Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2016

Beyoncé, 'Blackstar' and other favorites from a trying year

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 Angel Olsen, 'My Woman'
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13. Angel Olsen, 'My Woman'

Imagine putting a song as beautiful as "Sister" into the world – eight minutes of goth-cowgirl confessional. Olsen sings with a high-lonesome twang that's as much Siouxsie as Dolly, as if "Shut Up Kiss Me" fell from the soundtrack of some lost Nineties straight-to-video erotic thriller nobody ever rented. "Something in the world will make a fool of you" – does she mean that as good news or bad news? Both.

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