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Top 50 Albums of 2016 (as of 17/12/2016)

I listened to a total of 88 new albums this year, but these have been my 50 favourites.

50. Teenage Fanclub - Here
49. The Joy Formidable -
48. Hannah Georgas -
For Evelyn
47. Let's Eat Grandma -
I, Gemini
46. The Duke Spirit -
45. Moonface and Siinai -
My Best Human Face
44. Slow Club -
One Day All Of This Won't Matter Anymore
43. Field Music -
42. Jason Collett -
Song And Dance Man
41. Keren Ann -
You're Gonna Get Love

40. The Veils - Total Depravity
39. Dressy Bessy -
38. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros -
Person A
37. Steven Page -
Heal Thyself Part 1: Instinct
36. Soda Fountain Rag -
Extra Life
35. Laura Gibson -
Empire Builder
34. Martha -
Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart
33. Ed Harcourt -
32. Devendra Banhart -
Ape In Pink Marble
31. Bat For Lashes -
The Bride

30. M. Ward - More Rain
29. Andrew Bird -
Are You Serious
28. Basia Bulat -
Good Advice
27. Gruff Rhys -
Set Fire To The Stars
26. Jack and Amanda Palmer -
You Got Me Singing
25. Emmy The Great -
Second Love
24. Frida Hyv÷nen -
Kvinnor Och Barn
23. The Wave Pictures -
Bamboo Diner In The Rain
22. Honeyblood -
Babes Never Die
21. Cate Le Bon -
Crab Day

20. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

19. Conor Oberst - Ruminations

18. Angel Olsen - My Woman

17. Eleanor Friedberger - New View

16. Ladyhawke - Wild Things

15. Martha Wainwright - Goodnight City

14. Little My - Beeps

13. Steven James Adams - Old Magick

12. Teencanteen - Say It All With A Kiss

11. Adam Green - Adam Green's Aladdin

10. Regina Spektor - Remember Us To Life

Regina Spektor - Remember Us To Life

9. The Thyme Machine - Going Steady With The Thyme Machine

Going Steady With The Thyme Machine

8. The Burning Hell - Public Library

The Burning Hell - Public Library

7. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar

6. Margaret Glaspy - Emotion and Math

Margaret Glaspy - Emotion and Math

5. The Anchoress - Confessions Of A Romance Novelist

The Anchoress - Confessions Of A Romance Novelist

4. Cathy Davey - New Forest

Cathy Davey - New Forest

3. Meilyr Jones - 2013

Meilyr Jones - 2013

2. The Divine Comedy - Foreverland

The Divine Comedy - Foreverland

1. Suede - Night Thoughts

Suede - Night Thoughts

As I wrote in my notes to myself, 'well, duh!'. Hardly the most shocking number one choice from me, what with them being one of my favourite bands of all time an' all. Not that it was a guaranteed chart position - it still had to be good, especially in a year with new albums from The Divine Comedy and Cathy Davey. Happily it's brilliant. Musically I think it's even stronger than Bloodsports, though that album will always have a particular emotional significance for me. The accompanying film is great as well - I enjoyed it when I saw it at the Roundhouse gig towards the end of last year, though enjoyed it even more when watched again at Chapter this year, where there was also the treat of a Q&A with Brett Anderson, Mat Osman and Roger Sargent. It's also a nice bonus that the film was shot in and around Cardiff. I now can't walk down Richmond Road without thinking about When You Were Young, which isn't a bad thing. I really struggle to choose a favourite song on the album though - it keeps changing and depends on my mood. Tightope and Pale Snow were definitely up there early on, but at the moment it's probably either What I'm Trying To Tell You or I Can't Give Her What She Wants. However, in terms of sharing a video, it's got to be the first song I heard from the album, which is definitely still one of my favourites on it - Outsiders:

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