Today's Women in Music - Fifty of the Best Albums

by Mark Moody
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Unless you have been living in a cave, and under a rock inside said cave, or put more musically under the log in the hole at the bottom of the sea, it has been nearly impossible to miss the surge of outstanding material released by women over the past few years. Whether performing as solo artists or front person for a band or duo, women have been setting the trend for the best musical releases out there. The fifty albums below are some of the best that have been created since the beginning of 2017 (the year I started writing for Soundblab, with my first assignment being a vinyl reissue of Snail Mail’s Habit EP). Whether carefully constructed (Reid, Byrne, Half Waif), decidedly DIY (Hinds, Camp Cope), and coming from established artists (Case, Marling), or stellar debuts (Bridgers, Heynderickx), there is something here for everyone.

Ideally, race and gender should be distinctions without a difference when it comes to opportunity to create and be heard (or making a list frankly), but though progress is being made there is still a long way to go. I have seen an improvement in the diversity of artists at music festivals and believe some are making concerted efforts to enhance access. It’s amazing that when weeds begin to be cleared away that all can be given a chance to flourish. Primarily though this is just a collection to celebrate the current music that is being created by these talented artists. I can’t wait to hear what else is in store. No doubt there are other artists I am not as familiar with that could easily fit on this list and the timetable I set excluded some other artists that haven't had work out in the past few years. Click an album below to read a review

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