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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. Matmos: Ultimate Care II (Thrill Jockey)
  7. Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People)
  8. Moor Mother: Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni)
  9. Dear Hunter: Act V - Hymns With The Devil in Confessional (Equal Vision)
  10. Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade)
  11. Oranssi Pazuzu: Varahtelija (Svart)
  12. Ulrich Krieger: /RAW:ReSpace/ (XI)
  13. Equiknoxx: Bird Sound Power (DDS)
  14. Troller: Graphic (Crucial Blast)
  15. 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist)
  16. Vektor: Terminal Redux (Earache)
  17. Bon Iver: 22 A Million (Jagjaguwar)
  18. Kiran Leonard: Grapefruit (Moshi Moshi)
  19. Necks: Unfold (Ideologic Organ)
  20. Lil Peep:
  21. Young Thug: No My Name is Jeffery (self)
  22. Lycus: Chasms (Relapse)
EPs and Minis
  1. Chino Amobi: Airport Music For Black Folk (self), 7/10 (EP)
  2. Drowse: Soon Asleep , 7/10 (mini)
  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. Comet is Coming: Star Furnace
  7. Drose: A Change
  8. Danny Brown: Ain't It Funny
  9. Parquet Courts: Dust
  10. Jpegmafia: Digital Blackface
  11. Equiknoxx: Timebird
  12. Parquet Courts: Pathos Prairie
  13. Troller: Not Here
  14. Peder Mannerfelt: I Love You
  15. King Goblin: Garadama
  16. Krallice: Hyperion
  17. Khun Narin: Long Wat
  18. Chino Amobi: Malmo
  19. Andy Stott: On My Mind
  20. Woods: Politics of Free
  21. Run The Jewels: Talk To Me
  22. Ergo: A Conviction
  23. Equiknoxx: Last Of The Mohicans
  24. Julianna Barwick: St Apolonia
  25. Bon Iver: 00000 Million
  26. Lil Peep: Worlds Away
  27. Chance the Rapper: Angels
  28. White Lung: Sister
  29. Stereo Total: Zu Schoen Fuer Dich
  30. Kevin Gates: Ain't Too Hard
  31. Cigarettes After Sex: K
  32. Death Grips: Bottomless Pit
  33. Nick Cave: I Need You
  34. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Rare Things Grow
  35. Mitsky: Your Best American Girl
  36. Roy Montgomery: Six Guitar Salute To Peter Gutteridge
  37. Moor Mother: Deadbeat Protest
  38. Kanye West: Wolves
  39. Radiohead: The Numbers
  40. Moses Sumney: Doomed
  41. Weezer: L.A. Girlz
  42. James Blake: Radio Silence
  43. Katie Gately: Lift
  44. Pixies: Tenement Song
  45. Shit and Shine: BC Rich Celtic Virgo
  46. 1975: The Sound
  47. Lucinda Williams: Ghosts of Highway 20
  48. Lambchop: NIV
  49. Lil Peep: Yesterday
  50. A Tribe Called Red: Sila
  51. Kungs: Don't You Know
  52. Yung Lean: Hennessy & Sailor Moon
  53. Zammuto: Smolt
  54. Michael Kiwanuka: Black Man In A White World
  55. Miranda Lambert: Ugly Lights
  56. Algorithm: Userspace
  57. 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. Necks: Timepiece
  10. Oranssi Pazusu: Vasemman Kaden Hierarkia
  11. Ulrich Krieger: Trona
  12. Gnod: Sodom & Gomorrah
  13. Rhys Chatham: Pythagorean Dream
  14. Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain V
  15. Aluk Todolo: B3
  16. Necks: Blue Mountain
  17. Merzbow: Planet Of The Cows
  18. Troller: Torch
  19. Vektor: Cygnus Terminal
  20. Cobalt: Elephant Graveyard
  21. Kiran Leonard: Fireplace
  22. Ascanio Borga: Porta Alchemica
  23. Richard Pinhas: TVJ33
  24. Car Seat Headrest: Vincent
  25. Sumac: Image Of Control
  26. Ulcerate: Chasm Of Fire
  27. Jute Gyte: Like The Woodcutter Sawing His Hands
  28. Wilco: Nope
  29. Roy Montgomery: Riding
  30. Krallice: Lotus Throne
  31. Eluvium: Posturing Through Metaphysical Collapse
  32. Alcest: Je Suis D'ailleurs
  33. Avenged Sevenfold: Exist
  34. Minus 5: Michael Nesmith

  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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