earthings! 2017: My ten favorites of the year

Here’s more proof that I am starting to fall by the wayside, at least when it comes to listening to the songs I’m apparently supposed to listen to and like, here’s a relatively pop-centric list of my ten favorite songs for 2017. I attribute it to the fact that I may have listened more to my K-pop library this year (it does have some therapeutic claims) and that things seem to blend with each other more this year than in previous years. In a way, it’s a good thing: finally, some parity between the slickly produced and the more down-to-earth ones. But some will say this is me selling out. Nah, nobody is saying that. Nobody cares about this thing, yes? But we have to put it out, like everybody else, so here, in alphabetical order, are my ten favorite songs of the year. [NB]

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Review: Sucker by Charli XCX

Sucker by Charli XCXCharli XCX has this something. No matter what your music tastes are, no matter if you like it rough or if you like it gentle, you’ll be drawn to her songs, especially the ones you’ve heard lately. Sucker is her third release, and critics are calling it her business card to the big leagues; the hype machine has been very kind to her this year. Is she pop’s next big thing? I wouldn’t jump towards that conclusion yet. Sucker is full of delicious hooks, an I-don’t-care attitude, and, again, that irresistible quality; you can’t help but move something when hearing anything on this record. She’s ably assisted by a bunch of people from all over – pop maven Greg Kurstin is here, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is here, Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij is here – but this is very much a Charli XCX record, and she just pushes forward, and forward some more. The relentless nature of the record can be exhausting, but there’s a lot to enjoy here, from the catchy “Famous” to the Motown-tinged “Need Ur Luv” to the very out there title track, a thesis statement that’s loud, if anything. [NB]4/5