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:
|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|
|13) Anderson .Paak||Malibu||116|
|14) Bon Iver||22, A Million||101|
|15) The 1975||I Like It When You Sleep…||94|
|17) Automobile Seat Headrest||Teenagers of Denial||84|
|18) Nick Cave & The Unhealthy Seeds||Skeleton Tree||83|
|19) Christine & The Queens||Chaleur Humaine||81|
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.