My Top 10 Albums of 2016

Best albums of 2016

2016 has proven to be a year to forget in respect to my reviews. The amount of albums I accepted and committed to reviewing completely overwhelmed me to the point of practically hiding myself and only coming out every once in a while. This includes writing reviews for the other two great sites that I love writing for. I’ve accepted considerably less albums to review this year and really just stuck with reviewing what I wanted to review, and for all of those emails that I never responded to and to the one or two reviews that I never wrote, I sincerely apologize and I hope that 2017 will bring me back to my old self.

That being said, 2016 was perhaps the best year in a long time for new albums, and as I so love to do every year, I want to talk about my top ten album picks of 2016. There are surely a lot of great independent albums that I passed up that could deserve mentions, and even a major release or two that could have stood a chance. For instance, had I listened to Kaleo‘s A/B in full I’m sure it would probably be on this list, considering how great everything I’ve heard from it is, but I haven’t heard the full album and thus can’t really assess it. But here are the ten picks that I know are great.

And please check out my past top 10 lists here.

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The Pack A.D. “Positive Thinking”

the Pack A.D. Positive Thinking Album Review

It was two years and four days ago that I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, prompting me to buy their then most recent album Do Not Engage after having a pleasant encounter with them between sets. You can read my review of that album here. The rock duo was five full length albums deep at that time and I had in fact heard their name thrown around every now and then before then, but seeing them perform that day was exactly the push I needed, otherwise I wouldn’t be here reviewing their recently released sixth album Positive Thinking.

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The Pack A.D. “Do Not Engage”

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m not typically a fan of rock duos. I’m usually the cynic who thinks “why can’t they just get a bass player?” And I usually find their sound, especially their live sound, to be missing something significant. Two months ago when I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, I was shown that I could be proven wrong. Only putting about half of my attention to the stage (though my full attention was to the music) it took me about three songs to realize that there were only two members on stage; guitarist/vocalist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller. Their sound was so full and loud live that the absence of a third member didn’t seem to cross my mind.


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