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  • #61
    Are you a Stranger Things fan?

    I need to catch up once i have enough time, but it was already nice to see Lady GaGa's "Joanne" while going through the topic

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Tansike
      Are you a Stranger Things fan?

      I need to catch up once i have enough time, but it was already nice to see Lady GaGa's "Joanne" while going through the topic
      Great show! Like it a lot.

      Joanne was a pleasant surprise, Solid effort.
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      • #63


        October 28th 2016

        Alternative

        CRX - New Skin


        New Skin is the debut album by American rock band CRX. Lead singer, Nick Valensi has described the album's sound as a mix of power pop and heavy metal, and has named The Cars, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello as influences.

        Highlights: Ways To Fake It, Broken Bones, Slow Down,


        Miniature Tigers - I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy


        Miniature Tigers is an American indie pop band based in Brooklyn, New York that combines elements of indie rock, synthpop, and dream pop.

        Highlights: Crying In The Sunshine, Pictures Of You, Wish It Was Now, Nobody Else.


        Country

        Blue Rodeo - 1000 Arms


        Blue Rodeo is a Canadian country rock band formed in 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. 1000 Arms is their fifteenth studio album

        Highlights: Hard To Remember, I Can't Hide This Anymore, Jimmy Fall Down, Long Hard Life, Superstar.

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        • #64


          October 28th 2016

          Electronic

          Empire of the Sun - Two Vines


          Empire of the Sun is an Australian electronic music duo from Sydney, formed in 2007. The band is a collaboration between Luke Steele of alternative rock act The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore of electronic dance outfit Pnau. Two Vines is the third studio album.

          Highlights: Before, High And Low, Two Vines, Way To Go, To Her Door


          Latin

          Giorgia - Oronero


          Giorgia Todrani, best known as Giorgia (born 26 April 1971) is an Italian female singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and radio host. Known for her soulful voice, which is aided by a wide vocal range, high belting register and great vocal abilities.

          Highlights: Oronero, Scelgo Ancora Te, Credo, Grande Maestro


          Rap / Hip-Hop

          Tkay Maidza - Tkay


          Takudzwa Victoria Rosa Maidza, known by her stage name Tkay Maidza, is an Australian singer-songwriter and rapper, born in Zimbabwe. The concept for the album began in 2014, around the time Maidza was working on her debut extended play, entitled Switch Tapes.

          Highlights: Always Been, Carry on (feat. Killer Mike), Simulation, Monochrome, Follow Me, Castle In The Sky, Drumsticks No Guns, You Want, At Least I Know


          Rock

          Courteeners - Mapping the Rendezvous


          Courteeners are an English indie rock band formed in Middleton in 2006. All the music and lyrics for the Courteeners' songs are written by the band's frontman Liam Fray. He claims that all of the songs he has written are about personal experiences.

          Highlights: Kitchen, No One Will Ever Replace Us, The Dilettante, Modern Love, The 17th

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          • #65
            The Tkay Maidza album was a nice surprise for me this year, while the D.R.A.M. album was appropriately cute.

            Never really rated Joe Budden though, the only time I see him in the headlines these days is when he's coming for younger rappers and making ignorant comments.
            late.

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            • #66


              November 4th 2016

              R&B

              Alicia Keys - HERE


              Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, actress, and activist. Here is her sixth studio album. Keys told Humanity magazine that "the music for this album was created so fast葉he fastest I've ever created music before. It was like raining down every night, like storms of music was just coming out. It was crazy because I never experienced creating like that; I came in already knowing what I wanted to start to talk about. I knew the topics that I wanted to address and I knew who I wanted to assemble to help me create this very powerful sonic and lyrical journey. So everything I did was with so much intention that when the music began it made sense that it just came so fast. We did probably 30 songs in like 10 days."

              Highlights: Kill Your Mama, She Don't Really Care_1 Luv, Blended Family (What You Do for Love) (feat. ASAP Rocky), Work On It, Girl Can't Be Herself, More Than We Know, Holy War, Hallelujah, In Common


              Tinashe - Nightride


              Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe (born February 6, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and model. Nightride is her second studio album. Rebecca Haithcoat of the Pitchfork stated "Tinashe has long preferred shadows and slinkiness to bright poppiness, and [Nightride] is strictly after-hours music."

              Highlights: Lucid Dreaming, Cエest La Vie, Company, Ride Of Your Life, Touch Pass


              Keke Palmer - Lauren EP


              Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and presenter. Palmer was born in Harvey, Illinois and raised in Robbins, Illinois. Lauren is her second extended play (EP).

              Highlights: Doubtful, Jealous


              Rap/Hip-Hop

              Common - Black America Again


              Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (formerly Common Sense), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer from Chicago, Illinois. Black America Again is his eleventh studio album. Common felt the need to release the album due to the American election year.

              Highlights: Home (feat. Bilal), Black America Again (feat. Stevie Wonder), Love Star (feat. Marsha Ambrosious & PJ), Red Wine (feat. Syd & Elena), The Day Women Took Over (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid), Rain (feat. John Legend), Letter To The Free (feat. Bilal)

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              • #67


                November 4th 2016

                Pop

                Robbie Williams - The Heavy Entertainment Show


                Robert Peter Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. In May 2016, it was announced that Williams had signed a recording contract with Sony Music. In a statement, Williams said: "They池e [Sony Music] inspired, I知 inspired. I知 more ready than I ever have been and I知 totally convinced I知 in the right place. I look forward to working on this album, which is an album I知 immensely proud of, in this exciting new partnership with Sony Music."

                Highlights: Mixed Signal, Love My Life, Sensitive, David's Song, I Don't Want To Hurt You (feat. John Grant)


                Alternative

                Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Until the Hunter


                Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions is an independent alternative/dream pop band composed of Hope Sandoval from the band Mazzy Star and Colm モ Cosig of My Bloody Valentine. In a 2016 interview with Consequence of Sound, モ Cosig explained how the musical composition differed from his and Hope's other bands, "It痴 not that our other bands have restrictions, but there's a certain sound in those bands. Hope and I have a sound, but it's always changing and morphing into different things while still carrying a similar thread."

                Highlights: Let Me Get There (feat. Kurt Vile), Treasure, Isnエt It True. I Took A Slip


                Jim James - Eternally Even


                James Edward Olliges, Jr. (born April 27, 1978), professionally known as Jim James or Yim Yames, is an American vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket. Eternally Even is his second solo album

                Highlights: Same Old Lie, Here In Spirit, The Worldエs Smiling Now, In The Moment


                Jaws - Simplicity


                Jaws are an English indie pop band formed in Birmingham, England in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo (Cameron) online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College.

                Highlights: Just A Boy, Right In Front Of Me, Cast, On The Sunshine, Work It Out, In The Morning, A Brief Escape From Life

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                • #68
                  Unpopular opinion alert: HERE is Alicia Keys's best album.
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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by JSparksFan
                    Unpopular opinion alert: HERE is Alicia Keys's best album.
                    I still think Diary was her best effort but HERE is a step in the right direction after Girl On Fire, a more mature sound and lyrics.
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                    • #70


                      November 11th 2016

                      Rock

                      Sting - 57th & 9th


                      On 18 July 2016, Sting's first rock album in many years was announced. The title is a reference to the New York City intersection he crossed every day to get to the studio where much of the album was recorded. The album was recorded over a period of three months. Sting has said of the tight deadline: "Artificially reintroducing that pressure gave the album a kind of urgency it wouldn't have had otherwise." Sting described the album as having a spontaneous feel, featuring "a lot of rock 'n' roll" with themes of searching, travelling, the road and the pull of the unknown.

                      Highlights: I Can't Stop Thinking About You, Down Down Down, One Fine Day, PRetty Young Soldier


                      Rap/Hip-Hop

                      A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service


                      A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip-hop collective formed in 1985. Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. The group is regarded as a pioneer of alternative hip-hop music, having helped to pave the way for many innovative artists. The group had begun work on the album following their appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 13, 2015, the same night of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Feeling "charged", the group put aside their differences, and decided to record their final album in secrecy. The album was incomplete when Phife Dawg died, but the surviving members continued to work on the album following his death.

                      Highlights: The Space Program, We The People, Solid Wall Of Sound, Dis Generation, Kids, Melatonin, Enough!, Black Spasmodic, Ego.

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                      Pop

                      Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit


                      Sleigh Bells is an American noise pop musical duo based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2008. The band's music has been known for its juxtaposition of simple pop hooks with loud, rhythmic noise, electronic beats, harsh guitar riffs and dreamy vocals, which has been described mainly as "noise pop". Jessica Rabbit is their fourth studio album

                      Highlights: It's Just Us Now, Lighting Turns Sawdust Gold, I Can't Stand You Anymore, I Can Only Stare, Unlimited Dark Paths, Baptism By Fire, Hyper Dark
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                      • #71


                        November 18th 2016

                        Rap/Hip-Hop

                        E-40 - The D-Boy Diary: Book 1


                        Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967) better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper from Vallejo, California. The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 is his twenty third studio album.

                        Highlights: Stack It To The Ceiling, Straight To The Point (feat. Ezale & G-Eazy), Savage (feat. Jazze Pha & B-Legit), Puttin' In Work, Mr. Arm And Hammer (feat. Stresmatic), Hunedz (feat. Rick Rock), Say So (feat. Istevie), Somebody (feat. Ricco Barrino), The Grit Don't Quit (feat. Nef The Pharaoh), Fake Lit (feat. June Onna Beat) and Made It Out (feat. Young Chu)


                        Electronic

                        Justice - Woman


                        Justice is a French electronic music duo consisting of Gaspard Aug and Xavier de Rosnay. Apart from the disco and funk influences of electro house, Justice's style has some heavy metal influence. Woman is their third studio album. Xavier de Rosnay described the album as being "like if you're in the car with your best friend and your lover and your kids"; some music critics also describe the album as being bright and joyful.

                        Highlights: Safe And Sound, Pleasure, Alkazam, Fire, Stop, Randy, Heavy Metal, Love SOS, Close Call


                        R&B

                        Bruno Mars - 24K Magic


                        Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. Mars' music has been noted for displaying a wide variety of styles, musical genres, and influences, including pop, rock, reggae, R&B, soul, and hip hop. This third album explores genres similar to those of its predecessor, such as soul and funk, while Mars and his team focused on capturing the R&B sound that was very popular in the 90's, described by the singer as the reason he fell in love with music in the first place.

                        Highlights: 24K Magic, Chunky, That's What I Like, Versace On The Floor, Straight Up&Down, Calling All My Lovelies, Finesse, Too Good To Say Goodbye

                        Kevin Abstract - American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story


                        an Simpson (born July 16, 1996), better known by his stage name Kevin Abstract, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and director. American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story is his second studio album

                        Highlights: Empty, Seventeen, Tattoo, Yellow, Runner, Papercut, June 29th, Miserable America, American Boyfriend, Echo, I Do

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                        • #72


                          November 18th 2016

                          Country

                          Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings


                          Miranda Leigh Lambert (born November 10, 1983) is an American singer and songwriter. In an August 2016 interview with Billboard, Lambert stated she had been working on the album for a year, which included writing and recording. She admitted she was nervous about her new music since she had mostly stayed quiet while writing it. he album's content is about her divorce with Blake Shelton and her current relationship with Anderson East.

                          Highlights: Runnin' Just In Case, Highway Vagabond, Ugly Lights, You Wouldn't Know Me, Getaway Driver, Vice, Smoking Jacket, Use My Herat, Tin Man, Good Ol' Days, Things That Break, Well-Rested, Keeper Of The Flame, Dear Old Sun, I've Got Wheels.


                          Pop

                          DNCE - DNCE


                          DNCE is an American dance-rock band. The group consists of vocalist Joe Jonas, drummer Jack Lawless, bassist and keyboardist Cole Whittle, and guitarist JinJoo Lee. DNCE is their self-titled debut studio album. As a "dance-oriented pop" album, DNCE also contains influences of new wave, dance-rock, disco, and alternative pop.

                          Highlights: Body Moves, Cake By The Ocean, Toothbrush, Blown (feat. Kent Jones), Good Day, Almost


                          Alternative

                          Metallica - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct


                          Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield. Hardwired... to Self-Destruct is their tenth studio album.

                          Highlights: Hardwired, Atlas Rise!, Now That We're Dead, Moth Into Flame, ManUNkind, Murder One, When A Blind Man Cries


                          Highly Suspect - The Boy Who Died Wolf


                          Highly Suspect is an American rock trio from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Boy Who Died Wolf is their second studio album.

                          Highlights: My Name Is Human, Little One, For Billy, Serotonia, Send Me An Angel, Viper Strike, FWYT, Chicago, Wolf

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                          • #73
                            (You really do listen to a lot of albums... )

                            Miranda Lambert: Considering that I don't especially like to listen to female voices (and their topics) this is an outstanding album and the best big label female album of the year... and by far. My favourite track is: "Getaway Driver"

                            Metallica: Felt this to be a tad edgier and rougher than previous albums; and I remember that I was so disappointed in the first song released: "Hardwired". However "Moth Into Flame" is pretty rad:

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                            • #74
                              Re: The Leo Awards: Building 2017 Edition

                              Miranda delivered a pretty solid album.

                              Metallica was a grower. At the beg I found the album long and repetitive but then I started to like it and now think it is really strong. Moth is outstanding, also Atlas. If you see the video, they are drinking "mate" which is our traditional hot drink! When I saw that I just liked them more lol (I think the singer is married to an argentinian or uruguayan, not sure)
                              And then I saw them live in Lollapalooza Arg and the album live was amazing.
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                              • #75
                                Metallica: You found the right words for it and yes, it's definitely a grower! (still "Hardwired" is sub-par).
                                Will pay attention to the Mate drinking next time! Great you saw them live! (Envious )
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                                • #76
                                  didn't even know Empire of the Sun had a new album out! will check it out
                                  last.fm

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                                  • #77


                                    December 2nd 2016

                                    R&B

                                    Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"


                                    Donald McKinley Glover (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, rapper, DJ, singer, and songwriter. He performs as a stage artist under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as a disc jockey, he performs under the name mcDJ. "Awaken, My Love!" is his third studio album. Consisting of tracks being sung rather than rapped, its fusion of psychedelic soul, funk and R&B influences was considered a bold departure from the predominantly hip hop style of his prior work.

                                    Highlights: Me And Your Mama, Redbone, Terrified, The Night Me And Your Mama Met, Stand Tall

                                    John Legend - Darkness and Light


                                    John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Darkness and Light is his fifth studio album.

                                    Highlights: I Know Better, Love Me Now, Surefire, Right By You, Temporarily Painless, How Can I Blame You, Same Old Story


                                    Electronic

                                    deadmau5 - W:/2016ALBUM/


                                    Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian record producer and DJ from Toronto, Ontario. Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the progressive house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic music. W:/2016ALBUM/ is his eighth studio album. The album's title, which was suggested by fans on Twitch, refers to a computer directory on Zimmerman's network-attached storage server used to store the master tracks of the songs on the album.

                                    Highlights: Let Go (feat. Grabbitz), Snowcone


                                    Alternative

                                    The Narrative - Golden Silence


                                    The Narrative is an American independent indie rock band from Long Island, New York, formed in 2007. Golden Silence is their second full length studio album. The album is what Suzie Zeldin call more "mature" compared as their last releases. o write and compose the musical style of the Golden Silence, the band took influences from folk artists such as Counting Crows, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, Regina Spektor, Modest Mouse and Jimmy Eat World.

                                    Highlights: Moving Out, Chasing A Feeling, California Sun

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                                    • #78
                                      Re: The Leo Awards: Building 2017 Edition

                                      I loved "Redbone" so much, I checked out the Childish Gambino album, but it was a huge disappointment. :(
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                                      • #79
                                        Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                        I loved "Redbone" so much, I checked out the Childish Gambino album, but it was a huge disappointment. :(
                                        Too bad :(
                                        I agree: Redbone is the best track of the album, much better than the rest, and with that in mind the rest can be dissapointing as they are not as good. But some other tracks are good imo and the general album is a good effort.
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                                        • #80


                                          December 2nd 2016

                                          Rap/Hip-Hop

                                          Various Artists - The Hamilton Mixtape


                                          The Hamilton Mixtape is a 2016 mixtape album featuring assorted songs from the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton performed by various artists. In 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda began a project titled The Hamilton Mixtape that would eventually transform into the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton.

                                          Highlights: My Shot, Wrote My Way Out, Wait For It, Dear Theodosia, It's Quiet Uptown, That Would Be Enough, Who Tells Your Story


                                          Rock

                                          The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome


                                          Blue & Lonesome is a covers album by the Rolling Stones葉heir 23rd British and 25th American studio album. It is the band's first album to feature only cover songs, and their first studio release since 2005's A Bigger Bang. Blue & Lonesome was recorded in just three days in December 2015. Eric Clapton plays guitar on two tracks; he was recording his own album in the same studio as the Stones were and was asked to play on a few tracks.

                                          Highlights: Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue And Lonesome, I Gotta Go, Ride 'Em On Down, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You


                                          Pete Doherty - Hamburg Demonstrations


                                          Peter Doherty (born 12 March 1979) is an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer, and artist. Hamburg Demonstrations had been recorded in the city over a six month period.

                                          Highlights: Kolly Kibber, Down for the Outing, Hell to Pay at the Gates of Heaven, I Don't Love Anymore (but You're Not Just Anyone) V1 and V2, The Whole World is our Playground

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                                          • #81


                                            December 9th 2016

                                            Rap/Hip-Hop

                                            J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only


                                            Jermaine Lamarr Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. 4 Your Eyez Only is his fourth studio album. Lyrically, the album follows the story of a young man, as he goes from selling crack, to falling in love and starting a family. In the final track, it is revealed that he has died, and almost the entire album is a tape he created for his daughter to listen to after he's gone.

                                            Highlights: She's Mine Pt. 1, Change, Folding Clothes, She's Mine Pt. 2, 4 Your Eyez Only


                                            Alternative

                                            Colorist & Emiliana Torrini - When We Dance


                                            Emilana Torrini Davsdttir (born 16 May 1977), better known as Emilana Torrini, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter.

                                            Highlights: Blood Red, When We Dance


                                            Maria Taylor - In the Next Life


                                            Maria Diane Taylor (born May 21, 1976) is an American singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a member of the duo Azure Ray. In their review of the album, Innocent Words said "Taylor has one of the most remarkable singing voices of the last 20 years... One that is more comforting than bombastic, more soulful than aggressive. She is real."

                                            Highlights: Home (feat. Conor Oberst), If Only, There's Only Now, While The Rest of me Is Waking Up, A Good Life, It Will Find Me, Pretty Scars

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                                            December 23rd 2016

                                            Alternative

                                            Nine Inch Nails - Not the Actual Events EP


                                            Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN and stylized as NI?) is an American industrial rock band founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. The EP marks a return to Nine Inch Nails's 1990's sound, departing from the texture and groove-oriented style of the previous album, Hesitation Marks Nevertheless, it also preserves electronic elements of the Hesitation Marks and Year Zero, but features "more organic elements" such as "noisy guitars, nostalgic piano lines and heavily distorted bass used on The Fragile and With Teeth." Reznor described the record as 殿n unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. The sound of the EP has also been labeled as industrial metal.

                                            Highlights: The Idea of You
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                                            • #82


                                              January 6th 2017

                                              Alternative

                                              Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect


                                              Sundara Karma are an English indie pop/indie rock/art rock band from Reading, Berkshire, England.

                                              Highlights: A Young Understanding, Loveblood, Explore, Happy Family, Flame, She Said, Another Word For Beautiful


                                              January 13th 2017

                                              Alternative

                                              The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody


                                              The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1983. Oczy Mlody (an erroneous Polish phrase, which could mean: "the young eyes") is their fourteenth studio album. It is described as a back-to-basics of the pop sensibilities touched upon with 1999's The Soft Bulletin and 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, while also building up on the ambient feel of their last album, The Terror, and topping it off with an influence of Miley Cyrus's most recent album thrown all into one sound.

                                              Highlights: How?, There Should Be Unicorns, Do Glowy, The Castle, We A Family


                                              Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White - Gentlewoman, Ruby Man


                                              Gentlewoman, Ruby Man is a cover album by English singer and songwriter Flo Morrissey and American musician Matthew E. White. The album consists of a series of versions of tracks by artists such as Frank Ocean, The Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, James Blake, and the Bee Gees.

                                              Highlights: Look At What The Light Did Now, Looking For You, Everybody Loves The Sunshine


                                              SOHN - Rennen


                                              Christopher Michael Taylor, professionally known as Sohn (stylised as SOHN), is an English singer, songwriter and record producer.

                                              Highlights: Hard Liquor, Conrad


                                              xx - I See You


                                              The xx are an English indie pop band formed in 2005 in Wandsworth, London which currently consists of Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals) and Jamie Smith also known as Jamie xx (beats, MPC, record production). They are best known for their distinct and unique minimalistic sound that blends the likes of indie pop, indie electronic, dream pop and electronic rock and the dual vocalist setup of both Croft and Sim. Their music employs very soft, echoed guitar, prominent bass, light electronic beats and ambient soundscape backgrounds. The xx has stated that the record has a more distinctive sound and a more positive, open and "expansive" concept than the previous two albums.

                                              Highlights: Say Something Loving, A Violent noise, Replica, On Hold, I Dare You, Naive, Brave For You (Marfa Demo)

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                                              Electronic

                                              Bonobo - Migration


                                              Simon Green (born 30 March 1976), known by his stage name Bonobo, is a British musician, producer and DJ based in Los Angeles.

                                              Highlights: Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa).


                                              Country

                                              Natalie Hemby - Puxico


                                              Natalie Nicole Hemby Wrucke (born March 24, 1977) is an American country music songwriter and singer. She has written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney and Little Big Town. Will Hermes from Rolling Stone stated about the album "It's a nostalgic LP, musically and thematically, about the value of roots surprising, maybe, from a woman behind songs like Lambert's 'Pink Sunglasses' and 'Getaway Driver', which broaden country's palette. But Hemby's a master craftswoman, and in an era of rule-by-Twitter, songs like 'Grand Restoration' and 'Time Honored Tradition' make a case for traditionalism being its own kind of progressivism."

                                              Highlights: Time Honored Tradition, Lovers On Display, Grand Restoration, Ferris Wheel, Worn, This Town Still Talks About You, I'll Remember How You Loved Me, Return
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                                              • #83


                                                January 20th 2017

                                                Alternative

                                                Cherry Glazerr - Apocalipstick


                                                Cherry Glazerr is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band worked on the album with producers Joe Chiccarelli and Carlos de la Garza, making their garage sound more polished. This album was said by AllMusic to have a '90s vibe and a sound influenced by indie bands.

                                                Highlights: Told You I'd Be With The Guys, Trash People, Only Kid On The Block


                                                Latin

                                                J-Ax and Fedez - Comunisti col Rolex


                                                Comunisti col Rolex is a collaborative album by Italian hip hop artists J-Ax and Fedez.

                                                Highlights: Senza Pagare (vs T-Pain), Assenzio (feat. Stash & Levante), Comunisti col Rolex, Il Giorno E La Notte (feat. Giusy Ferreri), Milano Intorno, Vorrei Ma non Posto, Piccole Cose (feat. Alessandra Amoroso)


                                                Rock

                                                John Mayer - The Search for Everything


                                                John Clayton Mayer, born October 16 1977, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer.

                                                Highlights: Still Feel Like Your Man, Helpless, Love on the Weekend, In The blood, Theme from "The Search for Everything", Moving on and Getting Over, Never on the Day you Leave


                                                Country

                                                Kasey Chambers - Dragonfly


                                                Kasey Chambers (born 4 June 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter. Chambers said working with Paul Kelly on the album "was a dream", also adding: "Paul brought out a whole new side of me, but then I also got to enjoy the comforts of recording with the person who knows and has shaped my original sound better than anyone, my brother Nash, along with my live touring band who have become a huge part on my sound. This double album shows who I am as much as any piece of work I have ever done."

                                                Highlights: Pompeii, Ain't No Little Girl, Summer Pillow, Golden Rails, You Ain't Worth Suffering For, Behind The Eyes of Henri Young, Dragonfly, Satellite, If We Had A Child (feat. Keith Urban), Annabelle


                                                Rap/Hip-Hop

                                                Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone


                                                Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, better known by the stage name Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician and actor. His sound has been described by NME as "sensitive and eloquent" and by The Guardian as "confessional hip-hop".

                                                Highlights: The Isle of Arran, Mean It in the Morning, Damselfly (feat. Tom Misch), Ain't Nothing Changed, Florence (feat. Kwes)

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                                                • #84


                                                  January 27th 2017

                                                  Alternative

                                                  Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town


                                                  In February 2015, Swearin' broke up, with band members Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride both ending their relationship with one another that same year. In January 2017 Crutchfield released the Jeff Zeigler-produced solo album Tourist in This Town on Merge Records. She described the record as "visceral, and a huge part of me processing these changes that I was going through".

                                                  Highlights: I Don't Ever Wanna Leave California, Charlie, Dean's Room, Sightseeing


                                                  Priests - Nothing Feels Natural


                                                  Priests are an American punk band formed in 2012. Nothing Feels Natural is their debut studio album. Their genre is considered Punk.

                                                  Highlights: Jj, Lelia 20, Nothing Feels Natural, Pink White House, Suck


                                                  Pop

                                                  Aquilo - Silhouettes


                                                  Aquilo are an English musical duo from Silverdale, Lancashire. Silhouettes is their debut studio album. "Like a warm embrace on an icy morning, the pair's captivating harmonies come together effortlessly"

                                                  Highlights: Silhouette, Blindside, Almost Over, You won't Know Where You Stand, I Gave It All, Complication, Never Seen You Get So Low, Low Light

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                                                  R&B

                                                  Kehlani - SweetSexySavage


                                                  Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. SweetSexySavage is her debut studio album. Kehlani described the album as having three elements; Sweet, Sexy and Savage, which are intended to be reflected in the album's lyrical content and production.

                                                  Highlights: Keep On, Distraction, Undercover, CRZY, Personal, Not Used To It, Advice, Escape, Get Like, In My Feelings, Gangsta


                                                  Rap/Hip-Hop

                                                  Matt Martians - The Drum Chord Theory


                                                  Matthew Martin (born September 12, 1988), better known by his stage name Matt Martians, is an American record producer, illustrator, singer, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. The Drum Chord Theory is his first solo studio album. When describing the music that would be on the album, Martians said that it was "very weird and wonky but it痴 very core-heavy and melodic"

                                                  Highlights: Southern isolation, Dent Jusay (feat. Syd & Steve Lacy), Diamond In Da Ruff


                                                  P.O.S - Chill, Dummy


                                                  Stefon Alexander (born August 18, 1981), better known by his stage name P.O.S, is a hip hop artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

                                                  Highlights: Born A Snake, Faded (feat. Lady Midnight)
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                                                  • #85
                                                    This is really random:
                                                    I always have to giggle when people classify Spanish and Italian music as Latin; it's sounds really off; it's either Spanish pop or Italian rap, Portuguese rock or French chanson, etc.
                                                    Here we associate Latin music exclusively with the Americas.
                                                    It's just a thought of mine and absolutely no criticism to your astonishing year re-caps!
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                                                    • #86
                                                      Originally posted by trebor
                                                      This is really random:
                                                      I always have to giggle when people classify Spanish and Italian music as Latin; it's sounds really off; it's either Spanish pop or Italian rap, Portuguese rock or French chanson, etc.
                                                      Here we associate Latin music exclusively with the Americas.
                                                      It's just a thought of mine and absolutely no criticism to your astonishing year re-caps!
                                                      And it makes perfect sense! But ... italian is a latin language, same as spanish, portuguese and even french... so here in order to simplify categories i group them all as latin.

                                                      In the "real life" I also think Latin is not a genre per se, but Spanish Pop, Spanish Rock, Italian Pop, etc...

                                                      Something similar with Country and alternative, i put a lot of different things under the same flag and it may seem confusing and unfair but I don't want to have gazillions genres as the grammies
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                                                      • #87
                                                        Yes, I agree with you. (And I perfectly know and understand your reasoning behind the genre associations).
                                                        Just had to comment; I'm a stubborn mule!
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                                                        • #88


                                                          February 3rd 2017

                                                          Pop

                                                          Kevin Garrett - False Hope EP


                                                          Kevin Garrett is an American musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based out of Brooklyn, New York. Garrett co-wrote and co-produced "Pray You Catch Me", the lead track on Beyonc's album, Lemonade.

                                                          Highlights: A Heart Like Yours, Pulling Me Under, Little Bit Of You


                                                          R&B

                                                          Sampha - Process


                                                          Sampha Sisay (born 16 November 1988), who performs under the mononym Sampha, is a British singer, songwriter and record producer from Morden, South London, United Kingdom. Sampha is known widely for his collaborative work with SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake, Kanye West, Solange and others. Process is his debut studio album. As compared to Sampha's characteristic bedroom recording style, Process was recorded in professional recording studios. In NME, Jonny Ensall described the album as a "finely crafted and devastating take on the loss of his mother to cancer, as well as his inner turmoil at how success has dragged him away from his roots." Entertainment Weekly critic Eric Renner Brown said, "Sampha executes a sonically adventurous vision that's entirely his own and builds on his enormous potential."

                                                          Highlights: Plastic 100ーC, Blood On Me, (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano, Reverse Faults, Under

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                                                          Syd - Fin


                                                          Sydney Loren Bennett (born April 23, 1992), known professionally as Syd, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, disc jockey, and audio engineer from Los Angeles, California. Fin is her debut studio album. The album has a more pop-influenced feel in comparison to her output with in The Internet. However, Syd states that she has always been influenced by pop, and that the album is inspired by popular artists from her time, including Usher and Brandy.

                                                          Highlights: Shake Em Off, No Complaints, Nothin To Somethin, All About Me, Smile More
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                                                          • #89


                                                            February 10th 2017

                                                            Alternative

                                                            Blackfield - Blackfield V


                                                            Blackfield is a collaborative music project by the English musician and founder of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, and Israeli rock singer Aviv Geffen. Blackfield V is their fifth studio album. The band describes the album as a loose concept album themed around the ocean and the cycle of life, flowing across thirteen songs and approximately 45 minutes of music.

                                                            Highlights: Family Man, How Was Your Ride?, We'll Never Be Apart, Sorrys, Life Is An Ocean, Lately, October, Lonely Soul


                                                            Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now


                                                            Jessica "Jesca" Ada Hoop (born April 21, 1975 in Santa Rosa, California) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who writes and performs in diverse musical styles. Memories Are Now is her fourth solo studio album. In a four-star review, AllMusic writer Marcy Donelson claimed, "The whole record, in fact, is injected with a heavy dose of gumption and irreverence, a spirit that, deliberate or not, seems timely in the sociopolitical climate of early 2017."

                                                            Highlights: Memories Are Now, The Lost Sky, Animal Kingdom Chaotic, Simon Says, Cut Connection, Unsaid, Pegasi

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                                                            Electronic

                                                            Thievery Corporation - The Temple of I & I


                                                            Thievery Corporation is an American electronic music duo consisting of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. Their musical style mixes elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop, electronica, and Brazilian, including bossa nova.

                                                            Highlights: Letter to the Editor (feat. Racquel Jones), Strike the Root (feat. Notch), Ghetto Matrix (feat. Mr. Lif), True Sons of Zion (feat. Notch), Weapons of Distraction (feat. Notch), Fight to Survivoe (feat. Mr. Lif), Drop Your Guns (feat. Notch)


                                                            Pop

                                                            Rag'n'Bone Man - Human


                                                            Rory Charles Graham (born 29 January 1985), better known as Rag'n'Bone Man, is an English singer-songwriter. Human is his debut studio album.

                                                            Highlights: Humna, Skin, Bitter End, Be the Man, Love You Any Less, As You Are


                                                            Rap/Hip-Hop

                                                            Nines - One Foot Out


                                                            Courtney Freckleton (born 17 January 1990), better known by his stage name Nines, is an English hip hop artist hailing from Harlesden, North West London. One Foot Out is his debut studio album.

                                                            Highlights: Going In, Getting Money Now, High Roller (feat. J HUS)
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                                                            • #90


                                                              February 17th 2017

                                                              Alternative

                                                              Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now


                                                              Jens Martin Lekman (born 6 February 1981) is a Swedish musician. His music is guitar-based pop with heavy use of samples and strings, with lyrics that are often witty, romantic, and melancholic.

                                                              Highlights: To Know Your Mission (with LouLou Lamotte), Evening Prayer (with LouLou Lamotte), Hotwire The Ferris Wheel (with Tracey Thorn), What's That Perfume That You Wear?, Our First Fight, Wedding in Finistere, How We Met, How Can i Tell Him


                                                              Vant - Dumb Blood


                                                              Vant (stylised as VANT) are a British punk rock band formed in 2014 by frontman and songwriter Mattie Vant.

                                                              Highlights: The Answer, Put Down Your Gun, Peace & Love, Parking Lot, I Don't Believe In God, Fly-By Alien, Headed For The Sun


                                                              Country

                                                              Alison Krauss - Windy City


                                                              Alison Maria Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. Windy City is her fifth solo studio album and includes ten covers of classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon.

                                                              Highlights: Losing You, It's Goodbye And So Long For You, Widny City, I Never CAred For You, River in the Rain, Dream of Me, All Alone Am I, Poison Love


                                                              Nikki Lane - Highway Queen


                                                              Nikki Lane (born October 17, 1983) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Highway Queen is her third studio album. Lane's previous album All or Nothin' suggests a more hipster side of her musical style. With the release of her third studio album, her traditional Americana styles are showcased.

                                                              Highlights: 700.000 Rednecks, Highway Queen, Lay You Down, Jackpot, Companion, Foolish Heart, Send The Sun, Forever Lasts Forever

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