Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2017

From Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift to Kelela and Japanese Breakfast

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Kelela, 'Take Me Apart'
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11. Kelela, 'Take Me Apart'

Kelela goes for space-oddity avant-soul on her stunner of a debut – "Frontline" nails the blunted psychedelic vibe of Nineties R&B, when Aaliyah, Missy and Timbaland were bending their gold minds and TLC were taking the Southern route. She holds it all together, right down to the futuristic rapture of "Blue Light." 

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