Top 30 Albums of 2016 (in Haiku)

In 2016, 2016 Year End, December 2016, Features by eseids

I like writing. I love music. But sometimes writing about the music that I love is hard. And it can be especially difficult for me to articulate why certain music makes me feel certain ways, and for instance, why I think some albums are a cut above the rest. Which is precisely why instead of writing full-on album reviews for my top 30 albums of 2016, I decided to see what I could do with in the confines of everyone’s favorite grade school poetry structure – the Haiku.

Turns out you can say kind of a lot in seventeen syllables. Click on the Haikus to hear each album in full, and have a very Happy New Year!

Prinze George – Illiterate Synth Pop

 

Kornél Kovács – The Bells

 

NxWorries – Yes Lawd!

 

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

 

The Avalanches – Wildflower

 

Young Gun Silver Fox – West End Coast

 

Mitski – Puberty 2

 

M83 – Junk

 

Noname – Telefone

 

Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat To Earth

 

Lucius – Good Grief

 

Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto

 

KAYTRANADA – 99.9%

 

Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla

 

Rihanna – ANTI

 

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

 

Flock of Dimes – If You See Me, Say Yes

 

Solange – A Seat at the Table

 

Flamingosis – Bright Moments

 

Shura – Nothing’s Real

 

Chairlift – Moth

 

James Blake – The Colour in Anything

 

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

 

Frank Ocean – Blonde

 

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service

 

Béyonce – Lemonade

 

Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

 

Anderson .Paak – Malibu

 

Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

 

Blood Orange – Freetown Sound


Honorable Mention: Wet – Don’t You, Drugdealer – The End of Comedy, Roosevelt – Roosevelt, Whitney – Light Upon The Lake, Jagwar Ma – Every Now and Then, Tiger & Wolf – On The Green Again, Sturgil Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth