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2017 3/4 The Good, The Bad, The Rad

Haven't been as active around here as I used to, but wanted to share the music I listened to this year. This is very, very loosely ranked, don't worry about it. Rec me other stuff, haven't had as much time to check music this year.
1The National
Sleep Well Beast


Genre: You know the drill
Best Songs: T/T, Guilty Party, I'll still destroy you, This System only Dreams in Total Darkness

Really great album once again, bouncing between 4.5 and 5 for me. They just refuse to get any worse, even with the slight shakeup in style the quality is very consistent.
2Susanne Sundfor
Music For People In Trouble


Genre: Chamber-Pop/Folk/Artsy as fuck
Best Songs: Mountaineers, Reincarnation, Undercover, No one believes in love anymore

Listen to this you fools, it will melt your heart.
3Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.


Genre: Hip-Hop

Best Songs: Fear, Feel, DNA, YAH, Duckworth

His most incosistent LP but fuck me, the highs are worth the lesser (God, Lust, Pride) tracks.
4Brand New
Science Fiction


Genre: Embarrassment/Emo-Rock

Best Songs: 137, In the Water, Same Logic/Teeth, Waste

I like this and that's weird.
I like this and that's weird.
I like this and that's weird.
I like this and that's weird.
I like this and that's weird.
5Brockhampton
Saturation 2


Genre: Hip-Hop/R'n'B (?)
Best Songs: Gummy, Junky, Sweet, Swamp, Queer

The Hip-Hop parts are amazing, and the hooks are incredible but the skits/R'n'B stuff is very mediocre
6Sinjin Hawke
First Opus


Genre: House/Electronic
Best Songs: Monolith, Onset, They Can't Love You, Cold Blood

Sometimes the ideas are stretched out a bit to thin, but there are a lot of amazing ideas on this things. Very "out there" but very enjoyable.
7Slowdive
Slowdive


Genre: Dream-Pop/Shoegaze
Best Songs: Slomo, Stargazer, Sugar for the Pill

Very polished, very pretty and just a joyful experience.
8Lorde
Melodrama


Genre: Pop
Best Songs: Liability Pt.2, Supercut, Hard Places, The Louvre, Homemade Dynamite

I wish more Pop would sound remotely like this.
9The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding


Genre: Dad-Rock
Best Songs: Up All Night, Pain, Stranges Things, Chains

A bit too safe, they're starting to just recycle their sound at times, but for what it's worth this is still very, very good, especially the first half has some of their best songs.
10Joey Badass
ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$


Genre: So woke, haven't slept for 10 years
Best Songs: Rockabye, For my People, Land of the Free

Political Messaging can be a bit too "one note" at times, but that boy brings some verses. His wordplay is great, his flow is great, production is great. Album is solid all around
11Broken Social Scene
Hug of Thunder


Genre: Indie Rock
Best Songs: T/T, Protest Song, Gonna be Better
12Bonobo
Migration


Genre: Electronic
Best Songs: Break Apart, Outlier, Ontario
13Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface


Genre: Alt-Rock/Being white an whiny
Best Songs: The Maze, The Gold, The Alien
14Hundred Waters
Communicating


Genre: Art-Pop
Best Songs: Prison Guard, Better, Parade

Some Songs are really bad (Blanket Me, Particle), but some songs are so fucking good.
15John Moreland
Big Bad Luv


Genre: Southern Rock/Americana/Country
Best Songs: Sallisaw Blue, Love is not an answer, Ain't we Gold
16Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up


Genre: Prog-Folk
Best Songs: Third of May, T/T, Fool's Errand
17Los Campesinos!
Sick Scenes


Genre: Indie Rock/Is it still 2008?
Best Songs: A slow, slow Death, Renato Dall'ara
18Zola Jesus
Okovi


Genre: Art Pop
Best Songs: Soak, Siphon, Witness, Remains
19Brockhampton
Saturation


Genre: Hip-Hop/R'n'B
Best Songs: Gold, Star, Heat
20Sampha
Process


Genre: Sadboy wankery
Best Songs: No one knows me like the Piano, Blood on Me
21Future Islands
The Far Field


Genre: Indie-Pop
Best Songs: Ran, Cave, Aladdin

Vocalist saves this from being just average.
22Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex


Genre: Dream Pop
Best Songs: K., Sweet, Flash

This has the potential to grow a lot, I'm still not comfortable with the vocalist, but some of the instrumental arrangments (k.) are so fucking gorgeous.
23Flotation Toy Warning
The Machine That Made Us


Genre: Fuck you, genres don't bind us
Best Songs: Due to adverse weather conditions, All of my heroes have surrenderd, King of Foxgloves

Still haven't decided if this is actually good or just weird and intriguing
24Gang of Youths
Go Farther in Lightness


Genre: Overambitious Sputcore
Best Songs: Don't let your Spirit Wane, The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows

Look at these fucking songtitles.
25Spoon
Hot Thoughts


Genre: Indie
Best Songs: Do I have to talk you into it, T/T
26Alvvays
Antisocialites


Genre: Dream Pop/Indie Rock
Best Songs: In Undertow, Lollipop, Your Type

In Undertow is one of the strongest songs of the year, the rest is nice, but not outstanding.
27Portugal. The Man
Woodstock


Genre: Filthy Hipster Trash
Best Songs: Feel it Still, So Young

This is the first album on this list I wouldn't call good. The singles are joyful, but most of the other stuff is just painfully average and way less impressive than their other material.
28Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins


Genre: Is it still 2007?
Best Songs: -

No it's not 2007. Bloated and boring.
29Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Luciferian Towers


Genre: BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH
Best Song -
30The XX
I See You


Genre: Is it still 2009?
Best Song: On Hold

No it's not 2009 and you're style has ceased to be charmingly minimalistic. Instead it's just watery and sounds lazy.
31Forest Swords
Compassion


Genre: Electro/Ambient
Best Song: All the Songs sound the Same and they are boring.
32The mountain Goats
Goths


Genre: Folk

The sound of Paint dying on a wall
33Taylor Swift
Reputation


Genre: Identity Crisis

The old taylor can't come to the phone. Why? Oh, cuz she's dead. *I cringed so hard I broke my back*
34Arcade Fire
Everything Now


Genre: Awful Dance Pop
Best Song: I guess.. Signs of Life isn't all that terrible

This just doesn't work at all.
35LCD Soundsystem
American Dream


Genre: Decent Dance Pop
Best Song : Oh Baby

This is not all that bad, have just forgotten to add it initially. It's just not very exciting either, some decent slow burners, but not very fresh.
36Fazerdaze
Morningside


Genre: Dream Pop
Best Song: Jennifer
37Blood Cultures
Happy Birthday


Genre: Klapcore/Indie-Pop
Best Song: Indian Summer

Hypest Indie Jamz
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