50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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

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Future, 'Hndrxx'
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Future, 'Hndrxx'

We Say: Hndrxx, his sixth album, arrives a week after his fifth, Future, an hour-plus collection of menacing thug raps that promptly shot to Number One on the Billboard charts upon release. Clearly, Future doesn't need to sing urban pop love tunes for mass appeal anymore. Still, the warmth he displays on Hndrxx is striking. ... A digital display of computerized delights from over a dozen producers, including Southside, K-Major and Jake One (the mattress-thumping bass drums on "Lookin Exotic") and DJ Mustard (the Guy-inspired R&B thrust of "Damage") underscores Hndrxx as a late-night erotic dream.

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