Top Albums Of 2016: 11 - 20
Top Albums Of 2016: 11 - 20
- Genre : Rock
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Wed, 28 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, let us conclude our countdown of our favorite albums of 2016.
11. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, focuses on death and mourning. By no means is it a happy record, but in a year that has been difficult for many, maybe solace can found in its words and sounds. Much of the album has to do with the death of Cave's son who accidentally fell off a cliff in 2015. Few individuals are able to so clearly express grief as Cave does throughout the record.
12. Hamilton Leithauser/Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
The illusory lamp-lit streets created by Rostam on I Had a Dream That You Were Mine allow the cracked croon of Hamilton Leithauser to reimagine the barroom balladeer. At times sloshed sing-along at others fado, the album finds the duo bringing together the best parts of their past projects and pushing them to new and different heights, even if they're best kept for weary, drunken nights.
13. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Phife Dawg passed away last March, but his contributions to the final A Tribe Called Quest album are undeniable, neither are the contributions from the group's other members, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and even Jarobi White. Still, another voice also made a strong impact on the record's eventual sound, the endlessly talented Jack White. It was the collaboration of so many talents working together for a similar goal that made We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service so special.
14. Kaytranada - 99.9%
From "TRACK UNO" onward, 99.9% shoots upward. The star-studded list of collaborators only begins to suggest why so many are so high on the Haitian-Canadian producer. As an album, it could teach a robot to dance - as exhibited by the video for "LITE SPOTS" - and acts as more than just a launching point for a producer on the rise.
15. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
Over the past decade, the term indie-folk has become a joke - like the phrase Dylan-esque when describing a male singer-songwriter. Whitney, however, has brought it back to the Byrds. Light Upon the Lake is light, but honest, earnest, yet warm, and is one of the most pleasing records of the year. It's the perfect album for summer - full of chill vibes that look forward without forgetting the past.
16. Mitski - Puberty 2
That moment when "Your Best American Girl" goes from swooning ballad to post-rock storm you can feel all the emotions of "a real live emotional teenager". Puberty 2 is special in its tone and sentiment. Mitski has no desire to escape herself, rather she allows the world to overwhelm her, and in returns she has released a thunderous tour de force.
17. NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
It was one heck of a year for Anderson .Paak, and his collaboration with Knxwledge may have been its highpoint. Paak's vocals are undeniable and paired with Knxwledge's smooth production, their swagger and heartfelt angst come together to create something unique that doesn't even seem like it's trying.
18. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
22, A Million grapples with the unknown. With it, Bon Iver begins what might be a lifelong pursuit of questions. During "33 "GOD"", Iver is caught in the void that is the Ace Hotel, far off, distant from last night. Justin Vernon has never sounded so other-worldly, yet his thoughts, quandaries, heartaches remain human as ever. The figure that emerges stands tall despite, or in spite, of the weight of unanswered questions and the continued search for meaning, only certain there is the long trail ahead.
19. Maria Usbeck - Amparo
It may be best to let Maria Usbeck tell you about her outstanding debut record, Amparo, as she did us,"I wrote it