Beyonce’s Lemonade is critics’ high album of 2016


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Beyonce’s album was launched with an hour-long particular on US tv

Beyonce’s politically charged visible album Lemonade is the music critics’ favorite album of the yr.

The document, which tackles themes of black empowerment and feminine id, topped a “ballot of polls” compiled by the BBC.

It beat David Bowie’s elegiac swansong Blackstar, which was launched two days earlier than his dying in January.

Third place went to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, a sprawling, impressionistic tackle art-soul.

Beyonce’s sister Solange additionally fared properly. A Seat At The Desk, her soulful, considerate portrayal of the struggles confronted by black girls, each traditionally and in 2016, got here fifth.

The total high 20 regarded like this:

1) Beyonce Lemonade 376
2) David Bowie Blackstar 341
three) Frank Ocean Blonde 309
four) Probability The Rapper Coloring Guide 278
5) Solange A Seat At The Desk 256
6) Kanye West Life Of Pablo 204
7) A Tribe Referred to as Quest We Received It From Right here 192
eight) Radiohead A Moon Formed Pool 191
9) Angel Olsen My Girl 188
10) Mitski Puberty 2 169
11) Leonard Cohen You Need It Darker 163
12) Rihanna Anti 144
13) Anderson .Paak Malibu 116
14) Bon Iver 22, A Million 101
15) The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep… 94
16) Anohni Hopelessness 92
17) Automobile Seat Headrest Teenagers of Denial 84
18) Nick Cave & The Unhealthy Seeds Skeleton Tree 83
19) Christine & The Queens Chaleur Humaine 81
20) Kaytranada 99/9% 72

The outcomes have been compiled from 25 “album of the yr” polls, printed by probably the most influential magazines, newspapers and blogs in music – from specialist publications like Billboard and Q Journal to extra mainstream shops, equivalent to Cosmopolitan and Digital Spy.

The information have been assigned factors based mostly on their place in every checklist – with the primary album getting 20 factors, the quantity two album receiving 19 factors, and so forth.

There was an enormous range within the critics’ picks, with 145 albums cited throughout the 25 polls surveyed by the BBC.

Nevertheless, Beyonce’s album featured in all however a type of lists, and was ranked primary 9 occasions.

“Lemonade sums up all the pieces that Beyonce is about,” mentioned The Independent. “She delights within the energy of her sexuality, of her swagger, and her sheer genius of innovation. That is with out moving into how she tackles police brutality, capitalism, and requirements of magnificence for black girls.”

Her album “feels bigger than life but nonetheless heartbreakingly intimate,” added Rolling Stone, “as a result of it doubles as her portrait of a nation in flames.”

The 25 “better of” lists appeared in: The Atlantic, The AV Membership, Billboard journal, Consequence of Sound, Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy, Leisure Weekly, The Guardian, The i Newspaper, Mojo, NME, NPR, Paste, Pitchfork, Q Journal, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Stereogum, The Instances, Time Journal, Time Out London, Time Out New York, Uncut and Vice.

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