2016 has been a pretty good year for music, a lot of amazing artists have released many amazing albums and singles throughout the year. These being from some of the greatest current artists in the pop industry with chart topping albums all over the world and some amazing hidden gems from slightly ‘smaller’ artists. But I have managed to bury it down to my top albums this year.
Lady Gaga ‘Joanne’
Following the crazy previous album from Gaga, ‘Art Pop’ this new album neither looked or sounded much like a Lady Gaga album at all. Instead it really was just showcasing the real Lady Gaga, it was almost as if ‘Joanne’ was the first Stefani Germanotta (Gagas real full name) album. ‘Joanne’ was a more personal and stripped back album compared to her previous releases, it took a turn that revealed much about the woman behind the wacky persona.
Drakes fourth full-length was album yet again about Drake just spilling all his emotions and getting across just how tough it is to be him, but it was done in a clever way as most of the songs from ‘Views’ were very catchy and some were super big hits of 2016 such as ‘One Dance’ and ‘Hotline Bling’ , the ‘King of Complaining’ has superbly came up with the party goods.
‘U With Me?’
David Bowie ‘Blackstar’
‘Blackstar’ was the remarkable last album of the legend that was Bowie. You can debate where Bowie’s 27th and final studio album sits in the grand scheme of things of his discography. Though you cannot deny the emotional sound of the songs or fail to admire the intricate planning that went into its making. From the great lyrics, hidden art work on its sleeve and the heartbreaking video for ‘Lazarus’, ‘Blackstar’ was an album of magic.
Jamie T ‘Trick’
After a 5 year hiatus Jamie T returned to the music scene in 2014 with the fantastic album, ‘Carry On The Grudge’ then to our surprise this year he is back again with an album even better than the last, ‘Trick’. Jamie seamlessly put together influences of punk, rap and pop into an album to create the cool, charismatic Jamie T sound.
‘Power Over Man’
The Last Shadow Puppets ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’
The side project for Alex Turner (from Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane has truly blossomed into something wonderful, after kicking off in 2008 with their debut album, ‘The Age of Understatement’ earlier this year they came back better than ever with ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’. It has the generic The Last Shadow Puppets baroque pop and psychedelic pop sounds.
‘Sweet Dreams, TN’
The 1975 ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’
‘The World Needs This Album’ says front-man Matty Healy. And I think he is right. An album with a title this wild inevitably opens itself up to mockery, but as it turns out The 1975 thrive off ridiculous. A 74 minute album with 17 tracks that span from pop to post-rock and all things in between. The bands second album perfectly shows a fascinating reflection of front-man Matty Healy’s outsized, conservative and outright crazy persona, though he is described as ‘egomaniacal but introverted, populist but unapologetically pretentious, insecure but hungry for attention’
That is in my opinion the best albums of 2016. What are your favourites?