Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2017

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2017

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25.

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
65
12 reviews

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

24.

Harriet Brown - CONTACT
April 21, 2017

21.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

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

20.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
82
38 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.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
84
9 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.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

17.

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
29 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.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

14.

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
21 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.

13.

Joe Henry - Thrum
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

12.

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

11.

November 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
38 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.

December 25, 2016
Critic Score
86
34 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.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
43 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.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 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.

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
83
26 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.

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
82
31 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.

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
70
35 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.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
42 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.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
40 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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