The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Perfume Genius

It’s been a hell of a year. 2017 was exhausting, stressful, and at times just plain terrifying. But for all the mess that’s happened over the past 12 months, and there’s certainly been so much, there’s also been a lot of good going on in the world. From a musical standpoint, for instance, 2017 was rather exceptional. There were so many glorious new sounds to take in.

I’ve put together my list of favorites from the year that was, a touch fashionably late as always. Once again, I’ve decided to eschew a ranking system and instead give you an alphabetical look at the records I fell for this year. There’s some names here that will come as no surprise to anyone, and perhaps a few that might surprise you. These are simply my favorites from 2017, the albums I went back to again and again, the albums that I swooned over. So, without further exposition, here’s my list. I think you’ll find you can get your kicks from any and all of the 66 records I’ve chosen, and I truly hope you’ll find some treasures to cherish, as I cherish each and every record here. Many, many thanks to the artists who put out this fantastic music, their sounds helped make 2017 bearable.

Who: Perfume Genius

What: No Shape

When: May 2017

Where: Matador Records

Why: Admittedly, I'm late to the Perfume Genius party, as No Shape is the fourth long player from the inspired mind of Mike Hadreas. It's nice to finally be here, however late, as this is quite the breathtaking record. These songs are both graceful and exhilarating, beautifully dramatic compositions that are pop songs at heart, as complex as they are lovely. No Shape is a wonderful record, a tremblingly heady effort that satisfies time and time again.  

[posted 2.24.18]


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