Sunday, December 18, 2016

Favorite Albums of 2016

      What a year. We lost some music icons for sure. Bowie. Cohen. Prince. Haggard. A lot of artists who left discographies worthy of spending months with. And our country just went through a pretty confusing election, leaving many to voice their depressing opinions about the state of our country all over Instragram (#itsadarkday). So I guess some people found some things to be down about this year. But. The music, you guys. There's a lot of it. And so much of it is so good. 

      I had a hard time compiling this list, as I always do. There were a lot of blockbuster albums that came out from the biggest names in the business, but I found myself not coming back to a lot of them and digging deeper into the albums that weren't so Billboardy and recognized. Click on the album artwork to watch a video of a live performance or a music video. Enjoy!



25. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
A Man Alive
24. The Avalanches
Wildflower

Favorite Line:
9th grade had the jingles of the swinging rainbow jacket
Lost lingo, Bronx's only Django

23. Lambchop
FLOTUS
22. Kamaiyah
A Good Night in the Ghetto
21. Lucy Dacus
No Burden
20. Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival OST
19. Bibio
A Mineral Love
18. Robert Stillman
Rainbow
17. Andy Shauf
The Party
16. Big Thief
Masterpiece
15. American Football
American Football


14. Whitney
Light Upon the Lake
13. Austin Manuel
Up the Ridge

Favorite Line:

When Gran began to lose her mind, tried baking pumpkin pie.
Instead of sugar, she used spice.
I'd eat the whole thing now.
12. Angel Olsen
My Woman
11. Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

Favorite Line:
Tell me how you wanna
Swim with me in deep water
Fly away to the sky
And dry me with your fire

10. Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

Favorite Line:

No harm
As my world
Comes crashing down
I'll be dancing
Freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind

9. A Tribe Called Quest
We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

Favorite Line:
Talk to Joey, Earl, Kendrick, and Cole, gatekeepers of flow
They are extensions of instinctual soul
It's the highest in commodity grade
And you could get it today
8. Solange
A Seat at the Table

Favorite Line:
I tried to keep myself busy
I ran around in circles
Think I made myself dizzy
I slept it away, I sexed it away
I read it away
Away

7. ScHoolboy Q
Blank Face LP

Favorite Line:

Runnin' from God's creations
Shakin' these broken hands and meetin' with blank faces
Snake eyes keepin' my back achin'
Dirty habits of rappin' and bein' savage
Still hangin' with ni**as that can't do nothin' but cause damage

6. Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.

Favorite Line:
Cornrow Kenny, he was born with a vision
All morning with the mixed dashboards triple digits
Parallel park like an alien came visit
Slideshow for the night show, ten bit**es
Find hoes with a blindfold, King Kendrick
5. Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Favorite Line:
And I'm pale like a moon
Oh, I'm empty like a room
I've gone dizzy like a ship
When that water comes into it

4. David Bowie
3. Frank Ocean
Blonde

Favorite Line:
It's hell on Earth and the city's on fire
Inhale, inhale there's heaven
There's a bull and a matador dueling in the sky
Inhale, in hell there's heaven

2. Isaiah Rashad
The Sun's Tirade 

Favorite Line:
I'm just one dirty motherfu**er
I hurt myself way more than you
This too much out here for the cup
I put that codeine in my soup
Used to spit in granny face, I'm supposed to show you love
I don't need no picket line and I don't need no fu**in' hug

1. Bon Iver
22, A Million