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…

The best albums of 2017 so far

Even at just over six months old, 2017 has already given us more than enough good music to fill playlists from here until December—enough that it would be fine, really, if everyone just took a knee until next year. It’s also been an unusually busy year for comebacks: High-profile returns from the ’00s indie-rock class…

Here are the new albums to expect this May

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

5 seconds to 17 years: A countdown of 17 songs about specific lengths of time

With a beat that pulsates like a racing heart, Twin Shadow provides a perfect tune to wiggle to with “Five Seconds.” The lyrics, however, reveal a much harsher reality, in which the singer struggles with a closed-off lover, singing “Five seconds in your heart / Straight to your heart / I can’t get to your heart.” The…