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CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ and Board Member Emeritus Tony Breed.

What a year it's been! A complicated and difficult year, and a year that's generated a lot of complicated and difficult music. Or maybe that's just what resonated for me this year.

Song of the year: "Free Room" by Ravyn Lenae feat. Appleby


#1   Blackstar by David Bowie (Columbia)
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David Bowie BlackstarDark and beautiful


#2   A Seat at the Table by Solange (Saint/Columbia)
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Solange A Seat at the TableA great and timely album with a lot to say


#3   Emily’s D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding (Concord)
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Esperanza Spalding Emily’s D+EvolutionComplex and gorgeous; Spalding's move toward funk ends up reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's move toward jazz.



#4   Lemonade by Beyoncé (Parkwood)
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Beyoncé LemonadeI don't normally go for megastars—I'm an indie rock DJ, after all—but this album is an amazing piece of work.


#5   case/lang/veirs by case/lang/veirs (ANTI-)
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case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirsA collaboration between three great artists that is as amazing as you'd hope.


#6   Kidsticks by Beth Orton (Anti-)
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Beth Orton KidsticksI'm so glad Beth Orton is back.


#7   It's a World of Love and Hope by The Flat Five (Bloodshot)
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The Flat Five It's a World of Love and HopeA palate cleanser for a difficult year: sweet harmonies and hopeful or silly lyrics.


#8   Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop (Loma Vista)
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Iggy Pop Post Pop DepressionA few bangers, and a closing track that feels like a punch in the face.


#9   O by De Staat (Universal)
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De Staat OMusic to strut to


#10   Amen & Goodbye by Yeasayer (Mute)
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Yeasayer Amen & GoodbyeYeasayer is getter a bit prog-ish… like Shriekback meets Yes.


Honorable Mentions
Every one of these is also fantastic:
Alicia Keys / Here
AHNONI / Hopelessness
Klaus Johann Grobe / Spagat der Liebe
Pillar Point / Marble Mouth
The Posies / Solid States
Suzanne Vega / Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers
Wussy / Forever Sounds

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