A year ago I said that 2016 wasn’t the best year for new music, but it was considerably better than 2017 in my opinion. There haven’t been many new albums that have stood out, but the following are my favourites from the year.
Last month John Mayer released Wave One from his new album The Search For Everything, essentially the first four songs of the album. And today Mayer released the next four, Wave Two, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop all day. These four songs build on the brilliance of the first four and contain so many different vibes, tones and genres it’s unreal.
I don’t think it’s been the best year for new music but six albums have stood out the most to me, six albums I have thoroughly enjoyed.
It’s getting to that time of year where Christmas albums are being released ready for the holiday season and I was overcome with excitement a few months ago when I found out She & Him would be releasing their second Christmas album. Their first, A Very She & Him Christmas, was released in 2011 and has been a favourite of mine ever since. Their new album Christmas Party carries on the tradition in fantastic style.
Released to coincide with director Ron Howard’s new Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, Live At The Hollywood Bowl is a beautifully packaged live album which was actually originally released in 1977. However this new edition has been sublimely remixed and remastered with the addition of four new songs that weren’t on the original album. The songs, all recorded from various shows the band played at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Los Angeles, sound fantastic and about as fresh as if they were performed and recorded yesterday.
Blur – The Magic Whip
I’ll start with my favourite album of the year by a country mile, The Magic Whip by Blur. Coming out of the blue 12 years after their previous album it was one hell of a surprise to say the least, but it was well worth the wait. I’m a huge Blur fan and I’d been waiting so long for a new album from them, especially after Graham Coxon rejoined the band in 2009 and the three new songs released since 2010. And this year, 2015, we finally got it.