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The Independent's 30 Best Albums of 2017

The Independent's 30 Best Albums of 2017

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29.

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
81
43 reviews

The band succeed in bringing some light into the picture while also acknowledging that some of those feelings of anxiety or inadequacy are still there.

28.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
41 reviews

It’s all too controlled and unambitious; and just aping Dylan’s wheeze doesn’t make it any more intriguing.

27.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
73
17 reviews

25.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

It’s an enjoyable, occasionally virtuosic romp, fronted by Thundercat’s smooth soul harmonies, which lend proceedings the lustrous sheen of Earth, Wind & Fire.

24.

November 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

22.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
84
42 reviews

It still feels like it's holding charms that will unfurl with more listens. It is an incredibly cohesive album though - it operates in its own defined space and has an intense frostiness to, which, for The National, is saying something.

21.

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
75
36 reviews

Lust For Life is more of an elaboration on her favourite subjects rather than a repetition, in fact, it’s her most expansive album to date.

20.

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

19.

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
29 reviews

Over the years, she has been portrayed by the outside world: as the girl next door, the geek, the romantic, the marketing genius, the victim, the snake. Add them together and you might just get a complete person. Swift isn’t denying any of those facets of herself. She’s not excusing them. She’s just saying there’s more than one.

18.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

Vulnerability is the current stock-in-trade of neo-soul, but rarely has it been indulged quite as imaginatively as on Sampha’s Process.

17.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
77
36 reviews

The band have retained their brusque character but it’s less ponderous than before, with several tracks taken at an unfeasibly rapid tempo; while Ronson has brought production clarity and a punchy funk sensibility that transforms QOTSA’s trademark robot-rock rhythms into something much more dynamic and danceable.

15.

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

14.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
42 reviews

Annie Clark’s industriously idiosyncratic manner on previous St. Vincent releases has often given the impression that she’s trying to distract her listeners, wreathing songs in such swirls of sonic invention that one sometimes loses track of which direction they’re headed, or what they’re about. That’s not so much the case with Masseduction.

13.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

Stormzy is clearly on the verge of becoming the next grime crossover success.

12.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

11.

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

9.

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

8.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

7.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
40 reviews

6.

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

The trip-hop rhythms may have been replaced by a more varied range of beats ... but the mood and manner of Ghostpoet’s fourth album is steeped in much the same themes and textures, hauled up to date and delivered in a nonchalant deadpan akin to Roots Manuva.

5.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

3.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

2.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
41 reviews
Fuelled by a black humour that’s almost become her trademark, there’s heartbreak and ecstasy, desire, fear, uncertainty, acting on impulse, making mistakes and (maybe) learning from them. And those are tunes we can definitely dance to.

1.

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
Original Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/best-albums-2017-loyle-carner-lorde-kendrick-lamar-taylor-swift-stormzy-j-hus-lists-a8071516.html
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