Tag Archives: Albums (2016)

Best albums of 2016 — full list

The full list: 1. KING – We are KING 2. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition 3. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service 4. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings 5. … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2016 – Part Five

4. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings In October I thought the second disc was a disappointment after the masterful second. Now I need it all, even the song about the Tin Man and the dear old sun. … Continue reading

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The best of 2016 — Part four

8. Fantasia –The Definition Of… I understand Idol worship is not the stuff of which “narratives” are made, not when a hep industry cat can admit to a homosexual crush using Notepad; otherwise he sings about love and loss with … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2016 – Part Three

12. Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP A few days ago Blank Face LP sat in the bottom half of my top ten. Replays undermined my case. Its weaknesses are its strengths, though, the sprawl reflecting an imagination struggling over … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2016 – Part Two

16. Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town Her debut an intelligent bore, Brandy Clark’s sophomore album is the equivalent of a defibrillator. She does disco-inflected country (“Girl Next Door”), sarcasm-crazed Loudon Wainwright (“Daughter”), and well-lit melancholy (“Three … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2016 – Part One

20. Bonnie Raitt — Dig in Deep “Because [she] has never sounded young or shown much interest in courting the youth market, she has stood in place waiting for us to age into the experiences depicted in her best material,” … Continue reading

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Celebrating: Dawn Richard and A Tribe Called Quest

Dawn Richard – Redemption Dawn Richards aspires to become a cuckoo clock, an ice cream bell, a set of wind chimes. On her third full length release, the former Danity Kane singer, in a move that’s closer to synthesis than … Continue reading

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Bold and beautiful: Miranda Lambert’s ‘The Weight of These Wings’

Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings An unexamined assumption in criticism is the importance of rue. Artists adduce their depth by showing remorse, self-awareness. This is known as the Kanye Clause. No more a sign of depth than … Continue reading

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Kenny Chesney and Youssou N’Dour

Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah My sister was on my case a couple years ago for not giving him a chance, so I’ve spent the last three weeks exploring a catalog whose consistency indicates no cohesion, ideological or otherwise. Aesthetic … Continue reading

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The best albums of 2016 — third quarter update

The last time I post one of these things before December. In chronological order: Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude David Bowie – Blackstar Anderson Paak – Malibu The 1975 – I like it when … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga and Leonard Cohen

Lady Gaga – Joanne Acknowledged as a failure by listeners who forgot her first two albums had tracks that sucked too, ARTPOP sounds tight three years after its release. I suspect the arena-ready electronics weren’t novel enough to mitigate Lady … Continue reading

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Standing in place: Solange and Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers – American Band Horrorstruck that the Southern rock opera they composed over a decade ago has taken the dimensions of farce without the tragedy, the quintet mix up the vocals and the bitterness, foregoing any interest in boogie, … Continue reading

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