The best albums of 2016 in my opinion

With the new year approaching, I look forward to many new posts concerning the intersection of music and society on this blog.  At the same time, I wanted to close out the year by simply doing what almost every other media and commentary source about music does every year at this time.  As such, here are my own best albums (limited to 25 and only to new releases) of the year presented without comment for anyone’s interest or consideration.  See you all here in the new year, j

  1. Sturgill Simpson – A sailor’s guide to earth
  2. BJ Barham – Rockingham
  3. Miranda Lambert – the weight of these wings
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here…thank you 4 your service
  5. Various Artists – Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Symphonic
  6. Amanda Shires – My piece of land
  7. Mavis Staples – Living on a high note
  8. Against Me – Shape Shift with me
  9. Alicia Keys – Here
  10. Wilco – Schmilco
  11. Beyonce – Lemonade
  12. The Head and the Heart – Signs of Life
  13. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered
  14. Nice as Fuck – Eponymous
  15. PJ Harvey – The hope six demolition party
  16. Usher – Hard II Love
  17. Lady Gaga – Joanne
  18. Garth Brooks – Gunslinger
  19. Norah Jones – Day Breaks
  20. Leonard Cohen – you want it darker
  21. KT Tunstall – KIN
  22. Lucinda Williams – the Ghosts of Highway 20
  23. Tegan and Sara – Love you to death
  24. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  25. Metallica – Hard wired to self destruct

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