Now that we’re a month into 2017, this seems like the perfect time to finish looking back at my favorite music of 2016, right? Of course it does.
This will follow the same format used last year (2015 Albums over here), similar to the concept in the songs lists from both this year and last (click for 2015, or 2016). These are my personal favorite albums. I’m not picking or anointing the capital “b” Best music. I neither listen to everything, nor claim any cultural authority over all music, which leaves individual picks that clicked with me.
I hope that you find something interesting here, and thanks for reading! (And let me know what I missed, or what bands I should pay attention to in the future.)
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): Music for Listening to Music To by La Sera, Views by Drake, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper, Painting With by Animal Collective.
10. Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest
Why I Like It: I enjoy guitar-based indie rock, so this seems designed to suit me. And for the most part, it succeeds! “Fill in the Blank” and “Destroyed by Hippie Powers” are some of my favorite rock songs of the year, a big reason why I enjoy Teens of Denial. But it’s a complicated enjoyment, with tracks like “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” just lasting too long for me. Thankfully, the highs are enough to recommend.
09. Keep it Together by Lily & Madeleine
Why I Like It: I like the voices. The Jurkiewicz sisters blend and wrap their singing around each other. I also enjoy the instrumentation. This album is mid-tempo, pretty, dreamy music. While that may not seem a ringing endorsement, it shouldn’t be a negative. Sometimes you need pianos to sway with you, and Lily & Madeleine will be there when the need arises.