With the flaming shitheap that was 2016 now firmly behind us, we can look firmly toward the rest of 2017. Thank God. And since we’ve looked at our most anticipated films, books and TV shows of the year to come already, here’s the final cog in the cultural machine: music! 2017 looks like it’s shaping up to be a good year for albums, so let’s dive right in.
The xx — I See You (January 13)
People tend to shit on The xx the same way they used to shit on Portishead in the 1990s, and in both cases, it’s ultimately unfair to the bands in question — after all, it’s not their fault what middle-class assholes choose to play at their dinner parties. Of course, if The xx’s third album is half as interesting as Portishead’s, we’re in for a treat; even if it isn’t, though, there’s a lot to be said for quiet, understated music that falls somewhere between Young Marble Giants and, well, Portishead.