50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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

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New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions'
New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions33/50

New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions'

New Pornographers leader Carl Newman has described their latest LP as "bubblegum Krautrock." Indeed, the stacked melodies and swirly keyboards of the title track and "This Is the World of the Theater" can suggest ELO if they'd recorded an album under the influence of Neu! Or Can. Listen deep and you'll realize you're blissing out to songs about anxiety and Trump depression. But the power-pop grandeur they make in the face of darkness makes this not just a fun time, but an inspiring one too. 

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