No shortage of great music from the usual suspects and heralded newcomers on the oodles of Best Of 2016 lists. I’ve already recommended some others (tag:2016), and here’s 23 10/10 songs from albums I didn’t get around to. Skip past any you don’t like, I’ll never know.
The 1975 – Love Me
From the 9/10 box of Brian Eno/Peter Gabriel/Frazier Chorus pop surprises succinctly titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
Fantastic Negrito – In The Pines (Oakland)
#blacklivesmatter on the 9/10The Last Days Of Oakland.
Xenia Rubinos – Mexican Chef
From the 7/10 Black Terry Cat, #brownlivesmatter
Suzanne Vega – Carson’s Last Supper
From her one-woman show 7/10 soundtrack Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers.
Steve Mason – Hardly Go Through
From the 6/10 Elbowish Meet The Humans.
Solange – Cranes in the Sky
Unadorned Knowles R&B from the 8/10 A Seat At The Table.
Robbie Fulks – Never Come Home
A folk sleeper from the 8/10 Upland Stories.
Nice As Fuck – Homerun
Jenny Lewis’ 8/10 self-titled replacement for all your 80s workout cassettes.
Margo Price – Weekender
Throwback country from the 9/10 Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.
Anohni – Watch Me
From the 6/10 disturbing but necessary Hopelessness.
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
Title track of his 7/10 walkabout album.
Hayes Carll – Good While It Lasted
Crying like a man from the 6/10 Lovers and Leavers.
Rebecca Ferguson – Hold Me
One of a few Aretha moments from the 7/10 Superwoman.
Infamous Stringdusters – Rock And Roll
Nu/bluegrass royalty (w Abigail Washburn) from the 7/10 Ladies & Gentlemen.
Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth
In love with the LPs aboard the Voyageur space probes on the 9/10 Upcetera.
Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple – Left-Handed Kisses
Comic opera from Bird’s 6/10 Are You Serious?
Frightened Rabbit – I Wish I Was Sober
From the 9/10 Painting Of A Panic Attack.
Corinne Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac
From the 8/10 Minnie Riperton-like The Heart Speaks In Whispers.
Christy Moore – The Gardener
From the 7/10 lilting Lily.
Jeff Beck – Scared for the Children
Beseeching politics (w Rosie Bones) from the 5/10 Loud Hailer.
Christine & The Queens – Christine
Catchy French europop from the 8/10 Chaleur Humaine UK re-release.
Brent Cobb – Diggin’ Holes
Real small-town country from the 8/10 Shine On Rainy Day.
King Creosote – You Just Want
Sly Scottish indie from the 6/10 Astronaut Meets Appleman.