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The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2016

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2016

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1. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Danny Brown returns with one of the wildest hip hop albums ever recorded.

2. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 reviews
Entertainment icon David Bowie turns his death into an awe-inspiring concept album.

3. Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

Death Grips perfects the art of abrasive ear candy on their latest record.

4. Swans - The Glowing Man

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

Legendary experimental rock outfit Swans returns with one of the most transcendental releases in their discography: The Glowing Man.

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

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
25 reviews
After nearly two decades, A Tribe Called Quest returns to rap one last time without skipping a beat.

7. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

Frank Ocean doesn't disappoint on this highly-anticipated followup to his breakout album Channel Orange.

8. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
Singer-songwriter Will Toledo pushes bedroom pop and lo-fi rock to the next level on the new Car Seat Headrest album.

9. Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
70
17 reviews
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor returns with her best set of songs in a while.

10. Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
One of the most savage bands on the planet returns for a third album.

11. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
37 reviews
Radiohead's new album is easy on the ears, but heavy on the heart.

12. YG - Still Brazy

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
81
13 reviews
Bompton's own returns with an album that relives the glory days of Cali g-funk.

13. Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
Kero Kero Bonito comes through with a set of creative, focused, and super sweet pieces of pop music on their debut album.

14. Touché Amoré - Stage Four

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
82
12 reviews
Touché Amoré returns with an incredible, emotionally potent concept on their fourth album.

15. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

kendrick lamar. new album. untitled. unmastered.

16. Angel Olsen - My Woman

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen drops the solid, expressive record I've been waiting for since I heard her music back in 2012.

17. Swain - The Long Dark Blue

Swain - The Long Dark Blue
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review

On The Long Dark Blue, Swain (f.k.a. This Routine Is Hell) channel the angst and energy of 90s rock music, while putting their own spin on the various styles.

18. Weezer - Weezer (White Album)

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Damn, Weezer! Back at it again with the White Album!

19. Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
Jeff Rosenstock drops a pretty ambitious and conceptual follow-up to last year's 'We Cool?'.

20. Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
Crying delivers one of the most triumphant, diverse, and instrumentally intricate rock records I've heard this year.

21. Matmos - Ultimate Care II

February 19, 2016
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

23. Injury Reserve - Floss

Injury Reserve - Floss
December 15, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
Arizona's Injury Reserve threatens the rap establishment with one of the most exciting tapes in the underground right now.

24. Street Sects - End Position

Street Sects - End Position
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
HOLY ṠHIT! THIS ṠHIT IS THE ṠHIT!

25. Marissa Nadler - Strangers

May 20, 2016
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler delivers her strongest set of songs yet on Strangers.

26. Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger

January 22, 2016
Critic Score
76
28 reviews

27. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
91
32 reviews
Beyoncé drops her most conceptual and mature album yet--as well as what's likely to be the best pop record of the year.

28. clipping. - Splendor & Misery

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
The experimental hip hop trio clipping. returns with an intriguing concept album.

29. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
30 reviews
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds return with one of the most despondent albums in their discography.

30. Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid

April 29, 2016
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

31. Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone

Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone
February 29, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
Neil Cicierega returns with a new Lemon Demon album, featuring the project's catchiest and most eccentric set of songs yet. Very nerdy, very catchy.

32. The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free

March 18, 2016
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
Australia's the Drones are back with their most instrumentally and lyrically dense album yet.

33. Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos backs her tracks with an exciting fusion of art pop, funk, soul, hip hop, and R&B.

34. Conor Oberst - Ruminations

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
73
25 reviews
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst benefits from going back to basics here on his latest solo album.

36. Denzel Curry - Imperial

March 9, 2016
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

Florida rapper Denzel Curry comes through with some of his most introspective and savage tracks yet on Imperial.

37. Oh Sees - A Weird Exits

August 12, 2016
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
Prolific garage rock outfit Thee Oh Sees drop one of their best records in years.

38. Neurosis - Fires Within Fires

September 23, 2016
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
One of sludge metal's most legendary bands drops another solid release.

39. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson comes through with the classiest country album I've heard in a while.

40. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
Solange doesn't disappoint on this elegant set of neo-soul track that mix the personal with the political.

41. Preoccupations - Preoccupations

September 16, 2016
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
Preoccupations--formerly Viet Cong--return with a new album and a darker sound.

43. KA - Honor Killed the Samurai

August 13, 2016
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
Brownsville's own Ka does it again with a tragic set of the most chilling hip hop songs you'll hear this year. Bars abound!

44. Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
Moonsorrow deliver another installment of triumphant, grand, epic folk metal with their latest album.

45. Noname - Telefone

July 31, 2016
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
Chicago's Noname delivers one of this year's most heartwarming and positive mixtapes, backing her earnest rap style with beautifully jazzy instrumentals.

46. Pop. 1280 - Paradise

Pop. 1280 - Paradise
January 22, 2016
Critic Score
73
6 reviews

47. Various Artists - Southern Family

Various Artists - Southern Family
March 18, 2016
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

48. Show Me The Body - Body War

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
New York's Show Me The Body deliver one of the most riotous and creative albums of 2016.

49. Big Ups - Before A Million Universes

March 4, 2016
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
NY post-hardcore outfit Big Ups return with a slightly more abstract--and Slint-influenced--approach on their latest album here.

50. DRAM - BIG BABY D.R.A.M.

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
VA rapper-singer D.R.A.M. backs some of the best singles of the year up with a solid album.
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