Tuesday, July 05, 2016

NPR Puts Bowie, Simon and Radiohead Albums on Their 30 Best of 2016 (So Far)

by VVN Music

It wasn't enough to have a deluge of "Best of" lists from November through January every year. Now we have "Best of (so far)" lists in June and July.

Still, they give an early insight into the albums that very well could make the end of year lists. On Tuesday, NPR picked their thirty favorite albums of the years (so far) along with one hundred favorite tracks.

NPR, who never ranks their picks but lists them alphabetically, has included albums by veterans David Bowie, Paul Simon and Radiohead among their thirty picks.

They called David Bowie's Blackstar, "a jazz-backed rock album a melancholic rumination on death, on identity boundaries, on stardom, on the universe and astrology, on love, religion and on the limits of the pop machine." while they describe Paul Simon's Stranger to Stranger by saying "Every instrument, every sound effect, every vocal is finely detailed and crafted to serve the song."

For Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool, they state that it may not have what past albums by the group have had but "What it does have is a tremendous amount of heartache, informed, in part, by the end of singer Thom Yorke's 23-year relationship with the artist Rachel Owen."

As far as their individual tracks, NPR included:

  • Atomic Number - case/lang/veirs (Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs)
  • Of Course, Of Course - Charles Lloyd and the Marvels
  • Blackstar - David Bowie
  • All the Way Up (Remix) - Fat Joe & Remy Ma
  • Gardenia - Iggy Pop
  • Be So Glad - Jaimeo Brown
  • Get Dressed - Jeff Parker
  • The Werewolf - Paul Simon
  • Burn the Witch - Radiohead
  • South Bend Soldiers On - Robbie Fulks
  • California Kids - Weezer
  • The Three of Me - William Bell
The full NPR lists can be seen here: Albums, Tracks