Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2017

Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2017

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20. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
36 reviews

Melodrama is rightly earning raves, and will go down as one of the better pop albums of the decade.

19. Zola Jesus - Okovi

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

18. Kelela - Take Me Apart

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
Though technically Kelela’s full-length debut, the album feels like a next step, proof that her striking sound was no mere gimmick but instead the foundation for one of the most advanced, daring artists in contemporary pop.

16. Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

15. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

It’s the musical equivalent of a cold margarita on a hot summer day, refreshing and yet somehow a little sour.

14. Jlin - Black Origami

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

12. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
17 reviews

With A Crow Looked At Me, Elverum has created a work that deals with death, loss and the myriad accompanying emotions in a starkly sobering manner that ultimately proves highly affecting and, most importantly, incredibly real.

11. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

10. The xx - I See You

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
37 reviews

With a few flourishes and tweaks, the band have proven themselves to be something greater than originally anticipated.

9. King Krule - The OOZ

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

7. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
36 reviews
Even when she’s wrapped her angst and panic in slick beats and her signature guitar shredding, she still knows how to write one hell of a line.

6. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

Throughout the album, the 26 year-old SZA presents herself as an unapologetic femme fatale, often to hilariously blunt effect.

5. Slowdive - Slowdive

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
35 reviews

At 55 minutes, DAMN. is incredibly knotty and impregnable in terms of being able to fully process everything at work here. Indeed, subsequent listens continue to reveal more and more of the lyrical subtext, allusions and introspective nature of his lyrics.

Original Source: http://spectrumculture.com/2017/12/19/top-20-albums-2017/
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