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Thread: 2016 Albums of the Year

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    Senior Member Jake's Avatar
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    2016 Albums of the Year

    After a year like 2016, we *need* this thread. SO many fantastic records released to counter some of the horrible losses we experienced. I can't wait to read everybody's lists.

    Wikipedia has a fairly comprehensive list of albums released in 2016, but not complete.

    Start listing!

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    worth a million in prizes .chris's Avatar
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    I know the top half of my list is going to be very death-inspired: David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen. Amazing career highlight albums dealing with mortality.

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    Usually I have no problem coming up with a Top 40 for any year of music, but this year will prove to be difficult to do so.

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    Off the top of my head, here are the albums I really enjoyed this year. I'm sure they're more when I think about it.

    Angel Olsen, My Woman
    Savages, Adore Life
    Garbage, Strange Little Birds
    PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project
    White Lung, Paradise
    Mitski, Puberty 2
    Shura, Nothing's Real
    Banks, The Altar
    Warpaint, Heads Up
    Melanie C, Version of Me
    Sad13, Slugger
    Honeyblood, Babes Never Die

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    Well guess what Mimi, WE DID. Octopussy's Avatar
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    I get these when organize iTunes by year. As usual, I'm probably missing half of what will end up being my favorites... I'm slow.

    (frequent listens/faves)

    School of Seven Bells
    Emma Ruth Rundle
    Marissa Nadler
    PJ Harvey
    Massive Attack (EP)

    (indifferent/due to revisit)

    Bat for Lashes
    Blood Orange
    Nite Jewel

    (did not like)

    Jenny Hval
    can't remember any more atm
    Last edited by Octopussy; 11-23-2016 at 05:14 PM.

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    Only knows desire. Perky Compson's Avatar
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    Aside from Mitski, Slothrust, Emma Ruth Rundle, PJ Harvey, and Leonard Cohen, there wasn't a ton that stood out to me this year. My top ten will likely be filled with stuff that would have populated my 30-40's in 2015.

    2016, what a bummer.

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    There are a few records I want to absorb more--specifically the new Solange and Martha Wainwright albums--to see where they land on my list. And there always seem to be some end-of-the-year surprises! Beyoncé's self-titled wasn't released until mid-December back in 2013.

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    Regina Spektor topped this year for me. And with it also came back to my all time #1 artist spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perky Compson View Post
    Aside from Mitski, Slothrust, Emma Ruth Rundle, PJ Harvey, and Leonard Cohen, there wasn't a ton that stood out to me this year. My top ten will likely be filled with stuff that would have populated my 30-40's in 2015.

    2016, what a bummer.
    Agree. There were a ton of good not great albums this year but no real heavy hitters for me either. Mitski, Japanese Breakfast and Chance the Rapper are probably my top three.

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    1.) Beyonce
    2.) Santigold
    3.) Miranda Lambert
    4.) Of Montreal
    5.) Adore Delano
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    For me right now my tops are Bon Iver's album, Sophie Ellis-Bextor's album, maybe The Weeknd if the stuff on the rest of the album is as good as the stuff already released.

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    By this point in the last few years I had a clear AotY or at least just 2 or 3 fighting it out. This year I don't have any clear standouts but loads I love dearly and about equally.

    A bunch of my favourites in no particular order:

    • Meilyr Jones - 2013
    • Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion
    • Black Mountain - IV
    • Marissa Nadler - Strangers
    • Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
    • Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
    • Angel Oslen - My Women
    • Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica 2 - The Art of Noise
    • Big Thief - Masterpiece
    • MIA - AIM
    • Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
    • Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
    • Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Math
    • The Low Anthem - Eyeland
    • Savages - Adore Life
    • Mitski - Puberty 2
    • Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
    • Martha - Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart
    • Arc Iris - Moon Saloon
    • Evans the Death - Vanilla
    • AURORA - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend
    • Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine
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    This year wasn't half as good as last year, anyway here's an arbitrary number of good albums:

    Top ~7

    The rest of the top whatever

    Last edited by Andrew; 11-25-2016 at 05:29 PM.

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    I never got around to my 2015 list, but I'm still stunned a year later at how good Patty Griffin's Servant Of Love is - definitely would have been my topper last time around. I'm a bit sad that nothing hit me quite that hard this year. There were some good ones - my Top 5 will no doubt include Sara Watkins, Rachael Yamagata and Jonatha Brooke. Rough year overall, though.

    In its own way, Pele is the best thing to happen in 2016!

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    I left off Human Ceremony by Sunflower Bean. I saw them live twice this year. Great band.

    I think there is good music and bad music in every year. So I don't think 2016 was any worse or any better than any other year.

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