The top fifty albums of 2016, selected by our staff.
Amnesty may have been released in mid-August, but it is an album designed for the dead of a winter’s night.
To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album