My 33 Favorite Albums of 2016 |
A listing by Jerome Clark
Editor's note: This year, our most prolific music reviewer takes a look at his favorite 33 recordings of 2016. Why 33? I'll let Jerome Clark explain.
OK, so why 33? Well, why not? Taste is not measured in numbers, and this is what I ended up with when I compiled my top listening experiences of the year. I do not include recordings by artists I know as close friends or friendly acquaintances. That's just to give myself some modest illusion of objectivity; it has nothing to do with the quality of the albums they released this year. Aside from that rule, I try not to review CDs I actually have had to pay for, but on this list, as opposed to Rambles.NET's catalog of reviews, some that separated me from the hard-earned get their chance in the spotlight.
Obviously, I don't get to hear everything, and in my more rational moments I understand why I wouldn't want to. Consequently, of the hundreds of recordings I heard this year, these are the 33 CDs that made me the most happy or that moved me in some special way. They remain in memory, on my current playlist, or in some combination thereof. My choices, naturally, are purely subjective and arbitrary, and I make no larger claim to their importance.
Anna & Elizabeth, Sun to Sun (Free Dirt)
Furrow Collective, Wild Hog (Hudson)
Del McCoury Band, Del & Woody (Rounder)
various artists, 40 Years of Stony Plain (Stony Plain)
Yet another editor's note: You can find many of these recordings reviewed individually by Jerome here.
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7 January 2017
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