The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2016. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.
Me: “The new David Bowie is amazing.”
My brother: “I know, right? It’s like he said ‘fuck what everyone’s doing, I’m recording with a full on jazz band’.”
This was the actual exchange by text between my brother and I when Blackstar first came out.
David Bowie’s sound always stood out amongst his peers, yet rather than imitate the current musical trend of the time, he listened, adapted, and made the sound his own. He could’ve easily partnered up with Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers when they reached out at various points during his career; thankfully, Bowie’s ear was sharp enough to hear that a poor collaboration is a poor collaboration, regardless of who asks.
Blackstar could’ve easily fallen victim to a guest-star studded mess of an album, as do so many later albums of once music legends, but with Bowie being Bowie, that of course did not happen. He took inspiration from Kendrick Lamar’s incredible To Pimp A Butterfly and moulded another musical master piece to add to his repertoire.
January 8, 2016 started the year on a high note on and then quickly unravelled. Here’s to a much better 2017.