Music reviews were a new endeavor for Byte this year, but it was a great first year to cover. We saw some disappointments from previously loved artists like Arcade Fire and Blondie, to be sure, but we also saw some pleasant comebacks and changeups from the likes of Lorde, Aimee Mann and Paramore. Some of these albums made us smile and others made us cry, but they all left some sort of indelible mark on us, and that’s why they’re the best albums of 2017.
'If Blue Could Be Happiness' is a promising and fulfilling step forward for Florist. It is by far not a perfect product, but the complex arrangements, mature themes and more appropriate instrumentation paint a prosperous picture of the future for this burgeoning artist.
It has been said over and over again, but Weezer would do well to harken back to their success in the mid-1990s.
Many listeners anticipated new releases from the janglers, but instead Rankin and company spent their time in vans and onstage.
It’s hard to say much about LCD Soundsystem that hasn’t already been said. Headed up by producer James Murphy, the band has oft been difficult to pinpoint for even the wittiest, snobbiest journalists.