Kesha's new album is a victory on all fronts, full of satisfying, empowering, diverse pop tunes. At times, it is just a bit shallow.
Sylvan Esso's sophomore album is a big step forward and has a huge list of strengths, but it doesn't always come together on every song.
Soccer Mommy's new album Collection is a fantastic but infuriatingly short album that makes the listener beg for more depth in the future.
Lorde's sophomore album Melodrama is a pop masterpiece. This is a can't miss music experience for 2017.
A Tremendous Sea of Love is a fantastic album with great melodies, a new direction for Passion pit, and fantastic emotional impact - it's just disappointing to see it held back by poor production.
Lana Del Rey's new album is bloated with unnecessary tracks and I don't like the new trap direction. Still, she continues to show potential and there were a number of tracks on this album I did enjoy.
Japanese Breakfast's new album is a wonderfully cohesive dream-pop album - I only wish it was a little more developed.
Mura Masa's debut self-titled album is a promising debut with some standout tracks, but it falls off in the second half.
Ween's The Mollusk is the perfect "meta" album. It understands what music is and what it is intended to do. It plays with these ideas while managing to still be incredibly listenable.
Carly Rae Jepsen's EMOTION is a sweet, sincere, and wonderfully catchy pop album that shows that modern electropop has a place in meaningful music discussion.