The Internet has been threatening to kill the album for over a decade now. First digital downloads and now streaming services have shifted the industry’s center to its original nucleus: the single.
But some musicians still cling to the post-Beatles belief that the album is still the ultimate artistic expression and holds the most value. I am here to praise those people.
There were many good albums this year. So many that I almost expanded this list to a top 20.
Everything outside of the top 3 is in no particular order. I tried so hard to be contrarian with a number 1 pick but I kept coming back to the same one throughout every iteration of this list.
Depression Cherry (Beach House), What a Time to Be Alive (Drake and Future), Every Open Eye (CHVRCHES), Mr. Wonderful (Action Bronson), Late Nights (Jeremih), I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Earl Sweatshirt), Currents (Tame Impala), GO:OD AM (Mac Miller). Free TC (Ty Dolla $ign), Ratchet (Shamir), Beauty Behind the Madness (The Weeknd), The Documentary 2 (The Game), Compton (Dr. Dre)
5. 25 / Adele