The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Julien Baker
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: Julien Baker
What: Turn Out The Lights
When: October 2017
Where: Matador Records
Why: I'd be lying if I said Julien Baker hadn't ever brought me to tears. Turn Out The Lights is the kind of record that can really cause some waterworks. I don't know that there's a voice around that truly expresses sadness as beautifully as does Baker's, and on this collection of 11 instantly relatable tearjerkers she reaches a truly transcendent level. In all seriousness, Julien Baker is a national treasure.