Albums Of The Year 2016: American Football — American Football

“LP 2,” as it's come to be called, lived up to its older sibling in every sense.

click to enlarge Albums Of The Year 2016: American Football — American Football
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This is part of Creative Loafing Tampa's new issue, The Year In Music. See and listen to the rest of our top albums here.

American Football, American Football (Polyvinyl) Fans of old-school emo had a great year, and part of the elation surely came at the hands of Polyvinyl Records, which finally released a follow-up to American Football's (also self-titled) 1999 debut. That 17-year-old record matured into a sacred tome for the genre, and expectations for something new continued to grow as the band — led by Mike Kinsella — announced tour dates and festival appearances over the last couple years. “LP 2,” as it's come to be called, lived up to its older sibling in every sense. The Chicago-based outfit didn’t sacrifice an ounce of vulnerability. Math-y guitar riffs and sullen horns still weave their way in and out of the arrangements. And while the 1999 album was rooted in the suburban angst of a much younger man with no thoughts of becoming a parent, American Football’s second finds Kinsella, 39, facing how he’s grown up on songs like “Everyone Is Dressed Up” where he sings about being “forever lost in time’s currents.” —Ray Roa 

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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