1.04.2017

Best of 2016: 20-6 (Tier 3)


2016. At the beginning, I would like to say that this was not a great year for me for music. I checked out 108 albums(!!) this year, and will give you the ones that I found to be top notch.

In past years, I've broken my top 25 albums into 5 album increments. For this year, I struggled with this paradigm because there were albums that felt like Tier 1 albums and albums that belonged in a lesser tier, even though they were in the top 20. So, I propose the following for this year's best of for 2016:
Tier 1 - This album/these albums are solid throughout, highly worth your time
Tier 2 - Overall, a good album.
Tier 3 - A couple of good songs.
Tier 4 - 50 (I'll post the albums I reviewed later)

TIER 3
When comparing these albums to past years, these scores wold not have put them in the top 20. So, with that caveat:

20 The 1975 I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Hometown: Manchester, UK
Standout Tracks: She Lays Down, Please Be Naked

19 Leonard Cohen If You Want It Darker 
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Standout Tracks: You Want It Darker

18 William Fitzsimmons Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Vol. 2
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Standout Tracks: Fare Thee Weel, Hear Your Heart

17 Matthew and the Atlas Temple (Acoustic Version)
Hometown: London, UK
Standout Tracks: Elijah, On A Midnight Street
While their plugged in release didn't make the list, their acoustic EP version of the big album definitely did.

16 Beach Slang Here, I Made This For You (EP)
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Standout Tracks: A Million Miles Away, Anything Anything
For an EP of covers, I was into it.

15 Chance the Rapper Coloring Book
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Standout Tracks: Blessings, Same Drugs, Summer Friends
Some of these tracks can stay with me for days. Really great.

14 Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Hometown: Hermann, MO
Standout Tracks: S.O.B., I Need Never Get Old, Wasting Time

13 Nada Surf You Know Who You Are
Hometown: New York, NY
Standout Tracks: Rushing, Cold to See Clear, Believe You're Mine
I really wanted more from this album.

12 Whitney Light Upon the Lake
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Standout Tracks: Light Upon the Lake, Red Moon, Dave's Song

11 Band of Horses Why Are You OK
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Standout Tracks: Casual Party, Even Still
These are some of the only tracks that could immediately calm down new baby Charles.

10 Miike Snow iii
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Standout Tracks: Genghis Khan, I Feel the Weight
Johnny would often request Genghis Khan when we were in the car. Funny stuff.

9 Bon Iver 22, A Million 
Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Standout Tracks: 715 - cr∑∑ks, 22 (over s∞∞n)
I feel like he's fallen off his game with this album. And I get it. He also found the insert symbol thing in Windows.

8 Kyle Morton What Will Destroy You
Hometown: Portland, OR
Standout Tracks: Water Torture, Gestalt of Original Pain, Poor Bastard

7  The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die Harmlessness
Hometown: Willimatic, CT
Standout Tracks: January 10th, 2014, I Can Be Afraid of Anything
This is a studio band. That being said, January 10th, 2014 is really amazing. And be sure to read the real life story the song was written about.

6  Pete Yorn ArrangingTime
Hometown: Montville, NJ
Standout Tracks: Lost Weekend, Walking Up
Good old smooth Pete Yorn.





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