I guess you can call me old as each year when it comes to writing this post, I realise that I've spent the majority of the year listening to 90's music. This year is no different and as such this post was actually pretty difficult to compile. I've made a mental note to ensure I keep up with new releases better in 2017. After much consideration, I managed to pull a list together - let's take a look at my favourite albums of 2016!
5. Britney Spears - Glory
Coming back with her 9th album is just one of Britney's accolades of 2016. The Princess of Pop also continued her Las Vegas residency and returned to the VMA's to perform for the first time in 9 years. What I like about her music is that whilst she's come a long way since "Baby One More Time", her sound has changed over the years to stay relevant to current chart trends but you can still recognise "it's Britney, bitch," when you hear a new song. The particularly catchy "Private Show" is my stand-out track form the album.
4. Emmy The Great - Second Love
Ok, so I have a confession to make regarding this one. I like this album but have only made it past track five a handful times. In fact, "Second Love" has made it onto this list solely due to my year-long obsession with the opening track "Swimming Pool". I just love the speed and lyrics of the first 4 lines of the chorus and cannot get enough. According to Spotify, it's my second most listened to track of the year.
3. Mooseblood - Blush
I break up this all-female line up to talk about Mooseblood's latest release. Blush is a catchy, pop-punky/emo album. I don't listen to much current music of this genre so although this is new, it has a nostalgic feel of roadtrips, gigs and festivals from when I was younger which I love. With a Kerrang Best Song Award nomination for "Honey", a stint at this year's Warped tour and a place on the bill of A Day To Remember's upcoming stadium tour, I'm excited to see what the future holds for Canterbury's favourite four piece.
2. Solange - A Seat At The Table
In her interview with Stereogum (which give a really interesting insight into the writing process of the album), Solange described the topics of this album to be empowerment, independence, self discovery and how being a black woman plays a big role in that - all of which is very apparent when you listen to the record. As a white person, I found it to be a really important education piece in the experiences faced by people of colour as well as being an album I adore musically. "A Seat At The Table" is made up of songs of proud celebration of black culture, peppered with tracks of outrage and anger at racism. This album is a masterpiece, a beautiful, empowering and soulful masterpiece.
1. Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
The Scottish duo return with a new drummer and the follow up to their debut self-titled album. For me, "Babes Never Die" is a collection of grrl power and "phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes" style pop-rock anthems. This band are so massively underrated, if you like Wolf Alice or Best Coast, Honeyblood (whose name is also a lyric from a Hole song, so I was bound to them love them) are definitely one to check out. I love the accompaniment of angry lyrics and high-pitched, innocent sounding vocals. Plus, their band name is the lyric from a Hole song. "Babes Never Die" & "Justine, Misery Queen" are my favourites on the album.
Runners up: Deftones - Gore, Every Time I Die - Low Teens, Hinds - Leave Me Alone, Die Antwoord - Mount Ninja & Da Nice Time Kid & Banks - The Altar.