The top fifty albums of 2016, selected by our staff.
Although ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’ is Courteeners’ most diverse and interesting record to date, its identity is muddled.
Opting for a more psychedelic rave style, there was great promise for a wonderfully original album from Crystal Fighters, but we’ve ended up with a surprisingly bland and lifeless one.
After the sunny success of ‘Howlin’, Jagwar Ma’s second album is an unimaginative follow-up.
‘Stay Together’ is admittedly fresh and clean sounding, but Kaiser Chiefs have surrendered so much of their identity with the step into such territory that it makes for a very unconvincing makeover.