Top 100 Music Albums of 2017 by babyBlueSedan (2018)
Alright, 2017. As always, here are the rules for my post-2013 year charts:
1. Everything I listen to this year will be added here, regardless of whether it's amazing or awful. If I listen to over 100 albums I'll throw out some albums I didn't have much of an opinion on (not necessarily the lowest rated ones).
2. Every album will have a comment. Comments early in the year will be longer and well thought out, and as the year goes on they'll get lazier and some of them will just say "good". It's inevitable.
3. Anything with a final rating of 70 or higher will be added to my collection. I'll list the number of "keepers" in this description. Anything with a 65 comes recommended but in the end was too inconsistent or bland for me. 60s are meh and anything under that I wouldn't really recommend.
33 keepers so far this year.
- Chart updated: 06/07/2018 03:45
- (Created: 01/29/2017 02:41).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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Screw it this is the album of the year
It's weird thinking about what causes one to listen to an album. In this case it was the title, which is a reference to the terribly censored-for-TV version of the Big Lebowski. In the end it has no relation to anything on any of these songs, but I'm glad it has the title it did because otherwise I probably wouldn't have listened to this.
I've been disappointed by these types of singer/songwriter albums with vaguely lonely/depressing lyrics so far this year, but this one knocks it out of the park. Writing lyrics that are both self aware and emotional, Bridgers covers a wide array of topics in these songs. And it's the little, easy to miss things - like pining after a boy who has "beautiful bones" - that make it such a touching listen.
Musically this walks the line between indie folk and alt-country, but the songs have a lot of little details in them that I keep picking up on subsequent listens. [First added to this chart: 09/30/2017]
I usually hate it when bands I follow release a bunch of albums in a row because I feel like I haven't really gotten to know the old ones if they keep releasing new ones. As such I wasn't going to listen to this because I figured it was more of the same. Which, I mean, it kind of is. But it's shorter and better, meaning the quality to quantity ratio is a lot better. And everyone seems to be finding their voices and figuring out what they can bring to songs.
My favorite song is QUEER but the entire first half is great, the second half is shaky near the end but that's silly to say because JUNKY and SWEET are both masterpieces. [First added to this chart: 10/26/2017]
Open Mike Eagle is soooo much better when he's not just trying to be funny and instead injecting humor into more poignant songs Seriously, the more I listen to this the more I think it's one of the best rap albums I've heard. He's got an ear for hooks too. [First added to this chart: 09/30/2017]
Finally updating this chart in June of 2018 means I'm writing this after the man whose face is on this album is no longer in BROCKHAMPTON. Which is a shame, not for him but for the group (assuming they weren't covering up all the things he did all of last year). This album shows just how powerful the group could be; not only does it have some incredibly pop songs (HOTTIE) and R&B hooks (RENTAL), but it has some absolute bars on it as well (ALASKA). I'd love to hear a group of pop-rappers like this break into the mainstream and rule pop radio, but now who knows if they'll ever get a chance. Oh well, we'll always have this amazing trilogy.
I recently got really into Night Falls Over Kortedala and decided to give this a listen. The lush instrumentation and quirky storytelling are still there, I like it a lot. [First added to this chart: 09/23/2017]
I'd never been able to get into Tyler before those, though I'd never actually listened to a full album from him either. I had tried a couple tracks and the amusical beats always pushed me away, plus I had heard he had a penchant for saying dumb edgy things so I figured it wasn't worth it. I'm not sure whether I would have said he had potential or not, but this one clearly shows that he did.
The production on this album is just fantastic, it's so lush and easy to listen to. It sounds very summery in places with contrasts with the lyrics, where Tyler is basically lamenting how he got famous but it doesn't make him happy. It very much mirrors Earl's album from a couple years back in that respect. Odd Future are growing up right before our eyes it seems.
There isn't a bad track here but there's really no standout track either, at least nothing I've gone back to repeatedly. The opener is the best lyric wise but there's no song that's bad in that respect [First added to this chart: 08/30/2017]
Typically when I listen to highly rated electronic (using that as a very general umbrella term) albums from each year I go in not expecting to enjoy them much. I've long struggled getting into the genre but recently have been starting to enjoy a few different types of electronic music; notably Boards of Canada and The Ape of Naples have really been impressing me. This one was no different, but I got a lot out of it. It's a very menacing album that nonetheless starts off with this weird carnival intro but quickly gets pretty terrifying and insane. There are some almost danceable parts but even they're so warped that it would feel weird to dance to them. RYM labels this as "post-industrial" which is also what they tag Ape of Naples as so I might have found a new subgenre to explore. [First added to this chart: 07/12/2017]
It's been at least three months since I touched this chart, and I convinced myself that it would be easy to get it up to date. "Just add the albums and write a quick comment," I said to myself. Then I looked at my list of listened albums and the first album there was Kendrick. Which means I have to write about Good Kid and TPAB and Control and Drake and J Cole...no, you know what? Let's just talk about DAMN. Well, mostly about it.
I really like the new direction he took here; I didn't really enjoy untitled unmastered because it just felt like retreads, so it's nice to hear some more straightforward rap. And listen, not every album needs a central idea or some grand narrative. Sometimes it's nice to hear one of the greatest rappers alive make an album that everyone can enjoy that just really rips.
As far as highlights go: I think DNA and FEEL are the clear standouts. ELEMENT made me hate James Blake a little less, and I always liked HUMBLE because it's pretty fun. But I think the last trio of songs is the best stretch on the album. It switches between "going hard" Kendrick and "introspective" Kendrick perfectly and the closer is some of the best storytelling we've heard from him. [First added to this chart: 07/13/2017]
When Slide and Heatstroke came out I started asking myself whether I was actually getting excited for a Calvin Harris album. The answer was yes, and it delivered on everything I hoped it would be. Tons of fun, nothing groundbreaking but better than your average pop album. Also just the right lenght, not like those DJ Khaled albums that have been trying to do this before. [First added to this chart: 07/15/2017]
Didn't give this a listen when it first came out because I wasn't a fan of Isbell's last album, but thank goodness for end of year lists because they made me come back to this. This is songwriting by the silent majority of rural America, but not in an ignorant way. Rather, it paints pictures of rural life and the monotony of living by tradition and not knowing it any other way. There are great lines about not wanting to move away and abandoning your parents and one street towns and all kinds of things. If We Were Vampires is the standout - a song about cherishing life more because we know it will end.
Oh, and Cumberland Gap has the best chorus of the year, without a doubt. [First added to this chart: 12/10/2017]
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