Top Albums Of 2016: 1 - 10
Top Albums Of 2016: 1 - 10
- Genre : Pop
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Thu, 29 Dec 2016
So what makes for a best album? We'd say sincerity, swagger, and a touch of je ne sais quoi. We are saying these are the best albums of 2016, but in our humble opinion, they certainly deserve to be in the conversation. So without further ado, here are our favorite albums of 2016.
1. Leonard Cohen — You Want It Darker — Columbia Records
As should be no surprise, Leonard Cohen made the most definitive comment on 2016 with his album title. He told us, we "want it darker" and from the look of the current landscape, he couldn't have been more spot on. He passed away just two weeks after the record was released, leaving us to decipher the final work of one of the finest writers of multiple generations. Much like "Hallelujah", it may be years before anyone can really understand the importance and relevance of the final gift Leonard Cohen left to the world.
2. Anderson .Paak — Malibu — Steel Wool Records
In a year that saw the departure of so many icons, Anderson .Paak provided a bright spot. His sophomore effort, Malibu, swirls rap, jazz, funk, and soul applying color to the picturesque landscape of his album's namesake and a silver-lining to its dark corners. On album opener "The Bird", he states, "I learned my lessons from the ancient roots / I choose to follow what the greatest do." It's a sentiment that runs its way through the entire record where he mixes swag with sincerity creating a vivid, palpable landscape.
3. David Bowie — Blackstar — Columbia Records
The events surrounding Blackstar made David Bowie's final album even more iconic than the triumph it is as a record. As we all know, Bowie passed away two days after the release of the his twenty-fifth studio LP. The album begins on a grim note with its title track, but as it continues he finds joy, and by the time it closes with "I Can't Give Everything Away", we know his legacy will not be going anywhere. If there was any question as to the immediate impact of the record, it also became his first ever Billboard 200 topping record.
4. Rihanna — Anti — Westbury Road Entertainment
"Work" is what Rihanna has put in for over a decade, and after the first extended absence of her career, the Caribbean Queen has released what might be her most complete album. Sexy, powerful, and independent, RiRi is just getting higher, and like each listen of Anti, only improving as she does.
5. Beyonce — Lemonade — Parkwood Entertainment
Lemonade put a baseball bat through the fodder surrounding Beyonce's personal life while taking aim at the social issues facing our nation. It was clear from the moment she performed "Formation" during the Super Bowl halftime show, her new album would shed light on more than many were prepared to see. She found some truth behind the lies, and brought a conversation that many thought would remain behind closed doors to the attention of millions.
6. Radiohead — Moon Shaped Pool — XL Recordings
At this point, Radiohead has been a band for over 30 years, so it's a wonder that they are still able to tap into the popular stream with such ease. Moon Shaped Pool, nonetheless, continues on the mournful, wandering path that the band has been on for sometime. However, things seem closer this time around — no doubt because of Yorke's split with his partner of 23 years. On the record, they step away from computers and onto tape and take use of members of the London Contemporary Orchestra, giving the album a more human touch. It's a spellbinding choice that makes Moon Shaped Pool one of their most tangible efforts in years.
7. Kendrick Lamar — Untitled Unmastered — Aftermath Entertainment
Even the demos that didn't make To Pimp A Butterfly are engrossing. All of the tracks are named untitled, # and date, making for a record that is just