Tony's Top 50 Hits / Albums 2016 (COMPLETE! pg.4)

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:29 pm

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23 White Lies - Come On


This was used in (at least) two UK soaps but they still haven't pushed it as a "proper" single yet. One more from them to come.



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23 Delerium - Mythologie
DEEZER

Great chill-out. Features Phildel who i love.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:42 pm

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22 Janet Devlin - Wake Up, It's Christmas


She did something even Spice Girls didn't do on my chart - two Christmas number ones in a row! Last year's December Daze was YE #21, she's one place lower this year with a haunting ballad about getting over a failed relationship - at Christmas. Radio 2 should have woken up.



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22 Holly Henry - King Paten
DEEZER

And this girl is quite similar! Debut full length for the best contestant on The Voice US by far.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:54 pm

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21 Angela Perley and The Howlin' Moons - Hurricane


From the 2013 album Hey Kid.



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21 Banks - The Altar
DEEZER

Though more consistent than Goddess (#4) it was not as full of classic tracks. And - to my astonishment - i didn't purchase it. Couple of tracks from it missed my 50 but made the shortlist (around 80) - Gemini Feed, Mind Games.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:05 pm

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20 Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker


His biggest single on my chart even before his death - broody, adult pop.



ALBUMS

20 Kid Cudi - Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin'
DEEZER

Released mid-December, this is Cudi at his best - full of atmosphere, textures and grooves. Way more invention here than in Kanye's Life Of Pablo. And all that hideously overplayed, overstreamed Drake stuff. But radio doesn't want to know. :-? Frequency missed my Hits YE 50.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:16 pm

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19 Christine and The Queens - Narcissus Is Back


Everyone loves Tilted, i prefer this track on the album (from 2011!!) - really spiky with a great video. Album missed my 50.



ALBUMS

19 Bat For Lashes - The Bride
DEEZER

Once one of my absolute faves, she's now er, NOT. :lol: :oops: This works better as an album than as a set of isolated songs.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:34 pm

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18 Julian Winding - The Demon Dance


Stunning electronic track from the film The Neon Demon (used extensively in the trailer). Julian is director Nicolas Winding Refn's nephew and son of Brigitte Nielsen. The score itself (mainly by Cliff Martinez) missed my 50.



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18 Bright Light Bright Light - Choreography
DEEZER

Featuring Elton John and every Scissor Sister, Rod Thomas' third album of pop was a big improvement on the second though not the standard of the debut.

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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:51 pm

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17 The Jezabels - My Love Is My Disease


It's a constant irritation that the media ignores this radio-friendly alt-pop/rock band from Australia. But i'll wheel out the references again and people will ignore them again. :roll: :cry: Pretenders, Cranberries and on this album synths underpinning their trademark guitar sound. Admittedly, their videos have gotten rather weirder!



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17 Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
DEEZER

Same YE position as last album Popular Problems. I wasn't totally convinced at first but his death highlighted lyrics i hadn't appreciated (Leaving The Table is of note).

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Postby heppolo » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:08 pm

17 The Jezabels - My Love Is My Disease

It's a constant irritation that the media ignores this radio-friendly alt-pop/rock band from Australia.
Can't agree with you more, aussie bands are far from the spotlight
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Postby Blondini » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:49 pm

^Even in Aus they're not as big as they should be. Big albums sellers but singles no.
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Postby heppolo » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:40 am

18 Julian Winding - The Demon Dance
Heard this here first, brilliant song
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Postby Tansike » Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:24 pm

Blondini wrote:^Shame. Though i see there was a video for Wild One. I hadn't seen she had a Vevo. That will be a late entry on my weekly chart then. :oops:
Oh better late than never :D
But yeah, "Wild One" was the second single, but it's probably no surprise that it was a flop on the chart (an undeserved) :(

21 Banks - The Altar
Banks' album was solid, but not as strong as her debut.
I'll probably check out Kid Cudi's album.
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Postby Blondini » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:49 pm

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16 Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve with Hannah Peel - Diagram Girl


Producer Erol Alkan and Richard Norris (The Grid) have been remixing acts for a few years and finally put out their own album of psychedelic dance / indie. This features a female vocal treated to sound male and is very similar to my #2 song of the year (big clue! :wink: ). Both songs sound like M83 used to sound.



ALBUMS

16 David Bowie - Blackstar
DEEZER

Next door to Cohen on my list. :cry: :cry: A lot better than The Next Day and incredibly brave final testament. Lazarus missed the 50.

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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:04 am

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15 Allie X - All The Rage


Canadian pop singer's best yet. The election lyric is spot on concerning some idiots this year! Yet again, radio doesn't want to know.



ALBUMS

15 Vaults - Caught In Still Life
DEEZER

Don't like the bland Randy Crawford cover from the hyped John Lewis ad that was rightly ignored by radio. The rest of this long-gestating debut is the kind of slick beat-driven urban pop that London Grammar do. Radio should definitely NOT be ignoring the likes of Cry No More and Hurricane. :evil: Another "greatest hits" set on this list by my chart terms.

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Postby heppolo » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:10 am

16 Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve with Hannah Peel - Diagram Girl
Haven't heard this either, the solemn industrial atmosphere here is my cup of tea.
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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:15 am

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14 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - I Need You


This warm synth ballad could almost be The Killers or Springsteen. Radio needs to get with it.



ALBUMS

14 The Jezabels - Synthia
DEEZER

Already said it. It's synthier, gettit? :wink:

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Postby heppolo » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:18 am

^Absolutely love the Jezabels' album cover by the way
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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:36 am

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13 Pixie Geldof - Woman Go Wild


Of all the women that have been inspired by Lana Del Rey this is the best song from any of them. Gorgeous. Yes, she's Bob's daughter. No, this isn't her first foray into music - she lead the group Violet before this. Do i need to keep saying this next sentence? Bloody radio! :lol: :evil: :roll: I might have to start my own station! :lol: Paula and Michael's daughter Fifi is in the vid, too - though i'm not sure where! :oops:



ALBUMS

13 Equador - Bones Of Man
DEEZER

Bo Bruce was a contestant on The Voice UK and had my #13 :D album of 2013 with Before I Sleep. She's now put her Sarah McLachlan-ish vocals to great use with Zero 7's Henry Binns (who i'm only now finding out are MARRIED! :o :o ). In a great year for chillout music this rates high.

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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:53 am

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12 Kitten - Fall On Me


Highest this year for Chloe (Charli's mate and Break The Rules co-star, remember :wink: ). And my avatar. 8-) More classic retro glamour pop, this time harking back not to 80s synths but 60s Spector.



ALBUMS

12 White Lies - Friends
DEEZER

This contains some great singles but it's a bit lightweight for them both lyrically and musically. Their darkness needs to come back at least a little. Which doesn't mean it's bad, cause #12 is miraculous for an "indie" act on my chart these days!

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Postby heppolo » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:03 am

White Lies made a good album, a natural progression
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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:09 am

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11 All Saints - One Woman Man


This could be their greatest song for me. Big soaring melody, like their old style but updated and ramped up to 11. It was a pre-order / grat single at first and topped my chart and was eventually a "proper" single but only by way of remixes. They performed a truncated version on TV but seemingly they were put off making a video by the general indifference of the public response to One Strike and the over-rated (on UKMix) This Is A War which i found to be trip-pop by numbers and soul-less.



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11 Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Familia
DEEZER

I really wasn't keen on her folk-pop album Wanderlust with Ed Harcourt. Thankfully their second collab brings back the beats for a lot of it and the folk-pop all works.

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Postby heppolo » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:21 am

Sophie should mix different styles, it works well for her
(even though I've adored "The Deer And The Wolf")
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Postby king_oxymoron » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:08 pm

Great to see Sophie here, I thought the All Saints song coming was This Is A War which I much prefer :lol:
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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:33 pm

heppolo wrote:Sophie should mix different styles, it works well for her
(even though I've adored "The Deer And The Wolf")
Birth Of An Empire was the best on Wanderlust for me. Big and dramatic and heavy, not lightweight like most of the rest.
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Postby Blondini » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:30 pm

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10 Band Of Skulls - In Love By Default


Standout track from fantastic album. Never liked them that much before but this is so much more expansive in sound than their usual riff-rock.

DEEZER STREAM

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10 School Of Seven Bells - SVIIB
DEEZER

Born out of alt-rockers Secret Machines, the trio slimmed to a duo's leader Benjamin Curtis tragically died before this album was finished. It was left to vocalist Alejandra Deheza to use parts he had recorded and release their final album of dreampop / shoegaze.

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Postby heppolo » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:40 pm

School of Seven Bells record is solid, not one of my faves this year but still pretty enjoyable.
Band Of Skulls still hasn't really clicked with me.
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