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A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2016

A.V. Club's 20 Best Albums of 2016

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19. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
Car Seat Headrest may be 12 albums into its career, but Toledo shows no sign of slowing down. Through the record’s unrelenting buzz of power chords and fuzzy vocals, slow-burn anthems and primal screams, Toledo seems to be saying, buckle in; I’m taking you somewhere exciting. Trust him.

18. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

It feels far different from any of the tightly constructed, singular works of West’s past, and from a sonic standpoint, it sounds almost like a greatest-hits collection of nearly every sound and musical idea that he’s cultivated up to this moment.

17. Touché Amoré - Stage Four

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

It’s a painful record and one that becomes just as personal to its listeners as it is to its maker, thanks in part to the scene’s connective tissue.

16. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
10 reviews

Imagine catching a fleeting glimpse of an artillery of tanks engulfed in flames barreling by your living room window, but by the time you dart out your front door to get a better look, it’s vanished. That’s how so much of Nails’ Nuclear Blast debut You Will Never Be One Of Us functions. The demolition is swift and the carnage scorched.

15. Lydia Loveless - Real

August 19, 2016
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Real is more adventurous and possesses far more depth than any of Loveless’ releases to date.

14. Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

In addition to being a powerful examination of self-worth and how it tends to wither beneath the responsibilities of adulthood, the record is also a testament to the band’s growth musically and thematically.

12. Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann

Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann
March 25, 2016
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
The lasting impression is a deeply personal one, like the reflective calm after a long conversation full of hard-won lessons.

11. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
88
23 reviews

On this record, Cohen is choosing to tie up loose ends in the way he sees fit, with equal parts wistfulness and acceptance. In other words, he’s choosing to examine his life (and life’s work) rather than ponder the abyss. That ensures You Want It Darker doesn’t feel like an ending, as much as it feels like one more chapter in Cohen’s songbook.

10. Joyce Manor - Cody

October 7, 2016
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

9. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 reviews
For the most part, the musicality—much sparser than the maximalist sonic feasts of his earlier work—still holds the same synesthetic power of the past, even for those who don’t claim to have the ability to see sounds.

8. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Puberty 2 exposes new dimensions to Mitski’s voice, revealing its true richness and range. Mitski is an exceptionally keen observer of the human condition, and Puberty 2 marks a triumphant new step in her evolution.

7. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Coloring Book delivers one celebratory hymnal after another, emphasizing the natural high that comes with feeling loved and watched over.

6. White Lung - Paradise

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

At its core, Paradise is another addition to a pretty flawless, decade-old White Lung canon.

5. The Hotelier - Goodness

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

What makes Goodness feel like a true album instead of just a very good collection of songs is how much all of these aspects establish a mood from which the band never breaks.

4. Pinegrove - Cardinal

February 12, 2016
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

3. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

My Woman is one of the realest albums of the year.

2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

A Moon Shaped Pool is the sound of Radiohead trying to imbue personal attachment to a world that feels as though it’s lost such connections.

1. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
36 reviews

For all its jazz accents and solos, Blackstar ends up becoming a stage for the things that first made Bowie a pop star: his incessantly catchy melodies and elastic voice. With its simple (though oblique) lyrics and endlessly repeated choruses, it’s a secret pop record submerged in the dark places of studio improvisation.

Original Source: http://www.avclub.com/article/v-clubs-20-best-albums-2016-246644
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