The 16 albums that helped us survive this crazy 2016

The 16 albums that helped us survive this crazy 2016

As we ready our escape into 2017, let us finish the year on a high note, temporarily ignore the maelstrom of political hate, violence and intolerance and praise what was a banner year for music.

I haven’t been so consistently impressed by a single calendar’s album haul in quite some time; the pond seemed stocked all year. But of course, all these great tunes came checkered with the year’s incessant tragic headlines.

So in lieu of a traditional “best albums” ranking, instead here is a chronological list of the LPs that got us through this frenetic 2016; records that were not only my musical favorites, but projects that possess the power to heal, inspire or uplift. Have a listen and try to feel a little better about the world. — Bobby Olivier

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Published at Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:22:33 +0000