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The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2017


#1

Fantano’s list this year brought in a few surprises and I’d like to know what your thoughts on these picks were. I’m not going to include the picks here fully, mainly because I don’t have the time / patience to put them here. If anyone could include the picks in this thread, I’d be thankful.

This list was mostly unique to me considering how some of the picks here were completely different from most in other end of the year lists. The top 15 stood out to me, with interesting picks that leaned towards a more experimental direction. Even in spite of that, I do disagree with a lot of the picks here, especially with Mouth Moods being so close to the top 5 and with FJM topping the list. However, that also shows how this list didn’t seem to follow any “trendy” picks or anything like that, and the diversity of releases here is pretty interesting as well. I’ll admit it, I was disappointed by this list because of how much I disagree with it, but I appreciate how different it is.


#2

Agreed, his top 10 is horrific. and to me his leanings to metal make for quite a skewed list, I mean I don’t think he likes any music that doesn’t devour your ears (really good year for ambient music). BUT I prefer this list over any other one I’ve seen this year because you can tell there is thought and time put into this list, which is pretty much what you’ve said Pouls, so again I agreee.

I don’t mind not agreeing with a list ,what I do mind is Lorde in the top 10 of every fucking critic list while there are so many better albums which could really use the exposure, and actually deserve said exposure ugh. So glad Damn was at 40something.


#3

Same with Lorde and Kendrick. Melodrama was one of the better pop albums of the year for me, but it’s so massively overrated. It doesn’t really differ for me from most pop releases out there, and I guess that it’ll be thrown under the rug next year. Same with DAMN., the album didn’t really stand out for me because of how generic it feels nowadays. Also, most of the singles off of the album have become so oversaturated and overplayed to a point in which they have become grating.

Also, his reasoning to put Mouth Moods on the list was understandable but I disagree completely with that pick.


#4

the fact that there’s someone out there who thinks the new DFA1979 is worth mentioning (let alone of the bests of the year) is simply embarrassing.

absurdly safe picks.

edit: to expand on my comment. it’s mind-boggling to me that anthony truly believes an album that rehashes decades-old hard rock riffs is more important than an inventive release such as Black Origami.