

48. Slow Club - One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More

August 19, 2016
Critic Score
71
12 reviews

Slow Club have always reinvented themselves with each album, and this is another example of the talent of one of this country’s best kept musical secrets.

47. Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
70
17 reviews

She’s come a long way from those more quirky days, but Remember Us To Life is a good reminder that Spektor is still more than capable of conjuring up moments of magic.

46. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

April 29, 2016
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

A whirling dervish of an album, and a culmination of all their previous hard work, Nonagon Infinity is the sound of a band at their wigged out best.

43. Autechre - elseq 1–5

May 19, 2016
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

39. Suede - Night Thoughts

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

It retains all that made them great in the first place – the swooning choruses, the punchy guitars, the massive productions – but at the same time offers proof of elegance and grace as their maturity grows.

37. Mutual Benefit - Skip a Sinking Stone

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
73
12 reviews

The end result is arguably even better than Love’s Crushing Diamond.  All the qualities that made that record so sublime have been built upon further on Skip A Sinking Stone, delivering a more expansive work of rare depth and poise.

36. Mothers - When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

At the centre of all of this, always, are Leschper’s remarkable vocals: brittle and quivering at one moment, bold and unfaltering the next, with an occasional folkish twang of Joanna Newsom or Jessica Pratt.

35. King - We Are King

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

34. Julianna Barwick - Will

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

The loop pedals are still present of course, and it’s not a huge leap from previous albums The Magic Place and Nepenthe, but the overall sound is richer and lusher than ever before.

33. Jamie T - Trick

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

Trick may well be his masterpiece, combining all the elements that have made him such an enduring and much-loved musician over the years to create a genre-bending classic.

32. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

June 27, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

There’s certainly more highlight than filler contained in Freetown Sound and it is, ultimately, an album that deserves to be heard.

31. Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

30. Mykki Blanco - Mykki

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

29. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

Thanks in no small part to the significant contribution of Homme, the shirtless rocker has created his best work since his early Bowie collaborations. It seems only right that Iggy should end his long career on such a high.

28. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

27. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
86
24 reviews

25. Savages - Adore Life

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

Defiant, solid, aggressive and powerful are all words which you could level at Adore Life. It’s also an album of supreme confidence, one which has no issue with simply stating its case, of which it is certain.

24. School of Seven Bells - SVIIB

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
If this is to be the band’s swansong, they’ve left behind something timeless and quite beautiful.

23. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

September 23, 2016
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

The tone for much of I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is set both musically and lyrically by its opening track – the warm, woody palette and the tinges of loss and regret.

22. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
When three strong, unmistakable voices come together, there’s always the possibility of getting something watered down, but instead each individual’s powers are amplified.

21. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
It’s a strange album that is melodically approachable, but lyrically draining. By the time you get to the eponymous title track, the unending nihilism within has done its work.

19. Factory Floor - 25 25

August 19, 2016
Critic Score
73
17 reviews

At times listening to 25 25 is like you’ve broken into a hermetically sealed echo chamber in which reverberations from dance floor’s past, present and future now exist.

18. Meilyr Jones - 2013

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
For all the theatrics, it’s an incredibly tender, accessible album, with sing-along choruses and musical quirks that will lodge in your brain for days.

17. Lambchop - FLOTUS

November 4, 2016
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

FLOTUS might be an experiment, but if it turns out to be the template for Lambchop’s future output then that would be no bad thing.

16. Shirley Collins - Lodestar

November 4, 2016
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

15. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

It’s just about impossible to live up to the hype that an album like this has been subjected to, but Ocean comes pretty close. Blonde is often a bit of a sprawling mess, but with some patience it becomes one of the most rewarding albums you’ll hear all year.

14. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
76
32 reviews

The Hope Six Demolition Project has plenty of harsh, ugly moments; this isn’t Harvey crafting beautiful vignettes. Instead, she’s often reflecting the ugliness she sees around her, conceding that the world ain’t always pretty.

13. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

The whole of Atrocity Exhibition takes Brown’s craft to a new level, even if his delivery occasionally grates. It’s by far the best thing he’s released and confirms his arrival among the rap elite.

12. Shura - Nothing's Real

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
The sound might be ’80s, but this is undeniably now, and Shura a new star in 2016’s increasingly bible-black night.

11. Cate Le Bon - Crab Day

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
74
17 reviews
When Le Bon gets the balance right ... she is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, original singer-songwriters out there. She over-eggs the pudding occasionally, but that’s a small price to pay for adventure.

10. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
89
20 reviews

It feels like the most human of his late works, with acoustic instrumentation carefully balanced alongside drum programming and vintage keyboards.

9. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 reviews

After a few plays, 22, A Million begins to make a beautiful kind of sense. It’s the natural evolution of Vernon’s sound, back from when he experimented with a vocoder on the final track on the Blood Bank EP, Woods. And the songs themselves, once they’re stripped of all the vocal trickery, are as heartbreaking as ever.

8. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

While her previous album Burn Your Fire For No Witness seemed like a huge step up for her, My Woman seems even more like a statement.

7. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
It’s a record that articulately and passionately celebrates what it means to be black in America, but never runs the risk of becoming a divisive polemic, while also containing some impossibly slinky RnB.

5. Anna Meredith - Varmints

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

Anna Meredith’s self-described ‘collection of musical pests’ should welcomely plague many a listener for a long time to come. It’s a marvellously un-sobering boisterous beast of a record, and a sparkling début.

4. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

This is as compelling and coherent a collection as they have ever made. It’s a record that you can delve deep into and really inhabit; everything’s in its right place.

3. Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

It’s a vital record that’s a blast of clarity in a muddy, chaotic world.

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
27 reviews

As from an unspeakable event a remarkable record has come. One that sits amongst Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ best. Skeleton Tree is full of grief, but full of heart too.

1. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
It’s an album that sums up Bowie as an artist – restless, audacious, constantly looking forward to the next new idea. January may only be a week old, but that ‘Best Of 2016’ list already has a slot filled.
Original Source: http://www.musicomh.com/features/lists/musicomhs-top-50-albums-2016
Connect with AOTY
2016 YEAR END AGGREGATE

January Playlist
AOTY Discord
Forums