Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

(Secretly Canadian)

ANOHNI, formerly of Antony and the Johnsons, has written one of the most magnificent records of the year with HOPELESSNESS. In larger than life pop songs that detail the pressing issues of our time, such as drone warfare and climate change, ANOHNI articulates the emotions of despair and helplessness today's world can often elicit.

Her infectious melodies, coupled with production by the likes of Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, juxtapose the album's lyrics, provide the spoonful of sugar for the medicine here, as these are issues many might rather not face. Thankfully, ANOHNI is unafraid to highlight the crises in our world, and she does so in a way that will draw in even the most casual fan of pop music.
Anna Alger