2016 has seen vinyl albums sore, great new artists emerge and a great loss of musical talent in the industry.
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything you’ve Come to Expect
An 8 year wait marks a return for duo the Last Shadow Puppets offering Everything you’ve Come to Expect and my number one in the top 10 of 2016. Aviation is charming and seductive being described as psychedelic pop hooking the listening from the get go. Miracle Aligner, Everything you’ve Come to Expect and Bad Habits all have lyrics and roll of the tongue song titles with its smart production of James Ford with a simple yet effective sound.
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
Kanye’s latest album has received a lot of media attention since its release in February this year and will probably be featured on numerus top 10 albums of 2016 lists. Often West’s person is often overlooked by his music but this is nevertheless a personal top 3 album of 2016. Singles Famous and Fade demonstrate West’s versatility as an artist pushing creative boundaries with reports earlier this year of him scrapping the entire album because he wasn’t happy with the sound – and it was definitely worth the wait. I Love Kanye is a mocking, tongue n’ cheek track to all the people who believe Kanye’s bad persona in the press. The album can be overlooked but is definitely a grower need to have a few listens to understand the great Life of Pablo.
Kings of Leon – Walls
Waste A Moment kicks of Kings of Leon’s 7th studio album demonstrating the admiration for the Tennessee band. The track is a slick, confident sounds from the boys with a repetitive chorus. Over, Muchacho and Conversation Piece show band’s subtle indie side with tier acoustic guitar, raw vocals and laid back melancholy sound.
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