The best albums that didn’t make our best-albums list

As we said in our list of the Best Music Of 2017—as we say every year—winnowing all the thousands of albums that are released annually down to a mere 20, based on trying to find consensus among our reviewers’ widely differing tastes, is a difficult and, ultimately, meaningless task. Music is among the most subjective…

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The exuberant Sløtface sounds like a politicized Josie And The Pussycats

The opening seconds of “Magazine,” the first song off Sløtface’s debut Try Not To Freak Out, are a bit of a feint. Behind a veil of feedback, a chorus of “woo-oo”s usher in a shambolic slice of mid-’90s alterna-pop, like early Modest Mouse covering a grunge anthem. It flattens out into a stately midtempo rhythm that’s…