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    So, when I was going through all the 2017 releases trying to come up with my favorites, it occurred to me that there were many artists who I normally like that released new material that I didn't care for. Interested to see what others thought. I saw a lot of "2017 is a great year for new music" on these boards. And while I wouldn't necessarily disagree, I'd also say there was a bunch of stuff that I was disappointed in from artists I normally like. In fact, this list was probably easier to come up with than my favorite albums list.

    Obviously only list an artist who you usually enjoy or were expecting to like their new stuff. So no need to put down "Evolve" by Imagine Dragons y'all.

    The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
    Eminem - Revival
    U2 - Songs of Experience
    Arcade Fire - Everything Now
    Passion Pit - Tremendous Sea of Love
    Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
    Beck - Colors
    Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
    Future Islands - The Far Field
    The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
    Kendrick Lamar - Damn
    Jay Z - 4:44
    Yelawolf - Trial By Fire
    PVRIS - All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
    Machine Gun Kelly - Bloom
    Tori Amos - Native Invader
    Sherly Crow - Be Myself
    KXNG Crooked - Good vs Evil II
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    I might put The xx on here. I like them but maybe I just had unrealistic expectations for their last album. It wasn't bad, but I was hoping for more. And I know a lot of people liked it, but I think Fleet Foxes 2017 release underwhelmed too. I'd agree with U2, Killers, Arcade Fire, and Beck all being on my list as well.

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    Everything Now for sure.

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    How did Gorillaz not make your list????

    Also Pure Comedy was great

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    Quote Originally Posted by eagleskyline View Post
    Everything Now for sure.
    It was so bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeofgeoff View Post
    How did Gorillaz not make your list????

    Also Pure Comedy was great
    Thought about putting Gorillaz on there but like I mentioned, I was only putting stuff from artists who I normally like. Hard to expect anything good from bands you don't usually enjoy. I do like a few Gorillaz songs, but I wouldn't say I'm a big fan. But yeah, didn't like "Humanz."

    As for Pure Comedy, I know that's one that many would disagree with. I've seen it on a lot of people favorites for this year. It just didn't do it for me. I think Father John Misty is great but it's almost like he got obsessed with his story-telling at the expense of making good songs on that album. idk, jmo. I also have Damn on here and that's everyone's 2017 baby, so whatevs.
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    These albums stood out as records I have 0 desire to ever listen to again

    AFI - AFI
    Depeche Mode - Spirit
    Incubus - 8
    Dreamcar- Dreamcar
    LINKIN PARK - ONE MORE LIGHT (horrible album)
    Katy Perry - Witness
    Rise Against - Wolves
    Arcade Fire - Everything Now
    Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
    Cut Copy - Haiku From Zero
    The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
    The Horrors - V
    Beck - Colors
    Weezer - Pacific Daydream
    Eminem - Revival
    Noel Gallagher - Who Built the Moon?

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    Future Islands - The Far Field (not a bad album, but was hopeful their followup to Singles would be a smash)

    Arcade Fire - Everything Now (this will be on most everyone's list, don't need explanation)

    Beck - Colors (definitely trying too hard. made his music more poppy, but forgot his personality)

    Weezer - Pacific Daydream (after two imo great albums, i started to anticipate their music again. Not anymore)

    Gorillaz - Humanz (also not a bad album, but easily their worst)


    Not surprised by new albums by following artists because they haven't put out a good album in at least a decade.

    Depeche Mode
    Foo Fighters (I guess Wasting Light was decent though)
    Eminem
    U2

    I see The Killers on lists but i thought it had their best set of songs since Sam's Town, so I was more pleasantly surprised than disappointed even though it wasn't a great album.
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    Given the 7 years between albums (The Fall doesn't count), Humanz was definitely this year's most disappointing album for me. "She's My Collar" and "Andromeda" are great, and "Busted and Blue" won me over live, but most of it did no favors for me. I liked more songs on Everything Now than I did on Humanz.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueBus View Post
    As for Pure Comedy, I know that's one that many would disagree with. I've seen it on a lot of people favorites for this year. It just didn't do it for me. I think Father John Misty is great but it's almost like he got obsessed with his story-telling at the expense of making good songs on that album. idk, jmo.
    I liked Fear Fun and adored Honeybear, but Pure Comedy bored the crap out of me. It's a collection of go-nowhere songs written by a miserable dude who thinks he's being cheekier than he actually is.

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    I'm definitely on the pro-Pure comedy side, it wasn't as good as Honeybear but I liked it more than Fear Fun.

    My top 3 are probably Revival, Everything Now and Wonderful Wondeful. In general just a year of big names not delivering minus LCD, Jay-Z and perhaps St. Vincent (Yes I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepiratepenguin View Post
    I liked Fear Fun and adored Honeybear, but Pure Comedy bored the crap out of me. It's a collection of go-nowhere songs written by a miserable dude who thinks he's being cheekier than he actually is.
    On the whole, Pure Comedy wasn't that good but I loved Leaving LA and God of Love as songs.

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    The live versions of the songs were pretty amazing, a lot fuller than the album along with Josh's huge personality and stage presence.

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    Pure Comedy is definitely gonna be divisive. I love it though, I'm still deciding if it's in my top 10 or top 15. I think instrumentally the album is amazing, many songs erupt into this awesome orchestral explosion and there are still plenty of interesting lyrics that can only be offered by Tillman. It being bloated and thematically kind of a bummer compared to Honeybear are the faults for me. "Bored in the USA" is awesome, but it's kind of like they used that as the blueprint for Pure Comedy.
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    "So I'm Growing old on Magic Mountain" was the one song I liked from Pure Comedy. I agree tho, it's pretty divisive. Honeybear is still my fav album from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueBus View Post
    Kendrick Lamar - Damn

    Would love to read your explanation for including this on your list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tessalasset View Post
    Would love to read your explanation for including this on your list.
    Simple.... it just wasn't good imo. DNA was a good track but the production on the rest of the album sucked. I don't get how people like hearing those types of beats on hip hop songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albiedamned View Post
    Pure Comedy is definitely gonna be divisive. I love it though, I'm still deciding if it's in my top 10 or top 15. I think instrumentally the album is amazing, many songs erupt into this awesome orchestral explosion and there are still plenty of interesting lyrics that can only be offered by Tillman. It being bloated and thematically kind of a bummer compared to Honeybear are the faults for me. "Bored in the USA" is awesome, but it's kind of like they used that as the blueprint for Pure Comedy.
    Pure Comedy just felt kinda...samey. Outside of Leaving LA and God of Love there didn't seem to be a lot of variety. The songs just bled together.

    I felt Everything Now and Humanz were disappointing, but the songs of Humanz were better live than on record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlueBus View Post
    Simple.... it just wasn't good imo. DNA was a good track but the production on the rest of the album sucked. I don't get how people like hearing those types of beats on hip hop songs.
    I had Damn in my top 5 but I struggle with how much praise Kendrick has gotten the last half decade compared to some of raps past greats, in that as great as he can be lyrically and as an overall album conceptualist - on a pure musical level he's never knocked me out semi-consistently the sam e way a Kanye or a Ghostface or the Bomb Squad or Dre have done in era's past.

    It's not a completely fair comparison, Kendrick shifts styles a bit more, but for me if Kendrick and the other rap greats were all 60s rockers, Kendrick would definitely be the Dylan of the bunch, great to be sure, but among the most limited and unexciting instrumentally.

    To the bigger question of biggest disappointments, the new Fever Ray has got to be number one for me - that is just emperor's new clothes grade a crap after the opening song and I'm a fan of her earlier stuff but Plunge just does not work.

    Other biggest disappointments for me were Fleet Foxes, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Oh Sees Orc, and Bjorks new one. Same issue with all four - they bore the shit out of me.

    I like the new National, and know it's got a lot of fans, but I feel it's a big step down from the three releases that preceeded it.

    But all in all, even though it was an incredibly unimpressive year at the very top (ie nothing that came out this year will ever deserve 5 stars), it was much deeper than the last few years in the number of solid releases and seemed to offer more variety as well, and thus I enjoyed 2017 much more than 2016.
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    Beyonce - Bon Iver - Nicholas Jarr - Tycho - Four Tet - The Avalanches - Banks & Steelz - Car Seat Headrest - Mitski - Floating Points

    Kendrick Lamar - New Order - Future Islands - Hans Zimmer - Toots & The Maytals - Devendra Banhart - Lee Fields & The Expresions - Whitney - Preoccupations - Hinds - Ezra Furman - Pond

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlliniQ View Post
    I had Damn in my top 5 but I struggle with how much praise Kendrick has gotten the last half decade compared to some of raps past greats, in that as great as he can be lyrically and as an overall album conceptualist - on a pure musical level he's never knocked me out semi-consistently the sam e way a Kanye or a Ghostface or the Bomb Squad or Dre have done in era's past.

    It's not a completely fair comparison, Kendrick shifts styles a bit more, but for me if Kendrick and the other rap greats were all 60s rockers, Kendrick would definitely be the Dylan of the bunch, great to be sure, but among the most limited and unexciting instrumentally.
    I feel like his production is pretty appropriate though. I wouldn't want the same production as say, a Run the Jewels track for his style of hip hop. When the song demands it go hard, like in DNA, he delivers. Kinda reminds me of how people say Ringo wasn't a good drummer. I think he was wonderful because he was appropriate. Beatles songs didn't give the same room for the drumming to go wild like Keith Moon, or John Bonham.
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    I feel like his production is pretty appropriate though. I wouldn't want the same production as say, a Run the Jewels track for his style of hip hop. When the song demands it go hard, like in DNA, he delivers. Kinda reminds me of how people say Ringo wasn't a good drummer. I think he was wonderful because he was appropriate. Beatles songs didn't give the same room for the drumming to go wild like Keith Moon, or John Bonham.
    And that's my point. When he does have a good beat to go off to, he delivers. Some of my favorite Kendrick songs are ones where he's featured. "Fragile" w/ Tech N9ne, "Deep Water" w/ Dre, and even a song he appeared on with Dido called "Let us Move On." His verses are great. But when it comes to his albums, I just can't get into the production. Songs like "Yah" "Loyalty" and "Lust" just sounded like annoying noise in the background to me. Not something I'd want to bump.

    Good analogy with Ringo. He did his part, and was basically limited, but the outcome was great songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albiedamned View Post
    I feel like his production is pretty appropriate though. I wouldn't want the same production as say, a Run the Jewels track for his style of hip hop. When the song demands it go hard, like in DNA, he delivers. Kinda reminds me of how people say Ringo wasn't a good drummer. I think he was wonderful because he was appropriate. Beatles songs didn't give the same room for the drumming to go wild like Keith Moon, or John Bonham.
    Good counter arguments. I guess what I'm saying gets more to just straight up prefering other hip hop great's styles.
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    Beyonce - Bon Iver - Nicholas Jarr - Tycho - Four Tet - The Avalanches - Banks & Steelz - Car Seat Headrest - Mitski - Floating Points

    Kendrick Lamar - New Order - Future Islands - Hans Zimmer - Toots & The Maytals - Devendra Banhart - Lee Fields & The Expresions - Whitney - Preoccupations - Hinds - Ezra Furman - Pond

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    Everything now and revival absolutely sucked. It had me feeling like Krusty the Klown after watching the Russian itchy and scratchy. Humanz would’ve been acceptable if it were a mixtape but as an album after a 7 year layoff I was disappointed, especially considering how much I enjoyed plastic beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlliniQ View Post
    Good counter arguments. I guess what I'm saying gets more to just straight up prefering other hip hop great's styles.
    Yeah, for sure. Kendrick is definitely already a legend now but DAMN certainly is not as good as his last 2 albums. Also LOYALTY and LOVE are pretty questionable. I don't know if I want Kendrick making Drake songs.
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    Loyalty and Love are actually two of my least favorite songs on the album. I read somewhere that on the second half of DNA, Kendrick simply didn't want to stop. It was supposed to end halfway through originally. So he kept going and then had Mike WiLL Made-It create the beat of the second half after the fact.


    Quote Originally Posted by IlliniQ View Post
    I had Damn in my top 5 but I struggle with how much praise Kendrick has gotten the last half decade compared to some of raps past greats, in that as great as he can be lyrically and as an overall album conceptualist - on a pure musical level he's never knocked me out semi-consistently the same way a Kanye or a Ghostface or the Bomb Squad or Dre have done in era's past.

    I'll admit I'm a very recent fan to hip hop and that is mainly due to Kendrick. I've listened to bits of Kanye and Dre here and there but never with the depth that I've afforded Kendrick. And his music is one of the main reasons I love him; I always thought he sounded way more musical than most of what is out there. Can you give me examples of songs with those guys where they just knock him out of the park? Kanye I can understand, but the rest?


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    If you like Kendrick, listen to A Tribe Called Quest. I don’t think Dre will impress you lyrically the same way Kendrick does, but his beats and production is some of the best rap has ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessalasset View Post
    Loyalty and Love are actually two of my least favorite songs on the album. I read somewhere that on the second half of DNA, Kendrick simply didn't want to stop. It was supposed to end halfway through originally. So he kept going and then had Mike WiLL Made-It create the beat of the second half after the fact.





    I'll admit I'm a very recent fan to hip hop and that is mainly due to Kendrick. I've listened to bits of Kanye and Dre here and there but never with the depth that I've afforded Kendrick. And his music is one of the main reasons I love him; I always thought he sounded way more musical than most of what is out there. Can you give me examples of songs with those guys where they just knock him out of the park? Kanye I can understand, but the rest?
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    With Eminem - My Name Is
    - Stan
    - Kim

    Kanye - His genius really comes through on smaller tracks but here's a smattering, most creative rap producer ever even if also the genre's biggest ass.

    - All Falls Down
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    For Ghostface - I think his solo work is way more adventurous than Wu-Tang sonically, some of the best are opening three tracks on Fishscale - Shakeytown, The Champ and Kilo - and then Walk Around from the Big Doe Rehab

    Again, just some suggestions.
    Radiohead - The Xx - Father John Misty - Bonobo - DJ Shadow - Guided By Voices - Preservation Hall Jazz Band - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Interrupters - Klangstof

    Beyonce - Bon Iver - Nicholas Jarr - Tycho - Four Tet - The Avalanches - Banks & Steelz - Car Seat Headrest - Mitski - Floating Points

    Kendrick Lamar - New Order - Future Islands - Hans Zimmer - Toots & The Maytals - Devendra Banhart - Lee Fields & The Expresions - Whitney - Preoccupations - Hinds - Ezra Furman - Pond

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