If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that 2016's been a really weird year. Especially for music. Highlights like Beyonce's refreshing visual album, "Lemonade", and Radiohead's first studio album in five years were tempered by the gut-busting losses of David Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg, Leonard Cohen, and most recently, George Michael. (DAFAQ??!!)
It's with these massive highs and lows that we look forward with a skeptical, yet hopeful eye. What will tickle our lobes in 2017? What words will TSwift copyright next? Should we expect a Death of Pablo tour? Looking back at 2016 is already bittersweet, but if there's any nostalgia at all, it's rooted in the celebration of immense musical talent, both living and dead. So it's in the spirit of inspiration for all the great times to come, that we put together a list of our favorite albums of the year - you know, as a proper "Hey 2016, we like you and all, but FUNK OFF already!"
MICHAEL - Solange - A Seat at the Table
An album with that title says it all. It's an invitation to an intimate experience.
KAT - Mandolin Orange - Blindfaller
It struck a political cord in me at a time in all our lives when the future is uncertain and there is no time like the present than to know what you stand for and to stand tall.
JESS - Adele - 25
I know Adele wasn't technically 2016, but it was close. I love every single song and just adore her in general.
JAY - The Radio Dept. - Running Out of Love
I discovered this band while watching 2005's Marie Antoinette and felt instantly connected. They're poppy, electric, and Swedish! And they aren't afraid to go for the jugular with their lyrics in terms of the widespread moral and political corruption in their country. Also, I mostly listen to music when I'm cleaning, and removed every single stray whisker from my sink while playing this album.
SUZY - Nick Jonas - Last Year Was Complicated
This album is one thing I love more than being with you you you you.