2016 is just about half-over, the last six months having rocketed past with the velocity of a drumstick that the guy on the stool wasn't gripping properly. Today, I thought I'd share ten of my favourite albums from the first half of the year, so that's exactly what I've done: find them all listed below (in alphabetical order, just in case these turn out to be the best albums of 2016 overall - I want to preserve a little bit of mystery for my end-of-year list!)
Adore Life - Savages
"Thrillingly confrontational...almost scarily compelling"
Standout Tracks: Evil // I Need Something New // T.I.W.Y.G.
Read More: Savage Orders
Amen & Goodbye - Yeasayer
"A colourful cornucopia of bouncy pop and blissed-out psychedelia"
Standout Tracks: Silly Me // Dead Sea Scrolls // Cold Night
Read More: A Track-by-Track Analysis of Amen & Goodbye
A Band is Something to Figure Out - Hallelujah the Hills
"Intellectual yet anthemic, accomplished yet thrillingly raggedy"
Standout Tracks: We Have the Perimeter Surrounded // The Girl with Electronics Inside // New Phone Who Dis
Read More: 10 Questions for Hallelujah the Hills
Beeps - Little My
"Positively dripping with gooey pop hooks"
Standout Tracks: All But the Beeps Meep // Quiet Times B // Post-Fixing
Read More: Little My's Last Beeps
British Road Movies - Kate Jackson
"Finds a curious sort of romance in the beiges and greys of Britain's roadways"
Standout Tracks: The End of Reason // Homeward Bound // Lie to Me
Read More: British Road Movies Reviewed
Confessions of a Romance Novelist - The Anchoress
"Dramatically chameleonic...one of the best pop albums of the year"
Standout Tracks: What Goes Around // You and Only You // One for Sorrow
Read More: Confessions of a Romance Novelist
Moth - Chairlift
"Cool, crisp, and clean...forges a path into the future"
Standout Tracks: Romeo // Ch-Ching // Crying in Public
Read More: Moth Reviewed
Public Library - The Burning Hell"Loads of little moments that will make you grin"
Standout Tracks: Men Without Hats // Good Times // Two Kings
Read More: Public Library's 5 Best Twists
The Waiting Room - Tindersticks
"Borne of a huge pile of ideas...it feels a lot more alive than their last album"
Standout Tracks: Were We Once Lovers? // Hey Lucinda // Like Only Lovers Can
Read More: Tindersticks Come Back Fighting
When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired - Mothers
"Really gorgeous...self-pity at its most sumptuous"
Standout Tracks: It Hurts Until It Doesn't // Nesting Behaviour // Lockjaw
Read More: Wallow with Mothers
So those are my favourite albums of the year thus far - what good stuff have I missed? Leave a comment with your top albums of the last six months, or let me know on Twitter.