With 2016 almost halfway through, Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to round up a list of 25 albums that are among the best of the year so far. Beyonce’s Lemonade topped the tally, but right behind the pop/R&B diva was David Bowie’s Blackstar, which came out just two days before the rock legend’s death.
A reviewer for the magazine described Blackstar as “dark, heartbreaking, gorgeous, theatrical, and, at times, pretty damn funny,” adding that it was “a perfect, jazz-inflected tour de force.”
Bowie collaborated with his longtime producer Tony Visconti on the album, which also features musical contributions from the Brooklyn, New York-based jazz outfit the Donny McCaslin Group. Released on January 8, Bowie’s 69th birthday, Blackstar debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and was David’s only studio album to ever to top the chart.
Other releases on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the best 25 albums of 2016 include Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool at #3, Rihanna’s Anti at #4 and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo at #10.