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As finals came to a close, a season for new music began. 2017 has been an exceptional year for music; the summer increased opportunity for artists to release projects ranging from heartfelt to jam-worthy. The Charger Bulletin picked some of the top albums of the summer that you can listen to as the season ends.

 

Harry Styles — Harry Styles, May 12

Leaving One Direction seems to have done wonders for Harry Styles, who has transitioned from pop to soft rock on his self-titled album. Though, his sound might not be revolutionary, it is more fitting for his vocals than his boy band solos. Styles shows that he is still finding himself across tracks that pair heartfelt lyrics with experimental sounds; if you want to see Styles’ versatility without listening to the whole album, listen to the tracks “Meet Me in the Hallway” and “Kiwi.”

 

Lorde — Melodrama, June 16

After Lorde conquered the music festival scene with her debut album Pure Heroine, fans wondered if she would be able to top its success; the answer came in the form of Melodrama four years later, inspired by her personal growth as a young adult. Lorde beautifully captures the essence of maturation and the emotional turbulence that comes with it, including heartbreak, struggling with self-love, and coming out a stronger individual at the end.

 

Calvin Harris — Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, June 30

When one thinks of a summer sound, they usually expect funky, upbeat tunes; ones that could be played in a convertible while cruising on a sunny day. If you’re looking for the perfect summer album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is the one. The single “Slide” featuring Frank Ocean and Migos was an instant hit with even more magic that followed: the LP is packed with collaborations from a wide range of artists including Pharrell, Migos, Frank Ocean, Kehlani,  and Katy Perry.

 

Tyler, the Creator — Flower Boy, July 21

If you thought that you knew Tyler, the Creator before, think again. Flower Boy is a transformative album that explores Tyler’s insecurities in the most cohesive work he has ever released. Collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith, and Frank Ocean complement themes of love, sexuality, race, and failing relationships over soft R&B sounds and the contagious beats that Tyler has always been known for.

 

Brett Eldredge — Brett Eldredge, August 4

Brett Eldredge’s latest album includes mostly feel-good, upbeat songs and a few emotional songs, but all of them are strongly relatable. “Crystal Clear” and “Castaway” give listeners the feel that they are on a tropical island, while “The Long Way” and “Brother” bring listeners back to their hometown. Eldredge explores contrasting themes of vulnerability and the desire for independence on tracks “Superhero” and “No Stopping You,” while “Heartbreaker” and “Somethin’ I’m Good At” show that imperfections make individuals perfect. The album can certainly improve any listener’s mood while providing an enjoyable sound.

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