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The 20 albums you need to hear in 2016

Just when we all thought the album was on the way out, along comes Adele, who almost singlehandedly gave the CD another year of life with the enormous sales of 25 and her refusal to put the album on streaming sites. Frankly, we're amazed she didn't release it on cassette.

But, nonetheless, despite our ever-decreasing attention spans and the rise of playlist culture, the full-length album, that body of work which can transport us to another place for 40 minutes or so, is still with us.

And 2016 is set to usher in a few belters. We guide you through the 20 that you should keep an ear out for over the next twelve months, from new acts to established and across the whole musical spectrum.



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