50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

Including Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Harry Styles, Roger Waters and more

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Charly Bliss, 'Guppy'
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Charly Bliss, 'Guppy'

How many young guitar bands have been doing the early-Nineties alt-rock thing lately? Too many to count. How many do it as well these guys? Not many. Sure, singer-guitarist Eva Hendricks' helium-squeak voice can suggest Kim Deal by way of Elmo but her small, ragged pip merges perfectly well with the zippy Hole-Veruca Salt-That Dog guitar charge of songs like "Glitter," "Ruby" and "Percolator." Not since Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit and Think… has anyone reimagined 120 Minutes-rock in their own image so efficiently.

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