6. Cheap Trick-Bang, Zoom, Crazy…hello
America’s greatest band released an album this year. Robin Zander’s voice gets better with time. He’s part of a very small group of singers that have his history and can still say that. The guitar riffs are sold by the baker’s dozen. They even throw in the very Bowie-esque “When I wake up tomorrow” to show you they aren’t stuck in a rut. Your Mamma’s alright and Your Daddy’s alright and this album is really alright!
7. Savages – Adore Life
Women are killing men when it comes to punk rock. I can name at least 12 great punk bands that are fronted by a female. Savages are an all female band, and it seems silly, but even in 2016 that is a rarity. The title track asks the very interesting question “is it human to adore life” boy I hope so. I really don’t want to believe that we are hardwired to negativity. Enjoy each day and enjoy this album.
8. The Last Shadow Puppets- Everything you’ve come to expect
These young men are so impressive. I love Alex Turner and Miles Kane for their individual bands but when they come together as the Last Shadow Puppets it is something all together different and really wonderful. This album picks up where their last one left off and it is a great place to be.
9. Kings of Leon- Walls
I don’t think anything will ever compare to the first time I heard Kings of Leon. The first album was perfect. They play stadiums now and are married and have kids with supermodels, so there’s that. Even though they are not as hungry as that first time out, they deliver a great album of tunes here. I think they may have been listening to some Pink Floyd during the recording of WALLS. Pink Floyd wrote some good songs around the Wall as well.
10. Leonard Cohen WANT IT DARKER
I love how modern this recording by an 82 year old sounds. I love how Leonard embraces the end. The line “I am ready my lord” that is so punk rock. I love Leonard Cohen. Smoking is bad for you though.
11. Solange- A Seat at the Table
I am so proud of myself for giving this album a listen. I ended up winning big with a wonderful listening and musical experience delivered by Solange. In a prior time I may have thrown this to the side assuming it was pop or rap garbage made by the masses for the masses. What it is is a very personal journey that you feel very privileged to be let into by Solange. Great album and deserved of a best-of nod.
Please come back as we look at #5-1 for 2016.
Mike @ Spool Going Round