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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
FREEDOM HIGHWAY by Rhiannon Giddens
With this highly anticipated second solo album we ask the question: does Rhiannon Giddens avoid the sophomore slump?
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.
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.
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.
THE ORDER OF TIME by Valerie June
According to Valerie June, spiritual growth is commensurate with our ability to understand how time works.