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The Best Rock Albums of 2016

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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock Albums
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  1. Impossible Nothing: Phonemenomicon (no label)
  2. Comet Is Coming: Channel the Spirits (Leaf)
  3. Roly Porter: Third Law (Tri Angle)
  4. Jpegmafia: Black Ben Carson (Trashfuck)
  5. Drose: Boy Man Machine (Orange Milk)
  6. Lonker See: Split Image (Music Is The Weapon)
  7. Matmos: Ultimate Care II (Thrill Jockey)
  8. Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People)
  9. Moor Mother: Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni)
  10. Dear Hunter: Act V - Hymns With The Devil in Confessional (Equal Vision)
  11. Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade)
  12. Oranssi Pazuzu: Varahtelija (Svart)
  13. Ulrich Krieger: /RAW:ReSpace/ (XI)
  14. Yves Tumor: Serpent Music (PAN)
  15. Equiknoxx: Bird Sound Power (DDS)
  16. Troller: Graphic (Crucial Blast)
  17. 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist)
  18. Vektor: Terminal Redux (Earache)
  19. Bon Iver: 22 A Million (Jagjaguwar)
  20. Kiran Leonard: Grapefruit (Moshi Moshi)
  21. Necks: Unfold (Ideologic Organ)
  22. Lil Peep:
  23. Young Thug: No My Name is Jeffery (self)
  24. Lycus: Chasms (Relapse)
  25. Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels 3 (BMG)
  26. Blush Response: Rebirthed in the Sprawl (Total Black)
  27. Robert Rich: Vestiges (self)
EPs and Minis
  1. Chino Amobi: Airport Music For Black Folk (self), 7/10 (EP)
  2. Drowse: Soon Asleep , 7/10 (mini)
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  1. Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
  2. Nicolas Jaar: The Governor
  3. Dear Hunter: The Most Cursed of Hands/Who Am I
  4. Empath: Gut Feeling
  5. Run The Jewels: Panther Like A Panther
  6. Savage Young Taterbug: The Paperstud
  7. Comet is Coming: Star Furnace
  8. Drose: A Change
  9. Danny Brown: Ain't It Funny
  10. Parquet Courts: Dust
  11. Jpegmafia: Digital Blackface
  12. Equiknoxx: Timebird
  13. Parquet Courts: Pathos Prairie
  14. Troller: Not Here
  15. Peder Mannerfelt: I Love You
  16. King Goblin: Garadama
  17. Krallice: Hyperion
  18. Khun Narin: Long Wat
  19. Chino Amobi: Malmo
  20. Andy Stott: On My Mind
  21. Woods: Politics of Free
  22. Run The Jewels: Talk To Me
  23. Ergo: A Conviction
  24. Equiknoxx: Last Of The Mohicans
  25. Julianna Barwick: St Apolonia
  26. Bon Iver: 00000 Million
  27. Lil Peep: Worlds Away
  28. Chance the Rapper: Angels
  29. White Lung: Sister
  30. Stereo Total: Zu Schoen Fuer Dich
  31. Kevin Gates: Ain't Too Hard
  32. Cigarettes After Sex: K
  33. Death Grips: Bottomless Pit
  34. Nick Cave: I Need You
  35. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Rare Things Grow
  36. Nails: Made to Make You Fall
  37. Mitsky: Your Best American Girl
  38. Roy Montgomery: Six Guitar Salute To Peter Gutteridge
  39. Moor Mother: Deadbeat Protest
  40. Kanye West: Wolves
  41. Radiohead: The Numbers
  42. Moses Sumney: Doomed
  43. Weezer: L.A. Girlz
  44. James Blake: Radio Silence
  45. Katie Gately: Lift
  46. Yves Tumor: Seed
  47. Pixies: Tenement Song
  48. Shit and Shine: BC Rich Celtic Virgo
  49. 1975: The Sound
  50. Lucinda Williams: Ghosts of Highway 20
  51. Lambchop: NIV
  52. Lil Peep: Yesterday
  53. A Tribe Called Red: Sila
  54. Kungs: Don't You Know
  55. Yung Lean: Hennessy & Sailor Moon
  56. Zammuto: Smolt
  57. Michael Kiwanuka: Black Man In A White World
  58. Miranda Lambert: Ugly Lights
  59. Algorithm: Userspace
  60. Elucid: Bleachwater

Extended compositions
  1. Impossible Nothing: A
  2. Matmos: Ultimate Care II
  3. Impossible Nothing: D
  4. Nicolas Jaar: Three Sides Of Nazareth
  5. Roly Porter: Blind Blackening
  6. 75 Dollar Bill: Beni Said
  7. Impossible Nothing: P
  8. Roly Porter: Mass
  9. Lonker See: Split Image pt 1 2 & 3
  10. Necks: Timepiece
  11. Oranssi Pazuzu: Vasemman Kaden Hierarkia
  12. Ulrich Krieger: Trona
  13. Gnod: Sodom & Gomorrah
  14. Rhys Chatham: Pythagorean Dream
  15. Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain V
  16. Cult of Luna: The Wreck Of SS Needle
  17. Aluk Todolo: B3
  18. Necks: Blue Mountain
  19. Merzbow: Planet Of The Cows
  20. Troller: Torch
  21. Vektor: Cygnus Terminal
  22. Cobalt: Elephant Graveyard
  23. Kiran Leonard: Fireplace
  24. Ascanio Borga: Porta Alchemica
  25. Richard Pinhas: TVJ33
  26. Car Seat Headrest: Vincent
  27. Sumac: Image Of Control
  28. Ulcerate: Chasm Of Fire
  29. Jute Gyte: Like The Woodcutter Sawing His Hands
  30. Wilco: Nope
  31. Roy Montgomery: Riding
  32. Krallice: Lotus Throne
  33. Mesarthim: Pillars
  34. Robert Rich: Spectre Of Lost Light
  35. Eluvium: Posturing Through Metaphysical Collapse
  36. Alcest: Je Suis D'ailleurs
  37. Avenged Sevenfold: Exist
  38. Minus 5: Michael Nesmith
  39. Blood Incantation: Vitrification of Blood Part 1
  40. Blush Response: Rebirthed in the Sprawl
  41. Mesarthim: Absence 6
  42. Qu'qu'matz: Tepeu
  43. Himukalt: I Started
  44. Supersilent: 13.9

  1. Leo Smith: America's National Parks (Cuneiform)
  2. Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
  3. Ken Vandermark: Site Specific (Catalytic)
  4. Comet is Coming: Channel the Spirits (Leaf)
  5. Kurushimi: Kurushimi
  6. Bathysphere: Bathysphere (Driff)
  7. SLM (Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver): Source (Liminal)
  8. Peter Broetzmann: Beautiful Lies (Neos)
  9. Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud (Intakt)
  10. Rob Mazurek: Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem)
  11. Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter The Plus Tet (Firehouse 12)
  12. Ergo: As Subtle as Tomorrow (Cuneiform)
  13. Peter Evans: Lifeblood
  14. Martin Archer: Story Tellers
  15. Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (ECM)
  16. Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum Of Variables (Pi)
  17. Nels Cline: Lovers
  18. Nate Wooley: Argonautica
  19. Henry Threadgill's Ensemble Double-Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
  20. George Lewis: Creative Construction Set (Mikroton)
  21. Paul Dunmall: Maha Samadhi

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