Music: Best of 2016

John Roberts

Prince performing at the Forum, Inglewood, CA, February 19, 1985. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty Images.

1 PRINCE (1958–2016) “Raspberry beret, I think I love her.”

2 SOPHIE, PRODUCT (Numbers) This is the sound of Botox-laden lips exploding, nostrils filling with the caustic fumes of burning plastic, and rubber melting into indefinable sculptural forms. A singular and innovative musical work. Truly beautiful.

3 AGNES MARTIN (Tate Modern, London) A master study in rhythm, silence, repetition, and subtlety. An exhibition of virtuosic musicality.

4 DONT LOOK BACK (D. A. Pennebaker) Criterion Collection’s 4K-digital-transfer restoration of D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film makes a ’60s Dylan feel entirely present-day, oscillating between genuinely captured moments and others that feel contrived and styled with Hedi Slimane–level awareness.

5 GELBE MUSIK (Mathew Gallery, Berlin) A glimpse into Ursula Block’s thirty-three-year stint as proprietress of Berlin’s gelbe MUSIK, one of the most

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