Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2016

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2016

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50. Alcest - Kodama

Alcest - Kodama
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

49. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

Atrocity Exhibition is the Danny Brown we know and love, but even though his attitude and perspective remain largely the same as it ever was, he’s made room for further growth and corruption.

48. Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows

Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows
April 15, 2016
Critic Score
84
1 review

The band has made an immense and incredibly work of death metal with their sophomore album. It's a bold and winding masterwork of metal that shows how keenly aware the band is to every little facet of the genre.

47. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

45. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

Dangerous Woman still feels unshakably safe. She appears to be in the right place creatively, but she just needs to take her own advice and break free.

44. Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

42. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

It’s a vintage hip-hop sound, but it’s so many different shades of that vintage that it’s a record that is quintessentially 2016.

41. Oathbreaker - Rheia

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

39. The Jezabels - Synthia

February 12, 2016
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

Like all truly great artists, it seems that The Jezabels are not content to remain still – and with their third full length release, they’ve evolved into the best version of themselves that we’ve ever heard.

37. Be'lakor - Vessels

Be'lakor - Vessels
June 24, 2016
Critic Score
90
1 review

Vessels is immediately attention-grabbing and, ultimately, an inspiring piece of music that is borderline genre-defining.

36. Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

For all its buzzing, sneering self-flagellation, Puberty 2 barrels head-first into contemporary rock’s inner circle. It’s an album both earthy and graceful, performing its own ballet routine in the dirt and the mud.

35. Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
70
17 reviews
She’s always had a knack for writing both flashy and tender pop melodies, but on her latest album she knocks each number clear out of the park. It’s a delightful smorgasbord of all things Regina, complete with the richest selection of music she’s ever offered up on a single album.

32. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
37 reviews
One of the most important pieces of music you will hear this year.

31. Sarah Neufeld - The Ridge

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
71
13 reviews

The strength of The Ridge isn’t really in how it evokes emotions, or even to showcase Neufeld’s maturing skills, though it accomplishes both. Moreso, it succeeds in how it makes an indeterminate landscape worth trekking.

30. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

February 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

In its utter madness it somehow forms a coherent picture of Yeezy’s unhinged genius.

29. Yellowcard - Yellowcard

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

It’s a befitting and worthwhile finale to one of the most incredible, memorable rides in the history of pop-punk.

28. Saor - Guardians

Saor - Guardians
November 11, 2016

26. Deftones - Gore

April 8, 2016
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

Some strange production choices and a few safe songwriting decisions may bring down the experience for some, but Gore is Deftones further pushing their sound in a more melodic and rewarding direction.

23. Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle

Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
86
1 review

22. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

Despite controversial lyrics, unconventional song structures, and a lofty concept, Blood Bitch somehow fits like a defiant glove against all the odds.

20. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review

19. Dorisburg - Irrbloss

Dorisburg - Irrbloss
March 11, 2016
Critic Score
76
1 review

17. PUP - The Dream Is Over

May 27, 2016
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

The Dream is Over is everything the band’s debut was and more. It’s angrier, louder, and at times, it’s downright hilarious.

16. Insomnium - Winter's Gate

Insomnium - Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

15. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

Far from the sort of thrown-together collaboration that is generally de rigueur, case/lang/veirs stands out because it remains an accurate representation of the sum of its parts, a catalog of what makes its three artists great.

13. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Singing Saw is one of those albums that immediately captures your interest, but offers enough depth and hidden intricacies to make every subsequent listen just as rewarding.

12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

Skeleton Tree is meant to be a record for everyone, a naked, honest depiction of true grief in musical form ... This stands as possibly his greatest achievement, as much a sorrowful exploration as a loving sendoff only for his fans, but more importantly, for himself.

6. Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis

Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis
October 28, 2016
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

A masterpiece of musicianship, composition and imagery, Shrines of Paralysis is Ulcerate as we’ve come to expect, while showing us another facet of them as artists and human beings.

4. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

From the surreal, cloudy opening of ‘Intern’ to the wild and noisy guitars that close out ‘Sister,’ MY WOMAN feels like an authentic trip into Angel Olsen’s mind. It may not be perfect - and it’s certainly not all roses - but it’s real.

3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

A Moon Shaped Pool sees Thom Yorke gazing into his own reflection. It makes for one of Radiohead's most personal efforts, but also an elusive one. Yorke often loses himself to the point of losing others.

1. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
85
36 reviews
In coming to see David Bowie the man finally portrayed by David Bowie the artist, he not only affirms our natural human hopes and fears, but realizes his own in his final hours. The artist lowers his mask and takes a bow. And the audience applauds.
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