My Best Albums of 2017 - Harriet Willis
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2017 has knocked out the snobby fangirl in me and got me revelling in the musically diverse society we live in. Every year we think we’ve been blessed with a number of albums that are amongst the best ever, the ones that will go down in history. For me, 2017 has been an eye opener to the different styles that are circulating our radar, leading to me dipping into a wide range of genres that have either taken the limelight in the mainstream or are bubbling underground ready for 2018. It’s safe to say, 2017 has let me embrace the fact that loving Harry Styles at the age of 20 is absolutely fine and maybe it’s okay to actually like Big Shaq. The following ten albums represent the most influential albums that have turned me into someone who loves 'a mix, really' - yeah, I've become that person. Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone Loyle Carner aka Benjamin Coyle-Larner, released what could quite possibly be my favourite album for a very long time. Yesterday’s Gone is the perfect example of ‘rags to riches’ story that was the base of every rap/hip-hop album from the 90’s. Loyle’s lyrics are homegrown and personal, the complete adoration for his family and particularly his mum is evident through every track. The ground-breaking single 'No CD' ventures into the themes of having a love for music and a lack of money. His pure talent of poetic rhymes and beats is consistently impressive throughout this debut album. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life Wolf Alice’s second album is bold and brash, literally taking you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Tracks such as 'Yuk Foo' unleash the inner grunge, raging Courtney Love-like fire juxtaposed with 'Don’t Delete the Kisses' that bring you back down to earth, feeling all reflective and sultry. This album explores the diversity of the band, showing you that Wolf Alice can fluctuate between a crazy amount of styles and feelings. King Krule - The Ooz After four years since his debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, The Ooz is a 19 track long album, still with the same growling vocals that make him sound like he’s drank and smoked too much but more bass and depth to each track. When you take a look at his discography, you can see the influence of each of his monikers, bringing together everything he’s dabbled in, into one clean polished final production. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains The grooviest. Do I have to say more? This album reboots their groove and funk, bringing back the signature sound that kicked them off, not that they every lost it, it just needed that kick back on track. It’s quite clear that Mark Ronson’s producer influence helped the overall vibe of the album thrive in a funky sense, following an album that featured people regularly such as Alex Turner, Queens of the Stone Age stripped it back and kept it pure QOTSA, no need for external input this time around. Billie Eilish - dont smile at me
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