Exclaim!'s Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums, Part One Best of 2016

12. Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial
It is only fitting that Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador for their first proper post-Bandcamp album, since Teens of Denial epitomizes the music that the label produced in its heyday. It's a glorious mix of fuzzy guitars, angsty lyrics and deadpan delivery that amply demonstrates why songwriter Will Toledo is such a force to be reckoned with.
It's a sprawling record that doesn't care about how long it takes to get to its final destination. Toledo is a great storyteller, and it's tough to think of a sharper lyricist this year when it comes to tales of cynicism and disaffection. His sense of humour stops it from being a maudlin affair though, and there are numerous quotable lines throughout.
It all reaches a climax with the duelling choruses on the mighty "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales," six of the most satisfying minutes of music released in 2016. But really, Teens of Denial doesn't put a single foot wrong.
Michael Edwards