Cliche Magazine Dec 2017/Jan 2018 - Page 102

MUSIC of the N YEAR o matter how much hype an album gets in the moment, it’s easy to forget about it once the next one comes out. But here at Cliché, we are firm believers in giving credit where it is due. As 2017 comes to an end, it’s important to remember that in the midst of all the madness, we were truly blessed with some amazing releases in every genre from hip-hop to rock to pop. To make choosing your favorite album of 2017 just a bit easier, we rounded up a list of all the most influential releases from the past year. BY LILLY MILMAN N A J I See You by the xx GENRE: INDIE ROCK/DREAM POP The third studio album from the dream- pop power-duo, I See You marked the return of the band after a four-year hia- tus. After years of uncertainty, I See You ushered in an era of creative stability for the xx, exploring countless new sounds to much critical acclaim. MAR ÷ by Ed Sheeran GENRE: POP You don’t need us to tell you Ed Sheeran came out with new music this year; “Shape of You” became a hit as soon as it was released and the song has been on every radio station ever since. The newest folk pop album by the songwriter also included the other breakout hit, “Castle On The Hill.” Dirty Projectors by Dirty Projectors GENRE: ART ROCK I Decided. by Big Sean GENRE: HIP-HOP If you ever thought Big Sean was a one-hit wonder, then this album must have seriously proven you wrong. With I Decided., Big Sean invites his listeners to experience a never- before-seen inside look at his life, exploring themes of fallibi- lity, family, responsibility, and more. And of course, he doesn’t shy away from showcasing the glorious side of things, either. Don’t forget, this is the album that gave us “Bounce Back.” 102 After dominating the NYC art rock scene for years, Dirty Projectors suffered one lineup change that would ensure the band would never be the same. On this album, founder David Longstreth addresses his breakup from former