Thursday, March 16, 2017

Overrated Albums of 2016

These are 35 albums that I just "didn't get" in proportion to how much critics and people connected with. The sheer number of appearances these albums made on end of the year lists shocked me. I feel like I was listening to different versions of these albums or something given the high amounts of praise these albums received. In a lot of cases I had high hopes for some of these. Others were new showings of new artists. In terms of some of these I feel they are a lost cause. With some of them I am definitely going to try and digest them a bit more to see if I am truly missing something. I'm not going to divulge which albums fall into which of these two categories.

Did you also think these were overrated? Did you really get into some of these? I would love to hear the reader's thoughts on these albums, maybe someone can shed some light that I might not be aware of in regards to these.

Editor's Note: I was going to do an Underrated list but I realized 90% of the albums on my Best Of 2016 didn't make it onto any other publications lists, so for a reference guide for the most underrated albums of 2016 check out our best of 2016 list!

David Bowie-Blackstar (Iso/Columbia/Sony)

Genre: Art Rock, Jazz Rock, Experimental Rock, Electronic

Beyonce-Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment)

Genre: Contemporary R&B, Pop, Pop Rap, Alternative R&B

Frank Ocean-Blond (Boys Don't Cry)

Genre: Alternative R&B, Neo Soul, Art Pop, Ambient Pop

Solange-A Seat At The Table (Columbia)

Genre: Neo Soul, Alternative R&B

Radiohead-A Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings)

Genre: Chamber Pop, Art Pop, Art Rock, Ambient Pop, Electronic

Chance The Rapper-Coloring Book (Self Released)

Genre: Pop Rap, Conscious Hip Hop, Gospel, Neo Soul, Christian Hip Hop

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds-The Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Art Rock, Ambient, Spoken Word, Drone

Kanye West-The Life Of Pablo (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)

Genre: Hip Hop, Pop Rap, Contemporary R&B, Trap Rap, Experimental Hip Hop, Gospel

Angel Olsen-MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)

Genre: Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Dream Pop, Psychedelic Rock

Bon Iver-22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)

Genre: Art Pop, Glitch Pop, Ambient Pop, Folktronica

Anderson.Paak-Malibu (OBE)

Genre: Neo Soul, Alternative R&B, West Coast Hip Hop, Psychedelic Soul

Anohni-Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian)

Genre: Art Pop, Electropop, Glitch Pop, Alternative R&B

Leonard Cohen-You Want It Darker (Columbia/Sony)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Chamber Folk, Contemporary Folk

Rihanna-Anti (Roc Nation)

Genre: Contemporary R&B, Alternative R&B, Pop Soul, Pop Rap

Metallica-Hard Wired...To Self Destruct (Blackened Recordings)

Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Thrash Metal

Jenny Hval-Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)

Genre: Art Pop, Ambient Pop, Spoken Word, Sound Collage

Blood Orange-Freetown Sound (Domino)

Genre: Alternative R&B, Synthfunk, Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop, Art Pop, Neo Soul

Michael Kiwanuka-Love & Hate (Polydor)

Genre: Soul, Singer/Songwriter, Psychedelic Soul, Gospel

Pinegrove-Cardinal (Run For Cover)

Genre: Indie Rock, Alt-Country, Midwest Emo

White Lung-Paradise (Domino)

Genre: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore

Huerco S.-For Those Of You Who Have Never(And Also Those Who Have) (Proibito)

Genre: Ambient, Ambient Dub

Babyfather-"BBF" Hosted By DJ Escrow (Hyperdub)

Genre: Experimental Hip Hop, Alternative R&B, Noise, Spoken Word, Sound Collage, UK Hip Hop, Grime, Cloud Rap

Jamila Woods-HEAVN (Closed Sessions)

Genre: Alternative R&B, Neo Soul, Art Pop, Hip Hop

Jessy Lanza-Oh No (Hyperdub/Geej)

Genre: Alternative R&B, UK Bass, Synthpop, Electropop, Footwork, Freestyle

Kaytranada-99.9% (XL Recordings)

Genre: Alternative R&B, Funky House, Synth Funk, Instrumental Hip Hop, Wonky

Kamaiyah-A Good Night In The Ghetto (Self Released)

Genre: West Coast Hip Hop, Contemporary R&B, G Funk, Pop Rap

KING-We Are KING (King Creative)

Genre: Contemporary R&B, Neo Soul, Sophisti-Pop, Alternative R&B, Smooth Soul

Esperanza Spaulding-Emily's D + Evolution (Concord)

Genre: Art Pop, Jazz Fusion, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Soul, Vocal Jazz, Avant Prog

NxWorries-Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)

Genre: Neo Soul, Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop

Young Thug-JEFFERY (300 Entertainment/Atlantic)

Genre: Trap Rap, Southern Hip Hop, Pop Rap

Nicolas Jaar-Sirens (Other People)

Genre: Ambient Pop, Art Pop, Downtempo, Microhouse

The 1975-I like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Polydor/Dirty Hit)

Genre: Pop Rock, Synthpop, Ambient Pop, Art Pop, New Wave, Dream Pop

Modern Baseball-Holy Ghost (Run For Cover)

Genre: Indie Rock, Emo, Pop Punk, Midwest Emo

Touche Amore-Stage Four (Epitaph)

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Screamo, Emo, Melodic Hardcore

Tim Hecker-Love Streams (4AD)

Genre: Ambient, Glitch, Progressive Electronic, Drone

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