Arts and Culture

The Sound of (2017) Music

SAMANTHA CUE

STAFF WRITER

The month of November has brought some exciting new music, and there is even more to look forward to as December approaches. Taylor Swift has been periodically coming out with singles to promote her new and highly anticipated album, “Reputation.” The first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” quickly rose in the top charts, and its music video grew insanely popular. The song and her entire album has a darker, more pop-like sound than any of her previous work, and she has developed into an entirely different artist than the country girl from 2006. She also came out with singles called
“…Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous,” and “Call It What You Want.” Finally, on Nov. 10, the full album “Reputation” made its debut.

Earlier, Maroon 5 released their album, “Red Pill Blues,” on Nov. 3 including hits like “What Lovers Do (feat. SZA)” and “Cold (feat. Future).” This album has a funky, cool vibe to it that

makes it easy to dance and sing along to.

Also, Selena Gomez recovered from  a kidney transplant and released a song called “Wolves” with Marshmello, a rising electronic music producer, which had a bouncy tune like any other electronic song with various beat

drops and memorable choruses.

Sam Smith released a new album called “The Thrill of It All,” showcasing his melodic, soft, yet powerful voice with beautiful instrumental accompaniments. This album explores numerous emotions and contains a deep, passionate message on heartbreak and struggles; though his whole album is inspiring, some of my favorite songs in this album are “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “HIM,” and “Burning.”

This month, Christmas albums like Sia’s “Everyday is Christmas,” Blake Shelton’s “Cheers, it’s Christmas,” and Gwen Stefani’s “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” have come out to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Additionally, an album from Camila Cabello, who recently left Fifth Harmony, is expected to come out soon; her single “Havana (feat. Young Thug)” is still cruising on the top charts. Some other good listens include “The Weekend” by SZA, “Young, Dumb, and Broke” by Khalid, and “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” by Post Malone. If you like songs with rhythmic beats and lively lyrics,  these are great songs to jam and chill to. 2017 was a great year for music, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring.