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Alejandro Escovedo / Photo by Maria Chavez
Alejandro Escovedo / Photo by Maria Chavez

Terry Currier's Top 15 Albums of 2016

Music Millennium's owner on what was good this year. / Alejandro Ecsovedo pictured

1. Alejandro Escovedo - Burn Something Bautiful

Recorded in Portland, this is his best album since Gravity. It's full of great songs and it really rocks.

2. David Bowie - Blackstar

Always an innovator, Bowie gave us a very cool gift of an album before he left. The band takes this to a new plauteau.

3. The Shelters - The Shelters

 They sound like a band out of the 70s' with some 60's roots. Rickenbacker guitars, Tom Petty production, fun Rock + Roll and great songs.

4. Frankie Lee - American Dreamer 

I've played this album the most of any that came out in 2016. Fabulous songwriting and production plus great delivery from this singer/songwriter.

5. William Bell - This is Where I Live

Forty years ago, William Bell quit making albums. Now at 77, he put out an album that has the feel that it was made in 1970. Great Soul.

6. Kyle Craft - Dolls of Highland

One of the surprises of the year. Touch of glam, really good songs, full of all the elements you like in a great Rock record.

7. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Her Country music sound comes form sixty years past but sounds fresh in today's Country music climate.

8. Kacy * ClaytonStrange Country

Elements of British Folk/Rock of the late sixties. ou can hear John Cipolina-type electric and Renbourn-type acoustic with beautiful vocals.

9. Ian Hunter - Fingers Crossed

The 77 year-old delivers a really great Rock + Roll album. You want to play it over and over. His crack band also helps give it its flair.

10. Mudcrutch - 2

Tom Petty & company's second album is satisfying from beginning to end. Completely different feel than Petty and the Heartbreakers album but with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, it's a total delight

11. Doyle Bramhall, Jr. -  Rich Man

Guitarist extroardinare makes his first album in fifteen years after playing with Clapton, Roger Waters, et. This album is a creative adventure and full of great guitar playing

12. John Rnbourn/Wizz Jones - Joint Control

Renbourn's last recording before passing.The interplay between him and Jones sounds like they are on top of their game.

13. Primal Scream - Chaosmosis

Out of the U.K. in the 80s' they are back with a catchy album that sports their Brit-Pop roots but has them creating a new and vibrant sound.

14. Aofie O'Donovan - In the Magic Hour

One of the best voices in music today. Her voice will bring chills. This album is full of beauty and sadness...and you feel it.

15. Mystery Lights - Mystery Lights

Psychedelic Garage Rock at it's best, they deliver songs with hooks and lightening energy. The album feels live.

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William Longnecker

Totally agree about Kyle Craft and Margo Price! Two wonderful records

David Gonnella

I agree about the Ian Hunter release. Fantastic stuff!

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