Clash's Albums of the Year 2016

Clash's Albums of the Year 2016

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40. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Driven by crispy drum machines and shimmering synths, Lanza’s second full-length Hyperdub offering is instantly more direct and relatable than its predecessor; cloudy reverb is replaced by sheeny production.

39. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
64
21 reviews

A band reborn? Possibly. Refined? Definitely. The brilliance of ‘The Getaway’ is in its subtleties, which define their most intimate and expressive album to date, and suggest that, after 32 years, the Chilis can still keep us guessing.

38. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
28 reviews

While Rihanna has put out great records throughout her career, the focus has always been on singles, and as such full-length listens can feel disjointed. ‘ANTI’ is one that you can vibe to from beginning to end.

37. Yamaneko - Project Nautilus (Keygen Loops)

Yamaneko - Project Nautilus (Keygen Loops)
November 10, 2016
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

36. D∆WN - Redemption

November 18, 2016
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

35. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
‘EARS’ is fuelled by a real, palpable sense of ambition, of pushing further and further into the unknown.

34. Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
‘Bonito Generation’ pulls off a neat trick by being a varied album whose individual tracks are all still unmistakably KKB.

33. NZCA Lines - Infinite Summer

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
A more immersive, majestic and ultimately engaging release than album one.

32. Let's Eat Grandma - I, Gemini

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

That a record so dark and ripe with nuance can also harbour such blatant pop sensibility belies the duo’s young age while serving as a testament to their rampant eccentricities.

30. Nao - For All We Know

July 29, 2016
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

It’s her vocal prowess that threads together the line-up of producer-du-jour types that feature on ‘For All We Know’. That, and the infectious grooves that dominate this album provide endless enjoyment.

29. DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes

August 19, 2016
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

28. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
In its relentless fixation upon youth ‘Light Upon The Lake’ seems to have stumbled across the timeless.

27. Rosie Lowe - Control

February 19, 2016
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

This is a near flawless record sounding both contemporary yet grounded by timeless themes we all can’t but love to relate to.

26. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

25. Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
62
9 reviews

‘Birds…’ is peppered with guest spots left, right and centre, and that’s where it becomes obvious what Travis Scott’s real talent lies - as a platform for other artists to shine.

23. Machinedrum - Human Energy

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
70
11 reviews

22. Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"

December 2, 2016
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
We’ve not had much to cheer for this year but it looks like Childish Gambino is offering a light at the end of the tunnel.

21. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

It’s addictive yet confusing, instantaneous yet difficult to fully understand – it continually forces to you to cease arguing, and simply listen.

19. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
Danny Brown casts off the more user-friendly EDM touches that brought his previous effort ‘Old’ some mainstream attention in 2013, and drags his fourth LP ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ into an altogether murkier zone – both sonically and thematically.

17. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

June 27, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

If Hynes had chosen to make the power of femininity the basis of this album it would be pretty much flawless ... But the single issue that undermines the cohesiveness of ‘Freetown Sound’ is Hynes’ decision to publicise it as an album about black identity, which it really isn’t.

16. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

July 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
There are nods to the early ‘70s work of Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes in these arrangements, comparisons that these songs are bold enough to withstand.

15. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

13. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
Yes, ‘22, A Million’ is painfully, painfully sincere. Yes, it’s also hopelessly oblique, grandiose, and pretentious. Yet it’s also an absolute diamond of a record, at once fragrantly beautifully and also hopelessly complex, easy to disregard and yet thoroughly hypnotic.

10. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

It’s a record stacked with an adeptness of touch from a production standpoint, a modern tapestry that weaves in and out of genres defined by black artists of past.

8. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

This is an emotionally brittle and dazzling collection that improves with each enthralling listen.

7. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
71
21 reviews

The album ultimately feels like the half-breed cousin of Duran Duran’s druggiest years, re-imagined in light of a millennial pop formula. It sounds like a band shooting for the moon too soon.

6. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

5. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
The sheer timelessness of this album leaves me cautiously hopeful for a wake up call where institutions of love can be fortified, the close-minded open their borders to understanding and good music continues to be made. Thank you for your service, Tribe.

4. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
31 reviews
‘Lemonade’ is Beyoncé at her most benevolent, and her most unadulterated. Treating her blackness not as an affliction but a celebratory beacon, ‘Lemonade’ is a long overdue, cathartic retribution.

3. Skepta - Konnichiwa

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

2. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
More quintessential than any of his previous releases, ‘Blonde’ rewards repeated listens. It demands your attention, but more importantly, it deserves it too. This is the sound of an artist in complete control, full of confidence and dazzling flair.

1. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

‘A Seat At The Table’ is an expertly-curated, a near-perfect record that serves as a timely, musical manifesto on how to be black and proud.

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