Honorable Mentions: Frank Ocean – Channel Orange, Lorde – Melodrama, Tame Impala – Currents, St. Vincent – St. Vincent, Beyoncé – Lemonade, Arcade Fire – The Suburbs, Grizzly Bear – Shields, Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues, Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP, Flying Lotus – You’re Dead.
10. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights (2017)
A sprawling, aware, and emotional catharsis, Julien Baker’s Turn Out the Lights showcases both her vocal & literary gifts. Her lyrics are sophisticated, like formal literature, and will cut your arteries with piercing emotion. She makes the saddest music I even know of, but it is perfect in times when you just want to be sad—or contemplative. No artist can replicate her art. Check out the lyrics in the above photo; each song reaches that level. She is a genius, artistically and intellectually.
9. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
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