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Albums of the Month: October 2017

Foo Fighters release a weirder but still safe record, The Killers fail to deliver a true collective effort, PJ Harvey and John Parish perform a joint experiment with mixed results, and The Shins dive into electronic elements without losing their essence.

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Albums of the Month: September 2017

Queens of the Stone Age amplifies the hip-shaking quality of their sound, The National dives into relationship troubles and politics, The Strypes discover new wave, and Tame Impala revives the Summer of Love with some psychedelic introspection.

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Albums of the Month: August 2017

Arcade Fire takes another unproductive dive into the well of synthpop, Lou Reed finds a rather distinctive songwriting style in the bleak reporting of the destructive life of a couple, David Bowie creates and kills a rock and roll myth during the course of an album, and Iggy Pop emerges out of the wreckage of The Stooges’ implosion in the most unexpected way possible.

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Albums of the Month: July 2017

Big Star brilliantly nods towards the British Invasion long after it had become part of rock history books, the Beastie Boys prove classroom jerks can be widely beloved when their wit and musical talent are remarkable, Paramore start to pave their way out of the pop punk cage, and The Last Shadow Puppets bring drama and subversion to baroque pop.

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Albums of the Month: June 2017

Arcade Fire births the perfect concept album, The Stone Roses define the Madchester movement, the Sex Pistols turn punk into a phenomenon, and Paramore manages not to fall apart for just about long enough to find the treasure amidst the storm.

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Albums of the Month: May 2017

The Jesus and Mary Chain returns poppier and cleaner than usual, Gorillaz fails in delivering an apocalyptic party, Audioslave begins as a band that had yet to free itself from the groups that originated it, and Incubus tries to move while standing still.

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Albums of the Month: April 2017

The XX run full speed towards indie electronic without losing sight of the intimacy of their sound, The Birthday Party stands on the verge of total insanity, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers play straightforward rock and roll, and Bob Dylan turns himself into one of the biggest interpreters of the American songbook.

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