BEST OF 2016: MUSIC

While I don't have a musical bone in my body - can't sing and can't play an instrument - I can't go a day without listening to music. It really is the soundtrack of my life. For the past few years, I've posted my favorite albums of the past year, and well, with a little over one week until twenty-sixteen is over (yay!), time is running out. For me, this year stood out in the sense that my favorite albums were ones that struck a chord (pun intended) from that first listen. No real surprises and none of the albums on this list took time to grow on me. From the first track to the last, I knew I'd be listening to these many times (and sometimes on repeat). Without further adieu, my top albums of 2016 (in alphabetical order).

 
  Bon Iver  22, A Million    It's been 5 years since the last Bon Iver album. Justin Vernon said he needed to take some time off after the self titled album in 2011. Whatever he did worked. This album is amazing, start to finish.

Bon Iver 22, A Million

It's been 5 years since the last Bon Iver album. Justin Vernon said he needed to take some time off after the self titled album in 2011. Whatever he did worked. This album is amazing, start to finish.

  Daughter  Not to Disappear    Been a fan since the first EPs they released back in 2011 and Daughter just keeps getting better.

Daughter Not to Disappear

Been a fan since the first EPs they released back in 2011 and Daughter just keeps getting better.

  Francis & the Lights  Farewell, Starlite!    It's probably a bit of bad luck that this album released one week prior to Bon Iver's  22, A Million.  It drew a lot of comparisons to Bon Iver (who contributes on the track, "Friends") and given the starpower on this album, critics weighed it down with high expectations. But, throw all that out the window and this is a really fun album. 

Francis & the Lights Farewell, Starlite!

It's probably a bit of bad luck that this album released one week prior to Bon Iver's 22, A Million. It drew a lot of comparisons to Bon Iver (who contributes on the track, "Friends") and given the starpower on this album, critics weighed it down with high expectations. But, throw all that out the window and this is a really fun album. 

  Haux  All We've Known (EP)    I can't remember how i discovered Haux, but I'm thankful I did. While technically it's an EP and not an LP, it was in my rotation so excluding it didn't feel right.

Haux All We've Known (EP)

I can't remember how i discovered Haux, but I'm thankful I did. While technically it's an EP and not an LP, it was in my rotation so excluding it didn't feel right.

  James Vincent Mcmorrow  We Move    While a departure from his past work, McMorrow is clearly living in his skin on this album. Brilliant.

James Vincent Mcmorrow We Move

While a departure from his past work, McMorrow is clearly living in his skin on this album. Brilliant.

  Miike Snow  iii    It's freakin' Miike Snow. What's not to like?

Miike Snow iii

It's freakin' Miike Snow. What's not to like?

  Pascal Pinon  Sundur    I discovered Pascal Pinon around the time I discovered Haux. I listened to this album for the first time on headphones and it just matched my mood that day and well, it's been on repeat ever since.

Pascal Pinon Sundur

I discovered Pascal Pinon around the time I discovered Haux. I listened to this album for the first time on headphones and it just matched my mood that day and well, it's been on repeat ever since.

  Radiohead  A Moon Shaped Pool    They've still got it. 

Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool

They've still got it. 

 
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