AllMusic's Favorite Pop Albums of 2017

AllMusic's Favorite Pop Albums of 2017

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Bleachers - Gone Now

Bleachers - Gone Now
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
68
11 reviews

Though it's hard to believe it's possible, Antonoff shares even more of himself on Gone Now than on Bleachers' debut, and it makes for some of his most immersive and satisfying music yet.

Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
June 30, 2017
Critic Score
67
13 reviews

Funk Wav Bounces impresses not just with the marquee names, but with how effortless, communal, and fun Harris makes it all feel.

Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me

Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
68
5 reviews

She's usually done this with a pop bent, but with its cool surface, sharply constructed songs, and Lovato's controlled performances -- all elements that more than make up for her lyrical stumbles -- Tell Me You Love Me suggests soul may be her forte.

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
With the confidence and determination of a seasoned vet, English-Albanian singer/songwriter Dua Lipa crafted a delightful collection of catchy pop gems where the songs only serve to highlight her vocal prowess.

Harry Styles - Harry Styles

Harry Styles - Harry Styles
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
65
22 reviews

Harry Styles works exceedingly well as a modern pop album and an extension of the One D sound and brand, but as the kind of personal statement Styles wants to make, it comes very close, but ultimately falls just short.

Hurts - Desire

Hurts - Desire
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
60
3 reviews

Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life

Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

Meaning of Life is one of her most satisfying albums: it feels like not just a collection of good tunes, but a statement of purpose.

Kesha - Rainbow

Kesha - Rainbow
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

Sometimes she'll slide into cliché, usually by recycling therapy-speak, but how she pairs these credos with veiled confessions is as striking and moving as her party songs are weird and funny. By slyly alternating between these two extremes throughout Rainbow, Kesha winds up with a comeback that's fully realized emotionally and musically.

Lorde - Melodrama

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
32 reviews

This balance between discovery and reflection gives Melodrama a tension, but the addition of genuine, giddy pleasure ... isn't merely a progression for Lorde, it's what gives the album multiple dimensions.

Niall Horan - Flicker

Niall Horan - Flicker
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
60
5 reviews

One Directioners will no doubt relish every moment of Flicker, but for casual fans potentially wary of the boy band stigma, they can rest assured knowing that Horan has taken a big first step into musical maturity, with his own voice and deep well of emotion.

Paloma Faith - The Architect

Paloma Faith - The Architect
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
60
4 reviews

Paramore - After Laughter

Paramore - After Laughter
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

Despite the album's buoyantly pastel new wave tones, it unsurprisingly contains a truckload of hard-won maturity and a growing sense of battle fatigue.

Soulwax - FROM DEEWEE

Soulwax - FROM DEEWEE
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

Fans of their early-2000s work will appreciate the live instrumentation, especially the drum work, while those who remember 2ManyDJ's' classic As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 mix will relish the twists and turns of this nonstop ride. From Deewee is a welcome and satisfying return from the sibling pair.

4. Walk the Moon - What If Nothing

Walk the Moon - What If Nothing
November 10, 2017
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

Zara Larsson - So Good

Zara Larsson - So Good
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

Larsson delivers polished R&B-influenced pop gems that shine bright like diamonds while maintaining a too-cool-for-school factor that helps to distinguish her from the bubblegum.

Original Source: https://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/2017/favorite-pop
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