NOW Magazine's Top Albums of 2016

NOW Magazine's Top Albums of 2016

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10. Omar S - The Best

March 31, 2016
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

9. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

Blonde delves even further into Ocean’s creeping sense of mortality than Endless, but with the kind of focused songwriting and production values befitting the intense level of fan expectation that preceded its release.

8. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

Past Chance the Rapper releases seemed inspired by Kanye West's The College Dropout, whereas Coloring Book has the celebratory and playful feel of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III - densely packed with metaphors, flow and tempo change-ups, and summer-jam-worthy songs.

7. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
Although the presentation has changed, the raw emotional power at the heart of Bon Iver is intact.

6. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Combined with Anohni's trembling and vulnerable vibrato, its grandiose sounds crescendo into a sprawling political epic that could inspire spontaneous bursts of interpretive dance.

4. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 reviews

Most pop stars are content with a me-against-the-world mentality, but The Life Of Pablo posits a mantra more like me-against-myself, expressed as a mainline rush of gospel, rap, soul, house, noise and pop, and full of digressions into the highest highs and lowest lows.

2. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
There’s a weariness to Solange’s album, a realization that the Black identity, stripped of its dimensionality and packaged for mainstream entertainment, has left us all looking like bad dudes to some degree in the eyes of others.

1. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
Although there's cosmic energy in the music's upward trajectory, it comes from a decidedly earthbound live-off-the-floor approach rather than meticulously sculpted production.
Original Source: https://nowtoronto.com/music/features/now-top-albums-of-2016/
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