2017 albums, report card: Q1

In case you missed it, I posted a list of my album/song highlights from the year so far. And below is the full list of albums I checked out during January-March. There has already been so many, so sorry if I missed one. (Apologies to Sampha, Big Sean, and those who released albums in the last week of March.) Don’t take the numbers too seriously. A 5 isn’t necessarily bad, I more so don’t remember much from it besides it being pretty OK. You can see AOA’s single making it in my highlights list, for example. Any record that’s a 6 or more I’d say is worth your time.

I also keep a Spotify playlist with a choice favorite song from every album (available on Spotify) I listen to. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.

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Quarter One 2017

The first quarter of 2017 had some unneeded noise. Rap got big debates inflating OK albums and pointless beefs. Indie rock’s old guard spent too much time bickering about how the genre’s dead for the tenth time. And I definitely do not need your negative Yasutaka Nakata opinions.

Once parsed through the chatter, quarter one turned eventful. R&B has yet to lose steam after one wonderful year. (Shout out to The Internet, whose members keep giving with their respective solo projects.) K-pop has been exhausting yet really exciting to follow. Dance music has brought incredible records, from rookies to veterans to dream collaborations, with its experimental side also fruitful. Folk has brought voices much needed for this torn generation. And for the record, indie rock is thriving through its new blood, and rap already has had a lot to offer from people not named Drake, Quavo or Future. You can go to the UK for those, though you don’t really have to.

A Kamaiyah tape, a Feist album, a Lorde album, and a new fucking Gas album in the near future — I think 2017 is only getting started.

Here’s a round-up of my favorite music from the first quarter of 2017.

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Albums

  • Allison Crutchfield — Tourist in This Town
  • Asako Toki — Pink
  • Charli XCX — Number 1 Angel
  • Fatima Yamaha — Araya EP
  • Future — HNDRXX
  • Jay Som — Everybody Works
  • Jens Lekman — Life Will See You Now
  • Kehlani — SweetSexySavage
  • Kelly Lee Owens — Kelly Lee Owens
  • Nelly Furtado — The Ride
  • Noveller — A Pink Sunset for No One
  • Octo Octa — Where Are We Going?
  • Power Trip — Nightmare Logic
  • RaeLynn — Wildhorse
  • S.E.S. — Remember
  • Suiyoubi no Campanella — Superman
  • Suzy — Yes? No? EP
  • Thundercat — Drunk
  • Wiley — Godfather

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Songs

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Bonus: Favorite New Non-2017 Albums

  • Autechre — LP5 (1998)
  • Belly — Star (1993)
  • callme — This Is Callme (2016)
  • Every Little Thing — 4 Force (2001)
  • Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto — Cendre (2007)
  • Izumi Macra — Identity (2016)
  • Jan Jelinek — Loop-finding-jazz-records (2001)
  • Jens Lekman — I Know What Love Isn’t (2012)
  • Lori McKenna — The Bird & The Rifle (2016)
  • miss A — Touch EP (2012)
  • PASSPO — Beef or Chicken? (2015)
  • Pet Shop Boys — Behaviour (1991)
  • Richard X — Richard X Presents His X-Factor, Vol. 1 (2003)
  • Scarface — Mr. Scarface Is Back (1992)
  • Shampoo — We Are Shampoo (1994)
  • Silent Siren — S (2016)
  • Sistar — So Cool (2011)
  • Slowdive — Pygmalion (1994)
  • Soichi Terada — Sounds from the Far East (2015)
  • Suiyoubi no Campanella — UMA (2016)
  • Throwing Muses — The Real Ramona (1991)
  • UGK — Super Tight (1994)
  • Whodini – Back in Black (1986)
  • Yamaneko — Pixel Wave Embrace (2014)