Newt’s Top 10 albums of 2016

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By Steve Newton

Please, God, don’t let any more of my rock heroes die this year.

Jeff BeckLoud Hailer

The world’s greatest living rock guitarist isn’t resting on his laurels at the age of 72. With Loud Hailer—another term for “megaphone”—Beck delivers a fresh-sounding blast of intense, politically minded rock. His fretwork has never been more creative and mind-blowing.

The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome

If this turns out to be the Stones’ final album—hey, nobody lives forever—it will go down as a precious love letter to the blues that spawned them. Mick, Keith, Ronnie, and Charlie sound juke-joint-ready on a primo batch of rollicking blues tunes by the likes of Magic Sam, Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Little Walter, and Willie Dixon.

Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band

The Truckers have never shied away from politics, but the urgency with which they tackle Trumped-up topics like immigration, Islamophobia, and racial…

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