Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016

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100. Cat's Eyes - Treasure House

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

On Treasure House, Cat's Eyes' vision is more focused, creating a charming record worth repeated listens as you drift through the imaginary films in your mind.

98. Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

Love You's sticky problem is the same one that plagues all but the Thriller/Purple Rain-iest of pop records, and it's that everything that comes between the hits sounds like filler in comparison.

97. Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Lines

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
Gunn possesses a formidable knowledge of Americana, but plays like he's empowered by what's come before, rather than merely informed by it. Perhaps no one else currently working in this idiom can so successfully make the past feel like a stopover on a forward-looking route rather than a roadblock.

96. Julianna Barwick - Will

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

With Will, Barwick has once again created something only she could. It's a remarkable achievement—in whatever genre she decides to embrace.

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

August 19, 2016
Critic Score
71
12 reviews

With many tracks played live in the studio with the Spacebomb crew, the result is a warm, inviting collection that showcases Slow Club's chemistry while drawing their strengths to the fore.

94. Fear of Men - Fall Forever

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

In the end, Fall Forever feels more like an exploratory step forward than a head-to-toe reinvention of the band; it will be even more interesting to see where they go from here.

93. Weird Dreams - Luxury Alone

Weird Dreams - Luxury Alone
June 10, 2016
Critic Score
60
1 review

92. Suede - Night Thoughts

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
This is haunting; the black and blue shadows of a new territory

91. of Montreal - Innocence Reaches

of Montreal - Innocence Reaches
August 12, 2016
Critic Score
65
19 reviews
It's better to burn out than it is to rust, so they say. Maybe, but it's starting to seem like you can grease the wheels with glitter and cruise on forever.

89. Quilt - Plaza

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
72
12 reviews

The four write their songs collaboratively and share vocals; the collective approach to making music has resulted in an incredibly cohesive album with 10 tracks that flow naturally from one to the next for 41 minutes.

88. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

Post Pop Depression is very much a man trying to find the proper context for himself, his considerable legacy, and where his shape fits in the modern world, and perhaps sounding a little lost in the process. 

87. Yann Tiersen - EUSA

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

86. Teleman - Brilliant Sanity

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
73
10 reviews

Simply placing a fuller smile over their songwriting, Teleman have created a sharp, smart pop record that—if there's any justice in this world—should bring them the wider attention they merit.

85. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
71
15 reviews

The incorporation of frontman Scott Hutchison's verses of cagey lament and realization into Dessner's poignant pop arrangements feels contrived rather than meant to be.

84. Field Music - commontime

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
There are more than a few high points to be sure, but the record lacks the inventive spark that we've come to expect from Field Music.

83. Preoccupations - Preoccupations

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

There is a stout cohesiveness that gives Preoccupations a feeling of completion and resolute artistic confidence and its reverberations mount with close and repeated listens.

80. Black Mountain - IV

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
72
15 reviews

IV is a compelling rocker—and among the best of the larger Black Mountain Army collective's releases.

79. Metronomy - Summer 08

July 1, 2016
Critic Score
73
20 reviews

Summer 08 is Metronomy stripped back and as a result plays to frontman Joseph Mount's strengths.

78. Woods - City Sun Eater in the River Of Light

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

Woods have never sounded more like a fully-functioning unit. Every single layer here swims together to create an unceasingly fluid song cycle of ebb-and-flow paranoia and pleasure.

77. Teenage Fanclub - Here

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

Teenage Fanclub sounds positively content, and even tranquil. It's not the worst fate for a group of rock lifers, but it doesn't make for the most compelling listening.

75. Wilco - Schmilco

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Ten albums and more than 20 years into their career, Wilco are still making great music.

74. Thomas Cohen - Bloom Forever

Thomas Cohen - Bloom Forever
May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

The album's charm is that it manages to deal with first-hand melancholy so eloquently and so affectingly without centering itself entirely around it. Bloom Forever, you can't help but feel, is Cohen's second record that will stick around for a very long time.

73. Still Corners - Dead Blue

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
64
5 reviews

72. Psychic Twin - Strange Diary

Psychic Twin - Strange Diary
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

71. Warpaint - Heads Up

September 23, 2016
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

The things the band does right on this album make it worth checking out, but hopefully next time around Warpaint will be able to keep the songwriting as consistently great throughout as the beginning and ending songs.

70. Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

Far from retro, Jet Plane and Oxbow lives up to its Back to the Future billing.

69. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
Some tracks come across like impromptu recording sessions where ANOHNI worked through recently-penned material over production pieces messed around with just before she'd arrived at the studio. Still, there is enough in this unexpected assimilation of talents to hold intrigue.

68. TEEN - Love Yes

February 19, 2016
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

67. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

Blood Bitch is her latest attempt to marry up the pretty and the grotesque. An open exploration of menstruation, the record uses her ceramic intone to startling effect,

66. Xiu Xiu - Plays The Music of Twin Peaks

April 16, 2016
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

This is a terrific and ambitious mining of a rich creative world that returns with gold. 

63. Lambchop - FLOTUS

November 4, 2016
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

62. Mass Gothic - Mass Gothic

Mass Gothic - Mass Gothic
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
63
5 reviews

61. Chairlift - Moth

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

60. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

This is a debut record that focuses less on establishing identity and more on crafting its own picturesque little world. Light Upon the Lake hasn't a care in that world; it innocently rolls around some of the loveliest, sunniest country songs you're likely to hear all year.

59. Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then

Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
69
10 reviews

As slick as this production is, the atmosphere on this record is sometimes hard to absorb beneath the constant rhythm, and the occasional moments when the music is allowed to slow down and breathe are refreshing.

57. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

55. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

They've glacially been building to this, one of the most inventive, adventurous, and best rock records of 2016.

54. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
76
32 reviews

The magic of The Hope Six Demolition Project is the glimmer of hope that in a war-torn, inequality-ridden, and ultimately unpleasant world, things might somehow change.

53. James Blake - The Colour in Anything

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

In an era of 9-12 track albums, The Colour in Anything comes in at 17 songs and the amount invites you to explore and absorb at random, offering moods and tempos beyond just the ruminative and forlorn.

52. NZCA Lines - Infinite Summer

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
76
10 reviews
Its strength is not in delivering an immediate shot of aural adrenaline but rather in creating a dark, dramatic mood.
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