With a bit more perspective on the year that was, I still maintain this was the song of 2017:
My uber-analytical review of Gunna’s Drip Season 3:
Key Glock’s Glock Bond is an album of missed opportunities, beginning with the very first track:
Rich Brian is a rapper from Indonesia whose sound is — at least for the most part — as distinct as the phrase “a rapper from Indonesia.”
Apple Music describes Madison Beer’s As She Pleases like so: “Sultry, smoky R&B from a superstar in the making.” Though these spiels usually reek of marketing hyperbole, in this case, I couldn’t have said it better myself! May I just add, starting with some self-promotion of my own:
I listened to 178 new albums in 2017.
It’s rather fitting that Above & Beyond’s Common Ground and Migos’ Culture II were released on the same day; both albums exemplify the consistent, borderline repetitive greatness of each group.
Since both albums released this week are too good to be clumped together into a usual “This Week in Music” piece, I shall tackle each individually. First up: Culture II, the sequel to Migooooooooos’ 2017 breakthrough:
This week, I review — in descending order of quality — Fetty Wap’s For My Fans, Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A, and SiR’s November: