50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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

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Girlpool, 'Powerplant'
Girlpool, Powerplant43/50

Girlpool, 'Powerplant'

This lo-fi punk duo's 2015 full-length debut Before the World Was Big was a quietly raging treasure. Here, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad turn up the guitars without losing a shred of intimacy, nailing Johnny Marr jangle swirls on "Kiss and Burn" and shouting out an anthem on "123." At the heart of their songs is a caustic wit that comes through in lines like "I faked global warming just to get next to you" or "I've had crumbs in a bag in my pocket all week." And when their small, searching voices harmonize they make those line ring out like universal truths.    

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