Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2016

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

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Free Cake for Every Creature, 'Talking Quietly of Anything With You'
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12. Free Cake for Every Creature, 'Talking Quietly of Anything With You'

There were so many concept albums this year about why it sucks to be 23 but this one really got me. Katie Bennett sings the wise-ass boho poseur blues, a guitar girl who gets home from her supermarket job and writes funny songs just so she'll have something worth remembering tomorrow. "Chubby Cows" has my favorite hook: "My friends are weepy/We weep for weeks/I weep for no reason." But "for you I'd write a shitty poem on the wall of a dressing room at JC Penney" is a romantic fantasy to believe in.

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