Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2016

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

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Radiohead, 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

9. Radiohead, 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

Their most unabashedly beautiful-on-purpose album, except maybe In Rainbows, as Jonny Greenwood calls in the strings and the boys nick guitar tricks from Jimmy Page ("The Numbers") or Neil Young ("Desert Island Disk") or Side Two of the second Police album ("Identikit"). Somehow even the saddest moments sound spirited – as if Thom Yorke got his hopes up for one little fucklet of a second that the ice age might take a little longer.

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