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I imagine a number of users listen to a lot more music than I do, so I'm curious to see others' lists (though granted I mostly prefer r&b and hip-hop). What did I miss?

Albums:

1. DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar)
2. A Deeper Understanding (The War on Drugs)
3. Take Me Apart (Kelela)
4. Ctrl (SZA)
5. Big Fish Theory (Vince Staples)
6. The Chief (Jidenna)
7. Fin (Syd)
8. SweetSexySavage (Kehlani)
9. War & Leisure (Miguel)
10. Pure Comedy (Father John Misty)

Singles (one per artist):

1. DNA (Kendrick Lamar)
"[insert entire song]"

2. Chanel (Frank Ocean)
"My guy pretty like a girl / and he's got fight stories to tell..."

3. Mask Off (Future)
"My guillotine, drank promethazine / TEC and beams, go to these extremes..."

4. LMK (Kelela)
"And you'll never figure out / what you said, but it's cool, baby..."

5. 1-800-273-8255 (Logic)
"I want you to be alive / You don't gotta die today / You don't gotta die..."

6. Young Dumb and Broke (Khalid)
"Ya da da da da da da da / Young dumb broke high school kids..."

7. Bodak Yellow (Cardi B.)
"LIL BITCH YOU CAN'T FUCK WITH ME IF YOU WANTED TO" [all caps needed to convey intense rage]

8. Strangest Thing (The War on Drugs)
"Late at night I wanna see you / Well, my eyes begin to fade / Am I just living in between the space between / the beauty and the pain?"

9. T-Shirt (Migos)
"Mama told me not to sell work..."

10. The Weekend (SZA)
"You're like 9 to 5, I'm the weekend..."

11. Big Fish (Vince Staples)
"Took the smart route, never been marked down / Should have been broke, should have been chalked out..."

12. The Story of OJ (Jay-Z)
"I told him, 'Please don't die over the neighborhood / That your mama rentin' / Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood / That's how you rinse it'..."

13. Legend Has It (Run the Jewels)
"Doctors of death / curing our patients of breath..."

14. That's What I Like (Bruno Mars)
"Lucky for you that's what I like!"

15. Too Good at Goodbyes (Sam Smith)
"I'm never gonna let you close to me / Even though you mean the most to me..."

16. Power (Rapsody ft. Kendrick Lamar and Skiiwalker)
"Badge make police feel powerful in the hood / Guns make us feel powerful but they don’t do no good / I know my blackness powerful and they don't like that..."

17. Pure Comedy (Father John Misty)
"These mammals are hell-bent on fashioning new gods / So they can go on being godless animals"

18. Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller)
"Now that pipe got her running like she Usain, baby / You made me drown in it, touche, baby"

19. No Limit (G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky and Cardi B.)
"IT AINT SAFE IT AINT SAFE IT AINT SAFE"

20. B.E.D. (Jacquees)
[sung in ridiculously innocent sounding voice] "I know you wanna love / but I just wanna fuck..."



Music videos:

1. Wyclef Jean (Young Thug)
dir. Ryan Staake and...Young Thug?

2...

...nothing else really needs to be listed, does it?
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outdoorcats on Dec 31 2017, 05:30:06 PM wrote:I imagine a number of users listen to a lot more music than I do, so I'm curious to see others' lists (though granted I mostly prefer r&b and hip-hop). What did I miss?
R&B and hip-hop is stuff I try to avoid at all costs, but maybe some other people like to hear my recommendations. :P

It's just a bit too early for me to sum up the year. I'm always a few months behind. Still have a list of albums from 2017 to check out.

So far there were 15 albums from 2017 that I thought were "buy-worthy":

First 7 ranked (but still in doubt about #1 and #2:

1. Leprous - Malina


2. Ayreon - The source


3. Pain Of Salvation - In the passing light of day (full album not on youtube, so just one song)


4. Anathema - The optimist


5. Persefone - Aathma


6. VUUR - In this moment we are free - Cities


7. Sons of Apollo - Psychotic symphony


Rest unranked (mostly Belgian alternative stuff):

Benny Zen and the Syphilis Madmen - Hits


Stef Kamil Carlens (known from Zita Swoon) - Stuck in the status quo


DAAU - Hineininterpretierung


Pascal Deweze - Cult of yes


Gruppo Di Pawlowski - In inhuman hands


Mastodon - Emperor of sand


Millionaire - Sciencing


Tori Amos - Native invader
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It may not be my type of music, but I liked the first song from the first album you listed (Malina) a lot. That's all I have time for now but I'll definitely browse the rest later.

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Not really listened to too much from this year yet, these are the only albums I have rated 8/10 so far sadly, and no 9s.

Woods - Love Is Love (2017)
The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (2017)
The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles (2017)
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (2017)
Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up (2017)
Charlie Cunningham - Lines (2017)
Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex (2017)
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I still have like 40 albums to listen to, but here. There's a 3-way tie for #1:

1. Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) Industrial Hip Hop


1. Arca - Arca Art Pop


1. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens Tech House/Ambient Pop


4. zeitkratzer / Svetlana Spajic / Dragana Tomić / Obrad Milić - Serbian War Songs Noise/Slavic Folk Music
https://zeitkratzer.bandcamp.com/track/ ... om-the-sea

5. Big Blood - The Daughters Union Psychedelic Folk
https://dontrustheruin.bandcamp.com/tra ... r-the-path

6. Zabelle Panosian - I Am Servant of Your Voice: April-May, 1917 Armenian Music


7. Lovozero - Moroka Ambient Pop


8. Zola Jesus - Okovi Darkwave


9. Oxbow - Thin Black Duke Experimental Rock


10. Trepaneringsritualen - Kainskult Death Industrial
https://trepaneringsritualen.bandcamp.c ... feral-me-2

Some honourable mentions:

Denzel Curry - 13
Richard Dawson - Peasant
Gas - Narkopop
Black Cilice - Banished from Time
Slowdive - Slowdive
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Xanopticon made a pretty cool Zola Jesus mix once, never heard anything else by her though.
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St. Gloede on Dec 31 2017, 06:37:44 PM wrote:Not really listened to too much from this year yet, these are the only albums I have rated 8/10 so far sadly, and no 9s.

Woods - Love Is Love (2017)
The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (2017)
The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles (2017)
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (2017)
Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up (2017)
Charlie Cunningham - Lines (2017)
Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex (2017)
I was not a fan of Fleet Foxes (though I've always liked J. Tillman's work as Father John Misty) in the past but the first track of the album you listed ("I Am All I Need...") has an interesting experimental mix of sounds and moods which I'm finding really interesting this time around.

:cheers: on The War on Drugs, also you're welcome on behalf of the rest of Philadelphia for giving the rest of the world Adam Granduciel.

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Five albums I liked a lot:

billy woods - Known Unknowns (east coast hip hop)



Feist - Pleasure (singer/songwriter)



Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (west coast hip hop)



Primitive Man - Caustic (sludge/doom metal)



Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe (east coast hip hop)





That Kelly Lee Owens album is now on my listenlist!
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outdoorcats on Dec 31 2017, 07:33:14 PM wrote:
St. Gloede on Dec 31 2017, 06:37:44 PM wrote:Not really listened to too much from this year yet, these are the only albums I have rated 8/10 so far sadly, and no 9s.

Woods - Love Is Love (2017)
The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (2017)
The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles (2017)
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (2017)
Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up (2017)
Charlie Cunningham - Lines (2017)
Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex (2017)
I was not a fan of Fleet Foxes (though I've always liked J. Tillman's work as Father John Misty) in the past but the first track of the album you listed ("I Am All I Need...") has an interesting experimental mix of sounds and moods which I'm finding really interesting this time around.

:cheers: on The War on Drugs, also you're welcome on behalf of the rest of Philadelphia for giving the rest of the world Adam Granduciel.
Thanks for comment, note there is no real order, just albums I rated 8.

Love is Love is actually the least respected Woods album, at least according to RYM. I still thought it great, but definitely one of the "lesser" albums (most are very close in quality). If you like it, but are not in love with it, I'd suggest checking out their previous album City Sun Eater in the River of Light, and their perhaps best record, the debut How to Survive In + In the Woods.

Similarly this is also the year of the weakest Fleet Foxes album, and the weakest Father John Misty album, granted, still just out of 3, and with me loving both the previous installations. Fleet Foxes essentially changed their entire sound, becoming more progressive, but also flatter, while Father John Misty didn't have the glorious sarcastic punch mixed with melodic shine as in his last two - but rather a more sombre and aggressive sarcasm, and less great melodies. Both albums still worked, and I obviously find them great.

The Clientele on the other hand really recaptured a lot of their old magic (first album in 8 years).

I have been following Charlie Cunningham for a long time, and had even higher hopes for Lines, but he has been struggling making an album for years already, and it was essentially just a mix of previous EPs - and somehow he otherwise feels a bit burnt out already. I guess the "earnest guitar" sound can be limiting.

As for War on Drugs, truly great stuff, might climb above all of these old later re-listens - the only one I occasionally contemplated an 8.5 for in this selection. Cigarettes After Sex is another album that deserves more re-listens. Hoping I will discover some 9s from 2017 soon though.
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As I mentioned earlier I'm really hoping to find some actual favorites from 2017, will go through some of the other top rated albums here.

I'm primarily into combinations of Psychedelic, Folk or Chamber with Rock or Pop (though Psych and Folk can stand on their own, and I also like Jangle Pop, Blues Rock, New Wave, Baroque Pop and more general Pop Rock, etc.).

If you guys know anything you think I'd enjoy feel free to let me know.
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In no order:

VA - Mono No Aware
Juliette Armanet - Petite Amie
Cloud-Nothings -Life-Without-Sound
Feist - Pleasure
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
Mac Demarco - This Old Dog
Gucci Mane - Droptopwop
Perfume_Genius - No_Shape
Slowdive - Slowdive
SZA - CTRL
Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Allan Rayman - Roadhouse 01
The XX - I See You
Girlpool - Powerplant

Still need to check: The War on Drugs - A deeper Understanding, Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me, Migos - Culture, King Krule - The OOZ, Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder
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Albums I rated 4/5:

Au-Dessus - End of Chapter (2017)
Benighted - Necrobreed (2017)
The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers (2017)
Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) (2017)
Exhumed - Death Revenge (2017)
The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia (2017)
Slow - V - Oceans (2017)
Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun (2017)
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St. Gloede on Jan 2 2018, 04:50:23 AM wrote:As I mentioned earlier I'm really hoping to find some actual favorites from 2017, will go through some of the other top rated albums here.

I'm primarily into combinations of Psychedelic, Folk or Chamber with Rock or Pop (though Psych and Folk can stand on their own, and I also like Jangle Pop, Blues Rock, New Wave, Baroque Pop and more general Pop Rock, etc.).

If you guys know anything you think I'd enjoy feel free to let me know.
have listened to very few 2017 albums this year but this was nice
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... y-jameson/
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nimimerkillinen on Jan 2 2018, 07:09:50 AM wrote:
St. Gloede on Jan 2 2018, 04:50:23 AM wrote:As I mentioned earlier I'm really hoping to find some actual favorites from 2017, will go through some of the other top rated albums here.

I'm primarily into combinations of Psychedelic, Folk or Chamber with Rock or Pop (though Psych and Folk can stand on their own, and I also like Jangle Pop, Blues Rock, New Wave, Baroque Pop and more general Pop Rock, etc.).

If you guys know anything you think I'd enjoy feel free to let me know.
have listened to very few 2017 albums this year but this was nice
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... y-jameson/
Thank you, really good stuff, might end up on my list as well.

Edit. This was definitely a great experience. Doing my 2nd listen now. Also, is it just me or does parts of Time to Live sound a little like Video Killed the Radio Star? :satstunned: :D

Ok, this is definitely being added to my list.
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St. Gloede on Jan 2 2018, 09:02:55 AM wrote:Also, is it just me or does parts of Time to Live sound a little like Video Killed the Radio Star? :satstunned: :D
yea, definitely :P most likely a homage
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I'm far from what you would call a music aficionado or anything. In fact, in terms of the various types of art forms, media, etc. out there, music is the one where my tastes and interests are the ones I'm least concerned about trying to analyze or justify. I just like what I like and don't what I don't, which should be pretty clear with my attempt at a top ten songs/tracks (read: *not* albums) from the year. One per artist:

Eurielle - The Wish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHJK0vu5Be8
Health - Blue Monday (cover, duh) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYtGJGp-9hA
Lorde - Green Light https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMK_npDG12Q
Mono Mix - Save Me a Place https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MArUWLN-kqs
Oneohtrix Point Never - The Pure and the Damned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzZ6-OqjoIg
Papa Roach - Help! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSecjqcO3Jk
Red - Gone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0CZD79XH_E
Startset - Back to the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brldtxn1j58
Theory of a Deadman - Rx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKCYjWwdyAs
Ty Dolla $ign & Future - Darkside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3T3K2MHNjM

So basically just a bunch of mopey white dude rock I could get high to and some rad electronic tracks that I'd have torn up at a dance club back in my college days. Again, apologies for my considerably plebeian tastes in music. I make somewhat of an effort to try and dig a little deeper than what's constantly overplayed on the radio on a daily basis, but not much. At the end of the day, film always has been and always will be my top priority for seeking things out for recreational and professional purposes.

I'll come back later to do one for film scores/soundtracks, which I'm considerably more well versed in. ;)
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Nobody mentioned it in their top lists so far (only to check it out), but I recently listened to the Mount Eerie album A Crow Looked at Me and the second track Seaweed broke me. Cried hard. Hard to recommend because it is a hard listen, very raw, also musically. Not something I'd recommend for the "musical quality", honestly, but it's not about that, I think. Best of 2017, has to be, for me.
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Yea it's a great album. He did come here for a concert but I chose not to go. Seeing these songs being played live sounds like it'll be too much.
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So much good stuff came out last year. The ranking is definitely due for change and there's still a lot of releases I haven't listened to (and listened to enough!):

1. Richard Dawson - "Peasant"
2. Zimpel/Ziolek - "S/T"
3. Sun Kil Moon - "Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood"
4. James Holden & The Animal Spirits - "S/T"
5. Colin Stetson - "All This I Do For Glory"
6. Mount Eerie - "A Crow Looked at Me" (actually I have a really hard time comparing this thing to any other albums)
7. Vince Staples - "Big Fish Theory"
8. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "The Kid"
9. Saagara - "2"
10. Kara-Lis Cloverdale - "Grafts"
11. John Maus - "Screen Memories"
12. DJ Python - "Dulce Compañia"
13. Björk - "Utopia"
14. Equiknoxx - "Colón Man"
15. Ex Eye - "S/T"
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XxXApathy420XxX on Jan 4 2018, 05:16:54 PM wrote:Yea it's a great album. He did come here for a concert but I chose not to go. Seeing these songs being played live sounds like it'll be too much.
I went to a concert of his three months ago. It's one of the strongest experiences I've ever had. Never have I eperienced a more focused and moved crowd. It was rinsing. Beautiful performance from Phil's part, I can't understand how he does it, but it must be his kind of therapy (I hope). He seems like a fantastic human.
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Don't miss Forest Swords - Compassion

An album of high drama that movie fanatics can easily appreciate.

It can be found (almost) everywhere:

YouTube

Amazon Prime Music

Spotify
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Now for an area of music that I'm infinitely more knowledgeable and proficient in: film scores and soundtracks! Except that this year, only a small handful of complete scores struck me as especially memorable or noteworthy, with there being a larger amount of individual cues standing out. So I'll just list off some of my favorite score tracks of the year, some of which aren't necessarily indicative of the quality of the scores as a whole, all the while trying to limit myself to one per film, and with a * next to strong favorites:

Split - Meeting the Others https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAQJ-BJCypo
A Cure for Wellness - Nobody Ever Leaves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oyupsW8gAQ
Beauty & the Beast - Colonnade Chat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNbOwMF0evA
*Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 - Dad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0-dQzF5noU
It Comes at Night - Travis' Acceptance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqgWV2U6cY0
A Ghost Story - Thesaurus Tuus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eriaf_mlxFA
War for the Planet of the Apes - End Credits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpGrXqb04WM
Dunkirk - Supermarine (not a big fan of this score in total, but this track on its own is pretty solid) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1VJ39nVIBk
It - Georgie Meets Pennywise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNod2pQKxGA
*Blade Runner: 2049 - Somebody Lived This https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cRQJhiWV2U
Stranger Things: Season 2 - Eulogy (yeah yeah, cheating with a television score, sue me ;) ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXtPdB3_RVs
*Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri - Billboards on Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdctElxi5FU
The Shape of Water - The Shape of Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt9wKkYKC1Q
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The Last Jedi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9e5JcKxHaA
The Breadwinner - The Land of the Noble (haven't seen this film yet, but I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to whatever bits of the score are available) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu0CAkuiiM4

And my pick for the best score track of the year IS.....

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The Battle of Crait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIIvAoHIsPQ

True, it's something of an obvious choice and I already had a track from this score on my list beforehand. But there's a reason John Williams is still so highly regarded in this area: because he's truly a cut above his contemporaries in terms of pure talent and his ability to manipulate an orchestra for maximum impact while still retaining a certain degree of intelligence, and this track is as good an indicator as any that he hasn't lost any of his talents. It's workable both as a standalone instrumental piece, and also a strong, finely tuned summation of most of the major themes developed for the Disney Star Wars venture up to this point. It's pure, red-blooded orchestral goodness for several uninterrupted minutes that only John Williams could conjure up. Every other major tentpole release wishes they could have a score as dynamic and fully satisfying as the duo of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

2017 wasn't exactly a mind-blowingly great year for film scores I'd say, but certainly not without its fair share of highlights, either. I should mention that at this point, I still haven't seen some of the more noteworthy awards contenders like Call Me By Your Name, The Post, and Phantom Thread, and therefore haven't heard much of their scores yet.
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I finally decided on how to rank that 3-way tie

1. Arca - Arca
2. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
3. Death Grips - Steroids

I also heard another great album: Ian William Craig's Durbē

However, it's a live album. I'd rather people hear his album Centres. Easily the best album of 2016.
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Catching up on the 6 album series by The Caretaker now and Stage 2 and 3 should be mentioned, especially Stage 2. Incredibly melancholic. Might be album of the year.

Listening to Stage 4 now and it's almost too much for me to handle. I can't imagine how Stage 5 and 6 will be. Listening to all of it in succession will probably be the most depressing experience ever.

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The only song from 2017 worth listening to:

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Albums:

1. Slowdive - Slowdive
2. Default - California Nebula
3. White Poppy - The Pink Haze of Love
4. You'll Never Get to Heaven - Images
5. Tzusing - Invincible East
6. Alvvays - Antisocialites
7. Loona Odd Eye Circle - Max & Match
8. Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
9. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
10. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
ICM | RYM | last.fm | lboxd
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