Top 30 Albums of 2016 (in Haiku)

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I like writing. I love music. But sometimes writing about the music that I love is hard. And it can be especially difficult for me to articulate why certain music makes me feel certain ways, and for instance, why I think some albums are a cut above the rest. Which is precisely why instead of writing full-on album reviews for my top 30 albums of 2016, I decided to see what I could do with in the confines of everyone's favorite grade school poetry structure - the Haiku. Turns out you can say kind of a lot in seventeen syllables. Click on the Haikus to hear each album in full, and have a very Happy New Year!

Prinze George - Illiterate Synth Pop

 

Kornél Kovács - The Bells

 

NxWorries - Yes Lawd!

 

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

 

The Avalanches - Wildflower

 

Young Gun Silver Fox - West End Coast

 

Mitski - Puberty 2

 

M83 - Junk

 

Noname - Telefone

 

Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat To Earth

 

Lucius - Good Grief

 

Kamaiyah - A Good Night in the Ghetto

 

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

 

Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla

 

Rihanna - ANTI

 

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

 

Flock of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes

 

Solange - A Seat at the Table

 

Flamingosis - Bright Moments

 

Shura - Nothing's Real

 

Chairlift - Moth

 

James Blake - The Colour in Anything

 

Bon Iver - 22, A Million

 

Frank Ocean - Blonde

 

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your service

 

Béyonce - Lemonade

 

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

 

Anderson .Paak - Malibu

 

Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

 

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Honorable Mention: Wet - Don't You, Drugdealer - The End of Comedy, Roosevelt - Roosevelt, Whitney - Light Upon The Lake, Jagwar Ma - Every Now and Then, Tiger & Wolf - On The Green Again, Sturgil Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth