The age of reboots and remakes has really hit its stride. That's not to say that all of the reboots/remakes have been good, but it does seem as though we've resigned to the fact that we're going to be seeing a lot of familiar stories on the big screen, and filmmakers are taking advantage of that resignation on a grand scale.
Like the sparkling snowfall and the appearance of eggnog in grocery stores, lists of the "best albums of the year" have become a consistent winter occurrence. Blogs, newspapers, and weird friends that haven't talked to you since high school take to their favourite social media sites to inform the public about what music from the past 12 months should be respected (and in some cases, revered) by everyone, regardless of peoples' individual tastes. There's an underlying tone that, if you don't like any of the albums listed by these supposed artistic authorities, then you are an uncultured swine unaware of what good music sounds like. With that said, the following list is not of such a purpose. It's just a list of albums that I've particularly enjoyed over the past several months, and I'd like to share it with you in the possibility that you may also find something enjoyable in it. I am aware that there are a couple genres that are disproportionately represented over others. If you don't like rock, you may have a hard time harvesting anything for your own listening pleasure, but on the chance that we do end up having some similarities in musical tastes, I am happy to present my top 20 albums of 2017 (and then some):
Hello everyone. I’d like to thank you, as one often should, for taking the time to read this. It really means a lot to me. There are a few things I need to make known about this post before you continue. First, it is, for all intents and purposes, a critical look at the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, and while I don’t necessarily intend to spoil the series for those who will watch it or haven’t finished it, I will not shy away from talking about the series as a whole. Second, because of the subject matter that the show addresses, this post is definitely going to be a little more on the somber side. And third, it is important to acknowledge this show not just as a form of entertainment or an interesting story to be told, but as a commentary on our culture’s attitude toward a number of issues, particularly that of mental health. With these things established, let’s talk about some stuff.