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Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2017

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2017

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25. Nelly Furtado - The Ride

Nelly Furtado - The Ride
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
65
11 reviews

Nelly Furtado's sixth album, The Ride, feels a lot like the debut of a new rising star.

24. Harriet Brown - CONTACT

Harriet Brown - CONTACT
April 21, 2017

21. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

The Navigator evocatively captures the essence of the streets of New York's increasingly gentrified outer boroughs.

20. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Eschewing I Love You, Honeybear's genre-hopping eclecticism, Pure Comedy's understated arrangements of barebones piano and acoustic guitar ensure the focus remains squarely on Tillman's lyrics and captivating voice.

19. Valerie June - The Order of Time

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
This is music that's made to sound like it might have sprung up from the ground beneath our feet but just as easily could have descended from another dimension.

18. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

17. Taylor Swift - reputation

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
22 reviews

It's Swift's willingness to portray herself not as a victim, but the villain of her own story that makes Reputation such a fascinatingly thorny glimpse inside the mind of pop's reigning princess.

15. SZA - CTRL

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

14. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
This is easily Tyler's most emotionally risky, and rewarding, work to date—and, in its own way, more transgressive than anything from Odd Future's punk-rap peak.

12. Fever Ray - Plunge

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

11. Björk - Utopia

November 24, 2017
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

Björk seems to have reconjured the elements that made her music so exceptional, and consistently enough that one can imagine a shorter, more curated iteration of Utopia that could stand with her very best albums.

10. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3

December 25, 2016
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

Run the Jewels 3's status as a credible but not quite compelling call to arms serves as a reminder of how difficult hip-hop partnerships are to sustain and how much the genre relies on novelty and innovation.

8. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

While its 1970s and ‘80s influences, whizz-bang synths, and froggy vocals are entirely recognizable, American Dream finds Murphy pushing his compatriots and his own psyche into new, unfamiliar, and often uncomfortable territory. Which is exactly why, as far as reunion albums by aging bands go, this one is about as gratifyingly unpredictable as anyone could have hoped for.

7. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
31 reviews

Whether it's a party record disguised as a breakup album or a breakup album disguised as a party record, it's cathartic, dramatic, and everything else you could want an album titled Melodrama to be.

6. Sheer Mag - Need to Feel Your Love

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

On Need to Feel Your Love, the Philly quintet fully embraces these dissonances, creating an album on which even their breeziest, most likeable hooks drip with tension and rage.

5. Jay-Z - 4:44

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

Jay-Z made 4:44 with producer No I.D., whose beats luxuriate in burnished soul and jazz samples; combined with the relatively light feature roster and the short running time, this makes for the most focused Jay-Z album since The Blueprint.

4. HAIM - Something to Tell You

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
69
28 reviews

Precisely wielded hooks and polished production can only carry a song so far, and it's difficult for Something to Tell You to gain much traction when the Haim sisters convey heartsick sentiments in only the broadest and vaguest of terms.

2. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
32 reviews
Clark's baroque musical sensibilities remain intact throughout Masseduction, but the increased tenderness of her vocal performances, coupled with more thematic emphasis on the push and pull of romantic relationships, offers a moving counterweight to St. Vincent's typically wry cultural commentary.

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
91
31 reviews
Clocking in at under an hour, the new album maintains its predecessor's varied sonic palette with a mishmash of stark trap flourishes and woozy, impressionistic melodies but also distills these sounds to an ear-wormy directness primed for your car speakers.
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