My Best Albums Of 2016 - Tanyel Gumushan
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2016 hasn’t half turned out some amazing albums, and when it comes to end of year lists, you’re never going to quite please everybody. So, away from the obviously blinding work from Bowie and the badass reaction of Beyoncé; even steering away from the romantic arrogance of The 1975 and the kicking atmosphere of those Catfish lads. Then there’s the moody maturity of Rihanna and the long-awaited return of Frank Ocean. Kanye, too. This is harder than expected. In no particular order, these are my picks for the best albums this year… BANKS - The Altar A complete attitude makeover, the previous Goddess slays at The Altar as a sultry songstress. Channelling her inner badass, the record is fierce and fiery, where fast-flowing viper, honest lyricism is slick atop enchanting trip hop rhythms and warped RnB beats. Not completely abandoning her tender side, tracks like ‘Mother Earth’ and ‘To The Tilt’ still stand strong. A rose with many thorns, a shoulder for every emotion. Tove Lo – Ladywood On her second album the Swedish ‘cool girl’ reigns in dominance, calls the shots and gets her way. Whilst many shy away from sharing their chase for thrills, Tove Lo bathes in the pleasure with icy techno beats and flirtatious, effortless vocals. Inevitably truthful on her sexual preferences and even commitment, the levels of vulnerability are balanced with high dosages of confidence. Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini Ethereal, tactile and in places surreal, the eerily mysterious debut from the teenage best friends transports you to a place where fairy-tale characters are tripping out. Ranging from childlike screeches of temper tantrums to creepily angelic harmonies, the vocals are only part of the duo’s act. Synths are jumpy, hip-hop is plagued, and moments are sickly sweet whilst others are nightmare-inducing. It’s a dreamlike thrill. Bastille – Wild World The boys were back with their second studio full length, and didn’t face any law suits this time around. A political statement disguised with 80’s movie nostalgia and dancefloor fever, the number 1 album redefined what is meant by dark pop. Not a single track is mere album filler, each stands alone as an exploration of a close dystopian future that nestles into the subconscious – unbreakable from Smith’s unmistakable falsetto and underlying groove. It’s the epitome of pop culture, a glorious irony. PUP – The Dream Is Over
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