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Liz Phair Top 5 Music Obsessions

Top 5 Music Obsessions featuring Liz Phair

This week has been out of control busy so this week is missing a few Top 5 Music Obsessions days. But, its Friday and its time to check back in with 5 Song Obsessions. These Tracks have been filling my ears up, repeatedly, over the last few days. I’d love to hear what you’ve been Listening to lately, too.

As always, if you feel like Obsessing along with me you can follow along each week by following Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Week on Spotify (updated daily, and restarted each week), or you can listen on YouTube on each Week’s Playlist.

Top 5 Music Obsessions – May 4, 2018

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1. “Go West” (Girly-Sound Version) by Liz Phair

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The first Track from Tuesday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions is the Girl-Sound Version of “Go West” by Liz Phair. This Song is from Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set that came out this Week. It is in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Liz’s Quintessential Album, Exile In Guyville.

We love Liz at lyriquediscorde.

2. “Tijuana Lady” by Gomez

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Next up is “Tijuana Lady” by Gomez. I heard this Song for the first time in the Movie Playing By Heart, one of my all-time Favorite Films. It stuck with me in all its moody, dreamy, wistful kind of way.

This Song makes me long for a road trip out to the desert. So much so that I just started daydreaming about a Summer road trip. If it comes to fruition this Song is definitely going on the road trip Playlist.

3. “Apathy” by Frankie Cosmos

Have you heard Frankie Cosmos yet? She was featured in a Top 5 Music Obsessions from this past January. A different Song this time from Frankie, but just as good as back in January. There’s a Camera Obscura feel to this, with a little Jenny Lewis and Best Coast mixed in. I’m feeling anything but “Apathy” when I listen to this Track.

Here’s a little trivia for you. Did you know that Frankie (actual name is Greta Kline) is the daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates?

4. “My Little Corner of the World” by Yo La Tengo

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I’ve in the throes of another “Gilmore Girls” binge-watch. I’ve been under a great deal of stress and anxiety, and “Gilmore Girls” is always my TV “comfort food” of choice. This Song, “My Little Corner of the World”, featured in the series, is a Musical “comfort food” to me.

Both “Gilmore Girls” and this Song are part of my own little corner of the world right now, for sure.

5. “Paper Crown” by Liam Gallagher

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This time next week I’ll be getting ready to see Liam play at The Greek Theater, in Los Angeles. I can’t wait!

“Paper Crown” is my Favorite Track off his recent Album, As You Were. There is such a John Lennon-esque/Beatles feel to this if John and the Fab Four wrote music in the mid-nineties and released it in 2017.

So, what did you think about today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions? Worthy of Friday Obsessing? I think these 5 are just Top Listens, and I wish I could hop in the car and take a three-day road trip along with all 5 of these. Cheers to Liz Phair, Gomez, Frankie Cosmos, Yo La Tengo, and Liam Gallagher. You all rock!

Top 5 Music Obsessions – Week of April 30, 2018

Morning After Resolutions Mixtape Mondays Lyriquediscorde

Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)

Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)

Available on Spotify and YouTube (see YouTube Playlist below)

“Hey Sunshine” by The Charlatans
“For What It’s Worth” by Liam Gallagher
“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” by Declan McKenna
“505” by Arctic Monkeys
“Last Words” by The Real Tuesday Weld
“Your Balloon is Rising” by Stone Foundation, featuring Paul Weller
“Take It Out On Me” by White Lies
“At Most a Kiss” by Blossoms
“This Year” by The Mountain Goats
“T-Shirt Weather” by Circa Waves
“Black and Blues” by The Jesus And Mary Chain, featuring Sky Ferreira
“Lola + Joseph” by July Talk
“How To Say Goodbye” by Paul Tiernan
“Places We Won’t Walk” by Bruno Major
“4 Seasons” by Rex Orange County
“B.H.S.” by Sleaford Mods
“All the Wine” by The National
“Wreckless Heart” by Glen Hansard
“The Cranes are Back” by Paul Weller
“The Right Stuff” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
“Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” by The Lemonheads, featuring Liv Tyler
“10,000 Emerald Pools” by Børns
“Tea-Soaked Letter” by Anna Burch
“Trying” by Bully
“Planet Hunter” by Wolf Alice
“Turn of the Century” by Pete Yorn
“A Smiling Face” Yellow Days
“New Girl (Tom’s Song)” by The Walters
“No Peace” by Syd Arthur
“(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon

Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)

Top 30 Albums 2017

Top 30 Albums of 2017

Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018. We welcome the New Year with all its Resolutions and Things to Come. But, before we turn completely away from the year that’s now passed, let’s have a listen to some of the stellar Albums of 2017.

This list of 30 Albums spans the genres of Post-Modern Rock, Indie Pop, Electro Pop, Dark Wave, Indie Rock, Ambient Pop, Neo-Folk, and Alt-Country. It starts with my most played Artist of 2017, Paul Weller, then on to Laura Marling, who had one of my favorite Songs of the year, and then it’s my most played Album since its release, Liam Gallagher’s As You Were. There’s 27 more to go, and after reading a 3-sentence mini-review of each album you can listen to a Top 30 Albums of 2017 Playlist below, either on Spotify, or YouTube.

Top 30 Albums 2017

Lyriquediscorde’s Top 30 Albums of 2017

A Kind Revolution Paul Weller Top 30 Albums of 2017

1. A Kind Revolution by Paul Weller

2017 was the year I saw Paul Weller live for the first time, it was the year of Weller Wednesday, and of finding the love of my life who re-introduced me to the Mod Father’s Music. Complex and Ever-Changing, much like the man himself, A Kind Revolution offers harmonic hope in a time full of political and social dissent and disagreement. “The Cranes Are Back” (my favorite track on the album) gifts us a promise of recovery and rebuilding, “Woo Sé Mama” makes us want to dance, and his new baby daughter’s namesake, “Nova”, showcases Weller’s ability to cross genres and surprise his listener.

Favorite Tracks: “The Cranes Are Back”, “Nova”, and “Satellite Kid”

Laura Marling Semper Femina Top 30 of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

2. Semper Femina by Laura Marling 

I’ve always been a fan of Laura Marling, and not just because we share a first name. This Album, by far, is Marling at her best, taking her storytelling skills a step further in the development of a Concept Album centered around Women and their friendships with each other. This was a year of change for me as I reevaluated my some of my closest female friendships, also it was one of loss as I let go of toxic friendships for good – I really needed this Album this year.

Favorite Tracks: “Nothing, Not Nearly”, “Wild Fire”, and “Next Time”

As You Were Liam Gallagher Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde3. As You Were by Liam Gallagher

I never imagined a Gallagher would be in my Top 5 of anything, especially not Liam, but then 2017 happened and his Album As You Were came out, and every time I listened to it I loved it more. Also, a surprise to me is that I prefer As You Were to Noel’s new High Flying Birds release (it didn’t even make this list). Age has changed Liam, or maybe age has changed my perspective, either way, I can’t seem to get enough of this one, the tracks range from melodic to rock with a Britpop sheen, and lyrically (despite some criticism I’ve read) the songs are feel honest and humble (surprisingly), and “read” like a life-so-far biography; I do so wish I’d gotten to see him play live at The Wiltern this year.

Favorite Tracks: “Paper Crown”, “For What It’s Worth”, and “Greedy Soul”

St Vincent Masseducation Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

4. Masseducation
by St. Vincent

I was slow to the table where St. Vincent was concerned, even though so many of my fellow Music Obsessives raved about Annie Clark/St. Vincent, and then Masseducation came out. More electro-clash/indie pop than her off-beat guitar heavy predecessors, this Album convinced me of Annie’s genius and explained why she is often referred to as the “Female Bowie”. The storytelling is out of this world, unfolding as if the skin has been peeled back to show raw true feelings, both joyful and full of pain.

Favorite Tracks: “New York”, “Hang On Me”, and “Los Ageless”

Cigarettes After Sex Self Titled Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

5. Self-Titled by Cigarettes After Sex 

Ever since a Fellow Blogger and Friend introduced me to Greg Gonzalez’ Brooklyn Sonic-deliciousness, Cigarettes After Sex, I’ve been longing for more. This Album was deliriously anticipated and did not disappoint one bit. Greg had me at Track One (“k”), and never let go, inhaling and exhaling Ambient Indie Pop that is highly addictive, seductive, and impossible to quit.

Favorite Tracks: “K.”, “Truly”, and “Apocalypse”

Slowdive Self Titled Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

6. Self-Titled by Slowdive

Shoegaze meets Dream Pop meets Ambient Pop, with a little bit of Dark Wave thrown in, is what this unexpected new Album (first release in 22 years) from Slowdive is made of. The Songs’ gorgeous distortion and ethereal sounds transcends the “reunion curse” that plagues many beloved bands who come back together and subsequently release Music that disappoints – but not this time Honestly, Slowdive sounds better on this Album than on any of their past creations, and with each new listen, this Album affixes itself more to my Music-Obsessing heart.

Favorite: “Star Roving”, “Don’t Know Why”, and “No Longer Making Time”

Perfume Genius No Shape Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

7. No Shape by Perfume Genius

Mike Hadreas’ magical creation of Perfume Genius feels like a Sonic merge of 70’s Disco, Early New Wave, and Alternative Pop – think Blondie meets Shirley Manson meets St. Vincent, with Andy Bell sewing them all up and producing them into one sound. I have been a fan of Hadreas since I first heard his Song “Queen” on the First Season of the TV Series Mr. Robot, and have not stopped listening to Perfume Genius since. This New Album is everything I wanted and more, bringing together so many of the Musical genres I love, all finely tuned into story-told Songs that sound magical and mystical, and, at times, a little alien.

Favorite Tracks: “Slip Away”, “Just Like Love”, and “Die 4 You”

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8. Silver Eye by Goldfrapp

I was slightly disappointed with this album when I first listened and reviewed it, but after months of picking it up, spinning it, and selecting Songs from it for Playlists, my initial qualms have dissipated and disappeared. Butch Vig/Garbage/Shirley Manson still come heavily to my mind when I listen, especially to the song “Ocean”, and “Become the One” and “Anymore” take me into a synthetic state of bliss which makes me want to dance. This is one of those Albums that just gets better with each listen.

Favorite Tracks: “Ocean”, “Everything Is Never Enough”, and “Become the One”

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9. Pussycat by Juliana Hatfield

Juliana is one of my all-time favorite songwriters, an Artist I discovered back in the late 80’s/early 90’s when she was part of Blake Babies, and have loved ever since. At times the Songs on Pussycat are confessional and slightly self-deprecating, a songwriting style she’s carried with her, but at other times there is an anger and outrage to the world around, and people in power, especially predatory men. Even in her angriest moments though she still keeps her signature sound of a jangly guitar and vulnerable vocals intact, making every moment – even the angry ones – play out sincere, melodic, and beautiful.

Favorite Tracks: “I Wanna Be Your Disease”, “You’re Breaking My Heart”, and “Good Enough for Me”

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10. Losing by Bully

The 90’s feel like they returned with Losing, and Bully (Alicia Bognanno) reminds me of a cross between Sonic Youth, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., and Riot Grrl bands. That said, lyrically the Album is 100% now. Bognanno’s Chicago roots, and relocated Nashville now, add a quality to the Songs overall that is unique, adding Pop melody sensibilities to a Punk-meets-Grunge attitude.

Favorite Tracks: “Kills To Be Resistant”, “Blame”, and “You Could Be Wrong”

The National Sleep Well Beast Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

11. Sleep Well Beast by The National

in 2016, The National ruled my world, their Songs reflecting so many of the inner conflicts, confusion, and roller-coaster whip of emotion I was experiencing. In 2017, with Sleep Well Beast, I held some distance, partially because of the way my life had changed, and partially because I wasn’t bleeding feelings anymore. But, as one of the Tracks on this Album Sings, “I’ll Still Destroy You”, and The National still does, in the very best of ways.

Favorite Tracks: “Born to Beg”, “I’ll Still Destroy You”, and “Nobody Else Will Be There”

Wolf Alice Visions Of A Life Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

12. Visions Of a Life by Wolf Alice

Sophomore Albums are hard, disappointment is almost always the pitfall that a Band falls into, especially if, like Wolf Alice, their debut is a hit. I feel like Ellie Rowsell and Wolf Alice know it and played with it a bit, especially with Loud and Angry “Yuk Foo” (with the repeated lyrics “I don’t give a shit”) – I almost wish they had opened with this Track. Other Songs, such as “Beautifully Unconventional”, harken a Brit Pop meets Indie Rock sound, think Jack White circa White Stripes getting it on with Ian Brown of the Stone Roses. Visions of a Life feels like Dream Pop meets Grunge (back to that 90’s influence again), with an underlying bite, lyrically, and in Rowsell’s vocals – compelling stuff.

Favorite Tracks: “Planet Hunter”, “Heavenward”, and “Yuk Foo”

Aimee Lay The Other Side Of You Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

13. The Other Side Of You by Aimee Lay

Aimee Lay’s Album, The Other Side Of You is the last Album that I got Music-Obsessed with, in 2017, last, but not at all least, as I fell hard and fast for it at first listen. Reminiscent of Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star, also Isabel Monteiro, and her Band Drugstore. Dream-Pop meets Indie-Pop meets Shoegaze-distortion doused with sprinkles of Garage on top of it all. Aimee’s voice is stunning, mysterious, and cinematic, turn up songs like “Heavy Clue After Clue” and can’t you see scenes from a film in your head (think desert, late at night, indie thriller).

Favorite Tracks: “Cosmic Exchange”, “Heavy Clue After Clue”, and “Psychedelic Morning”

Billie Eilish Don't Smile At Me Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

14. don’t smile at me by Billie Eilish

The last time a legitimate teenager wrote and sang about the teenage experience in a raw and realistic kind of way was Lorde and her Debut Album. Billie Eilish, along with 19-year-old brother Finneas O’Connell, wrote and produced don’t smile at me, which is the Music equivalent to the 90’s short-lived TV Series, My So-Called Life, in regards to real, sometimes painfully so, look at teenagers and teenage life. The Tracks on this EP cross-genres between R&B, Jazz, Big Band/40’s (See “my boy”), and Indie Pop, all weaved together with an electronic buzz and whir. At times the Songs are dark lyrically, especially “bellyache”, at other times they are empowering and strong; all are sung with Billie’s gorgeous voice, full of range, warmth, and unique tone.

Favorite Tracks: “bellyache”, “COPYCAT”, and “idontwannabeyouanymore”

Aimee Mann Mental Illness Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

15. Mental Illness by Aimee Mann

Mental Illness is the kind of Aimee Mann Album that I love, a stitched together set of Sung short stories that unfold like an anthology of cinematic tales, similar to her earlier Albums, Lost in Space and The Forgotten Arm. This collection is set in Los Angeles, set in the city of so many cracked souls and broken lives who mostly keep their eyes pointed up to the sky, still believing there’s something more. After my first listen, once I got to the last Song, I wanted more of the story.

Favorite Tracks: “You Never Loved Me”, “Lies of Summer”, and “Patient Zero”

Waxahatchee Out In The Storm Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

16. Out In the Storm by Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield’s (Waxahatchee) fourth Album is my favorite Album. A manic-panic urgency in this “break-up” Album that gets better and better with each and every listen. The introspection and “extraspection” (think emotional meet-ups between your introverted self and your extraverted self – or maybe that’s just me), this Album will have you singing-a-long loudly while you sort your issues out.

Favorite Tracks: “Sparks Fly”, “A Little More”, and “Never Been Wrong”

Arcade Fire Everything Now Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

17. Everything Now by Arcade Fire

Oh my stars, this Album is a grower, one of those sets of Songs that at first fall slightly unnoticed, lingering, and singing, just out of reach. But, then I kept playing it and playing it more, and then it hit me like a semi-truck on an all-night drive through the desert, with a driver that is falling asleep – in a good way. The Album has not been well-received, it seems, but perhaps they just haven’t listened enough; after 5 listens Everything Now stole my heart (and ears).

Favorite Songs: “Creature Comfort”, “Everything Now”, and “Electric Blue”

Gorillaz Humanz Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

18. Humanz by Gorillaz – Deluxe

This was one of a few “grower” Albums on my list of 30 Albums. It took about a half a dozen listens before Humanz started to sink in and stick with me, though there were a few first-listen-favorites that had me enthralled (see “Charger, with the fabulous Grace Jones, and “Andromeda”). I keep coming back to this Album feeling like a giant Mix Tape of Sound and Style that lift and fall in a way that just works, also, Humanz is best played loud.

Favorite Songs: “Charger” (featuring Grace Jones), “Andromeda” (featuring D.R.A.M.), and “Strobelite” (featuring Peven Everett)

English Tapes Sleaford Mods Top 30 Album of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

19. English Tapes by Sleaford Mods

In April my boyfriend and I went to see Sleaford Mods at the Echoplex, and we were both blown away. The Album quickly became a favorite, and one I played often in the car, especially when in the throes of Los Angeles traffic. Jason Williamson’s vocal stylings, which are like a brilliant mash-up of spoken word, slam poetry, and rap, blow me away, both on this Album, and live (if you get the chance, go see them live).

Favorite Songs: “B.H.S”., “Moptop”, and “Carlton Touts

Gary Numan Savage (Songs from a Broken World) Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

20. Savage (Songs from a Broken World) by Gary Numan

I had no idea what to expect from a new Gary Numan Album, especially since I’d not listened to his Music since his late 70’s brilliant New Wave Release, The Pleasure Principle (I have a lot of Albums to catch up on). Savage is a Post-Modern New Wave-Industrial thing of Sonic Beauty, full of passion, emotion, evocative storytelling, darkwave sensibilities, and an underlying beat you can dance to. This is the unexpected, underrated, surprise of the year, and this list.

Favorite Songs: “Bed of Thorns”, “The End of Things”, and “Broken”

Jesus and Mary Chain Damage and Joy Top 30 Albums of 2017

21. Damage and Joy by The Jesus And Mary Chain

Damage and Joy was one of my most anticipated New Albums of the year, and despite some trepidation (high anticipation can lead to disappointment and regret), the Album turned out to be everything I was hoping for, starting strong with a Song that reminds me of a mix of The Dandy Warhol’s’ hit “Bohemian Like You” and Love And Rockets’ “So Alive”. Brothers Jim and William Reid were quoted as saying they “buried the hatchet” this past year, and the brilliance of this Album is proof of that. There are so many favorite Tracks on here – see “All Things Pass” and especially the electronically-fused”Simian Split” without losing their quintessential sonic sound (see the Darklands’ sounding “War On Peace”). Track 7, “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)” is by far my favorite, the nod to Los Angeles, the layers of sound, and the lyrical story told within.

Favorite Songs: “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”, “Song for a Secret, “Amputation”, and “All Things Pass”

Lorde Melodrama Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

22. Melodrama by Lorde

It felt like years between Albums for Lorde, and I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Melodrama, drinking in the Pre-Album Singles as they came out, anticipating more and more. Lorde beat that so-called “Sophomore Slump”, with an Album of Songs that showed how she has grown as an Artist, and as an individual. I love the more “grown-up” Lyrics, the reminders of Kate Bush, Florence Welch, and at times, Madonna and Robyn – Melodramatic Dance Music with an Edge, that’s what this Album has felt like to me from the very first listen.

Favorite Songs: “Sober”, “Green Light”, and “Writer in the Dark”

Prisoner Ryan Adams Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

23. Prisoner by Ryan Adams

The first Ryan Adams Album that I did not immediately fall head-over-heels for, Prisoner is still one of my favorites of the year, and a definite “grower” to me. The Songs feel denser than previous Ryan songs, sonically complex, but with a lyrical distance that I’m not used to with his music. That said, with time and with some leaning in, and repeat listens, the Songs and the Storytelling made their way in. “To Be Without You” is the most immediately accessible of the bunch, but the others are a bit more hard to get, though I do believe they are worth the time, the re-listens, and the “throw the album on, get in the car, and drive” effort taken to get this album under my skin.

Favorite Songs: “Do You Still Love Me?”, “To Be Without You”, and “Shiver and Shake”

6 Feet Beneath the Moon King Krule Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

24. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon by King Krule

I feel like King Krule is an Artist I kept hearing about, so much so that I swore I’d heard the Rap/Jazz Fusion/Punk Archy Ivan Marshall before. But, I hadn’t, not until the end of the year when the Song “Easy Easy” got played repeatedly in my car (part of a Playlist my teenage daughter made and played more-than-often). I dove in deeper and started to play 6 Feet Beneath the Moon in its entirety, more-than-often, in my car. wowed by the dynamics and style-shifts of this young (age 23) Artist/Producer.

Favorite Songs: “Easy Easy”, “Baby Blue”, and “A Lizard State”

Apricot Princess Rex Orange County Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

25. Apricot Princess by Rex Orange County

Another Artist that my daughter introduced to me, in the car, as part of one of her Playlists, Alex O’Connor (a.k.a. Rex Orange County) is a Poetic Songwriter who weaves stories that make you feel like you are right there, in his day-to-day, living life, merging R&B and Contemporary Jazz with Indie Electronica. Alex is from Haslemere, a suburb in the southern county of Surrey, and went to the BRIT School at sixteen, where he began writing music. Calling himself Rex Orange County threw me off, at first, as “Orange County” is where I grew up – also a suburb, but even though he’s from nowhere near there, I feel like I’ve been where he did start from, because Lyrically these Songs are like seeing the world through his eyes.

Favorite Songs: “4 Seasons”, “Happiness”, and “Never Enough”

Kill For Love Chromatics Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

26. Kill For Love by Chromatics

The more I listen the more I love Kill For Love, and the more I feel lost in it, the kind of swirling in sound kind of lost, the kind of lost that stories are created in, and mysteries become clear in. Some of the Tracks on here send chills throughout my body, and tears to my eyes (see: “Into the Black), and others make me want to wander into the Double R Diner in “Twin Peaks”, or take a road trip with Sailor and Lula in Wild At Heart (I was so glad when Lynch used the Chromatics in his new installment of “Twin Peaks”). Darkwave meets Shoegaze at its best here – doesn’t it make you want to swing and sway?

Favorite Songs: “Into the Black”, “Kill For Love” and “These Streets Will Never Look the Same”

A Deeper Understanding The War On Drugs Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

27. A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs

I keep waiting to open my eyes and find myself in the midst of a movie when I listen to “Strangest Things”, closing my eyes and letting this cinematic collection of Songs take me in. There is something so perfect here, every sound in its right place, and lyric a page-turning, every note played with intent – and yet, the “perfection” does not take away the raw and real feeling of Adam Granduciel’s (a.k.a.) The War On Drugs fourth release emanates. If you listen close the song-told-stories that unravel are mostly about loss and longing, but there is such warmth and honesty in the Music I just feel wrapped up in it – blissfully.

Favorite Songs: “Strangest Thing”, “In Chains”, and “You Don’t Have to Go”

Harry Styles Self-Titled Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

28. Self-Titled by Harry Styles

No, I was never a fan of One Direction, but that did not matter when it came to giving Harry Styles (former member of One Direction) solo work a spin, with an open mind, and open ears. First and foremost, I was taken back by songwriting and storytelling, especially on songs like “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York”, and the Seventies Folk-Pop style (think solo Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson) that is underlying in many of the Album’s Tracks. Though I prefer the more “ballady” of Tracks, there are some high energy, dance-with-an-edge Songs, too, that will probably make their way onto my 2018 workout Playlist.

Favorite Songs: “Ever Since New York”, “Sign of the Times”, and “From the Dining Table”

Brick + Mortar Dropped Again Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

29. Dropped Again by Brick + Mortar

Another Band/Album discovered via my daughter, who saw Brick + Mortar as an opening band at a show in San Diego. Brick + Mortar have been spreading more than Music, they also believe in spreading messages of empathy, positivity, and self-motivation (they popped balloons of “good feelings” at the show my daughter discovered them at;  she came home with “find a lizard” from the good feelings balloons). Dropped Again is a collection of mostly previously recorded Songs, released now after Brick + Mortar acquired ownership of the songs Masters, with two new Songs added to the mix.

Favorites Songs: “A Hollow Tune”, “Move to the Ocean”, and “Staying Gold”

Sugar at the Gate TOPS Top 30 Albums of 2017 Lyriquediscorde

30. Sugar at the Gate by TOPS

TOPS and their album Sugar at the Gate are categorized as “Indie Electronic”, though I think this Album transcends the label, adding in Dream Pop, Indie Jazz, Indie Pop, and straight-forward Pop into the mix weaved together by their Electronic style. This Album is so catchy, sometimes reminiscent of 60’s Girl Groups, sometimes channeling 90’s Alternative Music such as Sonic Youth and The Breeders, and then at other times still it is Indie Pop babies such as Beach House, Camera Obscura, Best Coast, and Ariel Pink. To me, this was the Album that most felt like Summer this year.

Favorite Songs: “Marigold & Gray”, “Petals”, and “Dayglow Bimbo”

Take a Listen to 30 Songs from Lyriquediscorde’s Top 30 Albums of 2017

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