The Independent's 30 Best Albums of 2017

The Independent's 30 Best Albums of 2017

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29. The xx - I See You

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
37 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. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

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

27. Bleachers - Gone Now

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
71
13 reviews

25. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 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. Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest

November 17, 2017
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

22. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
35 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. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
76
32 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. Bonobo - Migration

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
74
18 reviews

19. Taylor Swift - reputation

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
67
26 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. Sampha - Process

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
31 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. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
77
29 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. Jay-Z - 4:44

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

14. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
35 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. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

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

12. King Krule - The OOZ

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

11. J Hus - Common Sense

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

9. Jessie Ware - Glasshouse

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
69
15 reviews

8. Syd - Fin

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

7. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
35 reviews

6. Ghostpoet - Dark Days + Canapés

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
76
19 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. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

3. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

2. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
36 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.
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