Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2017

From Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift to Kelela and Japanese Breakfast

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Japanese Breakfast, 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet'
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18. Japanese Breakfast, 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet'

Michelle Zauner goes for sci-fi New Wave, expanding the introspective tunes she wrote on last year's Psychopomp into trips like the six-minute "Diving Woman," where she vanishes under the sea to be alone with her scary self, or the shoegaze doo-wop of "Boyish." "I can't get you off my mind/I can't get you off in general" – could that be 2017's answer to Lit's "You make me come/You make me complete/You make me completely miserable"? (Probably not.)

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