2017 Album Reviews

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE
by U2

This album brings the theological themes of 18th century romantic poet William Blake into full focus within the context of recent political events and lead singer Bono's brushes with death.

 

GENRE: ROCK

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
by Julien Baker

Almost every reviewer makes a big deal out of how Julien Baker identifies herself as queer and Christian. But is "Turn Out The Lights" a queer Christian album? We analyze the lyrics in this heart-wrenching sophomore album to find out.

genre: slowcore

MASSEDUCTION
by St. Vincent

Annie Clark says that the thesis for her new album as St. Vincent is "I can't turn off what turns me on." But what does that mean?

genre: pop

 

I TELL A FLY
by Benjamin Clementine

A strange comment on a U.S. work visa application led to one of this year's most compelling–and unusual–concept albums. 

Genre: Avant-Garde

AROMANTICISM
by Moses Sumney

In a society that glorifies romtanic love, being alone is seen as failure. But for this artist, solitude is a pathway to authenticity. 

Genre: electro-Soul

BRICK BODY KIDS STILL DAYDREAM


by Open Mike Eagle



This is Open Mike Eagle exploration of a complicated relationship with the place called home.

Genre: art rap

 

SCIENCE FICTION
by Brand New

This album explores the uncomfortable state of being on the verge of a breakthrough.

Genre: alt rock

DARK MATTER
by Randy Newman



In his first album in nine years, can a post-Disney Newman fully return to his dark roots?

Genre: pop

EVERYTHING NOW
by Arcade Fire

Explore the connection between getting more and having less in this album full of paradoxes.

Genre: alt rock

 

MELODRAMA
by Lorde

The teen superstar who gave us "Royals" is growing up -- and giving the green light to both hedonism and humility.

Genre: pop

FREEDOM HIGHWAY
by Rhiannon Giddens

With this highly anticipated second solo album we ask the question: does Rhiannon Giddens avoid the sophomore slump?

Genre: Americana

COLTER WALL
Self-Titled Debut Album

With a voice and wisdom beyond his years, Colter Wall is one of alt-country's hottest young songwriters.

Genre: alt-Country

THE NAVIGATOR
by Hurray for the Riff Raff

A sudden stylistic shift in the middle of track five signals a rediscovery of singer Alynda Lee Segarra's Puerto Rican roots.

genre: folk

PURE COMEDY
by Father John Misty

What did choking on a piece of candy in a JCPenny store teach Father John Misty about life? A lot, apparently. 

genre: folk

THE ORDER OF TIME
by Valerie June

According to Valerie June, spiritual growth is commensurate with our ability to understand how time works.

genre: Americana