Paste's 20 Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Paste's 20 Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

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20. The Cairo Gang - Untouchable

The Cairo Gang - Untouchable
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

19. David Bazan - Care

David Bazan - Care
March 7, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
2 reviews
User Score
75
12 reviews

18. Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This

Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This
April 7, 2017
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
70
51 reviews

Swear I’m Good At This is the now-21-year-old’s coming-of-age story, and it’s an engaging one, full of awkward moments, breaking hearts, insecurity and a discovery of power.

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17. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Tender Warriors Club

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Tender Warriors Club
December 1, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
76
10 reviews

16. Valerie June - The Order of Time

Valerie June - The Order of Time
March 10, 2017
Americana
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
74
111 reviews

15. Sheer Mag - Compilation LP

Sheer Mag - Compilation LP
January 1, 2017
Power Pop
Critic Score
83
1 review
User Score
79
17 reviews

14. Laura Marling - Semper Femina

Laura Marling - Semper Femina
March 10, 2017
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
78
240 reviews

Like a great folksinger, she has created an album of songs whose sounds and sentiments are much weightier than they appear on the surface, providing entry to somewhere much more wondrous and strange and troubling than it first appears.

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13. Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Ryan Adams - Prisoner
February 17, 2017
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
72
98 reviews

It’s a beautiful sounding collection, no question. Sometimes, though, Adams’ exacting, just-so approach to the sonics undercuts the power of his lyrics.

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12. Grandaddy - Last Place

Grandaddy - Last Place
March 3, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
74
96 reviews
In their inherent sullenness, Grandaddy finds ways to create happy/sad vignettes that appeal to the hopeless romantic in ways that are nearly invasive.
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11. Ty Segall - Ty Segall

Ty Segall - Ty Segall
January 27, 2017
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
76
164 reviews

While far from a masterpiece, Ty Segall provides a neatly packaged summary for why the singer is a modern rock ‘n’ roll treasure.

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10. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
March 24, 2017
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
16 reviews
User Score
83
408 reviews

They are beautifully and simply arranged, but it is not an entertaining album to listen to in any conventional sense, nor can it be shaken off easily. It is, however, the kind of album that makes all others seem frivolous while you’re hearing it.

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9. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
March 31, 2017
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
76
53 reviews

The interplay among tune, lyrics and production rewards repeated listens with ever more intricate emotional textures.

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8. The xx - I See You

The xx - I See You
January 13, 2017
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
76
630 reviews

7. The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
April 7, 2017
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
71
56 reviews

While The New Pornographers’ appealing quirks abound, their melodic gifts rightfully steal the show.

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6. Jay Som - Everybody Works

Jay Som - Everybody Works
March 10, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
11 reviews
User Score
77
176 reviews

5. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
December 25, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
29 reviews
User Score
82
380 reviews

RTJ3 is an excellent bookend to 2016, but it’s best used as a guide to the future, 2017 and beyond.

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4. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

Spoon - Hot Thoughts
March 17, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
User Score
76
222 reviews

Hot Thoughts is crisp, arch and flowing, proving Spoon to be among Bowie’s most astute heirs in spirit.

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3. Future Islands - The Far Field

Future Islands - The Far Field
April 7, 2017
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
27 reviews
User Score
74
170 reviews

New fans may expect another Singles epiphany — a near-flawless jigsaw puzzle of beats, synths, bass and fervor — but pushed to even higher heights. But longtime listeners may recognize in this new album as a solid continuation what Future Islands have been selling for over a decade.

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2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
April 14, 2017
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
31 reviews
User Score
85
907 reviews

With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar plays by the rules and then sets the rule book on fire, and continues one of the most impressive run of albums of any artist in recent memory.

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1. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
April 7, 2017
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
User Score
77
401 reviews

Pure Comedy lives up to its title. It’s a comedy in every sense of the word. Absurdity is the order of the day. There are jokes around every turn. The central joke being the perfectly dissonant balance of sincerity and sarcasm conveyed by music and lyrics alike.

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