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Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2017

Spectrum Culture's Top 20 Albums of 2017

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20.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
41 reviews

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

19.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

18.

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
81
26 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.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

15.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
82
39 reviews

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

14.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

12.

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
91
18 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.

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

10.

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
81
43 reviews

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

9.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

The Ooz is rich with detail, but its length means its ideas have enough room to spread out. It’s teeming with life, but it never feels too busy.

7.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
42 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.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

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

5.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

1.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
40 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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