AllMusic's Favorite R&B Albums of 2017

AllMusic's Favorite R&B Albums of 2017

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Brian McKnight - Genesis
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

Face Your Fear ups the ante for Harding, bumping him from promising newcomer to major artist, and if you like good songs played and sung with true conviction, you won't want to sleep on this.

Daniel Caesar - Freudian
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

Caesar's sound still prompts a mix of comparisons and distinctions: Frank Ocean with concision, Miguel without sleaze, a less extroverted BJ the Chicago Kid, a sanctified (if still occasionally expletive) Internet. Factor all of that in, and there's still a uniqueness to Freudian.

Darkhouse Family - The Offering
November 24, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

Don Bryant - Don't Give Up On Love
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

Gabriel Garzón-Montano - Jardín
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

Made with longtime recording partner Harry Hirsch, the set advances his progressive, often breezy, slightly psychedelic sound rooted in soul and funk.

Ibeyi - Ash
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

In the end, Ash is many things: militant, vulnerable, and tender; it is urgent yet unhurried, its sharp edges unapologetically exposed. It is rooted in struggles and seeks victory, not deliverance. It is not only memorable, but indomitable and beautiful.

JC Brooks - The Neon Jungle
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

Kehlani - SweetSexySavage
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
The hour-long album is a bit excessive with some nondescript or merely passable second-half pop ballads, but it nonetheless makes good on all the promise of the mixtapes. It's destined to become a 2010s classic.

Kelela - Take Me Apart
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
Nothing is as volcanic as "Bank Head" or as rush-inducing as "Rewind" -- two past gems -- but these hyperballads and zero-gravity jams always stimulate, covering a broader spectrum of emotional states with deeper resonance.

Ledisi - Let Love Rule
September 22, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

Leela James - Did It for Love
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Maylee Todd - Acts of Love
November 3, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Miguel - War & Leisure
December 1, 2017
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

For all the conflict imagery, War & Leisure is often brightly colored, even upbeat.

Nick Hakim - Green Twins
May 19, 2017
Critic Score
74
7 reviews

The album's potent mix of soul-searching lyrics and spaced-out sonics lends itself to deep thought and accompanied stargazing.

Sampha - Process
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
35 reviews
In a way, this all makes the previous output seem merely preliminary.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
82
19 reviews
This isn't just a fitting farewell to Sharon Jones; it's one of the best albums of her career.

So Much Light - Oh, Yuck
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

Son Little - New Magic
September 15, 2017
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

Syd - Fin
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
The stylistic switch-ups are clever and effective without coming across as forcefully out of character.

Syleena Johnson - Rebirth of Soul
November 10, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

SZA - Ctrl
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
This is a marked improvement and an indication of more great work to come.

Thundercat - Drunk
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Additional guests Kendrick, Pharrell, and Wiz Khalifa add to the star power, but the main attraction is Bruner's singular combination of tremulous yet fluid bass and aching falsetto.

Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House 3
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

Beach House III is nonetheless conclusive evidence that the singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist is among the most skilled and creative figures in the business.

Van Hunt - Popular
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
100
1 review
Original Source: https://www.allmusic.com/year-in-review/2017/favorite-r-and-b
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