Top Ten Albums of 2016 – Peter McNally
Peter McNally is a man of taste, refinement and subtle insight! In case you don’t know, he’s reviewed a number of albums and gigs for us over the last year. We managed to pin him down and get his thoughts on the Best Albums of 2016. He has a few unusual choices, so check out the list below!
10. Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
Much has been made of this being Neurosis shortest album in 26 years. But, clocking in at just less than 40 minutes, the always-ambitious Bay Area legends still pack in more ideas than any of the bands their unique brand of metal has spawned in their considerable wake.
9. Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead
Anyone who’s seen Rusangano Family live knows what an exciting prospect the trio are. First full–length, Let The Dead Bury The Dead, is a rousing call to arms from the Limerick outfit.
8. Slomatics – Future Echo Returns
On their most ambitious release to date, the Belfast fuzz–lords complete a trilogy of albums, which set them well apart from the pack. A staggeringly beautiful noise.
7. Swans – The Glowing Man
If this is to be the last outing of Swans in their current formation, then they finish off a thrilling six-year run of albums, which began with 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, on a career high.
6. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled/Unmastered
Proof that King Kendrick’s leftovers are more interesting than most folk’s main courses, this collection of b–sides and studio jams is an excellent companion to his 2015 masterwork, To Pimp A Butterfly.
5. Angel Olsen – My Woman
From the shimmering, silvery synths of ‘Intern’, the 60s girl group chords of ‘Never Be Mine’ and ‘Sister’, to the blissed out dream–pop of ‘Those Were The Days’ – My Woman sees Olsen transfer from lo–fi to hi–fi like a fucking champ!
4. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
‘Daydreaming’ and ‘True Love Waits’ are already worth the price of admission alone, but there’s so much more on A Moon Shaped Pool – not least the kraut–rock glam stomp of ‘Ful Stop’ and the beautiful acoustic shuffle of ‘Present Tense’.
3. Katie Kim – Salt
With 2012’s epic Cover & Flood, Katie Kim scoffed at the myth of the difficult second album. On Salt, she emphatically sets out her stall as one of the island’s most interesting and important artists.
2. David Bowie – Blackstar
Gaining more significance with each passing month, Bowie’s last act might end up being the most closely examined statement of his long career – an unexpectedly masterful epitaph.
1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Born under tragic circumstances, Skeleton Key is maybe Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ most emotionally affecting album to date. ‘I Need You’, in particular, features a stunningly fragile and honest vocal performance from King Ink himself.