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2016 album reviews
Scroll down and you will find the list of all 2016 album reviews published so far. New reviews are marked with .
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1975 I Like it When you Sleep (Dirty Hit) synth-pop 6/10
75 Dollar Bill Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist) prog-rock 7/10
Alcest Kodama (Prophecy Productions) blackgaze 6/10
Algorithm Brute Force (Fixt) techno-metal 6/10
Aluk Todolo Voix (Norma Evangelium Diaboli) psych-rock 6/10
Alunageorge I Remember (Island) pop 4/10
Amateur Hour Amateur Hour (Forlag For Fri Musik) psych-rock 6.5/10
Animal Collective Painting With (Domino) pop 4/10
Anohni Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian) pop 5/10
Ichiko Aoba Mahoroboshiya (Speedstar) songwriter 6/10
Autechre Elseq 1-5 (Warp) electronica 5/10
Babyfather BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow (no label) rap 4/10
Julianna Barwick Will (Dead Oceans) songwriter 6/10
Belbury Poly New Ways Out (Ghost Box) synth-pop 5/10
Bent Knee Say So (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Beyonce Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment) soul 4/10
Big Thief Masterpiece (Saddle Creek) roots-rock 5/10
Billy Bao The Lagos Sessions (Night School) collage 5/10
Bitch 'n' Monk We Are Peering Over (Lotus Arts Box) prog-rock 7/10
Bladee Eversince (Year0001) emo-rap 6/10
James Blake The Colour in Anything (Universal) songwriter 5/10
Blood Incantation Starspawn (Dark Descent) death-metal 6/10
Blush Response Rebirthed in the Sprawl (Total Black) ambient 7/10
Bon Iver 22 A Million (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 7/10
Ascanio Borga Raw Science (Sonic Boundaries) ambient 6/10
David Bowie Blackstar (RCA) songwriter 4/10
Brood Ma Daze (Tri Angle) dance 6/10
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) rap 6/10
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial (Matador) power-pop 6/10
Nick Cave Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed) songwriter 6/10
Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book
(no label) hip-hop 6/10
Circle Terminal (Southern Lord) alt-rock 4/10
Clams Casino 32 Levels (Columbia) chillwave 4/10
Clipping Splendor & Misery (SubPop) rap 6/10
Cobalt Slow Forever (Profound Lore) black metal 6/10
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker (Columbia) songwriter 6/10
Comet Is Coming Channel the Spirits (Leaf) jazztronica 7/10
Frankie Cosmos Next Thing (Bayonet) songwriter 6/10
Elysia Crampton Demon City (Break World) ambient 6/10
Lucy Dacus No Burden (Egghunt) songwriter 6/10
Dear Hunter Act V - Hymns With The Devil in Confessional (Equal Vision) prog-rock 7/10
Death Grips Bottomless Pit (Third World) hip-hop 5/10
Demdike Stare Wonderland (Modern Love) dance 5/10
Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation (Cooking Vinyl) hardcore 4/10
Djwwww Arigato (2016) (no label) collage 6/10
Drones Feelin Kinda Free (Tropical Fuck Storm) alt-rock 5/10
Drose Boy Man Machine (Orange Milk) noise-rock 7/10
Eaves Verloren (Purple Tape Pedigree) electronic 6/10
Elucid Save Yourself (Backwoodz Studioz ) hip-hop 6/10
Eluvium False Readings On (Temporary Residence) ambient 6/10
Empirical Connection (Cuneiform) jazz 5/10
Brian Eno The Ship (Warp) ambient 4/10
Equiknoxx Bird Sound Power (DDS) electronica 7/10
Ergo As Subtle as Tomorrow (Cuneiform) prog 7/10
Florist The Birds Outside Sang (Double Double Whammy) folk 6/10
Flume Skin (Future Classic) dance-pop 6/10
Katie Gately Color (Tri-angle) synth-pop 6/10
Kevin Gates Islah (Atlantic) rap 5/10
Gnod Mirror (Rocket) post-rock 6/10
Goat Requiem (Rocket) psych-rock 6/10
Good Willsmith Things Our Bodies Used to Have (Umor Rex) collage 5/10
Guided by Voices Please Be Honest (Guided by Voices) alt-pop 3/10
Sean Hayes Low Light (self) songwriter 5/10
Tim Hecker Love Streams (4AD) glitch 5/10
Heliocentrics From the Deep (Now-Again) psych-rock 6/10
Himukalt Conditions Of Acrimony (Helen Scarsdale) industrial 6/10
Himukalt See One Dark Eye (Angst) industrial 6/10
Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like a Levee (Merge) roots-rock 6/10
Horse Lords Interventions (Northern Spy) post-rock 5/10
Horseback Dead Ringers (Relapse) psych-rock 5/10
How to Dress Well Care (Weird World) pop-soul 4/10
Hval Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones) songwriter 4/10
Impossible Nothing Phonemenomicon (no label) collage 8/10
Infinity Frequencies Closer Than Ever (self) vaporwave 4/10
Nicolas Jaar Sirens (Other People) songwriter 7/10
Nicolas Jaar Nymphs (Other People) songwriter 6/10
Jelinek & Fujita: Schaum (Faitiche) ambient 6/10
Jesu & Sun Kil Moon Jesu/ Sun Kil Moon (Caldo Verde) songwriter 4/10
Jpegmafia Black Ben Carson (Trashfuck) rap 7/10
Julie Ruin Hit Reset (Hardly Art) songwriter 5/10
Jute Gyte Perdurance (Jeshimoth) black-metal 6/10
Ka Honor Killed The Samurai (Iron Works) rap 6/10
Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky (Flenser) post-rock 4/10
Khun Narin II (Innovative Leisure) psych-pop 6/10
King Goblin Cryptozoology (Bonten) garage 6/10
King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard Nonagon Infinity (Flightless) garage 5/10
Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate (Polydor) songwriter 6/10
Guy Klucevsek Teetering On The Verge Of Normalcy (Starkland) avantgarde 5/10
Krallice Hyperion (Hathenter) prog-metal 6/10
Krallice Prelapsarian (Hathenter) prog-metal 6/10
Ulrich Krieger /RAW:ReSpace/ (XI) noise 7/10
Kucoshka RAD Tantrum (no label) alt-rock 6/10
Kurushimi Kurushimi (Art As Catharsis) noise-jazz 7/10
Lambchop Flotus (Merge) glitch-pop 6/10
Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings (RCA) songwriter 6/10
Cate LeBon Crab Day (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
Kiran Leonard Grapefruit (Moshi Moshi) songwriter 7/10
Lil Peep
(self) emo rap 7/10
Liturgy The Ark Work (Thrill Jockey) metal 4/10
Lonker See Split Image (Music Is The Weapon) post-rock 7.5/10
Lycus Chasms (Relapse) doom-metal 7/10
M83 Junk (Mute) synth-pop 4/10
Mach-Hommy H.B.O. (Griselda) hip-hop 6/10
Peder Mannerfelt Controlling Body (Peder Mannferfelt) dance 6/10
Matmos Ultimate Care II (Thrill Jockey) electronic 7/10
The Men Devil Music (We Are The Men) roots-rock 6/10
Mesarthim Absence (self) metal 6/10
Meshuggah The Violent Sleep of Reason (Avalon) metal 5/10
Mitski Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans) songwriter 6/10
Roy Montgomery RMHQ (Grapefruit) songwriter 6/10
Kevin Morby Singing Saw (Dead Oceans) songwriter 5/10
Moor Mother Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni) abstract 7/10
Bob Mould Patch the Sky (Merge) songwriter 4/10
Jon Mueller Tongues (Rhythmplex) post-jazz 7/10
Laura Mvula The Dreaming Room (RCA) pop 5/10
Nails You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast) grindcore 6/10
Necks Unfold (Ideologic Organ) ambient jazz 7/10
Kate NV Binasu (Orange Milk) synth-pop 6/10
Pauline Oliveros Nessuno (Dischi Di Angelica) ambient 6/10
Angel Olsen My Woman (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 5/10
Oranssi Pazuzu Varahtelija (Svart) space-rock 7/10
Anderson Paak Malibu (Steel Wool) rap 6/10
Jeff Parker The New Breed (International Anthem) posts-rock 5/10
Parquet Courts Human Performance (Rough Trade) folk-rock 7/10
Richard Pinhas Process And Reality (Cuneiform) electronic 6/10
Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista) songwriter 4/10
Roly Porter Third Law (Tri Angle) glitch 7.5/10
Puce Mary The Spiral (Posh Isolation) industrial 6/10
Qu'qu'matz Tepeu (self) prog-rock 6/10
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) pop 6/10
Julia Reidy All Is Ablaze (self) instrumental 7/10
Robert Rich What We Left Behind (self) ambient 6/10
Robert Rich Vestiges (self) ambient 7/10
Dawn Richard Redemption (Local Action) dance 5/10
Jeff Rosenstock Worry (SideOneDummy) songwriter 5/10
Xenia Rubinos Black Terry Cat (NuBlack) songwriter 6/10
Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker Cannots (Dead Oceans) free-jazz 7/10
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 3 (Run The Jewels) rap 7/10
Elliott Sharp Boreal (Starkland) avantgarde 7/10
Shit & Shine Teardrops (Riot Season) dance 6/10
Show me the Body Body War (Loma Vista) rap-punk 6/10
Sinners Are Winners For Beginners (Dark Fantasy) crunkcore 6/10
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith EARS (Western Vinyl) synth-pop 5/10
Stereo Total Les Hormones (Staatsakt) Brit-pop 6/10
Andy Stott Too Many Voices (Modern Love) grime 6/10
Sumac What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey) post-metal 6/10
Sunwatchers Sunwatchers (self) instrumental 6/10
Supersilent 13 (Smalltown Supersound) noise 6/10
Swans The Glowing Man (Young God) alt-rock 6/10
Thumbscrew Convallaria (Cuneiform) avant-jazz 6/10
Tortoise The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 4/10
Troller Graphic (Crucial Blast) dark wave 7/10
Yves Tumor Serpent Music (PAN) post-pop 7/10
Typhonian Highlife The World Of Shells (self) electronic 6/10
Uboa Hook Echo (Uboa) songwriter 7/10
Ulcerate Shrines of Paralysis (Relapse) death-metal 6/10
Underworld Barbara Barbara (Astralwerks) dance 5/10
Vektor Terminal Redux (Earache) metal 7/10
Velvet Teen All Is Illusory (Topshelf) pop 5/10
Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans) post-rock 6/10
Kanye West The Life Of Pablo (Def Jam) rap 5/10
Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earth (Mexican Summer) pop 6/10
Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (Mello Music) hip-hop 5/10
White Lung Paradise (Domino) punk-pop 5/10
Wilco Schmilco (dBpm) roots-rock 5/10
Lucinda Williams The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20) songwriter 5/10
Won James Won Corpus Unhearmeticum (RAIG) collage 6/10
Woven Hand Star Treatment (Glitterhouse) roots-rock 4/10
Young Thug No My Name is Jeffery (self) trap 7/10
Your Old Droog Packs (self) hip-hop 6/10
Zeal and Ardor Devil Is Fine (Reflections) metal 6/10

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