Alright boys and girls, it’s December and you know what that means. That’s right it’s time for people with opinions to make lists of things. I fully acknowledge that old canard about opinions and assholes, but if you don’t like my damn list make one of your own. Without further ado, I’m listing my favorite albums of 2016. Please note that that doesn’t mean that the album necessarily came out in 2016, just that I discovered it and enjoyed it for the first time in 2016. Again, if you don’t like it, you know what to do. I also am not ranking these albums. They are all great in my view and, while I’m not handing out participation trophies here, I love them all and will continue to listen to them all so ranking them is really meaningless. You don’t rank your kids do you? Well IJ does, but he’s the outlier there I’m pretty sure. Enough pontificating.
First up is Frank Turner’s “Positive Songs for Negative People.” Former punk rocker, now touring with the likes of Jason Isbell and the Arkells. Intelligent lyrics alternating between a classic ballad and a straight up rock anthem. Frank gets more done with an acoustic guitar than anyone I know. Start with “Get Better” and then listen to the rest of the album and then check out the rest of his stuff. There is just a ton of great Frank Turner music out there as he’s one of the hardest working guys in music.