Jan 29, 2017

Best 50 Albums Of 2016

Looking back I felt 2016 was a particularly strong year for music. In many genres and styles. Two albums for me though stood above the rest and I had a hard time deciding on my number one. In the end I went for the impossible beauty delivered in the third album by Kevin Morby. I loved it in total. Each song speaking to me in a very personal way. Elegant melodies and heartfelt lyrics, it was a complete joy. Close behind was the inspired album by Car Seat Headrest, their proper label debut. It was a thrilling and exciting ride with epic melodies and bang in your heart moments. But there were other great albums released. Bon Iver returned with a highly creative and very personal album. Whilst Danny Brown absolutely slayed with what I believed what was the best in hip hop in 2016.

Another superb album in 2016 was when Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam (Vampire Weekend) combined for an exemplary album of sublime soul. Beyonce went above and beyond in her field of music, whilst Explosions in the Sky returned to show they had lost none of the magic. On the local front it was very exciting to see The Avalanches finally return after such a long time away with an album that was outstanding in every way possible. Outside of that it was slim pickings locally, although I did love the debut album from Melbourne's Camp Cope. Speaking of debuts it was exciting to hear great first records from Whitney, Pinegrove and Big Thief. All combining to make 2016 a very special year.


1. Singing Saw-Kevin Morby
2. Teens of Denial-Car Seat Headrest
3. 22, a Million-Bon Iver
4. Atrocity Exhibition-Danny Brown
5. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine-Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
6. Wildflower-The Avalanches
7. The Life of Pablo-Kanye West
8. City Sun Eater in the River of Light-Woods
9. New View-Eleanor Friedberger
10. The Wilderness-Explosions in the Sky
11. Lemonade-Beyonce
12. Light Upon the Lake-Whitney
13. Away-Okkervil River
14. My Woman-Angel Olsen
15. My Best Human Face-Moonface and Siinai 
16. Life in the Dark-The Felice Brothers
17. A Band is Something to Figure Out-Hallelujah the Hills
18. You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To-Richmond Fontaine
19. A Weird Exits-Thee Oh Sees
20. Sunlit Youth-Local Natives
21. case/lang/viers-case/lang/viers
22. Blue Wave-Operators
23. Painting of a Panic Attack-Frightened Rabbit
24. Vicious Times-Gambles
25. Cardinal-Pinegrove
27. Emotional Mugger-Ty Segall
28. Our Puram-Pfarmers
29. Misery-Cullen Omori
30. Skeleton Tree-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
31. True Sadness-The Avett Brothers
32. Camp Cope-Camp Cope
33. Thought Rock Fish Scale-Nap Eyes
34. Painting With-Animal Collective
35. Is The Is Are-DIIV
36. A Moon Shaped Pool-Radiohead
37. Schmilco-Wilco
38. Masterpiece-Big Thief
39. Preoccupations-Preoccupations
40. The Hope Six Demolition Project-PJ Harvey
41. The Ridge-Sarah Neufeld
42. The Past Is Not a Flood-Hospital Ships
43. An Odd Entrances-Thee Oh Sees
44. Calico Review-Allah-Las
45. Waltzed in From the Rumbling-Plants and Animals
46. We Disappear-The Thermals
47. Sorrow-Colin Stetson
48. Visions of Us on the Land-Damien Jurado
49. Skip a Sinking Stone-Mutual Benefit
50. Golden Sings That Have Been Sung-Ryley Walker

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