The top fifty albums of 2016, selected by our staff.
L.A. band Local Natives stop at Leeds on their European tour of their new third album Sunlit Youth. Having already played gigs in London and Glasgow, the band will continue their tour in Leeds before heading to Manchester (and several countries around Europe). The band are, of course, no strangers to Leeds having played the Brudenell Social Club in 2013 on their Hummingbird tour, and on the back of another
‘Sunlit Youth’ is a celebration of hooks and nuances with a developing sound which suggests Local Natives are more than ready to truly break out into the minds of the masses.
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