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  • #31
    War & Leisure is a good album, but would we ever expect Miguel to release a weak one?

    Hmm...I'd certainly say "New Rules" is superior to "Be the One," but Dua's album is solid overall and shows promise. It reminds me of when I listened to Lorde's debut record. I recognised the potential, but she just wasn't able to channel it into a killer first album. With time, Dua will, I believe.
    Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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    • #32
      Susanne Sundfør - Music for People in Trouble

      I've been listening to this too, really lovely voice and sound.

      Sevdaliza - ISON

      Only heard one song which was really cool, need to hear the whole thing!

      Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens

      Ditto, "Anxi" is good and I love Jenny Hval.

      Bon Appetit is very catchy and I like the video to it! Chained is also catchy.

      Róisín from last year! She is so great, she just hits the spot with her voice and intricate/rich sounds ya know?

      Shame The Dreaming from the Bush couldn't chart, what a bloody kooky pop classic!!

      Curious for the rest Zoran!
      My tits are made of silicone, just like the Earth and sea...

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      • #33
        #12 SZA - CTRL


        After releasing a string of EPs and various collaborations, SZA took the R&B scene by storm with her debut album in 2017, and it's easy to see why. The record is a perfectly cohesive work of PBR&B, chronicling the emotional struggles of a black woman in her twenties on the wave of dope beats and narrative, confessional lyrics. She is clearly in her comfort zone here, and it shows: the album is not necessarily catered to appeal to radio listeners, as some song structures are atypical and the subjects of the lyrics are often not light and way too personal for the general public (hence my surprise at the deserved success that she got). The album features collaborations with rappers like Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar, who shine here more than they have in their recent records, but never manage to steal the spotlight from the main artist herself. Her voice is distinctive and her delivery is charismatic, making the listening experience of this album much like reading a diary, or an autobiography.

        Must listen: Supermodel, Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott), Doves in the Wild (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Drew Barrymore, Prom, The Weekend, Broken Clocks, Normal Girl, 20 Something

        [youtube:ujhn3br3]hHXfCOjb3fk[/youtube:ujhn3br3]

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        • #34
          Originally posted by JSparksFan
          War & Leisure is a good album, but would we ever expect Miguel to release a weak one?
          Yes, I think it's virtually impossible for Miguel to release a bad album

          Originally posted by CrazyCrazy
          Susanne Sundfør - Music for People in Trouble

          I've been listening to this too, really lovely voice and sound.

          Sevdaliza - ISON

          Only heard one song which was really cool, need to hear the whole thing!

          Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens

          Ditto, "Anxi" is good and I love Jenny Hval.

          Bon Appetit is very catchy and I like the video to it! Chained is also catchy.

          Róisín from last year! She is so great, she just hits the spot with her voice and intricate/rich sounds ya know?

          Shame The Dreaming from the Bush couldn't chart, what a bloody kooky pop classic!!

          Curious for the rest Zoran!
          I'm glad you like a lot of stuff from my chart Billy! You should check out other songs by Sevdaliza, I'm sure you would like her music!

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          • #35
            Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#12)

            Muna <33
            Definitely one of the highlights of the year. Brilliant record and I cannot wait to see what they will deliver next. I am a bit sad you didn't include my favourite, Everything, in the must-listen section.

            Haven't had the time to listen to Miguel's whole record, but the things I have heard sounded as good as always. SZA is lovely!
            i wanna see you on your knees, wanna see you begging

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            • #36
              #11 Tove Lo - Blue Lips


              It's too bad that this album was treated as a mere appendix to the first Lady Wood (Blue Lips is supposed to be its second installment), because a) it didn't receive the same amount of promotion that the first one got (not even a physical release!) b) it's a much better effort, able to stand on its own. The first part is supposed to portray the high (in every possible sense) of a relationship, while the second part is the eventual downfall. Concept-wise, it's nothing original (Tove herself had already done that on her debut album), but it's the music and lyrics that do the trick: she is more uninhibited than ever, giving zero fvcks, and talking about stuff like licking pussies, drugs and hard nipples as if she wasn't even supposed to be a popstar. In this sense, she provides something innovative in the landscape of contemporary pop music, where most girls are either tame or just raunchy for the sake of publicity stunts. One could say that Tove is being herself on her records, and that's one of the best qualities of Blue Lips.

              Must listen: Disco Tits, shedontknowbutsheknows, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Bitches, Romantics, Bad Days, Hey You Got Drugs?

              [youtube:2hrqbv2l]8RQDPwODja4[/youtube:2hrqbv2l]

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              • #37
                Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#11)

                Dua Lipa made a credible record, not exactly my type of music but it is ultra catchy.
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                • #38
                  Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#11)

                  I’ve listened to Dua’s album a few times but it sounded kinda basic and unremarkable. Feels like only the singles stand out
                  last.fm

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                  • #39
                    Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#11)

                    I love Dua’s album. So happy to see it on your list.
                    Also, woo for SZA, I start to like her more and more.
                    Big.Big.Booty.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#11)

                      SZA is a great songwriter and storyteller indeed, though I only connected with a few of the songs on Ctrl.
                      Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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                      • #41
                        #10 Kesha - Rainbow


                        Opening my top 10 is Kesha's triumphant comeback album, Rainbow. After battling Dr. Luke in court and struggling with eating disorders, Kesha has seemingly managed to pick up the pieces and deliver one of the best pop albums of the year. Rainbow is really different from the music that she used to do (thanks to the absence of Dr. Puke), and much more in line with the kind of artist that Kesha is. The music is rock-y, sometimes even country, and even in the most easy-listening poppy tracks, it avoids the risk of sounding trite and banal. It's a total breakthrough for Kesha the artist: you can tell she's in her comfort zone here, and enjoying it. The lyrics are inspirational, mirroring her overcoming the traumas of the past, but the album is at its best when she is in "no-fvcks-given" mood: Let 'Em Talk, Woman, Hunt You Down, Boogie Feet and Boots are some of the best songs that she has ever released. I definitely hope she has even more fun on her next record, now that the worst is behind her.

                        Must listen: Bastards, Let 'Em Talk, Woman, Praying, Hunt You Down, Boogie Feet, Boots, Godzilla, Spaceship

                        [youtube:2xgppsez]lXyA4MXKIKo[/youtube:2xgppsez]

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                        • #42
                          Cashew’s comeback is a grower, turned out to be a really nice album
                          last.fm

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                          • #43
                            #9 Taylor Swift - reputation


                            This album being so high on my list might raise some eyebrows, but I have always been a big Taylor fan (since 2006), so feelings might have got in the way here. 1989 was a perfect pop album, the pinnacle of her career, and my favourite release from 2014, and reputation can't hold a candle to its predecessor. However, the root of my initial disappointment might have been the fact that the worst tracks are all placed at the beginning of the album. Certainly, while they are undeniable bops, Taylor can do without songs like ...Ready for It?, Endgame (feat. Future and Ed Gremlin), Don't Blame Me and ...So It Goes. Despite that, the highs of this album are really high, and on par with her best work. First single Look What You Made Me Do is very atypical, quite fragmentary, and it still sounds fresh to me. Delicate, New Year's Day and Call It What You Want are all terrific slower cuts that can easily compete with the best ballads and midtempos on her previous albums. Getaway Car, King of My Heart and Dancing with Our Hands Tied are a 1-2-3 punch on par with 1989's epic sequence of Blank Space/Style/Out of the Woods. The heavy and sometimes dark production of the album is interesting, and would be a nice direction to follow on future records. I just hope that next time she learns from her mistakes and understands how to edit her albums a little bit better, and that she has to stay as far as possible from hip-hop artists and Ed Sheeran.

                            Must listen: Delicate, Look What You Made Me Do, Getaway Car, King of My Heart, Dancing with Our Hands Tied, Dress, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Call It What You Want, New Year's Day

                            [youtube:26kpheb9]gEHCXl4J9Qo[/youtube:26kpheb9]

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                            • #44
                              Really like the ones by Dua Lipa, Tove Lo, Kesha and Taylor Swift!

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                              • #45
                                #8 Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life


                                Lana Del Rey is arguably the most consistently prolific mainstream female singer out there, churning out one album after the other every year/year and a half. Thus, it's surprising how all her albums are consistently good/great, seemingly unfazed by artistic fatigue, and Lust for Life is no exception: the album is probably the most "Lana" album that we have had so far, with her dedicating Love to her fans (and for a fan dedication, it's surprisingly not cheesy, unlike you would expect), dueting with Stevie Nicks, one of her biggest idols, turning her main topoi upside down on Get Free, and playing a meta-game citing herself (We get so tired and we complain / 'Bout how it's hard to live / It's more than just a video game). While still keeping her blues, she sounds more relaxed, at times even light, as if she had finally freed herself of the weight of her initial, oppressive Born to Die persona. Instead of that, a fully realised artist has blossomed.

                                Must listen: Love, 13 Beaches, Cherry, White Mustang, Summer Bummer (feat. A$AP Rocky & Playboi Carti), Coachella - Woodstock on My Mind, When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing, Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (feat. Stevie Nicks), Heroin

                                [youtube:2312fi3h]WGXHjiaXaio[/youtube:2312fi3h]

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                                • #46
                                  You didn't list any of my top Rainbow tracks, but the album is a decent listen, and I was ecstatic that Kesha had put her struggles behind her enough to record a new LP.

                                  Ah, I agree with most of your top Reputation picks. I think Fearless is Taylor at her peak, though 1989 - also my #1 album of 2014 - is a very close second. "Getaway Car" is right up there with her career-best songs, but the album's sub-par lyrical quality, and darker sound definitely hurt its overall appeal.

                                  Lust for Life certainly reveals 'happy Lana' - as happy as we're likely to get - in all her toothy-grin glory. It's her best since Born to Die for me.
                                  Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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                                  • #47
                                    Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#8)

                                    'Rainbow' is nice and 'Lust For Life' is great
                                    Big.Big.Booty.

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                                    • #48
                                      Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#8)

                                      Like Dua's album, though it didn't blow me away. And bits of Taylor's, Dancing With Our Hands Tied for example, complete jam.
                                      Check out my Top 100 of 2012 Countdown!

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                                      • #49
                                        Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#8)

                                        Dua - I think I felt the same way, but it's more because we already had heard most of the album and had known the songs for so long. We only got a handful of new songs, most of which weren't quite as good as the ones we had already gotten. But! If you step back and look at it as a package, you realise it's a pretty good album. Her husky vocal definitely elevates it, some of the songs on here would go nowhere if sung by a basic bish like Maggie Lindeman or something.

                                        Kesha - It's a good comeback album, I agree that it's her right where she would like to be. Although not listing 'Learn to Let Go' as a highlight is a crime and I'm activating a temp ban on your account right now, ok?

                                        Taylor - It's not as good as '1989' that's for sure, but it definitely is one of the best albums of the year.
                                        Come Play: GUESS THE VIDEO!

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                                        • #50
                                          I'll get back to my chart in the next three days, I've been quite busy with work this week and haven't been able to do any update.

                                          I don't want to leave it unfinished like last year's

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                                          • #51
                                            #7 Fever Ray - Plunge


                                            Karin Dreijer Andersson, both as a solo artist under the pseudonym of Fever Ray and as part of The Knife, is known for taking extended breaks. Between The Knife's third and fourth albums (Silent Shout and Shaking the Habitual) seven years passed, from 2006 to 2013; similarly, between Fever Ray's solo debut in 2009 and her sophomore album, there are eight long years. The world has changed a lot in the meantime, and both The Knife's final album and Fever Ray's Plunge reflect that change, in their more socially-involved perspective. However, unlike Shaking the Habitual, Plunge is bright, colourful, open, catchy, while still keeping a political focus, which comes across greatly in the magnificent dance tunes of the album. It's like Fever Ray found a more effective way of conveying her feminist and queer ideas, without having to resort to 10+ minutes long ouvres that were the bulk of The Knife's Shaking the Habitual. The change is so welcome, and I hope this is not the last we see of Andersson for another decade.

                                            Must listen: Wanna Sip, Mustn't Hurry, IDK About You, This Country, Plunge, To the Moon and Back, Mama's Hand

                                            [youtube:3j1ejg88]fJjGZkPl9Tw[/youtube:3j1ejg88]

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                                            • #52
                                              Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#7)

                                              I prefer her debut, but this album has some gems like ''Plunge''.
                                              Waffles are checked cookies

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                                              • #53
                                                Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#7)

                                                Ready For It, Delicate, Getaway Car and Call It What You Want are some of my favourite Taylor tracks but I don't really revisit anything from that album.

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                                                • #54
                                                  #6 Kelela - Take Me Apart


                                                  Ranking my top 6 was extremely difficult, and I even swapped a couple of positions after starting this year-end chart. That is because I think all the albums from now on are absolutely exceptional, and Kelela's debut is one of them. After catching my ear in 2015 with her Hallucinogen EP, she confirmed her place as one of the emerging stars of Alt-R&B with Take Me Apart, an album as modern and cutting-edge as it is classic. To some extent, it calls back to the 90s with some melodies and singing style; on the other hand, the song structures and the production are idiosyncratic, shifting towards unexplored territories for R&B. The lyrical content is sexy and dark at the same time, and it reminds me of Janet's masterpiece The Velvet Rope, clearly an inspiration for this record. Take Me Apart is an absolutely unique debut as well as a testament to Kelela's incredible talent, one I hope I will be able to hear more from in the future.

                                                  Must listen: Waitin, Take Me Apart, Better, LMK, Truth or Dare, Blue Light, Bluff, Turn to Dust

                                                  [youtube:3084fbqb]ePi5BLJogyA[/youtube:3084fbqb]

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                                                  • #55
                                                    Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#6)

                                                    Lana's "Lust For Life" is amazing, made me fall in love with her again. "13 Beaches" is one of the best songs of 2017

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                                                    • #56
                                                      #5 The xx - I See You


                                                      When I heard Jamie xx' debut solo album in 2015, I thought it was better than anything The xx had released up to that point. A mix of electronica, dance and techno beats, the album heavily influenced the band's third album too. Instead of just rock music, I See You is a mix of genres, perfectly conveying where The xx are now. The album offers rock ballads (Performance, I Dare You), dance numbers (On Hold), songs heavily influenced by electronica, where synthesizers take the place of guitars and pianos (A Violent Noise, Replica), and even R&B-influenced cuts (Lips). The lyrical content seems brighter compared to their previous albums, even when they sing about death and break-ups: it's the sign of a newfound clarity, of three people that can see things for what they are (perhaps explaining the title I See You), analysing feelings without resorting to cringeworthy clichés. I See You is nothing short of a triumph, and a new beginning for the band.

                                                      Must listen: Say Something Loving, Lips, A Violent Noise, Performance, Replica, Brave for You, On Hold, Test Me

                                                      [youtube:1w4w9nv3]blJKoXWlqJk[/youtube:1w4w9nv3]

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                                                      • #57
                                                        Thank you for all your comments, unfortunately I haven't had time to catch up with them! I am just pulling through to finish this top 20, but work is keeping me quite busy :(
                                                        I am glad y'all can find something for your taste

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                                                        • #58
                                                          #4 Charli XCX - Pop 2


                                                          The second Charli XCX mixtape of 2017 storms in my top 5, after only one month since its release (a month spent without listening to barely anything else). Pop 2 is a celebration of all things Charli: the inescapable pop melodies (Out of My Head, Unlock It), the experimentation (I Got It, Femmebot), dream-pop ballads (Lucky, Track 10), all united by the omnipresent use of autotune. The mixtape also shows an impressively long list of collaborators, including SOPHIE, Carly Rae Jepsen, Brooke Candy, cupcakKe, Pabllo Vittar, Mykki Blanco and MØ: it almost sounds like the product of team work, where Charli is the A&R. It might be less easy-listening than Sucker and Number 1 Angel, but it's a much more rewarding listen once you get used to it, and pretty reminiscent of her immaculate debut True Romance. Pop 2, much like Björk, strives to express true, real feelings in the 21st century, the era of dating apps, internet, all involving technology, finding the perfect balance between the two. The conflict results in a lyrical content often euphoric and grandiose, but always tinged with hovering melancholy.

                                                          Must listen: Backseat (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen, Out of My Head (feat. Tove Lo & ALMA), Tears (feat. Caroline Polachek), I Got It (feat. Brooke Candy, cupcakKe & Pabllo Vittar, Femmebot (feat. Dorian Electra and Mykki Blanco), Unlock It (feat. Kim Petras & Jay Park), Porsche (feat. MØ)

                                                          [youtube:1wysimme]KP0r5LSbWL4[/youtube:1wysimme]

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                                                          • #59
                                                            Re: Zoran's best of 2017 (#4)

                                                            'Take Me Apart' is one of my favourite albums of 2017, Kelela really did that ! I can definitely see 'The Velvet Rope' influence as well, but like she dragged that record into the year 3000!

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                                                            • #60
                                                              still don't get Charli's music. I wanna like it, but...
                                                              last.fm

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