My 100 Favourite Albums of 2017

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Consumer Guide: St. Vincent, et al.

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St. Vincent – St. Vincent   

Annie Clark’s fourth album confirms what has been obvious since David Byrne cut a record with her:  the new Queen of the Art House has arrived.  The throne on the cover of the album is a meta acknowledgment of this, but the proof lies as always in the music itself.  Cool, confident art-funk, like the best of the CBGB brought to modern life.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVAxUMuhz98]

 

Dum Dum Girls – Too True   ★☆

Too True is really a bunch of okay tracks tied around a killer lead single (“Rimbaud Eyes”).  Solid enough Indie Rock but not otherwise inspired.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPkfyjk0sqU]

 

Damaged Bug – Hubba Bubba   

From the prolific mind of John Dwyer, an album of “hand-made electronics” that buzz and pulse with the same sort of fetid life that inspires the best of his Thee Oh Sees music.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt_bwtq4zx4]

 

Tinariwen – Emmaar   

Solid, breezy desert stoner blues on the band’s sixth album.  Recorded back in the band’s home country of Mali now that the political situation warrants such a return.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFtmB2U3Clo]

 

Carla Bozulich – Boy  

Carla Bozulich has been making edgy art-punk for as long as I’ve been alive but this is the first album the singer has designated as her “pop” album.  This is an album that is about as pop as From Her To Eternity, which is to say that in the mainstream acceptance of the word it is not.  What it is, however, is an atmospheric deconstruction of country, blues, and pop traditions in the celebratory vein of Nick Cave or Tom Waits.  Highly recommended for fans of the aforementioned artists.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DmEv1Vrbxo]