Anna's Top 10 Albums of 2017
At Distinction Music Management we realize that not everyone's music taste is 100% the same. Even with this realization you will probably notice that pretty much 99% of all end of year lists are pretty much identical. That's why we wanted to change it up and showcase what we consider each of our top albums of the year. We're not saying they're the best albums, but that they are our favorites and meant the most to us this past year, because who are we to judge one persons art over another's.
10. Humanz - Gorillaz
Gorillaz have always stood out with a unique sound since their debut, this record is no different. Calling on a number of artists to cameo, with a level of familiarity and revolution rolled in one.
9. Grateful - DJ Khaled
I'd like to reiterate from my “Best of June” blog post that if you take the features of this lineup alone you would have the best festival we've seen. Not to mention the production and quality of songs may be Khalid's peak.
8. Freudian - Daniel Caesar
We all know I like to get in my feels, a lot. Caesar’s sophomore album really brought me there. His soulful voice and powerful lyrics transcend any mood.
7. American Teen - Khalid
I think we can all agree “Location” is one of the best pop songs of 2017, shortly after Khalid debuted his first full length album, and it did not disappoint. With euphoric beats and well told stories of love and parties, it's hard not to relate.
6. Fresh Cut Flowers EP - Taylar Elizza Beth
Not going to lie, I spent a good cumulative 3 weeks throughout the year listening to FCF. From “Storm” to “The Shift,” Taylar touches on every up and every down.
5. More Life - Drake
It wouldn't be a good year for me without a Drizzy release. Drake took a bit of a back seat in More Life while highlighting lesser know talents from across the pond.
4. About Time - Sabrina Claudio
About Time has beautifully poetic lyrics wrapped in the package of a soft voice with an unexpected range. Sabrina also proves you can go from SoundCloud to Apple Music as an R&B artist.
3. War & Leisure - Miguel
The juxtaposition of War & Leisure really sums up 2017 for me. While trying to live a happy life and stay afloat, yet also being aware of the terrible things in this world and the possibilities of worse to come. But Miguel makes it all sounds so bearable.
2. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
I don't know what I can say about DAMN. that hasn't already been said, Kendrick proves time and time again that he is the best lyricist out there with the best content and will also make you move.
1. Ctrl - SZA
Ctrl is an anthem for every woman maintaining her sexual freedom and expression of oneself. In the year we've had, this is an album I feel we all needed with a beautiful, powerful woman as the voice.