Author: Leon Blair
I'm an album guy - always have been and always be. Here at Country Music Minds, we take the concept of an album very seriously, so much so that you could say we have higher (or stricter) standards than other blogs. That being said, 2016 had a lot of great albums, more so than we could fit in with our album of the year candidates. Therefore, we wanted to put together a list of what we considered to be the top 25 albums of this year. They aren't ranked in any particular order. All they are is proof of how great 2016 was from a musical standpoint.
Please note, OUR ALBUM OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES ARE NOT HERE. THEY ARE LISTED RIGHT HERE! However, these other eleven albums are also considered to be among the best that 2016 had to offer. Without further ado, here they are -
We're just about past the halfway point of 2016, and I thought it'd be a great time to share some of my favorite albums I've heard so far this year.
Please note that this is not intended to be a "Best of 2016" list, because that would imply an in-depth knowledge of 2016 new releases that I currently lack. The fact that I only joined CMM in April and didn't decide to do a midyear/endyear list until May has resulted in me being a little behind in new releases. There are several acclaimed releases I fully intend to listen to but haven't yet, as well as some I listened to and enjoyed but haven't yet spent enough time with to feel comfortable writing about. In other words, if you don't see an album here, it is almost certainly not intended as a slight. I will have a more conventional, ranked "best of" list at the end of the year when I'm all caught up!
Author: Leon Blair
Album. Merriam Webster defines one as "a long musical recording on a record, CD, etc., that usually includes a set of songs". That's a somewhat vague and inaccurate description. A true album tells a story, one that requires a full, uninterrupted listen. Even the best music can forget to do this. You could easily find a phenomenal album that's chock full of fantastic material, but only the best ones tell an actual cohesive story.
That's what makes an artist like Chris King so special in today's musical landscape. After releasing the dynamite country-gold record in 2013 titled "1983", King is now back with his sophomore album, "Animal". This time, King has traded in the country sounds for something that resembles more of a rock sound, couple with spacious production that will surely take you on a hell of a ride.
Really, reviewing an album like "Animal" is hard, mainly because talking about it spoils the masterful story told here. I can't go out of order and tell you what the best songs are, nor can I signal out any one track for being a standout, because that wouldn't be doing this album any justice. You take away even one song from this collection and you've ruined it. That's not a sign of bad artistry mind you. It's the polar opposite.