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.
Hinds – Leave Me Alone (Joe Cadman)
Released back in January it’s easy to forget that Hinds’ debut came out this year. Ramshackle in the best way possible, the Spanish quartet’s infectious care free attitude bleeds into the very bones of ‘Leave Me Alone’. If you ever need cheering up you won’t do much wrong whacking ‘Leave Me Alone’ on at full blast.
Green Day – Revolution Radio (Ewan Atkinson)
In 2016, we really needed a return to form from Green Day and we certainly got it. ‘Bang Bang’ the first single from the album released back in August is one of the best tracks of the year; it’s an angry, energetic, politicised scream into the abyss. The rest of the album one released in October did not disappoint with tracks ’Revolution Radio’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and ‘Forever Now’ all living up to the hype created by ‘Bang Bang’.
Agnes Obel - Citizens Of Glass (Claire Thorn)
Creating stunning instrumental palettes, painting new misty realms to enter. A cinematic experience is pushed out towards you quietly as you tip toe inside, and welcome the sound of cellos and pianos.
Warpaint - Heads Up (Jess Lynch)
At first I was hesitant. Hearing New Song, it seemed to be such a leap from their previous album, coming across extremely 'poppy'. However it's a song that definitely grew on me and after a few listens I could totally hear their original spirit that I fell in love with at the start. From there on it only got better. In such a male dominated industry, it's so empowering to see a female band doing so well and with such a strong and independent sound. Highlights include ‘By Your Side’, ‘Today Dear’ and ‘Dre’.
Daughter - The End (Madelene Aldridge)
Daughter has lived up to the high expectations of fans and critics alike with their emotional second album The End.