Rob Sheffield's Top 20 Albums of 2017

From Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift to Kelela and Japanese Breakfast

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Protomartyr, 'Relatives in Descent'

7. Protomartyr, 'Relatives in Descent'

These Detroit punk boys are on a creative roll, and their strangely slept-on fourth album is their toughest yet, all guitar turmoil and bizarro noir humor. Joe Casey sings like a floor muttering at another floor – as Kendrick might say, he's been diagnosed with real douchebag conditions. Yet he sounds so doomy in "Corpses in Regalia," you're grateful when the guitar drowns him out. Best line: "Call me Heraclitus the Obscure/Constantly weeping because the river doesn't move/It doesn't flow." 

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