Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2016

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

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 Lvl Up, 'Return to Love'
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5. Lvl Up, 'Return to Love'

The guitar album of the summer – I probably watched the sun go down 30 or 40 times to this record in 2016. There are really only a handful of songs in the universe as great as Sebadoh's "Soul And Fire," but Lvl Up have at least a half-dozen of them on Return to Love, as the Brooklyn dudes bring a weird element of psychedelic pantheistic pastoral to all the urban grime.

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