Top 10 Albums of Early 2016

Review by Benjamin Gertner

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10. Mothers – When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
Full of exposed emotions, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired gives listeners a window into the frontwoman’s soul in these raw, reflective songs.

9. Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros
Ray LaMontagne presents his fans with a vibrant and unexpected album.

8. Panic! at the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
In this pop-driven album, Panic! gives listeners a collection of songs reflective of Brendon Urie’s journey in life and in music.

7. Damien Jurado – Visions of Us on the Land
This experienced songwriter adds another psychedelic album to his discography, even more musically intricate than any of his previous records.

6. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
In their sophomore album, The 1975 delivers their powerful, synth-y style, while also experimenting with softer, acoustic tracks.

5. Dustin Kensrue – Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood
A collection of live covers by the lead singer of Thrice, ranging from songs like Brand New’s “Jesus Christ” to Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”

4. Låpsley– Låpsley
In her debut album, this young British songwriter delivers an electronic masterpiece.

3. David Bowie – Blackstar
Released just a few days before this legend’s death, Blackstar is a goodbye of sorts.

2. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
As perhaps as one of the most anticipated albums of 2016, The Life of Pablo does not disappoint. This album is full of erratic beats and infectious melodies that have recently become a part of this controversial rapper’s signature style.

1. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.
Lamar dropped this surprise album of To Pimp A Butterfly B-sides early in March, shocking his fans around the world. Insightful and politically charged, untitled unmastered. is immensely satisfying for new and old fans alike.

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