20 Best Pop Albums of 2016

Rihanna, Gaga, the 1975 and more of the year in hooks

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Tegan and Sara, 'Love You to Death'
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9. Tegan and Sara, 'Love You to Death'

Using relentless hooks, the simplest of synth presets and their mastery of verse-chorus-verse structure, Tegan and Sara Quin examine desire from all sides on their eighth LP. Aided by producer Greg Kurstin, this era's Shadow Morton, the sisters do it for themselves on Love You to Death. Sometimes the Quins are so expert that they sand off their tunes' psychological complexities. Not on "Boyfriend," though, in which they keep stiff upper lips as a girl crush chooses a worthy dude, or on the ballad "100x" where they promise themselves never to go through this shit again. For Tegan and Sara, craft and poise are inseparable. A.S.

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