Skin Back Alley’s Top Albums of 2016


Let’s just get straight down to it. No waffle or BS. 2016 has been a shit year for many-a-reason. But there has been some incredible sonic art released over the last 12 months. Here are the albums that Skin Back Alley considers the best of the year.

It should be said that beyond a certain point the numeric ranking of these albums becomes somewhat arbitrary. It’s nigh on impossible to choose between some of them, but we do love a good list.

Comment. Share. Tell us about the ones we missed and your own favourites. But mostly just enjoy some great music by clicking on the links below.

01. NARCS – A Thinking Animal
02. Servers – Everything is OK
03. Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
04. Christine and The Queens – Chaleur Humaine
05. SpaceCream – Pterodactyl Sky
06. Aliases – Derangeable
07. Boss Keloid – Herb Your Enthusiasm
08. Tanya Gallagher – Virginia
09. The Decoy – Avalon
10. Vodun – Posession
11. Hands Off Gretel – Burn The Beauty Queen
12. Kandace Springs – Soul Eyes
13. Dentist – Ceilings
14. M.Lockwood Porter – How To Dream Again
15. Slothrust – Everyone Else
16. Matt Woods – How To Survive
17. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
18. King 810 – Le Petite Mort or a Conversation with God
19. Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well
20. An Endless Sporadic – Magic Machine
21. Anna Atkinson – Sky Stacked Full
22. Moulettes – Preternatural
23. Loamlands – Sweet High Rise
24. Tonight Alive – Limitless
25. King Goat – Conduit
26. The Slayerking – Sanatana Dharma
27. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
28. Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
29. Rawtekk – Here’s To Them
30. Of Mice & Men – Cold World
31. Anna Meredith – Varmints
32. The Answer – Solas
33. Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
34. Shield Patterns – Mirror Breathing
35. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here… Thank you 4 your service
36. Big Thief – Masterpiece
37. Andy Shauf – The Party
38. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
39. Rogue Valley – Radiate Dissolve
40. Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony

Huge shout out at the end of this list to Seattle’s finest, The Salt Riot, whose album, Dead Star, would have topped this list as the best damn thing SBA heard all year, but for the fact that it was actually released in 2015!

~ Fin ~

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