DIY's 16 Albums That Shaped 2016

DIY's 16 Albums That Shaped 2016

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Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
32 reviews
In a year when the world’s biggest artists have put their necks on the line - Rihanna’s leave-me-alone, independent streak of ‘Anti’, Kanye West’s scatterbrained ever-changing doodle ‘The Life of Pablo’ - Beyoncé can count herself as a risk-taker breaking new ground, up there with the bravest.

Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
37 reviews
‘22, A Million’ stands out as Bon Iver’s finest moment yet, a cross between invention and beauty that’s delivered without compromise.

Daughter - Not To Disappear

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
27 reviews
Daughter’s signature - and their staying power - is in how they balance the harshest of subject matters with groundbreaking beauty.

David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
36 reviews
‘Blackstar’ seems to be him giving everything, allowing all of his creative impulses to flourish. If that’s what selfish means, then let’s hope Bowie gives us lots more of it.

Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
36 reviews
Searching for ‘Blonde’’s true meaning is like fishing for treasure in the Great Barrier Reef. There’s bound to be something down there somewhere, but you’ve got to get past the infinite, beautiful distractions.

Frank Ocean - Endless

August 19, 2016
Critic Score
15 reviews

Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

August 26, 2016
Critic Score
15 reviews
Their new record showcases inner madness, characters you’d cross the street to avoid, and some of the band’s smartest pop songs to date.

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
34 reviews

A genius - and yes, perhaps a little bit crazy - with an attention to detail like no other, no matter what might slip from his grasp, Kanye West is in full control of every atom of ’The Life Of Pablo’. 

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
37 reviews

Beyond anything, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ feels like the beginning of a new chapter - the first time these five have merged their own idiosyncrasies without compromising or crossing wires.

Savages - Adore Life

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
34 reviews

At times, the musical chaos they paint teeters on the hair-thin borderline of being impenetrable, but Savages - as always - get away with it.

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

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
24 reviews
When ‘I like it…’ strikes, it delivers defining moments. But that’s not to excuse the bloated, instrumental rush of ‘Please Be Naked’ and ‘Lostmyhead’, tracks that meander instead of offering breathing space from a glammed-up norm.

The Kills - Ash & Ice

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
21 reviews
It’s ... a culmination of all that’s come before; a band confident in their own skin, their identity clearer than ever, their mission unchanged since those transatlantic tapes at the turn of the millennium.

Weaves - Weaves

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
12 reviews
Both deliciously raucous and whimsical, Weaves’ ‘wonky-pop’ debut is a whole lot of fun.

Yak - Alas Salvation

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
9 reviews

With ‘Alas Salvation’, they’ve set a marker for every borderline-insane newcomer emerging in the next decade.

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