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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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4. SZA, 'Ctrl'

My new life coach SZA is right about everything, and her spirit-in-the-dark soliloquies on Ctrl really open up the sluices – why would she ever want to be a "Normal Girl," much less a "Supermodel," when all any of us want is to be SZA? "Drew Barrymore" gets me feeling some kind of way, while the Eighties synth-pop detour "Prom" gets me feeling every kind of way. And when she testifies about vaginal metaphysics in "Doves in the Wind," she makes even Kendrick sound a little flustered in her presence.

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