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Left For Dead's Albums Of The Year 2016

2016. Wow. Just: Wow.
We're approaching the end of 2016 stuffed into a hearse that's hurtling towards a cliff edge at full speed. The brakes don't work. The last wheel just came off. And the hearse is on fire.
At least that's how it feels to me (although I am from Wolverhampton where we're hardwired for pessimism and foreboding is in our genes...)
It's hard to write any kind of summary of 2016 without a sense of loss and dismay; the ongoing war in Syria & Yemen, f*cking Brexit, the U.S election, the passing of so many of our revered artists. Have no doubt: the history books won't be kind to 2016.
And yet...
There were some truly amazing records released this year that helped us make sense of what is going on; David Bowie's dignified meditations on mortality on 'Black Star', Nick Cave's celebration of the redemptive power of love on 'Skeleton Tree', the mind-blowing punk-psyche energy of Thee Oh Sees 'A Weird Exits'.
There have been times this year when the only thing that has got me through the day is listening to one of these records and compiling this list has been a reminder of just how many times I self medicated with music: Glenn Jones' spare and beautiful instrumental 'Fleeting', The Drones angular and feral 'Feelin' Kinda Free'; Julia Jacklin's gorgeous 'Don't Let The Kids Win' which I mainlined repeatedly as Trump heralded in the apocalypse...
So here it is.
Left For Dead's best album for the year in the year of our Lord 2016. The flaming hearse might be headed over the cliff but we've got some amazing albums to listen to on the way down!
Album Of The Year 2016 - Thee Oh Sees 'A Weird Exits'
Album Of The Year 2016: Thee Oh Sees-A Weird Exits
1 Thee Oh Sees A Weird Exits Castleface
2 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree Bad Seed
3 Goat Requiem Rocket Recordings
4 Bon Iver 22, A Million Jagjaguwar
5 Julia Jacklin Don't Let The Kids Win Transgressive
6 David Bowie  Black Star Columbia
7 Glenn Jones Fleeting Thrill Jockey
8 Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Denial Matador
9 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL
10 D D Dumbo Utopia Defeated 4AD
11 Cavern Of Anti-Matter Void Beats/Invocation Trex Duophonic
12 Steve Gunn Eyes On The Lines Matador
13 Black Mountain IV Jagjaguwar
14 Applewood Road Applewood Road Gearbox
15 Lambchop
16 Brigid Mae Power Brigid Mae Power Tomkins Square
17 Kevin Morby Singing Saw Dead Oceans
18 Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band The Rarity Of Experience No Quarter
19 The Drones Feelin Kinda Free TFS Records
20 Bibio A Mineral Love Warp
21 Ty Segall Emotional Mugger Drag City
22 Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung Dead Oceans
23 Wilco Schmilco Anti
24 Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
25 Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like A Levee Paradise Of Batchelors
26 Heron Oblivion Heron Oblivion Subpop
27 Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
28 Pixies Head Carrier PIAS
29 William Tyler Modern Country Merge
30 Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop Love Letter For Fire Subpop
31 All Them Witches Lightning At The Door New West
32 Desert Mountain Tribe Either That Or The Moon Membran
33 Avalanches Wildflower XL
34 Wolf People  Ruins Jagjaguwar
35 Whitney Light Upon The Lake Secretly Canadian
36 Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions Let Me Get There Ingrooves
37 Lets Eat Grandma I, Gemini Transgressive
38 PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Island
39 Sturgill Simpson A Sailors Guide To Earth Atlantic
40 Las Kellies Friends and Lovers Fire
41 Jambinai A Hermitage Bella Union
42 Anonhi Hopelessness Rough Trade
43 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity Heavenly
44 Melanie De Biasio Blackened Cities PIAS
45 Brian Eno The Ship Warp
46 Case/Lang/Veirs Case/Lang/Veirs Anti
47 Scott & Charlene's Wedding Mid Thirties Single Scene Fire
48 Jesu/Sun Kil Moon Jesu/Sun Kil Moon Rough Trade
49 Mark Pritchard Under The Sun Warp
50 75 Dollar Bill Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythym/Rock Thin Wrist
51 BadBadNotGood IV Innovative Leisure
52 Teenage Fanclub Here PeMa
53 Tortoise Catastrophist Thrill Jockey
54 Shirley Collins Lodestar Domino
55 Cate Le Bon Crab Day Turnstile
56 Quilt Plaza Mexican Summer
57 Jenny Hval Blood Bitch Sacred Bones
58 Marissa Nadler Strangers Bella Union
59 Brian Jonestown Massacre Third World Pyramid A Recordings
60 Arc Iris Moon Saloon Bella Union
61 A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service Epic
62 Suede Night Thoughts Warner
63 Factory Floor 25 25 DFA
64 Emmy The Great Second Love Bella Union
65 Nicolas Jaar Sirens Other People
66 Holy Fuck Congrats Innovative Leisure
67 Lou Rhodes Theyesandeye Nude
68 Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker Columbia
69 Richmond Fontaine You Can't Go back If There's Nothing To Go Back To DÉCOR
70 White Denim Stiff Downtown
71 Solange A Seat At The Table RCA
72 Cats Eyes Treasure House Kobalt
73 Savages Adore Life Matador
74 Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Bella Union
75 Woods City Sun Eater In The River Of Light Woodsist
76 Charles Bradley Changes Daptone
77 Duke Spirit Kin Ex Voto
78 Okkervil River Away ATO
79 Arbor Labor Union I Hear You Subpop
80 Martha Wainwright Goodnight City PIAS
81 Drive By Truckers American Band ATO
82 Damien Jurado Visions Of Us On The Land Secretly Canadian
83 Wovenhand Star Treatment Glitterhouse
84 Mogwai Atomic Rock Action
85 Pinkshinyultrablast Grandfeathered Club AC30
86 Soft Hair Soft Hair Domino
87 The Wytches All Your Happy Life Heavenly
88 Christina And The Queens Chaleur Humaine Because
89 C Duncan The Midnight Sun Fatcat
90 Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince Billy Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties Drag City
91 Beyonce Lemonade Parkwood
92 Lucinda Williams Ghosts Of Highway 20 Highway 20
93 Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Polydor
94 Emma Pollock In Search Of Harperfield Chemikal Underground
95 Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression Caroline
96 Scott Matthews Home Part 2 Shedio
97 Warpaint Heads Up  Rough Trade
98 Field Music Commontime Memphis Industries
99 Hinds Leave Me Alone Lucky Numbers
100 Wrekmeister Harmonies Light Falls Thrill Jockey

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