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Wes Davis’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

Written by Staff. Posted in Lists, Music

By Wes Davis

I had a lot of trouble deciding on the best albums from this exciting and emotional year for music. The deaths of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen represent the end of an era where artists stood behind their music, seen best by Bowie’s persona of Ziggy Stardust. However, we are starting to see a revival of this idea that the music can speak for itself. Look at Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, and Chance the Rapper’s gospel album, Coloring Book. Despite the modesty in some artists, we are reminded that fame exists and it is intoxicating. As I listened to Life of Pablo I could feel Kanye’s desire for redemption from the people and his knowledge that God’s grace can set him free from his sins. Life of Pablo goes from praising and thanking God in “Ultralight Beam” to pleading for forgiveness in  “FML”.

Despite there being a plethora of great Indie albums this year, like Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, Whitney’s debut album Light Upon the Lake, Mitski’s Puberty 2 and many more, I kept finding myself coming back the Hip Hop and rap albums released this past year. From underground Chicago rappers like Joey Purp to Kanye. Without a doubt, 2016 is a big year for the hip hop scene. West Coast hip hop in the past year has been heavily influence by Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 To Pimp a Butterfly, prominently seen in Anderson Paak’s Malibu and Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade. Childish Gambino’s recently dropped album, Awaken, My Love has unexpected throwback sound for the young rapper, bringing the west coast groove and ’70’s rock to the hip hop scene, with his sound and his transition from “word-play” rap to this hip hop groove makes it one of my favorite albums this year.  So it makes sense that many of Top 10 albums this year revolve around the hip hop genre.

  1. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
  2. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  3. Kanye West, Life of Pablo
  4. Solange, A Seat at the Table
  5. Frank Ocean, Blond
  6. Conor Oberst, Ruminations
  7. Anderson Paak, Malibu
  8. Noname, Telefone
  9. Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Denial
  10. Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love

WCYT’s Most Played albums of 2016

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1.

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

2.

Wild Nothing – Life of Pause

3.

Parquet Courts – Human Performance

4.

Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

5.

Animal Collective – Painting With

6.

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven

7.

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

8.

Mitski – Puberty 2

9.

Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

10.

Dr. Dog – The Psychedelic Swamp

11.Adore Life – Savaged

12.Lost Time – TacocaT

13.Is The Is Are – DIIV

14.Dolls of Highland – Kyle Craft

15.Sunlit Youth – Local Natives

16.We Disappear – The Thermals

17.Leave Me Alone – Hinds

18.Nonagon Infinity-King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

19.New Misery – Cullen Omori

20.Singing Saw – Kevin Morby

Remember Us to Life by Regina Spektor

Written by Staff. Posted in Music, Reviews

An album review by Emma Poor

Remember Us to Life by Regina Spektor is her seventh studio album and one of her best ones yet. For most of her songs she recorded with a full orchestra that increased the intensity of her music. Her lyrics are powerful and well-written, digging to the heart and begging you to listen. Her songs are more lyrics driven than anything where the full orchestra adds to the lyrics by swelling up behind her words. In Tornadoland when her lyrics turn more jazz inspired, the orchestra remains eerie and increasingly grows louder. In most of her songs, she sings in a minor key that is balanced out by her light vocals. The minor key is common in most of her music spanning across all of her albums. The song Obsolete is over six minutes long and entirely worth listening to with the dark lyrics, questioning life and its meaning while directly after, Sellers of Flowers is reminiscent and carefree. The first two songs have hints of pop music and are more upbeat than the rest of the album. I thoroughly enjoyed the album and would definitely listen to the album over and over again.

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