AllMusic 2016 Year In Review
Favorite Indie Pop and Indie Rock Albums - Indie pop and indie rock made strong showings this year, highlighted by albums from Teenage Fanclub, Parquet Courts and Bon Iver.
Jumping the Shark
Tinny synth pop and portraits of failure combine with striking, moving results on the Seekae member's fascinating solo debut.
Debut album by a talented Dutch Stereolab fan who started saving money to make it when she was just a kid.
The indie crooner premieres synths and a five-piece backing band on parts of LP four, which follows the emotional stages of an ill-fated relationship.
22, A Million
The third Bon Iver album is a fractured, electronically altered future folk album that's beautiful and strange at once.
Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial
The 70-minute song cycle about one confused teenager is a bold, witty, affecting step forward for songwriter/frontman Will Toledo.
The duo's vivid second album borrows from a wide range of influences, including their own evocative score for The Duke of Burgundy.
Turn to Gold
An exhilarating slacker rock masterpiece rife with skewed humor, hair metal bombast, and heartfelt passion.
It Calls on Me
Less psychedelic trickery and more of a folk-rock jangle on Tuttle's second album, but the songs are just as good, maybe even better.
Featuring Anika's enigmatic vocals, the band's largely improvised debut is a thrilling mix of dub, Krautrock, post-punk, and avant-garde electronics.
As enchanting and candid as her debut, the prolific lo-fi songwriter's second studio LP finds her transitioning into her twenties.
Combining vampire and menstrual imagery with avant synth-pop, Hval's fourth album is equally scary, sexy, raw, and sophisticated.
Jimmy Eat World
The Arizona emo-rock stalwarts modernize their sound with shimmering production, indie rock flair, and refreshing experimental flourishes.
Out All Night
The former Young People singer's solo debut is a stunning blend of old and new, and sophistication and emotion.
On her gutsy and affecting fourth LP and Dead Oceans debut, the indie rocker addresses a crisis of belonging.
Melissa Guion's Kranky debut is an impressive, wide-ranging collection of spacious yet propulsive dream pop tunes.
Brainy, hooky, and energetic blend of Postcard pop, angular post-punk, and scrappy D.I.Y. punk by ex-members of Deerhunter and Carnivores.
Wild and frenetic sophomore release from the New Orleans hardcore punk quartet that adds heft to their breakneck aggression.
A massive dose of articulate rage from this Philadelphia-based prog-punk duo; loud, hard, and brutally intelligent.
The Canadian indie rockers adopt a new name and a more accessible sound that's still full of rough, oddly moving beauty.
Equally sharp-edged and wistful, the group's psych-pop sounds more confident than ever.
The band brings nuance to its fiery sound with striking, affecting results.
School of Seven Bells
The electronic dream pop duo's fourth and final album is a wrenching conclusion and vital tribute at once.
Jet Plane and Oxbow
The band's politically charged, '80s-inspired ninth studio album invokes names like Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, and Peter Gabriel.
The duo borrow some Top 40 gloss, delivering some of their most pointedly catchy music in the process.
The Scottish guitar pop outfit return with an album of warm, poetic beauty and folk-inflected lyricism.
Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits
Another raging album, their 16th, laced as usual with lacerating solos, but now with two drummers and a spot of Krautrock jamming.
The Austin-based darkwave trio take their sound in a heavier direction, resulting in their best and most ambitious work yet.
Origin of What
Detroit garage punks Tyvek return to In the Red Records with their most socially conscious album yet, Origin of What.
The Vancouver outfit finds a perfect balance of pop hooks and defiant, feminist punk rage on its fourth album.
Young the Giant
Home of the Strange
Polished production and exciting new directions mark the California indie rock band's third effort as their most exciting and fun album to date.