50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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

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Lorde, 'Melodrama'
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Lorde, 'Melodrama'

We Say: Now 20, Lorde signals a new order straightaway, with lonely piano chords where Pure Heroine's pure electronic palette was. They open the single "Green Light," a barbed message to an ex who the singer can't quite shake. The song grows into a stomping electro-acoustic thrill ride, its swarming, processed vocal chant "I want it!" recalling another precocious, hyperliterate, synth-loving auteur singer-songwriter – Kate Bush, who insisted "I want it all!" back in 1982 on "Suspended in Gaffa." Give Lorde credit for wanting it all too – the massive vistas of electronic music alongside the human-scaled and handmade.

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