Greetings, Afterword brothers and sisters,
We’ve all read so many “Albums of the year” lists now, that we’re full to bursting. But I hope you have room for at least one more helping. Because here comes the duco01 Favourite New Albums of 2016 list, and I like to think that it’s worth at least a quick glance. When I’ve done lists of previous years, I’ve restricted myself to 40 albums, but 2016 has been such an outstanding 12 months full of fine records that I’ve been compelled to expand the chart to an unprecedented 60 titles. And I still found there wasn’t room for albums by perennial favourites like Paul Simon and Lucinda Williams in the sixty.
Looking at the list, I see that 40 out of the albums are wholly or almost wholly instrumental, while only 20 are basically albums of songs. I don’t know why this is. I’ve certainly never made a conscious decision to seek out more music without the human voice on it; it’s just happened that way. One’s tastes mutate and evolve.
So here we are. I’ll start with the also-rans, numbers 41 to 60. But 2016 has been such a gem of a musical year that even these stragglers are well worth your attention…