Pitchfork's 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017

Pitchfork's 20 Best Pop and R&B Albums of 2017

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20.

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

19.

Rina Sawayama - RINA
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

18.

HAIM - Something to Tell You
July 7, 2017
Critic Score
70
35 reviews

Haim let in some new styles on Something to Tell You, but they crucially remain masters of rhythm.

17.

Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
70
25 reviews

On their first album in four years, Goldfrapp synthesize all their many sounds and modes to get at the core of their musical identity. They find a beautiful, poppy, platonic ideal.

16.

Khalid - American Teen
March 3, 2017
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

14.

Charli XCX - Pop 2
December 15, 2017
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
Charli XCX’s latest mixtape is a vision of what pop music could be, the sound of an eclectic, hyperreal future where romantic love is fun but fucked and partying is an emotional refuge.

13.

Paramore - After Laughter
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Just as this album highlights Williams’ most existentially despondent musings to date, it is also the most fizzy record Paramore have ever recorded.

12.

Sevdaliza - ISON
April 26, 2017
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

ISON is an album that gets under your skin and lingers in your thoughts. As warm and inviting as it gets at times, Sevdaliza was right not to make it too easy on the listener.

11.

Kehlani - SweetSexySavage
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
71
19 reviews

Refreshingly, SweetSexySavage is at its best when it’s most exuberant, giddy in the face of haters and common sense alike.

10.

The xx - I See You
January 13, 2017
Critic Score
81
41 reviews

I See You, the third album by the xx, sounds like an attempt to incorporate everyone’s talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied.

9.

Syd - Fin
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

On Fin, what Syd seems to want to portray most of all is an admirable, inspirational confidence, a young woman singing and rapping while totally at ease with the beats that please her most.

8.

Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
75
36 reviews

Since the drastically superior Paradise Edition reissue of Born to Die, Del Rey has neither swayed nor settled. Instead, doubling down on her palette of inky blues and blacks, the singer-songwriter has delivered a trio of dark, dense, radio-agnostic albums that stand wholly apart from any of her pop music peers.

7.

St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
42 reviews
Clark has achieved rockstar grandeur, as well as rock stars’ greatest musical vice: unsubtle commentary on the problems of today.

6.

Ibeyi - Ash
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
Their genre-agnostic musicality widens the aura of inclusion, twining downtempo electro-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and fervently slapped cajón percussion that nods to West African Yoruba culture. These are sage, heady dialogues, clearly years in the making.

5.

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

On Rest, Gainsbourg doesn’t just reveal her pain, but monumentalizes it, lays out a red carpet, and invites people to watch. Her refusal to be sequestered by grief is, quite literally, a death-defying feat.

4.

Sampha - Process
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
35 reviews

It’s a remarkable, meditative work, as he processes grief and navigates self-discovery.

3.

Kelela - Take Me Apart
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

On Take Me Apart, her first studio album, she takes the cerebral, corporeal world she’s built into the domain where it can historically live best: a new, outré, rhythmic pop galaxy that honors but outpaces its peers.

2.

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 reviews
Lorde captures emotions like none other. Her second album is a masterful study of being a young woman, a sleek and humid pop record full of grief and hedonism, crafted with the utmost care and wisdom.

1.

SZA - Ctrl
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
The long-awaited debut from the Jersey singer is an opulent, raw R&B album that constantly tests the borders of the genre. SZA’s deeply personal lens on modern romance gives these songs endless life.
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