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The best albums of 2017 — full list

And here’s the full list, including runners-up. Thanks always for reading. 1. Kelela – Take Me Apart 2. Saint Etienne – Home Counties 3. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now 4. Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee 5. … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Shaggy ft. RIKROK’s “It Wasn’t Me”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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‘Wonder Wheel’ is Woody Allen’s valentine to culture industry

The surest sign that Woody Allen still has an aura about him is Justin Timberlake’s accepting a shitty part in one of his movies. As a Coney Island lifeguard with literary pretensions in the 1950s, Timberlake gives a straitjacketed performance … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Blondie’s “The Tide is High”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The best albums of 2017 – final edition

4. Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee Incorporating hints of Allan Toussaint and Dusty Springfield, this country artist’s fourth album occasionally courts the kind of nostalgia that gets somnolent – Chris Isaak gets co-writing credit on a couple of tunes. But … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: David Bowie’s”China Girl”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The best albums of 2017 — part four

8. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage Almost a year I though I’d heard 2017’s first good album, and here it is. Well-sculpted and searing, Kehlani’s first official release doesn’t let up even when it should. Taking no shit but giving a shit … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The best albums of 2017 — part three

12. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone “When this model of poised suffering experiments with a gunpowder-in-lead mode (‘Wicked’), it’s like listening to John Gielgud say “fuck,” which means it’s unexpected but not out of … Continue reading

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It’s Doug Jones

10:49 p.m. I’ve turned my TV off twice in the last forty-five minutes as it became clearer that Doug Jones was likely going to win the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate. He beat the alleged pedophile, definite bigot, … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Prince and the NPG – Sexy MF

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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The best albums of 2017 – part two

16. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music The occasional guest spot aside, Tauheed Epps’ albums had eluded me until this collection of trap rap. The many guests, from Monica to Swae Lee, deliver. The beats by Mike Dean, … Continue reading

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