It’s the second day of Christmas and all through the house, everyone was bopping & hopping on the couch! Today I give you the first of a 4 part favorite album saga with my top 5 favorite albums of 2016.
5. M83 – JUNK
This experimental album got mixed reviews by other critics and was criticized by some for being “too commercial compared to his predecessor albums.” I think a lot of reviewers missed the mark of this album and the nostalgia that it oozes. It’s combination of instruments and experimentation is ethereal making it my fifth favorite album of the year. Highlights include Walkaway Blues, For The Kids, Solitude, and Roadblaster.
4. ARIANA GRANDE – DANGEROUS WOMAN
Possibly Ariana’s best album to date, Ariana has finally found ground to stand on with coherency in an album. She served nothing but pure pop perfection with a variety of sounds that blend well together. Her vocals finally shine with her best enunciation since pre-label music. Not to mention that the album is produced beautifully. Highlights from this album include: Moonlight, Be Alright, Greedy, Everyday, and Thinking Bout You.
3. FOXES – ALL I NEED
Louisa delayed this album in 2016 in order to opt for everyone to truly enjoy the music over time. And while some did indeed lose interest, including me, I revisited the album and it grew into something big overtime. This album is yet another pop album that’s beautifully orchestrated, but in this take Foxes vulnerability wins over the hearts of her audience. Highlights include Better Love Ft. Dan Smith, Cruel, If You Leave Me Now, and Devil Side.
2. KARMIN – LEO RISING
Duo Karmin make the #2 spot for my list. With a unique zodiac based album serving multiple visuals, this long awaited album did not let down. Featuring a rockier more indie side of Karmin this self produced album somehow returns to their roots of a more unpolished side of them while still keeping a bit of that polished pop and urban sound that they achieved with their studio albums. Highlights: Dance With You, No Suitcase, Everything, Blame It On My Heart, and I Got You.
1. WET – DON’T YOU
Finally rounding up my list Wet receives the #1 spot on my list. This album has quickly become a favorite album of all time for me. Wet has always had a certain consistency within their music and this album full of electro R&B with confessional lyrics is stunning from beginning to end and truly my favorite album of the year. Kelly’s vocals blend absolutely beautifully and Joe & Marty have progressed musically to show growth since their EP days. Highlights include It’s All In Vain, Deadwater, Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl, Weak, and All The Ways.
Other favorite albums from 2016 include: The 1975 – I like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, Seth Bogart – Self-Titled, Britney Spears – Glory, Charlie Puth – Nine Track Mind, and Hairspray Live!
Stay tuned tomorrow to what else we have in store for 12 Days Of Christmas!