Musicandotherthingz Best Arrangement of 2016

A new category for 2016 was the Arrangement category as we felt that the pure musical map of a song and its delivery was a pretty damn important aspect of a song, indeed there would be no song without it. This was another area in which Christine and the Queens shone, demonstrating her wide skill set. Tegan and Sara’s emotive piano ballad an Radiohead’s ominous shrieking string sections earned them a lot of votes and they appear in the long list. They didn’t crack out top three though who appear below. 

3. Metallica – Moth Into Flame (16.22% of the vote)

Despite their legendary status, many a hipster keyboard warrior will scoff at this group of talented artists who will sell out any venue anywhere. From Mexico City to New Dehli. This year has seen them at the best they’ve been for well over a decade, reenergised by what they see as the ever chaotic world around them. Lyrically Moth Into Flame is far from subtle and James Hetfield’s crosshairs are firmly on one orange stained individual. The arrangement on this track may haunt his nightmares as it meets with the blunt lyrics. The track is purely theatrical with wiry lead guitars tumbling from their heights into the meat grinder that is the rhythm section. Via pounding drum fills, they relentlessly deliver an intricate piece of music from which they stay contained and disciplined. 

2. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation (21.62%) 

Even the most ardent fans of Alex Turner and Miles Kane will admit that Everything You’ve Come To Expect appeared exactly as advertised, but there were flashes of brilliance and Aviation is one of them. Hiring the talented and diverse multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett was a smart move as he energised many of the tracks with his cinematic arrangements. From quaking strings to soaring strings, he takes the somg greater depths and heights from the snappy, classic rhythm section produced by Turner and Kane.

1. Chance The Rapper – Same Drugs (24.32%)

Chancelor Bennett and his collaborators produced one of best albums of the year with Colouring Book and from it, he has made an album that showcases hopeful and nostalgic imagery at a time when his home city of Chicago has had a hard year. The subtle piano chords chime aside every lyric and creates a close and intimate track. Almost by stealth however, the song rises in tone and opens up with added choir and backing vocals and is simply a beautiful track that gradually flowers over its duration. 

Owen Riddle 

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