Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Albums of 2017 (So Far)

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25. Jay Som - Everybody Works

Jay Som - Everybody Works
March 10, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
11 reviews
User Score
76
181 reviews
Jay Som has built upon her established identity as a skilled songwriter with a long future ahead of her to craft a varied and vibrant record that’s a steady, reliably smart listen from start to end.
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24. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens

Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
March 24, 2017
Tech House
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
User Score
77
173 reviews

23. Grandaddy - Last Place

Grandaddy - Last Place
March 3, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
74
96 reviews

In truth, Last Place feels like running into a once-dear friend. You make plans to see each other again over a meal or a drink, but even as you head off in opposite directions, delighted by the run-in, you aren’t sure when you’ll see them again. Nevertheless, you’re glad they’re doing well, if only for a moment.

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22. Charly Bliss - Guppy

Charly Bliss - Guppy
April 21, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
74
88 reviews

Guppy lures you in with fine-crafted honey, before blindsiding you with a sudden downpour of vinegar (or piss, take your pick).

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21. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band

White Reaper - The World's Best American Band
April 7, 2017
Glam Rock
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
76
40 reviews

20. Sampha - Process

Sampha - Process
February 3, 2017
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
81
518 reviews

If Process was flawless, Sampha’s voice would leave listeners teary, and in a time as somber as now, these uplifting numbers remind us to take a break, immerse ourselves in a rush, and focus on the positive — a welcome path to wander down.

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19. Arca - Arca

Arca - Arca
April 7, 2017
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
17 reviews
User Score
78
361 reviews

Though it contains his most serene music by a stretch, Arca is the epitome of that warring nature, reaching for his innermost self to attempt at finding a balance.

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18. Future - HNDRXX

Future - HNDRXX
February 24, 2017
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
65
121 reviews

HNDRXX is Future at his most inventive, or at least the most inventive he’s been in a while. While his most definitive project remains 2015’s Dirty Sprite 2 for its balance of Future’s innate melodic sense and especially effective trap records, HNDRXX comes in as a close second.

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17. Laura Marling - Semper Femina

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

It is a strong, elegant, and self-assured album that, in its creative arrangements and lyrical world building, contains remarkable complexity and depth in terms of both skill and concept.

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16. Migos - Culture

Migos - Culture
January 27, 2017
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
70
225 reviews

The sonic equivalent of a hardened d-boy new to legal wealth and a reprieve from street life casually flexing his jaw to flaunt the brilliance of a permanent diamond grill, Culture is an unapologetic doubling down on their sound and devotion to all things A-Town adjacent.

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15. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic

Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
February 24, 2017
Thrash Metal
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
76
86 reviews

14. (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
May 19, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
77
186 reviews

As inscrutable as it can be at times, Giannascoli never betrays his purpose, making Rocket his most developed and accomplished album yet.

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13. Feist - Pleasure

Feist - Pleasure
April 28, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
77
190 reviews

Pleasure is a record of patience, and each surprising twist in its understated songwriting is used to illustrate how Feist keeps her cool.

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12. Perfume Genius - No Shape

Perfume Genius - No Shape
May 5, 2017
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
25 reviews
User Score
84
372 reviews

No Shape may feel, to some listeners, less cohesive than past Perfume Genius records, but it makes up for that with endless inventiveness and daring passion, and it indicates that Hadreas is a musician who is only growing more vital as he develops and expands his sound.

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11. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
January 27, 2017
Folk
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
76
242 reviews

There’s something to be said for the potential for personal growth inherent in traveling without a destination, and every song here is the sound of Julie Byrne making peace with her restlessness.

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10. Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound

Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound
January 27, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
70
170 reviews

It’s a chugging, nimble-footed affair, showing a matured and restrained group; no more eight-minute-plus pounding, slashing jams, replaced instead with a sense of clarity and focus, a driving, raw sonic thesis statement.

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9. Drake - More Life

Drake - More Life
March 18, 2017
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
66
282 reviews

The singing and melodies are massaged with a care unheard in the prior Drake discography; this album flows as improbably as The Life of Pablo, with more assured lyrics and smoother sequencing, to offset the lack of a certifiable genius at the helm.

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8. 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
84
413 reviews

Overwhelming and humbling, Elverum’s revelatory work offers a blueprint for others going through similar situations in their own lives, a true testament to the power of art and a loving tribute to Geneviève.

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7. The xx - I See You

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

Add up the creative sampling and the synchronized dancing, and we get a revamped version of The xx that hinges less on awkwardness and anxiety and more on another, unexpected “A” word: ambition.

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6. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

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

For 44 minutes, Mann slips into the skin of someone walking an emotional tightrope, and it’s an act she pulls of with grace and conviction. Mann’s music has never lacked for warmth or heart, but her latest songs are the kind of delicate bruisers that feel like they might fall apart in your hands if you sneeze.

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5. Jlin - Black Origami

Jlin - Black Origami
May 19, 2017
Footwork
Critic Score
86
12 reviews
User Score
73
155 reviews

After spending a lot of time with the new LP, the early work seems almost naive, the product of someone still trying to find her voice ... And that’s simply because Black Origami is a massive breakthrough.

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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

Every song bursts out of its box with dizzying Technicolor touches and unexpected noises or inside-out harmonies.

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3. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

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

A sonic departure from the jazz inflected funk of To Pimp a Butterfly and the hyper-melodic, west coast revival feel of good kid, m.A.A.d city, DAMN. is much more concerned with trading groove for thump and concept for straight spitting. 

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2. Slowdive - Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive
May 5, 2017
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
82
376 reviews

Slowdive delivers nearly everything their fans desire in a return: familiarity, innovation, and vast atmospheres to get lost in.

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1. Ryan Adams - Prisoner

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

Adams assembles a stunning scrapbook that captures heartbreak in an intimate array of snapshots, a collection that marks his most accomplished record since Heartbreaker.

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