Albums of the Year 2016 - Honourable Mentions #AOTY2016

I've started a little later this year, mainly due to personal reasons and having the most insanely hectic ans stressful run up to Christmas ever. So this year I will announce my album of the year on New Years Eve instead of Christmas Day.

Lets face it - 2016 has not been a great year for the music industry. In fact in the run up to the year we lost Lenny Kilmister and that was a fairly hefty blow. But since then we have also lost David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Glen Frey, Keith Emerson, Frank Sinatra Jr, and Greg Lake as well as up and coming band Viola Beach.

And to compound the misery, the news broke yesterday that Team Rock, the company behind Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazine had gone into administration and all 70 of their staff were given their marching orders with no pay.

But in amongst the sad time, there has also been a lot of really good music released this year. Not so many new bands in my list this year so I do feel this has been the resurgence year for bands I have loved for ages for me.

As always though, there are only 10 spaces on the Top 10 List so here are a selection of the albums that didn't make it.

Green Day - Revolution Radio

The last Green Day album I really listened to was American Idiot. I picked up 21st Century Breakdown after seeing American Idiot the stage show but I have been underwhelmed by other releases. This one though showed promise. The opening few songs are great but the second half of the album just doesn't cut the mustard and with so many albums to choose from this year, sadly this one didn't make the cut. But I do recommend this album!

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

I love Lust for Life but I'll be honest I haven't really ever listened to much else by Iggy Pop. Gardenia was on heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music and I really enjoyed the track so took a punt on the album. Produced by Josh Homme and with support from Dean Fertita also of Queens of the Stone Age and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys it was likely to be pretty good and it certainly is. Again, a fantastic album but pipped to the top ten.

Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis

I have had a love hate relationship with Biffy Clyro since the release of Only Revolutions. That album was amazing and featured highly on my Top Ten Albums for 2009 but since then I have anticipated every release only to feel a little disappointed. Like previous album Opposites, there are some cracking tracks on this album but there is a lot that just doesn't grab me. I do however love this track and look forward to seeing the boys performing at Download next year.

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation  

This is expected to be the last album from The Dillinger Escape Plan. Sad times but their last album is another great one. It doesn't have stand out tracks for me as previous albums have but it is as insane as you would expect it to be. A wonderful send off from a great band!


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