Top Albums of 2016 & Their Lyrics

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Lost friends, spirits from beyond, social anxiety, visceral resistance, dancing, poetry and trying again… These are my top album picks of 2016 and some key lyric choices from each selection.  jcd

Moon Shaped Pool- Radiohead

“I won’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy
Keep it light and
Keep it moving
I am doing
No harm
As my world
Comes crashing down
I’m dancing
Freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind”-Present Tense

We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service- Tribe Called Quest

“You can’t define us, XY us, or Z us
You generational elitists
Have your chi in virtual think pieces
(See, these written words are poetical science
Brain’s defiant, thoughts heavy, baby
They’re a major appliance) Leave a dent when drop with the flyness, fluent giant”-Dis Generation

Blackstar- David Bowie

“I’m dying too
Push their backs against the grain
And fool them all again and again
I’m trying to
We bitches tear our magazines
Those oligarchs with foaming mouths come now and then
Can’t believe I just run second, now I’m forgetting you
I’m trying to
I’m dying too”- Dollar Days

Cindertalk- Everything All At Once

“Let if fill your whole heart, Get caught up in it, This is yours to feel…Lose your head for a minute.”-Let It Fill Your Whole Heart

The Colour in Anything- James Blake

“All I thought I was worth
Was to mend things, are so breaking
And how I chased the glory
How I wanted to carry you for aching
And how I told you what I’d do
If one day I woke and couldn’t find the colour in anything” -The Colour in Anything

Skeleton Tree- Nick Cave

“In a hole beneath the bridge
You convalesced, you fashioned masks of twigs and clay
You cried beneath the dripping trees
Ghost song lodged in the throat of a mermaid
With my voice
I am calling you”- Jesus Alone

Front Row Seat to Earth- Weyes Blood

“How it feels so good to feel how I wanna feel
Ever since I saw those lion eyes
Those tired feelings hide behind your cigarette nights
Your love
Breaking apart inside” – Do You Need My Love

The Party- Andy Shauf

“Early to the party, you’re the first one there
overdressed and underprepared
standing in the kitchen, stressing out the host
pulling teeth ’til anyone arrives”- Early to the Party

How to Be A Human Being- Glass Animals

“Leftover breakfast, cereal for lunch
She is broken but she’s fun
My girl eats mayonnaise
From a jar when she’s gettin’ blazed”- Season 2 Episode 3

City Sun Eater in the River of Light-Woods

“Weighed down
Feel the weight from head to toe
There will always be a place for you
Meet me on the other side”- The Other Side

Coloring Book-Chance the Rapper

“Where did you go?
Why would you stay?
You must have lost your marbles
You always were so forgetful
In a hurry, don’t wait up
I was too late, I was too late
A shadow of what I once was
‘Cause we don’t, we don’t do what we say we’re gonna
You were always perfect, and I was only practice
Don’t you miss the days, stranger?
Don’t you miss the days?
Don’t you miss the danger?”- Same Drugs

Jesu//Sun Kil Moon-Jesu//Sun Kil Moon

“I think of John Paul Jones and John Entwistle and the great bass players of that time But the guy who cut through like no other guy was the guy who played his Rick with a pick, Chris Squire
And I laid in bed and I thought of those old albums
Close to the Edge and Relayer and Going for the One and Fragile
The last one Yes ever made was Heaven and Earth
If heaven is real then none belong there more than Chris Squire and my long lost friend, Christopher.” – Fragile

SONG OF THE YEAR: A Song Of Shadows- Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

“Without you I’d not have much to live for, When I come home from these long trips and set my shit down on the floor
I’d have a number from some girl from Singapore or Shanghai
And when I’d call her she’d ask if I had Twitter or Skype and I’d lay down on my bed and I’d wanna fucking die
Without you my life would be a nightmare
I’d hibernate all through the winter like a big old Alaskan brown bear
And I’d spend my Christmases & my birthdays all alone and way down there in the stack of books would be ‘A Song Of Shadows'”- Sun Kil Moon


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