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Best albums of 2016, picked by Triple M Staff

December 19, 2016
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For a lot of people, 2016 wasn't the best year. But a lot of great music came out in 2016. The Triple M staff was asked to share their favorite from 2016, and it was quite an eclectic mix.

Jonathan Suttin: Lake Street Dive "Side Pony"  This band was formed at the New England Conservatory of Music and is made up of four amazing musicians.  They mix jazz, folk and even a little Motown into their sound.  Lead singer Rachel Price has an incredible voice and the album is one you can listen to over and over again.   They visited for a Studio M session recently and didn't disappoint.  Also Stephen Colbert is a big fan and I'm very similar to Colbert except for the money, talent, looks and smarts.

Kitty Dunn: The Record Company "Give it Back to You."  It's been awhile since I've been blown away by a new blues artist--but the Record Company did just that with their debut album. If you like blow the roof off the joint blues, filled with gritty vocals and ripping slide guitar, you'll love this album. And apparently I'm not the only one to like it. It's nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category.

Jesse Garon: Red Hot Chili Peppers  "The Getaway". I waited 5 years for new music from the band and it was worth the wait. This is the first album to feature Danger Mouse as the producer and you can hear a new groove in the Chili Peppers sound. It's so much fun! Whenever I'm feeling down I just jam out to "Dark Necessities" or "Go Robot" and everything is great again! I definitely think "The Getaway" is one of the best albums of 2016. I totally recommend listening to it!

Nathan Graham: The Lumineers "Cleopatra" After 4 years between albums, they came back strong with "Cleopatra." The lead single, "Ophelia" was one of my favorite songs of the year and the rest of the album was strong. The best part? It's only 33 minutes long! You can listen to it over and over again and it doesn't seem like work. I highly recommend "Cleopatra" if you haven't done so yet, you should check it out.

Lindsay Everly: Joseph "I'm Alone, No You're Not." Three sisters from Portland. I mean come on, that’s cool to begin with. And there’s something magical about sibling harmonies. The harmonies on this debut album reflect a sense of closeness that’s hard to replicate. Overall, the catchy melodies and upbeat feel are reminiscent of both a modern and rustic sound. They named themselves after small town in Oregon, so they have to be a bit rustic, right? The looped drum kit and harmonies give the sound a modern kick. Combining that with their melodies, many of which are reminiscent of 1900’s pop music, make this album refreshingly clever.

Amber Star: Bastille "Wild World." Of course, there are so many great albums that came out in 2016 but this is the one I’ve enjoyed the most. I am always pleasantly surprised when a band puts out an album that you like every song on it. This is one of those. I can listen to it straight through and love all of it. I really like the upbeat music in contrast with lyrics that aren’t always about pleasant things.