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User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 31, 2017 1:09 PM (UTC)

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1. Lorde 🇳🇿 - Melodrama

The mysterious, the wild witch, the awesomely talented Lorde made her comeback, after a four-year break, with an incredible blistering bombastic lead-single release ’Green Light’. Popular with others as the favourite song of the year, the song is everything it needed to be - it is fierce, it blows the soundscape wide open, and smashes through the euphoric barrier. But it wasn’t the only best track on the album. I’ve already awarded ‘Perfect Places’ as my top track, but others like ‘Homemade Dynamite’ (co-written by Tove Lo!!!), ‘Sober’, ‘The Lourve’, ‘Supercut’ - are too fantastically good to even write about in detail. No wonder this album secured universal acclaim - the trickery was trying to pick the best track.
Her lyrics are fascinatingly engaging - her song writing ability to craft perfect melodies and relatable narratives, layered with motifs of growing up with fame, tackling heartbreak, excessive partying and still questioning the existence of all that with life values. She’s super self-aware of her journeys and throughout Melodrama they are poured out cold-heartedly on each track.
Jack Antonoff’s production is A-Class. The layered synthetic underground swirling beats through ‘The Louvre’ - transporting you into hypnotic state with elongated strung out guitar chords. Which perfectly leads into the heartbreaking and poetic ‘Liability’. Her Glastonbury performance was one of the best festival sets I had seen in a long time.
It’s isn’t an album I have on repeat because of the intensity, the raw journey of the narrative, the grandness of the production - it’s super exhilarating. And once ‘Perfect Places’ calmly finishes you literally have one second to gasp for air, until the album restarts with ’Green Light’. Aside that, it is an absolute masterpiece of an album and deserves even more credibility from myself, even though it has already been nominated for Album of the Year by the Grammys. But they usually get that wrong anyway…🍋!!! Standouts: Pretty much every song makes this album. Well done Ella.
#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #lorde #melodrama #albumoftheyear
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 31, 2017 9:45 AM (UTC)

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2. Wolf Alice 🇬🇧 - Visions of a Life

What I admire with end-of-year lists is that once they’ve all been complained from various outlets, you begin to discover which artist/album you completely slept on. Back in 2015, Wolf Alice released their debut ‘My Love Is Cool’, but it was only the year after they hit my ears and bam I was an instant fan. Even better, there wasn’t much waiting to do to hear their follow-up album which was released in September. You already know it contains my song of the year, ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ - a song that will last with me for a long time. But this album as a whole captures the thrills and anxiety and losses during adulthood in its lyrics - it’s a chaotic and an inconsistent ride but it’s electrifying too as it mixes grunge punk rock to hazy-dream pop and everything in between. Lead singer Ellie’s vocals could either glide softly through your ears (on album opener ‘Heavenward’ or ‘Planet Hunter’) or they could pierce your entire drums with the screechy and yelling and full on absolute rage (see ‘Yuk Foo’). It’s a brilliant second album and I’m pleased to be on board and flag-bearer Wolf Alice as the best British band today.
Standouts: ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’, Beautifully Unconventional’, ‘Formidable Cool’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #wolfalice #visionsofalife
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 30, 2017 8:44 PM (UTC)

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3. Susanne Sundfør 🇳🇴 - Music For People In Trouble

Back in 2015, the Norwegian artist helmed both song and album of the year. It would always be a wary subject on how SuSu would follow-up to the fantastic ‘Ten Love Songs’. Instead of continuing with the synths and electronica, she went back to her roots, her folk-piano based roots. Perhaps surprisingly to some it was a bold and risky move but for me, SuSu is such an an accomplished artist that anything she’d output - it will be brilliant. She is everything that defines an artist. Her lyrics are poetic, her musical artistry is exceptionally exquisite, and her voice, her voice is extraordinary, spectacular - when you hear her live you notice how skilfully she has to control her voice otherwise she would shatter the audience to pieces. Hearing this album in the live environment propelled it into the top three - when artist releases an album, it has to transit well into a live forum. Cut to the intimate venue of The Deaf Institute - SuSu single handily owned her stage (without a backing band) and hopping from piano, to acoustic guitar to keys throughout her show. The songs were extraordinary to hear live. Upon re-listening to the album I can recall the delicacy of her movements and her ability to control that powerful voice of hers. It was a mesmerising gig - a top three gig of the year.

Standouts: ‘Undercover’, ‘Good Luck Bad Luck’, ‘Bedtime Story’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #susannesundfør #musicforpeopleintrouble
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 30, 2017 5:27 PM (UTC)

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4. Tove Lo 🇸🇪 - Blue Lips [Lady Wood Phase II]

I must say this was an instant impressive hit on firsts listens. Unsure how it’ll stand over time and against its two predecessors - but her level of commitment to release two back-to-back albums (split into four chapters) within thirteen months is a worthy star. If Lady Wood P1 had all the necessary bangers and dark electronica, then Blue Lips packs the vulnerability, slightly emotional but still keeping that raunchy and raw lyrics, but all fused together. The production on every fourteen tracks is super slick and it’s an album that contains no fillers. Each song deserves its place on the album, each song sounds much maturer and soulful than any songs she’s put out. Overall Blue Lips is a well-executed, well produced, focussed piece of work. And thanks for giving us the best titled track of the year, Tove!
Standouts: ‘Disco Tits’, ‘shedontknowbutsheknows’, ‘Stranger’
#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #tovelo #bluelips #ladywood
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 30, 2017 12:55 PM (UTC)

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5. Lana Del Rey 🇺🇸 - Lust for Life

Oh Lana. Darling Lana. Since doing these lists her albums have featured in every one of the them. The most devoted artist who has remarkably kept her faultless consistency and continues to exceed her levels of coolness. There’s no shadiness, there’s no overly charged rebellious love songs here. She’s captured everyday social and political issues and delivered songs through her perspectives, with a little help from a plethora of special guests. Lana returns to her signature throwback hip hop swagger on this fourth album. It’s a solid polished production throughout and her distinguished breathy vocals is everything we’ve come to love about Lana. She has also given us one of the best album closing tracks - ‘Get Free’ which surely has to be one her most personable and life transitional song she’s ever wrote. It’s confessional. It’s a statement. The “out of the black and into the blue” should be everyone’s life mantra. Fucking love that.
Standouts: ‘Get Free’, ‘Love’, Groupie Love’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #lanadelrey #lustforlife
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 30, 2017 10:09 AM (UTC)

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6. Vera Blue 🇦🇺 - Perennial

Released back in July - this was probably the first album of the year that I genuinely wanted to endlessly repeat without listening to any other album. There’s just something about this - it’s a cohesive ambitious debut album, however, it mixes up your listening pleasures - from folky acoustic numbers, to some bobby pop glistening bangers, to gorgeous emotionally charged ballads. Her lyrics are so raw and so personable, you feel a sudden rush to belt out the songs and let out your emotions with it - especially ‘Mended’ - the uprising of this haunting song gives all the tingles. Her vocals melts your ears throughout - they’re sweet, they’re powerful, they’re harmonious. ‘Perennial’ provides the antidote to any heartbreak that you go through - and it’s definitely worth a listens, again, and again.
Standouts: ‘Mended’, ‘Hold’, ‘Regular Touch’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #verablue #perennial
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 29, 2017 7:46 PM (UTC)

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7. Taylor Swift 🇺🇸 - reputation

So here she is, not quite managing to hit the top five, and perhaps doesn’t quite live up to the expectations after 1989. It is an overambitious album with some filler, middle of the road tracks, if you cut them out, condense down to 11 tracks - this would be an astonishing comeback album. The first sequential six songs are sublime - perfectly and well executed stomping songs. The momentum takes a sheer nosedive from song seven and from there it weaves unevenly, but ending on the delicate ‘New Year’s Day’. Standouts: ‘I Did Something Bad’, ‘Don’t Blame Me’, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #taylorswift #reputation
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:22 PM (UTC)

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8. George Maple 🇦🇺 - Lover

Silky, punchy, confident debut album from the Aussie babe. A rollercoaster of a listen as it genre hops from trip-hop to slow burning electronica to pure smooth R&B-pop. Lyrically strong and feisty vocals, it’s ultra smooth, song after song the listening experience becomes more intense, more intimate, more desirable.
Standouts: ‘Hero’, ‘Kryptonite’, ‘Romancandy’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #georgemaple #lover
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:29 AM (UTC)

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9. Jennie Abrahamson 🇸🇪 - Reverseries
Full of cosmic out-of-the-universe sounds and a heavenly and hypnotic vocal, its trippy, its a full burst of glistening synths and lush harmonies. A cinematic soundscape to get lost into and it is a gorgeous spellbinding cohesive body of work.
Standouts: ‘To The Water’, ‘Safe Tonight’, ‘Anyone Who’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #jennieabrahamson #reverseries
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 29, 2017 8:04 AM (UTC)

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10. SZA 🇺🇸 - Ctrl
An intimate, personal, raw R&B album. Some gorgeous delicate songs with perfectly sounding percussions and sprinkles of nostalgia, with SZA’s delicate vocals narrating each song - instantly engaging.
Standouts: ‘Prom’, ‘Drew Barrymore’, ‘Normal Girl’

#KRTOP10 #albumseventeen #bestalbumsof2017 #sza #ctrl
So my final list for the year begins:
#KRTOP10 2017 ALBUMS 📀

Most of the albums that have been released this year have misfired for me - the majority have been really good, but none of them felt really cohesive, some followed a strong first side and lacklustre second half. Others packed in way too many ‘middle of road songs’ - nor did it help that 2016 albums were incredibly outstanding that nothing really came that close and I’ve continued to listen to them this year. Negative remarks aside, I shall countdown top ten fave albums of the year over next few days.

These are the ones that just didn’t quite make the cut but worthy of honourable mentions. #endoftheyear #bestalbumsof2017

Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar
Khalid - American Teen
Nelly Furtado - The Ride
St Vincent - MASSeduction
Superfood - Bambino
The xx - I See You
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 28, 2017 11:12 AM (UTC)

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2017: Can only be summed up by three words; THANKFUL, FORTUNATE, CONTENT.
Thankful for all the support received far and wide people so close and nearby. It’s just been super overwhelming and much appreciated.
Fortunate to have such strong bonded set of friends and family to give me strength and to move forward with life, enjoy and appreciate the times with everyone. And to new friends I’ve met along my travels or been introduced to - it’s been super sweet, and continues to be a confident booster and a thrill to meet exciting people.
Ending the year feeling content, feel like I’ve achieved so much this year, travelling solo on all my holidays has been exciting, learning how to deal and processing minor / major outcomes of life - there are things you’re never going to get over and it’s natural to feel emotional about it but it is also identifying the things around, those people that really make you feel happy which is the key - and it’s important to keep hold of that and close by.
#tbt #bestnine2017
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 25, 2017 6:00 PM (UTC)

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Merry Xmas (Says This Insta Pic) 🎅🏾🎄💕
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 21, 2017 8:25 PM (UTC)

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So light me up (light me up), light me up (light me up), light me up, go ahead and light me up (light me up)
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 10, 2017 10:09 AM (UTC)

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Them: wear something Christmassy
Me: light mint green shirt
Also me: 😏
User Image krana85 Posted: Dec 3, 2017 9:17 AM (UTC)
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LP | Manchester Academy 2 | December 2017

Final gig of the year, and I love it when you’re unexpectedly blown away by such showmanship from a multi-instrumentalist and talented lyricist and a passionate confident artist. Laura’s extensive vocal range and control is utterly wowsers, without any backing vocal assistant, she delivers pure emotion and drama and sounds exactly as it does on her record. Excellent setlist and strong show and enthusiastic crowd. Thanks @iamlpofficial
#lp #laurapergolizzi #manchester #lostonyou #gig #academy #live #music
User Image krana85 Posted: Nov 19, 2017 10:31 AM (UTC)
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Bat-Headed People With Teeth For Genitalia sculptor by Raqib Shaw. Fascinating but unsettling, but that’s @stoobz82 for you! 😂

#raqibshaw #whitworthartgallery #manchester #art #newnorthsouth
User Image krana85 Posted: Nov 19, 2017 8:23 AM (UTC)
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‘Things That Happen When Falling in Love’ brings together suggestions of words and people on the move to create an image of a world where the fortunes of both love and labour are framed and dismantled by global forces.

#whitworthartgallery #raqsmediacollective #art #exhibition #manchester
User Image krana85 Posted: Nov 19, 2017 8:02 AM (UTC)
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The Raqib Shaw exhibition at Whitworth Art Gallery is an highly extraordinary and terrifyingly fascinating exhibition which examines the real and imaginary spaces between East and West. This specially designed wallpaper provides a spectacular backdrop for his work and upon closer inspection its uniquely disturbing.
#raqibshaw #newnorthsouth #whitworthartgallery #art #exhibition
User Image krana85 Posted: Nov 10, 2017 8:18 AM (UTC)
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Wolf Alice | O2 Apollo Manchester | November 2017
A blistering and grungy set from the four-piece band - first time seeing them live and hearing their carousel of old and new songs was bliss, crowd chanting away, guitar thrown up in the air, epically well lit, and magic moments of disco ball, especially through the amazing ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ and the powerful ‘Blush’. Come back again soon please. 💙

#wolfalice #visionsofalife #manchester #apollo #o2apollomanchester #music #live #gig