Summer Album Round-Up

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As we enter the fall, it’s time to look back at the music releases of this summer. The summer of 2017 was very important for music as it saw many artists return to the spotlight from their time away from the music industry as well as many current artists contributing well-made records to their repertoire. In this article I will be exploring the albums of this summer.

Witness: Benjamin Booker, June 2

After a long break, New Orleans blues-rock artist Booker returned, adding gospel and orchestral influence to his sound. My only critique for this album would be that Booker’s raspy vocals are not always complimentary to some of the songs, but overall the album was very good.

Melodrama: Lorde, June 16

This highly praised album was a creation of pure originality. Lorde takes advantage of countless rhythms and styles from genres ranging from new-wave to Indian classical. The culmination of this and her authentic, personal lyrics make what I would consider her best work yet. The production quality alone demonstrates exactly how much time and energy was put into this record.

Beautiful Thugger Girls: Young Thug, June 16

Young Thug also showed off his experimental side with the release Beautiful Thugger Girls. This album can be best described as country-trap. Young Thug has masterfully done what others have failed to do in recent years. While XXXtenacion and Post Malone have spectacularly failed to reach into non-hiphop genres, Young Thug has prospered. Having the solid ground of trap beats allowed Thug to dip into the sounds of country, resulting in yet another great record in his collection.

Crack-Up: Fleet Foxes, June 16

After a six year hiatus, Fleet Foxes returned to the scene with one of their most conceptually complex LPs yet. This album is much less of a compilation of songs and more of a fluid singular piece with multiple movements. Crack-Up saw Fleet Foxes push subtly into classical orchestral song style while simultaneously adventuring into the world of folktronica. The band still retains the echoing, chamber-pop instrumentation that is familiar to returning fans, yet this time bringing in synth melodies and track loops and even a brief sample track towards the end.

Flower Boy: Tyler, the Creator July 21

Tyler, the Creator has taken a new turn. Aside from Flower Boy being used as vehicle for Tyler to explore and explain his sexuality, the EP exposes a more authentic and personal side to Tyler. His past work is entertaining, but he ultimately hit a limit of how much anger and violence he could exert in his music. Flower Boy completely breaks the cycle. Tyler still sends reminders of his crazy-chaotic personality in tracks like Who Dat Boy, but overall Tyler keeps the album controlled and relaxed. Tyler has matured, and so has his music. Where his music used to reflect his care-free, me against-the-world personality, it now is much more thoughtful and rich.I am glad to see Tyler finally proving his clear musical talent that has been present but not obvious in the past.

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