Monthly Archives: July 2017

50 good albums from the first half of 2017

jlinAlphabetization is the mark of a lazy critic, I know, I know. Go ahead and cancel your subscription. Anyway, here are 50 albums I’ve enjoyed so far this year. What did I miss?

Les Amazones D’Afrique: Republique Amazone
Chuck Berry: Chuck
Big Thief: Capacity
Mary J. Blige: Strength of a Woman
Mary Bue: The Majesty of Beasts
Charly Bliss: Guppy
Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound
Amber Coffman: City of No Reply
Daddy Issues: Deep Dream
Steve Earle: So You Wannabe an Outlaw
Craig Finn: We All Want the Same Things
Forged Artifacts: The Greatest of All-Time Vol. 2
Girlpool: Powerplant
Granddaddy: Last Place
Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita
Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound
Jlin: Black Origami
Jidenna: The Chief
Kehlani: SweetSexySavage
Kendrick Lamar: Damn
Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now
Arto Lindsay: Cuidado Madame
Lorde: Melodrama
Spoek Mathambo: Mzansi Beat Code
John Mayer: The Search for Everything
Migos: Culture
The Mountain Goats: Goths
Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
Angeleena Presley: Wrangled
Oumou Sangare: Mogoyo
Sheer Mag: Compilation
Omar Souleyman: To Syria, With Love
Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory
Starlito/Don Trip: Stepbrothers 3
Stef Chura: Messes
St. Etienne: Home Counties
Sunny Sweeney: Trophy
Syd: Fin
Palberta: Bye Bye Berta
Palehound: A Place I’ll Always Go
The Shins: Heartworms
Colin Stetson: All This I Do For Glory
Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La
SZA: Ctrl
Tamikrest: Kidal
Thundercat: Drunk
Tinariwen: Elwan
Wall: Untltled
The xx: I See You