50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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

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Khalid, 'American Teen'
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Khalid, 'American Teen'

The sound of the world opening up wide, one Uber ride and lovelorn text at a time. "I don’t want to fall in love off of subtweets," Khalid sings in his breakthrough, "Location," before begging for a personal connection to make the digital flesh. At 19, Khalid is one of the the most original voices in both R&B and pop, creating a late-night music full of warmth and flickering light. In songs like "Young Dumb and Broke" and "8Teen," he skips trap fantasies to talk about living with your parents and the ups and downs of millennial romance, where every love and loss is stored on a phone for future reference.

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