'Tis the season for "Best of" lists, and if you're taking a survey of some 2017 roundups, Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" is sure to make most of them.
Los Angeles Times pop music critic Mikael Wood calls Lamar's latest release, "The year’s most immediate album — and also its most replayable," but his list of the best music of 2017 doesn't end there.
Wood's other picks of the best albums of 2017 include pop songstress Demi Lovato's "Tell Me You Love Me," rapper Drake's "More Life," and Randy Newman's "Dark Matter":
Also making it on Wood's top 10 list are three impressive debut albums: SZA's "Ctrl," Ethan Gruska's "Slowmotionary" (who Wood says could be "L.A.'s next great singer-songwriter”), and Jade Jackson's country-rock album, "Gilded":
There were also some albums that didn't make Wood's top 10 that he nonetheless thinks should have gotten more attention and praise: Rostam's eclectic “Half-Light” and "Fin" from the great, understated R&B singer Syd: