A Musical SOS

10.5 months ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to listen to every single album that cracked Apple Music’s Top 30, plus any others released by big-name artists.

Why pick a number as random as 30? For the uber-scientific reason that when I click on “Top Charts” in the iTunes mainframe, it only lists that many albums before I have to press “See All.”

Why did I make such a promise to myself? Masochism definitely runs in my Jewish blood, but mostly I believe that critics like me benefit from keeping up with popular trends in all forms of art. Plus, I’ve been reviewing a bunch of them both here and on Twitter, AND I’m planning to publish my official rankings in early 2018.

I’ve listened to a grand total of 133 albums since January, which is pretty good…

BUT NOW I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

Obviously a bunch have slipped through the cracks, and I’d love to fill in as many of those as possible before December 31. Below is a numbered list of the ones I missed. There is basically no chance that I can get around to them all, so I’m looking for a little guidance regarding which I should make sure to check off my list by the time the ball drops.

Feel free to leave a comment here with your suggestions, OR you can drop me a line on either Twitter or Facebook (OR OR, if you know me personally, text my digits). I’ve numbered all of them, just in case you’d rather forward me the corresponding numbers than write out the full names of the artists and albums. OH, and if you think I absolutely must hear anything not included below, I will totally do so (for your reference, find at the very bottom an alphabetical list of the aforementioned 133)…

Thanks in advance!

Now let’s do this thing:

  1. Kids in Love — Kygo
  2. Deadstar – Smokepurpp
  3. MASSEDUCTION — St. Vincent
  4. Colors — Beck
  5. Take Me Apart — Kelela
  6. Now — Shania Twain
  7. Double Duchess — Fergie
  8. Prophets of Rage — Prophets of Rage
  9. The Wild – Raekwon
  10. Prisoner – Ryan Adams
  11. Strength of a Woman – Mary J. Blige
  12. Gemini — Macklemore
  13. Seven Days — Partynextdoor
  14. Digital Druglord – Blackbear
  15. All Things Work Together — Lecrae
  16. Blkswn – Smino
  17. Blue Chips 7000 — Action Bronson
  18. After Laughter – Paramore
  19. Golden — Romeo Santos
  20. Bitch I’m the Shit 2 — Tyga
  21. Thot Breaker — Chief Keef
  22. Bloom – Machine Gun Kelly
  23. Long Live Nut – YFN Lucci
  24. At What Cost – Goldlink
  25. The Never Story – JID
  26. Step Brothers – G-Eazy & Carnage
  27. Gang Signs and Prayers — Stormzy
  28. Good for You — Amine
  29. Love Songs for the Streets — Lil Durk
  30. Bicep/Glue — Bicep
  31. Solar — MaceoPlex
  32. Is This the Life We Really Want — Roger Waters
  33. Human — Rag N Bone
  34. Stuff I Used to Do — Deadmau5
  35. Climate Change – Pitbull
  36. Oblivion — T-pain
  37. Baccward Feelings — Skooly
  38. The Space Between — Majid Jordan
  39. Pacific Daydream — Weezer
  40. I Believe in You — Dolly Parton
  41. Villains — Queens of the Stone Age
  42. One More Light – Linkin Park
  43. El Dorado — Shakira
  44. Flicker — Niall Horan
  45. 11:11 Reset — Keyshia Cole
  46. Slum Lords 2 — K Camp
  47. Designer Drugz 3 — HoodRich Pablo
  48. Mumble Rap — Belly
  49. Bluebird of Happiness – Tamar Braxton
  50. Savage — Tank
  51. Nudy Land — Young Nudy
  52. I’m Brain — Brain
  53. True’s World — MadeinTYO
  54. Odisea — Ozuna
  55. Saturation — Brockhampton
  56. Saturation II — Brockhampton
  57. Jugg King — Young Scooter
  58. Girl Disrupted – Sevyn Streeter
  59. From a Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
  60. Back to the Basics – Rich Homie Quan
  61. You Only Live 2wice – Freddie Gibbs
  62. Step Brothers 3 – Starlito & Don Trip
  63. Plata O Plomo – Fat Joe & Remy Ma
  64. No Hooks II — Lud Foe
  65. Dirty Projectors — Dirty Projectors
  66. Heartworms – The Shins
  67. So There — Ben Folds
  68. Steve Aoki Presents Kolony — Steve Aoki
  69. Add Violence — Nine Inch Nails
  70. Reflective — Bassnectar
  71. Spirit – Depeche Mode
  72. Windy City – Alison Krauss
  73. Migration – Bonobo
  74. 11 Short Stories – Dropkick Murphys
  75. God’s Problem Child — Willie Nelson
  76. Songs for You — Victor Oladipo

 

 

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

#SantanaWorld — Tay-K

12 — A$AP Twelvyy

17 — XXXTENTACION

4:44 — Jay-Z

4eva Is a Mighty Long Time — Big K.R.I.T.

A Love Letter To You 2 — Trippie Redd

A Moment Apart — Odesza

About Time — Sabrina Claudio

Alchemy — Lee Foss

All the Light Above It Too — Jack Johnson

All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$ — Joey Bada$$

American Dream — LCD Soundsystem

American Teen — Khalid

Autobiography — Vic Mensa

Avici (01) — Avicii

Beach House 3 — Ty Dolla $ign

Beautiful Thugger Girls/Young Martha — Young Thug

Beautiful Trauma — P!nk

Big Fish Theory — Vince Staples

BOOMIVERSE — Big Boi

Booty Tape — Ugly God

Brent Faiyaz — Sonder Son

Bulletproof — Young Dolph

By Any Means 2 — Kevin Gates

Colours 2 — Partynextdoor

More Than You Know — Axwell & Ingrosso

Concrete and Gold — Foo Fighters

Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: 2 Cozy — A$AP Mob

Ctrl — Sza

Culture — Migos

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Death Certificate — Ice Cube

Divide — Ed Sheeran

Don’t Kill My Vibe — Sigrid

Drogas Light — Lupe Fiasco

Droptopwop — Gucci Mane

Drunk — Thundercat

Everybody — Logic

Everything Now — Arcade Fire

Evolve — Imagine Dragons

Federal 3x — Moneybagg Yo

Fifth Harmony — Fifth Harmony

Fin (On the Road) — Syd

Flower Boy — Tyler, the Creator

Freudian — Daniel Caesar

Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1 — Calvin Harris

Future — Future

Gelato — Young Dolph

Good Night and Good Luck — JD is The Straight Thot

Gotti Made-It — Yo Gotti & Mike Will Made-It

Grateful — DJ Khaled

GTTM: Goin Thru the Motions — PNB Rock

Harry Styles — Harry Styles

Heart Break — Lady Antebellum

Heartbreak on a Full Moon — Chris Brown

Heartless — Moneybagg Yo

H.E.R. — H.E.R.

HNDRXX — Future

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom — Halsey

Humanz — Gorillaz

Humble Beast — G Herbo

I Decided — Big Sean

I See You — The XX

I Still Am — Yo Gotti

Illuminati — Blac Yungsta

Issa Album — 21 Savage

Jungle Rules — French Montana

Know No Better — Major Lazer

Laugh Now, Fly Later — Wiz Khalifa

Life Changes — Thomas Rhett

Lil Pump — Lil Pump

Love Yourself — BTS

Lust for Life — Lana Del Rey

Luv Is Rage 2 — Lil Uzi Vert

Make America Crip Again — Snoop Dogg

Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson

Melodrama — Lorde

Memories Do Not Open — Chainsmokers

More Life — Drake

Morning After — Dvsn

Mozzy — 1 Up Top Ahk

Mr. Davis — Gucci Mane

My Moment — Tee Grizzly

Nav — Nav

Neva Left —  Snoop Dogg

Oczy — Flaming Lips

Painting Pictures — Kodak Black

Paranoia: A True Story — Dave East

Perception — NF

Perfect Timing — NAV & Metro Boomin

Playboi Carti — Playboy Carti

Pleasure — Feist

Pretty Girls Like Trap Music — 2 Chains

Process — Sampha

Project Baby 2 — Kodak Black

Pure Comedy — Father John Misty

Rainbow — Kesha

Ransom 2 — Mike Will Made-It

Rather You Than Me — Rick Ross

Red Pill Blues — Maroon 5

Redux 2 — Kaskade

Revenge — XXXTENTACION

Rich Forever 3 — Rich the Kid

Shine — Wale

Signed to the Streets 2.5 — Lil Durk

Sleep Well Beast — The National

Something To Tell You — HAIM

Soulfire — Little Steven

Still Striving — A$AP Ferg

Super Slimey — Future & Young Thug

SweetSexySavage — Kehlani

T-Wayne – T-Pain & Lil Wayne

Teenage Motions — Lil Yachty

Tell Me You Love Me — Demi Lovato

The Bigger Artist — Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

The Chief/Boomerang — Jidenna

The Laughing Apple — Yusuf/Cat Stevens

The Program — Cam’ron

The Saga Continues — Wu Tang

The Search for Everything — John Mayer

The Thrill of It All — Sam Smith

There’s Really a Wolf — Russ

Thinking Out Loud — Young Dolph

Tremaine — Trey Songz

Trip — Jhene Aiko

True to Self — Bryson Tiller

Versus — Carl Craig

Wins & Losses — Meek Mill

Without Warning — 21 Savage, Offset, Metro Boomin

Witness — Katy Perry

Wonderful Wonderful — The Killers

YB Never Broke Again — AI YoungBoy

Younger Now — Miley Cyrus

 

2 thoughts on “A Musical SOS

  1. I don’t know if I have anything imperative about most of the albums up here, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about BROCKHAMPTON, and I think Macklemore’s Gemini is worth at least one listen. I also really like Syd. I’ve listened to her music with The Internet, but I haven’t gotten to listen to Fin (On The Road). I really like her style, so I wouldn’t have any reason to believe this album wouldn’t be good. Other than that, check out Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayers if you like grime.

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    1. I shall move Brockhampton, Gemini, and Stormzy towards the top of my list! As for Syd, not to spoil my forthcoming “Best of 2017” list, but I’ll just say her albums will DEF be included. I highly recommend you give them a listen.

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