Best Albums of 2017

If you like genre-bending folk music or introspective dance/R&B, have I got a list for you:   12) St. Vincent, Masseduction – Annie Clark continues to solidify her reputation as one the premiere personas in music, but what makes the songs on Masseduction memorable are the ways in which they subvert pop music expectations. Songs like “Los Ageless” unfold in standard verse/chorus form, but each section adds something unique to make the song a journey. Essential listening: “Los Ageless”, “Masseduction”     11) SZA, CTRL – Although CTRL is full of mellow, slow-simmering R&B jams, the production is subtly diverse, as instrumental timbres are rarely repeated on multiple tracks. SZA also stands out for being boldly feminist, adopting a more aggressive sexual tone typically only commandeered by male artists. Essential listening: “Supermodel”, “Pretty Little Birds”     10) Dirty Projectors, Dirty Projectors – As full of catchy grooves as it is introspective sonic experimentations, Dirty Projectors’ self-titled eighth album is an intriguing rumination on aging in the digital age. Essential listening: “Up in Hudson”, “Keep Your Name”     9) Spoon, Hot Thoughts – Nine albums in, Spoon continue to craft well-constructed songs built around deconstructed guitar riffs and percussive more »