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




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