Compiling a Favorite Edition list for 2016 was tough, and the titles in the last half of the original list didn’t have solid locks on their rank, as the revised list now shows.
- Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
- Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 4
- MONO, Requiem for Hell
- Solange, A Seat at the Table
- A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service
- Perfume, COSMIC EXPLORER
- Drive By Truckers, American Band
- Shaprece, COALS
- Cocco, Adan Ballet
- Colvin & Earle, Colvin & Earle
Perfume has been around for years, but I’ve been mostly immune to their charms. Then someone set the viral clip of a neo-Nazi getting punched in the face on live TV to the 5/8 middle section of “Polyrhythm”. At first, I thought it was clever audio editing for the video, till I heard the song itself and discovered, no, it really does switch to 5/8.
I’ve been playing catch up ever since.
Utada Hikaru’s comeback was welcome, but Perfume provided some needed ear candy to offset the advent of the current leadership in Washington, D.C.
Ty Herndon’s post-coming out album is still indeed a fun, optimistic listen, but We Got It From Here was hip-hop’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth — both highly ambitious albums with little room for filler.