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Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2017

From Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift to Kelela and Japanese Breakfast

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LCD Soundsystem, 'American Dream'
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16. LCD Soundsystem, 'American Dream'

Ten years ago in "All My Friends," James Murphy yelped about rolling up at the rave looking like a dad, but as his Celtic soul brother Morrissey might put it, that joke isn't funny anymore. The music on American Dream is full of utopian futures that didn't come true – hey, remember when the world was going to be saved by acid house ("How Do You Sleep?") or downtown loft-funk ("Change Yr Mind") or smug Gen X irony (practically everything)? In "Emotional Haircut," he says, "You've got numbers on your phone of the dead that you can't delete/You've got life-affirming moments in your past that you can't repeat." I've got a couple more of those numbers than I did a year ago, but also more life-affirming moments; this album gave me a few of them.

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