2016 has been a year filled with Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump getting their ways, which is always going to be a terrible thing and not to mention losing Bowie, Prince and Alan Rickman.
Luckily though it has been a stellar year for music with established artists such as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Green Day all bringing their A-game as well as the music scene being flooded with a whole host of immense talent from the likes of Yak, Hinds and Skinny Girl Diet all releasing incredible debut albums.
We have tried our very best at Smashed Vinyl to pick out the best albums of the year, all for your enjoyment.
A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here. Thank for your service (Ewan Atkinson)
The album that woke up the world like an alarm clock. It’s political commentary, on point beats and clever lyricism all make this one of the best albums of the year. With guest appearances from the like of Jack White really help cement this album as being one of the best comeback albums of all time, not to mention the fact that 'We The People' is probably the best track of 2016 and has been played by every radio show host everywhere.
Thumbuster – No:P (Joe Cadman)
Considering that Thumbuster are a kind of supergroup of the Sheffield DIY scene, their album was never going to be a let-down but ‘No:P’ exceeds expectations. Members of Best Friends, Radical Boy and Nai Harvest come together to make low-fi college rock that throws you straight back to the genre’s 90’s heyday. Yes, it’s rough around the edges but that’s just part of its charm and you’ll do well to not fall in love after just one listen.
Charles Bradley - Changes (Martha Cleary)
Bradley’s third album is his finest. Less James Brown and more Al Green, with a Black Sabbath cover that is raw, powerful and soulful as hell. 2016 is lucky to have this album.
Show Me the Body - Body War (Jess Lynch)
A tirade of emotion. I think what makes this album so attractive is its intimidating aura. Its aggressive and attacking nature pushes you further into its dark and mysterious vortex of thrash and screams. Filled to the brim with frustration and angst, I have often listened to this album to vent out my own tensions. I love the mixture of punk and hip-hop, songs like Honest Hour evoke a similarity to Suicidal Tendancies' Institutionalised. Highlights include ‘Tight SWAT’, ‘Honesty Hour’ and ‘Metallic Taste’.
Palace - So Long Forever (Claire Thorn)
Opening up the emotional barriers the album starts with he track ‘Break The Silence’ coming in eerily to reveal the echo of Leo Wyndham’s haunting voice. A sense of serenity is given to me whilst listening to this album and thoughts come flooding in through the barriers you have opened up.
Wrong Crowd- Tom Odell (Madelene Aldridge)
Three years after his debut album and with a John Lewis advert under his belt Tom Odell released his second album Wrong Crowd in May to rave reviews. The only criticism of the album is that he waited so long to release it but, you can’t rush perfection.