Spectator Music presents: 2016 'Album of the Year' staff picks

Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 1:11 PM
Spectator Music presents: 2016 'Album of the Year' staff picks  by The Spectator

Beyonce’s "Lemonade" takes Spectator Music’s "Album of the Year" honors 

“Lemonade” is more than just an album released by one of the most successful entertainers in today’s music industry. It’s a message of power for the systematically oppressed. It’s a note of humanity and strength in a time where groups of people are still marginalized. It’s a story of her husband’s rumored affair, and her struggle to cope with their relationship and his lies (or what she perceived as lies).

The quality of the follow-up to her surprise self-titled album shows that Beyonce may never stop getting better. Saying she’s come a long way since her days with Destiny’s Child is an understatement. Beyonce’s sixth album debuted via a 2-hour HBO special, through a set of visually stunning music videos and it immediately took over the charts, with every track charting on the Billboard Hot 100. “Lemonade” solidifies Beyonce’s place in music history, and shows that she really is deserving of the title, “Queen Bey.” 

— Spectator Music 

Top 5 albums of 2016 staff picks:

“Lemonade” is a creative masterpiece to be treasured for decades to come. Its messages of strength and empowerment during times of hardship and uncertainty echo through a time when they are needed the most.

Kimberly Firestine, Arts Editor

 1. "Lemonade" — Beyonce

2. “Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! At The Disco

3. “Vacancy” — Bayside

4. “If I’m The Devil” — Letlive.

5. “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande 

I have a thing for their sound. I’m a bassist and a sucker for a smooth bass line. They had me at “Good Grief.” Also, “Two Evils” gets me right in the “feels” with those high notes.

Madi Gross, Photographer

1. "Wild World" — Bastille

2. “Lemonade” — Beyonce

3. “Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! At The Disco

4. “Moana” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

5. “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” — The 1975 

“Lemonade” is a powerful project that brings new sounds and styles to light. It explores life and love, never letting up from start to finish.

— Natalie Wiepert, Digital Editor

1. "Lemonade" — Beyonce

2. “Untitled, Unmastered”— Kendrick Lamar  

3. “Death of a Bachelor”— Panic! At The Disco

4. “Awaken, My Love!”— Childish Gambino

5. “Starboy”— The Weeknd 

 Between Smith’s vocals, the great lyrics, the fantastic instrumentals, and the overall good vibe the album gives off, this certainly has the potential to generate a lot of success for the band.

— Dakota Palmer, Voices Editor

1. "Wild World" — Bastille

2. “Tidal Wave” — Taking Back Sunday

3. “Weezer” — Weezer

4. “The Human Condition” — Jon Bellion

5. “Death of a Bachelor”— Panic! At the Disco

 It’s beautiful noise, if nothing else, with masterful lyricism and gorgeous instrumentals. It’s the most uplifting set of songs about death and sadness you’ll ever hear.

— Britton Rozzelle, Executive Editor

1. "Suicide Songs" — Money 

2. “Mothership” — DanceGavinDance

3. “Blonde” — Frank Ocean

4. “Blackstar” — David Bowie

5. “Untitled, Unmastered” — Kendrick Lamar 

 This is the first album to feature entirely sung vocals by the artist and it holds a cohesive motif that is present throughout the whole LP.

— Roman Sabella, Staff Writer

1. "Awaken, My Love!" — Childish Gambino

2. “Gameshow” — Two Door Cinema Club

3. “DNCE” — DNCE

4. “Majid Jordan” — Majid Jordan

5. “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” — The 1975 

 Being Switchfoot’s 10th career album, “Where the Light Shines Through” combines refreshing, alternative beats with the same lyrical talent Switchfoot has had from their 1996 start.

— Macala Leigey, News Editor

1. "Where the Light Shines Through" — Switchfoot

2. “Air For Free” — Relient K

3. “Death of a Bachelor” — Panic! At the Disco

4. “Unfinished Business” — Nathan Sykes

5. “Dangerous Woman” — Arianna Grande 

Spectator Music 2016 staff picks were compiled by members of EdinboroNow. Music inquiries can be made to musics.spectator@gmail.com.

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