Belladonna Of Sadness is an aptly named record, through which Alexandra Savior spills her heart out. Her angsty, yet hauntingly beautiful voice paired with her fun lyrics simply make for a great album. She was certainly a voice I was interested in hearing after her musical partnership with Alex Turner, and she did not disappoint. Belladonna Of Sadness is a record I have had on repeat in 2017, and likely will in 2018.
The French-Cuban sisters Ibeyi really brought their roots to the forefront with Ash. The album stands out for its rhythmic Caribbean sound, paired with its Yoruba/English lyrics. It’s certainly not your run-of-the-mill indie record. These girls are citizens of the world, and Ash truly showcases that.
Rag’N’Bone Man’s soulful sound has been one of my favorite parts of 2017. Had I not listened to this album to death, it probably would have gone up higher on my list. I remember coming across “Human” on the radio and instantly having the need to look up its singer. Rag’N’Bone Man’s voice simply isn’t one you come across everyday, making his album Human one of my favorites of 2017.
Harry Styles was definitely this year’s biggest surprise. He has shed his boyband image and went for something that was cool, psychedelic, and alluring. The former One Directioner showed the world that he’s more than just a teeny bopper dreamboat; he’s a genuine talent that deserves to be heard.
In theory, a Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile collaboration didn’t seem like it would work for me, but it was a surprising breath of fresh air. The two work really well together despite their drastically different musical styles, in fact, their differences are what make them album so interesting. We still get Kurt Vile’s country-inspired indie sound with Courtney Barnett’s angsty, cool tone. Lotta Sea Lice was the album I never knew I desperately wanted to hear.
6. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
7. Paramore – After Laughter
8. Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
9. Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
10. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Most-Anticipated for 2018: Arctic Monkeys