Ladies and gentlemen – Now introducing the #1 album of 2016….
Anderson Paak’s Malibu!
I don’t even know where to start. This album is laced with musical diversity. It’s fun and exciting and musically stellar.
The guy can play instruments, sing, and rap with the best of them. It makes for a pretty marvelous record.
Congrats, Anderson Paak!
Under normal circumstances, this album would be the best album of the year. It’s short and to the point, but beautiful throughout.
But this year wasn’t normal. There was another masterpiece of an album that ended up beating this one out.
If there could be co-#1’s, Bon Iver would share in that award. But 22, A Million is #2 this year instead.
Mitski has returned with her new release, Puberty 2.
Mitski may not be for everyone, but she is extremely charming and infectious.
I encourage indie music fans to check out Mitski – not just this album, but her first release as well.
It’s a breath of fresh air.
I’ve been putting my flag in Thomston for a few years now. He’s been on my radar as the most exciting new artist for as long as he’s been releasing music.
I was anxiously anticipating his first full-length album. And here it is in Topograph.
Is it great? Absolutely. Is it as incredible as I hoped? Maybe not.
But it’s hard to deny that he has one of the coolest voices out there right now. I suspect he’ll grow his fanbase after his next release. Producers seem to just have a little more work to do with him.
Music with heart… that’s what people say they want. They want to feel emotions. They want a song that will bring them to tears.
If that’s you, look no further.
Anohni is on this countdown representing genuine emotion in music. It’s unbelievable how much she pours out her heart throughout Hopelessness.
It’s a fantastic album that will undoubtedly be a timeless classic.
James Blake usually tops this countdown. Unfortunately, though, The Colour in Anything is a slight miss from the usual masterpieces Mr. Blake is able to put together.
I don’t know what it is that’s missing, but it’s missing something.
Needless to say, though, it’s still a great album – and something worth adding to your collection of artistic electronic music.
There are always a few hip-hop albums that speak to me every year. I’ve been a fan of Chance’s since he hit the indie underground scene playing small festivals several years back. His jazz and fusion influence is refreshing. He’s young. He’s smart.
He has a promising future ahead of him. I hope he continues to push the envelope by mashing together high-intellect genres of music.
Lemonade was obviously released without warning. This brought about a ton of media attention. And rightfully so. Her HBO special was made into an unprecedented event.
Beyonce not only knows how to make a theatrical event out of something others would just call an album release, but she also is writing very sophisticated songs right now.
There is so many layers to Lemonade. It’s true art. You don’t have to be a pop music fan to appreciate that.
It’s safe to say Tegan and Sara will forever be on this countdown. They may end up going down in history as one of Music’s Master’s favorite artists in history.
I don’t know what else to say. Much like all of their previous releases, this album is more of the same. It’s great simple songwriting.
Consistency is key with these ladies. And they always seem to bring it.
Car Seat Headrest has received a lot of attention this year with the latest release, “Teens of Denial.”
The music is so simple, yet so hard to pigeonhole. His voice sounds a lot like Beck, but the music is grunge/punk rock.
The power can be found in the lyrics. They’re accessible and layer on a boatload of provocation.