The top fifty albums of 2016, selected by our staff.
by Ollie Rankine Now having sunk into the depths of September, music fanatics across Britain are once again engulfed by the dreary beginnings of the autumn months. Although summer is at an end with the festival season having now drawn its final breath, we are somewhat comforted by the arrival of one of Britain’s most distinguished annual music awards, the Mercury Prize. Ignoring any notion of album sales or material statistics,
by Matthew Langham Savages’ focussed, demonic Silence Yourself was amongst one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2013 with its confrontational approach to experimental rock and punk. With a Mercury Prize nomination in their back pocket, the all-female foursome return with the follow-up to their debut record, Adore Life. Aesthetically the band borrowed liberally from their post-punk influences, including Joy Division and Siouxsie & The Banshees, and they ran away
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