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.
We already reviewed this one back in August, and there’s little more that needs to be added. Several spins later, it’s still a dead ringer for The Weekend’s self-titled debut.
And we know for sure, now, that nothing could be more attractive in a song than another person’s relationship woes, either because of the kinship found in being able to relate, or the satisfaction of knowing you’re faring better (coupled with the comprehension that happiness is fleeting).
“Does it make you feel good to watch me stumbling in the dark?” It does, yes.
The more we listen to this Waxahatchee—don’t ask us to pronounce that—album, the more we’re convinced it’s a reincarnation of the record we were hinting at when we posted that “Silver” video last week.
Out in the Storm is more lyrically sophisticated than that seminal debut by The Weekend, but the sentiment is comparable; this is the stuff of all good pop albums—failed relationships, insecurity, and in the end, renewal—and it’s far more world-weary than bedroom-bound.
Katie Crutchfield has surrendered a turbulent ride to us—one that trades blazing, cathartic blows (see “Silver”) with hindsight-wise parries (check out “Recite Remorse” below).
There’s a distinct early-2000s vibe wafting from this one. Not many bands wander the streets or perform in foiled rooms these days.
“Silver” comes from the just-out Waxahatchee album, Out in the Storm.
The name Waxahatchee, by the way, is taken from a creek in Alabama that’s known for its populations of crappie and round rocksnail.
The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2015. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us this year.
First up, the runners up:
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Ought – Sun Coming Down
Will Butler – Policy
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color