Sunday, 11 December 2016

Some Awe's Best of 2016 - Preliminaries

Another musical year rolls around and along, this one notable, sadly, for the significant loss of so many stars.

As ever, this is my preliminary list. I will whittle it down to a top twenty at the turn of the year. I say to myself it will be a top ten, but I never cull that successfully.

Looking at last year's Preliminaries list I told myself I would edit far more this time around. I couldn't. I am not saying I know each one of these albums well, but I have listened and liked them all. It seems a ridiculously long list, but in reality it is a snippet of the music released in a year. It is what it is, and genuinely so.

* - indicates I have reviewed on this site: copy/paste or type in band and album in Search window

Aaron Neville – Apache
Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
Allison Crowe - Heirs + Grievances  *
Baaba Maal - The Traveller
Beth Hart - Fire On The Floor
Beyoncé - Lemonade
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - Kings and Kings  *
Blues Pills - Lady in Gold  *
Bonnie Raitt - Dig in Deep  *
Branford Marsalis Quartet - Upward Spiral  *
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
Case-Lang-Veirs - Case-Lang-Veirs
Cee Cee James - Stripped Down & Surrendered  *
Chatham County Line – Autumn
Christina Pluhar - Pluhar-Orfeo Chaman
Christine and The Queens - Chaleur Humaine
Daniel Lanois - Goodbye To Language
David Bowie - Blackstar  *
David Crosby – Lighthouse  *
Devon Allman - Ride Or Die
Dhafer Youssef - Diwan of Beauty and Odd
Dodgy - What Are We Fighting For
Don Williams - One Good Well
Dori Freeman - Dori Freeman  *
Drive-By Truckers - American Band
Dwight Yoakam - Swimmin Pools Movie Stars  *
Eric Clapton - I Still Do
Eric Lindell - Matters of the Heart
Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution  *
Father John Misty - Real Love Baby
Foghat - Under the Influence  *
Frankie Miller - Frankie Miller's Double Take  *
Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley  *
Gerry Beckley – Carousel
GONG - Rejoice! I'm Dead!  *
Graham Nash - This Path Tonight
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
James Holden, Camilo Tirado, Luke Abbott - Outdoor Museum of Fractals 555Hz  *
Jane Siberry - Angels Bend Closer
Jimmy Stewart - Poor Rambler  *
Joan As Police Woman - Let It Be You
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
Joe Bonamassa - Blues Of Desperation  *
John Prine - For Better, Or Worse
Judy Collins & Ari Hest - Silver Skies Blue  *
Jukka Perko Avara - Invisible Man
Kandace Springs - Soul Eyes  *
Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
Kurt Elling - The Beautiful Day Kurt Elling Sings Christmas  *
Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker
Le Wolves - Le Wolves  *
Lex Grey And The Urban Pioneers - Heal My Soul  *
Lubomyr Melnyk – Illirion  *
Lucia Cadotsch - Speak Low  *
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real - Something Real
Marillion - F E A R [Fuck Everyone and Run]
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Things That We Are Made Of
Metallica - Hardwired To Self-Destruct  *
Motorhead - Clean Your Clock
Mountain Dust - Nine Years  *
Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch 2
Neil Young – Peace Trail  *
Neil Young & Promise of the Real - Earth
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Nils Petter Molvaer – Buoyancy
Norah Jones - Day Breaks
Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa – Eros  *
Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger  *
Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics  *
Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre  *
Rachael Yamagata - Tightrope Walker  *
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Rebecca Ferguson – Superwoman  *
Richmond Fontaine - You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To *
Rich Robinson – Paper
Rival Sons - Hollow Bones
Robin Trower - Where You Are Going To  *
Róisín Murphy - Take Her Up to Monto
Rossington - Take It On Faith  *
Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung  * 
Sam Carter - How the City Sings  *
Santana - Santana IV
Scott Matthews - Home Part 2
Seth Lakeman - Ballads Of The Broken Few  *
Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle - Colvin & Earle
Shawn James - On the Shoulders of Giants
Steeleye Span - Dodgy Bastards  *
Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Teddy Thompson And Kelly Jones - Little Windows  *
The Answer – Solas  *
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel
The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust
The Olympians - The Olympians  *
The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
The Temperance Movement - White Bear  *
Tony Joe White - Rain Crow
Transmigrant - The Philomath  *
Trembling Bells - Wide Majestic Aire
Ty Curtis - Blame Me  *
Van Der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb
Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing
Vince Gill - Down To My Last Bad Habit  *
Wolf People - Ruins

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