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These are the 10 best albums of 2016, according to Knack Focus

Three plates with a golden glow this year, and further especially a lot of darkness. You want it darker?

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Ten titles. Four posts (Cohen, Bowie, Cave, Radiohead), two of whom are now passed away, one woman (at the top), not a single of a newcomer, unless you NxWorries to the new names of counts, but both Anderson Paak (vocals) as Knxwledge (production) are not at their first. NxWorries is the only duo that, in addition to not more than two bands (Radiohead, and what is a Cave without his Bad Seeds?). That makes seven soloartiesten. Groups appear to be more and more on their return.

The colour contrast is great. The golden glow which Ryley Walker, his cross-fertilization between folk, jazz and psychedelic place, is located close to the arcadian avondwandelingsfeer of the albums from Steve Gunn and Kevin Morby. On the other hand, a lot of black in many shades. The dim blue-black where the moon Radiohead shimmers. The aangebrande black of the hitsige Yes Lawd!, an r&b album that not only invites us to thumbs and fingers licking. The inktzwart of mourning and transience in which the farewell letters of Cave, Bowie and Cohen soaked, and the hellezwart of the demons that Danny Brown plague on Atrocity Exhibition, an album named after the song by Joy Division, named after the book by J. G. Ballard, and an album that prog rock does what Kendrick Lamar last year, with funk and jazz did. And finally, there is the animate, female, black of Solange. No black of our tricolor can be found in this top 10, actually, but Dance Dance, Jan Swerts, TaxiWars, An Pierlé and Black Flower proven this year with the verve that the concept of belpop still rekbaarder. And that is good news.

The 10 best albums of 2016, according to Knack Focus

10. KEVIN MORBY – SINGING SAW

Richer, waypoints, colorful and simply surpassed than his two previous albums.

Read the review.

9. LEONARD COHEN – YOU WANT IT DARKER

‘I’m ready My Lord, hums Cohen in the first song. He turned out to be the fuck have to also believe.

Read the review. Everything about the life and work of Cohen you can read in our Knack Collector’s Edition.

8. DANNY BROWN – THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION

At the same time, most experimental and most controlled look in the crazed maelstrom of his soul.

Read the review.

7. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – SKELETON TREE

Cave processed the tragic loss of his fifteen year old son with eight sinister, in despair versmachte songs.

Read the review.

6. RADIOHEAD – A MOON SHAPED POOL

A shimmering, swirling prachtwerk. Radiohead is his music again to be intimate and simply beautiful.

Also read: is the heart of Radiohead yet?

5. RYLEY WALKER – GOLDEN SINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SUNG

Third time, good time for the gitaarvirtuoos and folkrocker from Chicago.

Read the concert review.

4. DAVID BOWIE – BLACKSTAR

The Lady departed not without one last grand statement.

Read the review. Everything about the life and work of Bowie can be found in our Collector’s Edition, still available for sale online.

3. NXWORRIES – YES LAWD!

Anderson Paak was the festivalrevelatie of the year, but impressed really as part of NxWorries.

2. STEVE GUNN – EYES ON THE LINES

If in 2017 yet enough trees and fields are to be safe in, to get lost, let Steve Gunn and his sparkling, hypnotic guitar than your guide.

Read the review.

1. SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE

With less fanfare than sister Beyoncé, but much deeper and longer unforgettable experience.

Read the review.

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