|Favorite 2016 albums|
Both a great and terrible year for music. Many losses yet many great albums too. List is albums I managed to check out and I liked at least for a few listens. Feel free to recommend any stuff. The middle part is a blur mostly because I moved them up and down ten times already (for example I just started listening to Whores - Gold).
|1||The Dear Hunter|
Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
The most ambitious and consistent Act, I love it.
An amazing album. I still can't get over the fact he died.
The North Corridor
Great stuff, but it requires a certain mood to be truly rewarding
Not as majestic as previous albums, but I keep going back at it and songs constantly get stuck in my head.
These Systems Are Failing
Nobody expected this from Moby and it delivers. A wake up call with matching music
Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
Lovely stuff, melodic and fun.
A Moon Shaped Pool
The Order of Things
Heavy as fuck.
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
The only album of theirs I dug so far.
The Glowing Man
Seeing them live only confirmed me how great they are.
Here Be Monsters
Lovely hippie/summery vibe.
|12||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
Some songs are darker, some were the soundtrack to my holiday at the sea. Great album nevertheless.
Richard finally went out of his comfort zone and released something less conventional.
Bad ass attitude.
More engaging than previous stuff, I like it.
Return To Sky
They can't go wrong.
|17||Nine Inch Nails|
Not the Actual Events
Very late addition. Great EP as a whole.
The best of the prog series so far. More powerful, however, I would love to hear again something similar to Ghost Reveries.
A darker sequel, I admire the attention to the atmospheric details.
The Death of All Things
Too bad this is probably their last album...
|24||The Brian Jonestown Massacre|
Third World Pyramid
The easiest digestible BJM record.
Everything and Nothing
I am still amazed how these guys manage to release 70+ minute albums and make them so easy to listen as a whole.
|26||Chihei Hatakeyama and Dirk Serries|
The Storm Of Silence
A soothing ambient listen.
I recently fell in love with this again after seeing them live. It's much better than the rating on the website.
A different side of Wilco. I like the sarcastic, pessimist attitude.
|29||Bat For Lashes|
God she's so hot!!!
They could easily write groovy riffs during their sleep.
Plastic House on Base of Sky
Cool stuff but hard to get into. After seeing them live, everything clicked.
|32||The Pineapple Thief|
Good album. They should write some heavier songs from time to time though.
I like this. If only Billie wrote better lyrics...
Not as good as Awake, but a cool record.
Too bad it's only an EP.
Coastal Railroads in Memories
Another soothing ambient listen.
I recently started listening to his music. I like it.
Better than expected. Still, a bit too long for its own good.
|43||Church of the Cosmic Skull|
Is Satan Real?
I hope Black Light Burns is not dead yet.
There are no big highlights within the Pikes this year, however, some of them are great.
Shadows In Time
More soothing ambient.
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
I recently had time to listen more to it. It's great. However, Lars drags it down like always and it's a shame since Hetfield did his best.
Tierra del Fuego
Cool, fuzzy stoner.
|51||Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke|
It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry
Nice stuff. However, I want a new Fennesz album.
|52||Graves at Sea|
The Curse That Is
A bit cheesy, but cool stuff anyways.
Too bad it went unnoticed on Sputnik.
|58||New Keepers of the Water Towers|
|59||Explosions in the Sky|
Not a big fan of these guys, but this is nice.
Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.
Long journey, but does the job. Btw, it's free.
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy...
The songs would've been better if they were developed more. Still, it has some fun moments.
Post rock apocalypse bonanza. Too long, but delivers.
|63||The Living End|
Lacks the catchiness of previous records.
Strange Little Birds
More of a guilty pleasure, I like listening to their stuff every once in a while.
Better than expected, however Tom's departure left a big hole in the creative process. Still, Travis and Mark done a good job in bringing back that uplifting atmosphere. I wasn't a big fan of Neighborhoods, I think this is a step up. In the end, they should've continued as +44 and leave Blink behind.