On Friday, Jason and I published a new episode of Encore during which we delved into our top albums of 2016 so far. Here's a link to that episode, and my mid-year list is below.
- Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost
- Pinegrove - Cardinal
- PUP - The Dream Is Over
- Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
- The Hotelier - Goodness
- Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day
- Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
- JANK - Awkward Pop Songs
I really, really love the first five albums here and I'm sure they will be around the top of my EOTY list when 2016 is over with. My sixth, seventh and eighth selections don't inspire the same passion, but I enjoyed them enough to rank them. Thinking through this list, I realized I haven't listened to many albums this year overall -- probably only to about 20 or so, at least enough to consider them for a list like this.
I also enjoyed the new albums from Rihanna, Sturgill Simpson, Brian Fallon, Ariana Grande, Into It. Over It., and Future’s Purple Reign and EVOL. But I didn't feel like any of these were good enough to me that I should include them at the end of the list, so that might not be saying too much. Probably worth mentioning that the Direct Hit! record would likely be on here if I'd listened soon enough.
For some more background: I really, really love Holy Ghost. "Note To Self" is my favorite song in several years. The Pinegrove album is incredible front-to-back and this band has a really exciting sound to me overall. PUP's record is awesome yelly punk rock, and The Hotelier followed up Home Like NoPlace Is There way better than I imagined they would. And Coloring Book probably inspired more of a short-term obsession in me than any of these other albums.
That's about that. Not too much to see here, but there's more in-depth mid-year convo in the podcast link above.