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    Ani Difranco's Binary isn't on many lists here.
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    Native Invader
    Plunge
    IONNALEE (not a full album yet but omg)
    Pixx - The Age of Anxiety
    Goldfrapp- Silver Eye
    Hanne Hukkelberg - Trust
    Torres - Three Futures
    Perfume Genius - No Shape
    Austra - Future Politics
    Juliana Hatfield - Pussycat

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    Alright I feel ready to do this.

    Here’s my list, with a highlight from each, and some comments on the top 2 since they are 2 I know I’ll be listening to for a long time. I also made a playlist on Spotify with one track from each album if you're curious: https://open.spotify.com/user/boxofb...IDPdMyIkh7DWvF

    1) SZA - Ctrl

    This is a new classic in my book. It’s one of those albums where the lyrics will sometimes just unexpectedly hit you right in the gut. It reminds me of Back to Black the way it feels both timeless and modern, and also effortlessly fresh, boldly vulnerable, and uniquely her. This song is one of my absolute favorites from it and so worth checking out and listening to the lyrics if you don’t already know her. Other highlights: Broken Clocks, Drew Barrymore, The Weekend




    2) Lorde - Melodrama

    I have been head over heels in love with this album since my first listen, which was surprising only because I never really got into her debut album (and still need to give it a solid shot). But after hearing Yellow Flicker Beat and the song she did with Disclosure (Magnets) I got this feeling something magic was brewing and now I can’t even put into words how right that feeling was. Like SZA’s album, it just feels so uniquely and solidly HER in its sound and its vision and its heartbeat. I love that she is such a young artist who still believes in the art of building an entire world within an album. By far one of my favorite musical moments of the year, from Supercut: “Because ours are the moments I play in the dark/we were wild and fluorescent, come home to my heart.” Other highlights: The Louvre, Hard Feelings/Loveless, Liability



    3) St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

    Other highlights: Masseduction, Los Ageless, Young Lover

    4) Perfume Genius - No Shape

    Other highlights: Slip Away, Die 4 U, Wreath

    5) Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life

    Other highlights: Heat, Cruel, Love So Soft

    6) Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar

    Other highlights: We Could Run, Ooh La La, Fire

    7) Kelela - Take Me Apart

    Other highlights: Waitin, Better, Frontline

    8) HAIM - Something to Tell You

    Other highlights: Want You Back, Right Now, Found It In Silence

    9) Laura Marling - Semper Femina

    Other highlights: Soothing, Next Time, Nothing Not Nearly

    10) Goldfrapp - Silver Eye


    Honorable mentions:

    Big Little Lies (Music from the HBO Series) - Soundtrack
    The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
    Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
    Ryan Adams - Prisoner
    Paramore - After Laughter
    Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights
    Tori Amos - Native Invader

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    1. Tori Amos - Native Invader
    2. Portugal. The Man - Woodstock
    3. Lorde - Melodrama
    4. Perfume Genius - No Shape
    5. Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
    6. Susanne Sundfor - Music for People in Trouble
    7. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
    8. Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
    9. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
    10. Alison Moyet - Other
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    I am about...halfway done with my list, keeping myself open to the possibility that something could slide in at the last minute and fuck me up.

    Then I have to format it which is a nightmare.

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    I find it challenging to rank albums that you've lived with for only a few weeks along with albums you've had months to absorb! And there's ONE more album I want to listen to before doing my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeptheclock View Post
    I find it challenging to rank albums that you've lived with for only a few weeks along with albums you've had months to absorb! And there's ONE more album I want to listen to before doing my list.
    Try TWO more albums, in my case!! I'm cutting it close. :-*

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeptheclock View Post
    I find it challenging to rank albums that you've lived with for only a few weeks along with albums you've had months to absorb!
    these days i don't really need that much time to absorb an album, i decide pretty fast if i like an album or not. i'm of course talking about whole albums. there've been a few albums this year where i liked maybe half of it or just a few songs, but the rest not so much. those i don't really consider for the ranking at all.
    and there are always albums that weren't in my top 10 a few years ago and now they are my favorites. Have One On Me by Joanna Newsom is a good example. when it came out, i wasn't into it at all (and if remember correctly it appeared on a lot of lists here, but i was pretty indifferent about it back then), and now it's one of my favorites.

    as for the actual ranking, i usually start with a top 30 (or top 20, depending on the year). before ranking them I listen to them again and narrow it down to a top 10 (or top 20) - and, yes, maybe that way one or two albums get cut that could have been top 10, but this year the decision was pretty easy actually - and then for the actual ranking - I go on a song by song basis, i.e. rating each song individually

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEP View Post

    1) SZA - Ctrl

    This is a new classic in my book. It’s one of those albums where the lyrics will sometimes just unexpectedly hit you right in the gut. It reminds me of Back to Black the way it feels both timeless but effortlessly fresh/bold/uniquely her. This song is one of my absolute favorites from it and so worth checking out if you don’t already know her.



    Love this!! Great chorus.

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    Really people?! I was expecting to see this at least a few times.. pop perfection


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    I enjoyed that one but “Simon Says” is nonstop goth teenager cringe..

    “Casanova” is a bop though.

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    Allie X will totally be on my list! Love your list, @MikeEP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEP View Post
    1) SZA - Ctrl
    7) Kelela - Take Me Apart
    i'm really into this new wave of R&B singers (like those two + Nao, Solange)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Allie X will totally be on my list! Love your list, @MikeEP.
    thanks @Jake! I just added a couple of honorable mentions too. this was such a great year for music.

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    Loved your list @Kari!

    ETA: OH MY GAWD how could I forgot MENTAL ILLNESS!!! It is my 2nd favorite album. I really thought it was from Dec 2016 because of the bells in Goose Snow Cone. Anyway, doing some retouching:

    1. Tori Amos - Native Invader
    2. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
    3. Lorde - Melodrama
    4. Perfume Genius - No Shape
    5. Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
    6. Portugal. The Man - Woodstock (yeah, it was a lot higher before, but I listened to it today and I found the ones above better in general)
    7. Susanne Sundfor - Music for People in Trouble
    8. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
    9. Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
    10. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
    Last edited by tolotti_; 12-07-2017 at 03:56 PM.
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