|40 Records To Spin: 2016|
|1||Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds|
A stunning display of grief and raw emotion.
Everything and Nothing
It's beautiful. But it's Hammock, so that goes without saying. They make it seem effortless.
A Moon Shaped Pool
I'm pretty sure I've cried about four times listening to this on separate occasions.
The masters are back.
All hail the king.
Return To Sky
Spaced-out and rocking out all at once,
The Impossible Kid
Better than Labor Days? You bet.
|8||The Dear Hunter|
Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional
Ulver's most underrated record, bringing kraut, synth, drone, and ambient into a swirling mess.
Sleeper hit for best folk/folk rock record this year.
Fusion done right.
The legends return with... accordions? Somehow, this works out beautifully.
City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
What One Becomes
Recording your drums in an abandoned church can do wonders.
When your b-side record is better than 95% of full length albums in your genre.
Frank Ocean making a solid claim to being the best high-profile R&B artist working today.
How To Be A Human Being
How to have fun.
Jet Plane and Oxbow
Shearwater shows that going commercial isn't always a cardinal sin.
|20||King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard|
Insanity at its most rocking.
Speaking of insanity...
|22||Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O|
Are You Land Or Water
This EP and its sister release hint at a stunning return to form for one of the greats.
Like Voivod but thrashing like it's 1980.
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Good Luck And Do Your Best
Sometimes you just need to relax.
Changing your vocalist and putting out your best album.
The White Album
This had no right being as good as it is.
|29||The Pineapple Thief|
I'm not sure if Gavin Harrison gave this band the kick they needed, but boy, does this album kick.
Asphalt For Eden
The sickening, industrial production returns.
For This We Fought the Battle of Ages
Some people might think strings don't belong in metal. Those people are wrong.
I've got beats, stuck in my head, and he's got the feeling.
Riffs: served piping hot with a hint of cannabis.
Blues of Desperation
Easily Bonamassas's best record in quite a while. All original material and a healthy serving of riffs.
Soul with vintage style.
Not as good as III, but a solid collection of tunes with excellent guest spots.
For The Young
The best singer/songwriter album you haven't heard this year.
The Fall of Hearts
After a meandering, dull album preceding it, Katatonia is back on track with a fantastic record.
Feelin Kinda Free
Not quite as good as I See Seaweed, but a poignant release all the same.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
They need no introduction. You know it's good, if a bit too similar to prior works.