The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2017. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us last year.
The release day for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Rest was one of the most exciting release days that I can remember. My friend and I were giddy on Messenger:
Me: Oh my god, the new Charlotte Gainsbourg…
Friend: Ahhhhhhh! I have been waiting for today. Just doing some grocery shopping and then will be cooking all day to it. Honestly, I believe it possible to be the best album of the year and I’ve only heard the one song.
Me: I’m only halfway through the album and I echo your sentiments completely.
Friend: Oh shit. I’m like 3 minutes from home.
**40 minutes later**
Friend: It’s a fucking masterpiece.
And it is. Gainsbourg’s breathy voice is magic on the opening ballad “Ring-a-Ring O’Roses”, but in no way seems out of place on more upbeat tracks like “Deadly Valentine” (above).
Like my friend said, it’s a fucking masterpiece.