Pretty Much Amazing's Best Albums of 2017 So Far

Pretty Much Amazing's Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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17. Arca - Arca

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

Give the best pieces here — i.e. the first six tracks — some fair time on good headphones and it’s disturbing in the best and strangest ways: a pitch-black digital blanket for fierce but dying contempt and sorrow.

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16. Jay Som - Everybody Works

Jay Som - Everybody Works
March 10, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
11 reviews
User Score
76
181 reviews
I’ll give her this much: she probably tricked a few people into thinking this was a full band experience even though, excepting some vocals, she composed, performed and produced the entire thing by herself. She certainly tricked me.
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15. 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

14. The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir

The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
March 10, 2017
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
76
104 reviews

I could fruitlessly compare it to its spiritual predecessor all day, but I’ll say this instead: if you compiled every other album The Magnetic Fields has released since 1999 into one 55-track album, 50 Song Memoir would absolutely blow it out of the water.

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13. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

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

Put every Spoon moment, every song, every riff, every Britt Daniels howl and whisper into a blender and you have Hot Thoughts ... Hot Thoughts is another top tier indie rock record from the most consistent band in the game.

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12. Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life

Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life
January 27, 2017
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
71
183 reviews

The luminous Near to the Wild Heart of Life arrives as an imperfect, if sorely needed, import from the Great White North. Japandroids return, proud Canadians, to provide the right medicine at a dark time.

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11. 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
412 reviews

For anyone who was ever remotely interested in Mount Eerie or the Microphones, A Crow Looked at Me is a must-listen. But it feels made for a very specific time and place, and the subject matter is tough to stomach and tougher to shake. It’s bleak, but without any of the life-affirming notes you might expect from an album like this.

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10. Priests - Nothing Feels Natural

Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
January 27, 2017
Post-Punk
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
75
176 reviews

Nothing Feels Natural, the first studio album from D.C.-based punk group Priests, is loaded with anger and anxiety, apt for the post-truth era. It’s a roaring album that spans the genre from the experimental to the classic.

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9. Slowdive - Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive
May 5, 2017
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
82
377 reviews
Whatever band you most hope reunites, you can only hope they do it like Slowdive. Not rushed, not cash-grabbing, but focused on relationships and on furthering the legacy of the band.
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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
634 reviews

The band retains its core strengths (pillowtalk vocals, echoing, urbane guitar lines) while expanding its sonic reach and stretching for the bleacher seats. It’s an excellent and surprisingly comforting way to begin 2017.

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7. Sampha - Process

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

Somber, but not necessarily sad, Process maps Sissay’s emotional journey by confronting his feelings head-on; like the seven stages of grief, each emotion is unpacked and experienced through stirring cries, clever meshing of classical and electronic instruments, and a personified piano.

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6. Perfume Genius - No Shape

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

No Shape feels more celebratory than any Perfume Genius record to date; that celebration often runs deliciously wild.

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5. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
June 16, 2017
Folk
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
User Score
82
334 reviews
Hot take: their third record is their best, a meandering, wild, untamable masterpiece from a front man who refuses to stop studying and refuses to be predictable.
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4. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

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

A handful of superb records have already been released in 2017. Pure Comedy’s scope, ambition, and beauty herald something bigger: the year’s first great album.

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3. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
June 23, 2017
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
83
465 reviews

This is Big Fish Theory in its basest form: A truly progressive, existential, emotionally saturated hip-hop album that establishes the value of dance-centric collaboration by reminding us that it’s exactly that.

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2. Lorde - Melodrama

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Art Pop
Critic Score
91
31 reviews
User Score
83
678 reviews
Self-care has allowed Lorde to make something extraordinary and authentic, something that takes you by the hand and assures you that you can survive and thrive in the same sea of emotion.
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1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

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

It’s the first album in Kendrick Lamar’s discography where tracks can more readily be taken individually. And yet, given the talent of the artist in question, and the producers he’s pulled in, this one is no less ambitious and rewarding than some of his previous entries.

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