The Best Albums Of 2016 So Far

The Best Albums Of 2016 So Far

So far, 2016 has yet to disappoint when it comes to new albums from our favorite names in music. Here's a roundup of the best records released so far, and why you should care

So far, 2016 has yet to disappoint when it comes to new albums from our favorite names in music. Here's a roundup of the best records released so far, and why you should care

Text: VERONICA RADYUK

Drake, Views

This highly-anticipated album has broken music records with good reason. Between instant hits like "Summer Sixteen" and "Pop Style," the classic vocals and infectious beats from Drake make their way to the top of anyone's playlist.

James Blake, The Colour in Anything

James Blake instantly sparks an intimate listening experience with each track on this album, infusing melancholy and somber tones that feel just right on a rainy day.

Anohni, HOPELESSNESS

Anohni knows how to lull you into a musical hallucination with just the sound of her voice—and lyrics that add a political punch. Intoxicating electronic sounds successfully manifest throughout each of the songs on the album.

Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool

The band's ninth studio album extends itself to be a personal and enlightening listening affair. A sense of desertion permeates throughout, exposing personal thoughts and feeling that could only be recalled musically by a group like Radiohead.

Rihanna, ANTI

ANTI is an album that teems with mesmerizing ballads in addition to the signature effusive rhythms that seep into tracks like "Work" and "Desperado."

Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered.

Kendrick shows off his brilliance yet again in untitled, unmastered. The rapper gives a candid narrative that makes it feels as if he is in the room with you, openly sharing his story. Expect a profound musical message that can only be described as poetic.

David Bowie, Blackstar

This album explores nihilism and the unpredictability of all things, using elements of jazz to spark a mysterious inflection. It ultimately becomes an immortal instrument through which Bowie lives on musically.

Beyoncé, Lemonade

Purely epic. While the visual album offers stunning imagery, the music itself from the songstress is provocative and melodiously stimulating—and may just be the greatest revenge album ever made.

Listen to Lemonade on Tidal.

Kygo, Cloud Nine

Kygo captures the essence of euphoria in Cloud Nine, featuring tropical instruments like steel drums and the marimba. Every track features a vocal collaboration, whether it be with Conrad Sewell in "Firestone" or Kodaline in "Raging."

Kanye West, The Life of Pablo 

The Life of Pablo is full of Yeezy trademarks and exposes an emotional side to the rapper. Songs like "Wolves" display Kanye in a raw and emotional light, thus making this album a prodigious extension of his others.

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