AAA’s Top 5 Scottish Albums of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time for AAA’s Top 5 Scottish Albums of the year, as picked by our team of music writers. Truth told, there’s been some outrageously good releases this year, and it was tough coming up with a Top 5. That’s exactly what we’ve done, though – so without further ado, here’s what we opted for…


number1The Filthy Tongues, Jacob’s Ladder

Under various guises, over many years, veterans of the Edinburgh indie scene Martin Metcalfe, Derek Kelly and Fin Wilson have made some stupendous music. Described by Metcalfe as “pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic”, Jacob’s Ladder is the best thing they’ve ever done. And that’s saying something.


number2 Fatherson, Open Book

Fatherson have long been considered one of the ‘most promising’ young bands in the country – and that promise was fulfilled big time with the release of their eagerly-awaited sophomore effort, Open Book.

number3Frightened Rabbit, Painting Of A Panic Attack

Frightened Rabbit’s fifth album and second major label release gets better and better with repeat listens. One reviewer called it both “melancholy and majestic” – and we can’t put it any better.

number4Honeyblood, Babes Never Die

After Honeyblood’s blistering debut, anticipation was sky high as the dynamic duo of Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers prepared to release their second album.  Babes Never Die did not disappoint.

number5 Anna Meredith, Varmints

The classical composer turned pop star won this year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award for her genre-defying, dance music-inspired debut. It’s not hard to know why.

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