January 3, 2017

2016 Albums

Date: January 3, 2017 19:51 Permalink: toptenalbums2016 Tags: 2016, Top Ten, Music, Albums

✖︎ Top Ten Albums - 2016

10. Weezer (White Album) - Weezer

  • Weezer has had its ups and downs in the last ten years but I thought this was a pretty solid addition to their discography. It might not be groundbreaking but there are quite a few songs that you can drive to with the windows down in the summer and just bask in it.

9. RR7349 - S U R V I V E

  • This was a surprise for me as I had never heard of this group before Stranger Things and have never really been into any sort of electronic music besides the occasional video game or movie soundtrack.

8. untitled unmastered - Kendrick Lamar

  • Kendrick Lamar has been the best rapper throughout the last three years and the fact he can release a bunch of B-Sides that are this good just goes to prove that. Nothing here is going to blow you away but they are all solid tracks.

7. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper

  • Although I said Kendrick is the best rapper throughout the last three years, I think Chance is poised to be right there. He has so much potential but still tends to put out a few tracks on each release that make me question some of his decisions. Overall, he is still putting out great music and will really be someone to reckon with once he is able to get a complete vision wrapped up in a release.

6. Stranger Things: Original Soundtrack - S U R V I V E

  • I’ve already mentioned S U R V I V E with the their own release that came out shortly after this but given the fact that this was what put them on a map for a lot of people and just meshed so well with the actual show and can still be listened to on repeat almost gets this a spot in the top five for me.

5. I Had A Dream That You Were Mine - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

  • I was completely ignorant of this album until I started to read a few other top ten lists that came out a couple weeks ago and it quickly got stuck in my head and moved up the ranks in my list. If I had more time to dive into it, it might have ended up even higher.

4. Tidal Wave - Taking Back Sunday

  • I already wrote an entire review of this album and how much I loved it and thought it was a return to form for Taking Back Sunday here.

3. We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service - A Tribe Called Quest

  • This was everything that I could have hoped for. I think they absolutely delivered on their final album and the whole thing just flows together so fluidly as a single production to be admired. RIP Phife.

2. Blonde - Frank Ocean

  • There was a lot of hype around this album. More so than any other in recent history that I can think of. It is hard to say if it delivered on all that hype or not, as I still prefer Channel Orange to this but I think Frank Ocean is far superior to a lot of other musicians and his second effort still had me listening over and over.

1. Awaken, My Love!” - Childish Gambino

  • By far and away, this was my favorite album of the year. I was a big fan of Bonfire but thought that Because the Internet was a step backwards where he was just trying to do what everyone else was doing. With Awaken, we get an entirely different thing altogether. It is more a funk and soul album than it is a rap album and I love it all the more for it. Other rappers have tried to do similar things before, but I have to believe that Childish Gambino was working with some great musicians to put this together. Everything from the composition to the lyrics just feel so fluid, and on top of it the songs are a blast to listen to with the volume turned all the way up.

Honorable Mentions

  • First Ditch Effort - NOFX
    • I’ve never really gotten too into NOFX but listening through this album there were quite a few songs that I really enjoyed and it has inspired me to go back through their catalog a little more in depth.

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