What a Fool Believes: The ultimate 2016 playlist
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“What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers is senior John Kennedy’s favorite song. It’s also the name of his music column, where he’ll discuss anything from hot-topic albums to hidden gems. Here is Kennedy’s take on the best of 2016 music.
Because 2016 was just one constantly clogged convenience store toilet — sucking all that is good and benevolent from our world — let’s start with the best of this year:
There’s not a ton I can say here that I didn’t say in my groundbreaking review after it’s release. It’s phenomenal. The album is good too.
Technically I’m cheating because there was only one R. Kelly project released this year, but when R. Kelly releases a Christmas album, with twelve original Christmas classics, the world stops and listens.
“Running away is easy / it’s the leaving that’s hard”
Only Mike Will could pump out “Formation” and “Black Beatles” and still feel under-the-radar.
The third part (after ‘levitate’ and the kid singing ‘Compton / is where I’m from’), was literally composed by a 5 year old.
What makes Drake so unique is ultimately what led to the advanced filler of Views. When compressing all of his global influences – Caribbean reggaeton, Nigerian afrobeat, Southern trap, 90s R&B – into a single jambalaya, a lot gets lost in translation.
Biggest Disappointment: LCD Soundsystem
After a surprise December 2015 single release – “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” – and several 2016 tour dates – the supposed release of LCD Soundsystem’s much awaited fourth album didn’t come.
[Verse 2: Kanye West] “Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, okay!”
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s breakup with his partner Rachel Owen drove the emotional themes for their 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool. The album’s closing song, “True Love Waits,” was first premiered live at a December 1995 show in Brussels.
An acoustic version ended the 2001 Radiohead live-compilation album I Might Be Wrong. Producer Nigel Godrich explains, “We tried to record it countless times, but it never worked… To Thom’s credit, he needs to feel a song has validation, that it has a reason to exist as a recording.”
Beyond music, a world that had been coming together seemingly came apart in 2016.
The Cubs won the World Series.
Still, Gucci Mane got out of jail and Simone Biles won a gold medal. Let’s not freak out just yet. Time moves slow.