50 Best Albums of 2017

Taylor Swift clapped back, Kendrick Lamar got personal, Lorde threw a high-concept party and more

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St. Vincent, 'Masseduction'

18. St. Vincent, 'Masseduction'

Annie Clark manages a double gainer with her fourth LP, making both her most hook-filled, pop-savvy set and what feels like her most personal. Memoir-pop cheerleader Jack Antonoff assists on production, ditto Mars Volta head-puncher Lars Stalfors. But it's Clark's wit and the new warmth in her songcraft that make this record so impossible to shake. See the heartbreaking "Happy Birthday, Johnny," the wry show tune "New York," and the chilling-hilarious "Pills" – the latter graced with a seizure-inducing Clark guitar outburst and a Kamasi Washington sax coda. W.H.

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