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Jarvis Cocker | Chilly Gonzales - Room 29 makes Under The Radar Magazine's 'Top 50 Albums of 2017'

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In the past we've avoided posting midyear best albums lists. It seemed somehow impatient and premature to evaluate the year's albums halfway through. And how do you decide which period the list covers, which arbitrary release date do you work out is the cut off point, as every midyear list seems to cover a different period? But 2017 is a year that demands a partial evaluation. The first half of the year has already produced enough strong albums to easily fill a Top 50, but also the second half of 2017 is stacked with so many high profile releases that threaten to overshadow some of the gems released so far. For example, we've already heard some August and September releases that we're certain will make the upper echelons of our final best albums of 2017 list come December.

Jarvis Cocker | Chilly Gonzales - Room 29 makes Under The Radar Magazine's 'Top 50 Albums of 2017'

Standing at the west end of Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, the Chateau Marmont hotel has seen many a famous and infamous guest pass through its doors since it opened in 1929. A 2012 stay in one of its second-floor rooms inspired British lyricist and singer?Jarvis Cocker?to look into its history and led to this collaborative project with multi-faceted Canadian pianist and composer?Chilly Gonzales. Room 29, a 21st-century song cycle on Deutsche Grammophon utilizes Gonzales' score and Cocker's lyrics which conjure up the lives of some of Room?29's previous occupants, as well as shining a light on the glittering fantasy and often bleak reality of Hollywood.

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