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The Observer: Kitty Empire's Top 10 Albums of 2017

The Observer: Kitty Empire's Top 10 Albums of 2017

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Aldous Harding - Party

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
12 reviews

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
36 reviews

Even before you fully absorb Damn’s beat science, its self-referencing textural depths, and its ever-evolving balance of personal and political, you can’t help but hear this record as a rocket in the space race with Drake.

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
37 reviews

Pop stares down the abyss, Murphy seems to be saying, so carpe diem – except, this being LCD Soundsystem, it’s more about seizing the night, where three minutes can unfurl into for ever.

Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
36 reviews

This resulting work is hefty enough to tick industry boxes, and just weird enough to intrigue; a qualified success.

Moses Sumney - Aromanticism

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
15 reviews

The choirboy turned soul singer rejects coupledom on his gorgeous, genre-spurning debut.

Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
28 reviews

Here, we have Hadreas’s desire to transcend his body and self – the no shape of the title – and glorious, inventive, shape-shifting music to match.

Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
6 reviews
It gets better with every play, mixing punk with glam with fuzz guitar, recalling everything from the Rolling Stones to Jack White. It is just heavy enough, and it is also meta.


October 13, 2017
Critic Score
37 reviews

Accessible but challenging, Masseduction thumbs its nose at genre while Clark’s choice of producer – Jack Antonoff – roots it firmly in pop; it is, after all, an attempt to jump Clark from cult act to mass seductress. It’s working.

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
26 reviews

Like its predecessors, Big Fish Theory is an album that grabs you by the lapels with its urgency while slapping you round the ears with its sound design.

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