Top 100 Music Albums of 2017 by CryingGameDahlin (2019)
2017 was not fun
- Chart updated: 07/24/2019 01:45
- (Created: 02/02/2017 19:37).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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There's always going to be an endless discussion about how much the art can be seperated from the personal life of those who created/contributed to it's making. By no means does Jesse Lacey deserve any sort of apologist treatment and deserves to suffer all the consequences of his behavior, and if that means his career if officially over and any praise for him as a songwriter and performer ceases at this point (if legal action has unfortunately surpassed the statue of limitations), by all means that's a deserving fate.
However, can I somehow just retroactively reverse my opinion of this album or other Brand New albums I loved, just because I despise what he did outside of his work? How much those particular offenses influence him as an artist, and does that necessarily make the work in itself tainted? Indeed the revelations seem to prod a re-examination of his work and contributions, but can the music still be a powerful experience and have something important to say even if we know now it's no longer coming from a "pure" source, where the pain is mostly if not all inflicted from the suffering he caused others? Would we toss away someone's incredibly vital scientific breakthrough just because we found out about sexual misconduct before it was applied? Is trashing the music for one member's behavior somehow taking the rest of the band and everybody who's contributed to the making of the album down with him? Is it just a sad fact that great art can come from horrible people, and that we really shouldn't put these creators on a personal god-like pedastal?
Again it feels like it's up to the individual listener how to treat the music of Brand New after finding out about what Jesse Lacey did. In this case it's here solely because I do think Science Fiction was the best album of 2017 and nothing more, if I got some sort of feeling out of it I find it's hard to somehow retroactively pretend I didn't, even if as always going back to the work after the fact may reveal something new about where they're coming from, even if it's for the worse. Overall it's a top album for which I no longer want to sing it's praises and show no qualms whatsoever in seeing Jesse Lacey disappear for good. If you don't feel that way and think somehow showing any concrete recognition that Science Fiction may be a great album even if it came from a horrible individual is a sign of enabling or being somehow complicit with his actions, again that's up to you. The thing is, there's a long list of singers & musicians who came out before the digital age that have either shown this type of behvior or other salacious sexual activity, but are not currently being called out on it. How one seperates the art from the artist or doesn't at all is up to the listener & the listener alone, even if as always there will be consequences for voicing whatever divisive individual opinion that's sure to arise. [First added to this chart: 08/20/2017]
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Anything good EMERGED this year?
the only ungrateful bitch here is me with my "hi BEA I'm back *disappears for another 3 months*" behavior. At this point I'm just dropping by periodically to make sure everyone knows I still love them.
and ay 2017 albums yup there's some good 'uns. I started that "recommended to" shit on my chart but never followed through (not yet anyway... my BEA presence these days is inconsistent at best). There'll be plenty of picks for you when it's done... in the mean time you should really hear that Molly Burch album. It's <3