If there’s anything good that came with 2017, it would definitely have to be the music. From new artists to new classics to new comebacks, 2017 has blessed us with a great year in music from beginning to end and it’s been so hard to narrow it down. Nevertheless, here are 10 albums that have made the cut as some of the best albums of the year.
FREUDIAN – Daniel Caesar
Soulful R&B with hints of gospel influence highlighting the ups and downs of young love, fading faith and existential angst.
PROCESS – Sampha
The mastermind behind songs such as “Don’t Touch My Hair” by Solange or “Saint Pablo” by Kanye West has created a brilliant work of art combining his soulful vocals with innovative musical arrangements and powerful lyrics.
THE THRILL OF IT ALL – Sam Smith
Beautifully executed love songs full of emotion that were meant to take a while to write and perfect. We’re sure glad Sam Smith took his time to create such a classic.
DAMN – Kendrick Lamar
Chart-topping and timeless. Kendrick combines old-school with modern and takes it to the next level, truly showcasing his excellent artistry once again.
DRUNK – Thundercat
Fun, funky and weird bass jams that combine quirky lyrics with outstanding musical talent.
MASSEDUCTION – St. Vincent
Fun and adventurous pop with a dynamic vibe and hard-hitting lyrics that call attention to Annie Clark’s high-profile personal life and offer glimpses into Hollyweird.
WAR & LEISURE – Miguel
Inventive sounds inspired by electronic soundscapes, acidic guitar riffs, and tropical vibes all combined with lyrics of both political and lustful nature.
PAINTED RUINS – Grizzly Bear
Trance-like guitar riffs paired with dreamy electronic vibes and vocals that prove to be easier to absorb than past albums, yet undeniably excellent.
CTRL – SZA
Creative and inventive R&B excellence that well-portrays the all too real issues of young love, lust and womanhood.
4:44 – Jay-Z
From taking jabs at political issues in America, to calling out other rappers, to stepping up to his cheating allegations, this album certainly sheds a light on the more mature side of HOV.
Cheers to an excellent year in music! Here’s hoping 2018 can live up to it.