Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

24. Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial

Will Toledo might not be the musical hero we deserve, but he's the one that we've been blessed with. His band Car Seat Headrest bring together the prolificacy of Robert Pollard, the lyrical sharpness of vintage Pavement, the vocal style of Beck and the glorious fuzzy guitars of indie rock's heyday — and the results are pretty damned wonderful.

Teens of Denial is the project's first proper post-Bandcamp album, and is the perfect culmination of everything that came before it. Toledo already has a dozen albums under his belt, so it isn't really a surprise that this is such an accomplished record, but now that he's working with a full band, there's sense of a breadth to accompany its length. Toledo spins yarns of angst, cynicism and disaffection with a sense of self-awareness that keeps you guessing whether he's on the outside looking in or vice-versa. Teens of Denial is funny, smart and incredibly catchy.
Michael Edwards