Albums of the Year 2017

Another year in a messed up world comes to an end. Away from music it was possibly not as bad as 2016 but the big orange thing still rises every morning, and I'm not talking about the sun.

As with every other year of this decade, if you're prepared to look hard enough, you'll discover amazing new music. Albums that would have been massive 20 years ago are barely getting a mention, outside of online publications that genuinely care about music. Albums by Protomartyr, Wand and Vermont are future classics but those artists need our support now. Hopefully things will change as we near the end of the decade, wouldn't it be great if the following albums reached more people?

These are our top albums of 2017, in no particular order, just over 150 great albums that you need to hear. Go find them, buy them, support new music, don't live in the past.

EDIT: I also want to give a mention to two albums that we didn't review this year that would otherwise be on the list. Priests - Nothing Feels Natural and H. Grimace - Self Architect.

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The KVB - Fixation/White WallsBoris - DearFeral Conservatives - Better LivesWet Hair - The Floating WorldThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertCatholic Action - In Memory OfJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotWashed Out - Mister MellowGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVAcid Tongue - BabiesBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangWand - PlumIDLES – BrutalismSt. Vincent - MasseductionSpinning Coin - PermoThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthTy Segall - Ty SegallKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceThe Telescopes - Stone TapeWaxahatchee - Out in the StormProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthThe National - Sleep Well BeastCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldAlvvays - AntisocialitesGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Quicksand - InteriorsOmni - Multi-Task Native Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness White Reaper - The World's Best American BandMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetJuliana Hatfield - PussycatChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunL.A. Takedown - IIJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyPrettiest Eyes - PoolsTy Segall - Fried ShallotsJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantShannon Lay - Living WaterDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRORB - NaturalityGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineSea Pinks - WatercourseArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonDasher - SodiumThe Weather Station - The Weather StationCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongOh Sees - OrcMr. Yolk - Self PortraitHey Colossus - The GuillotineJoel Gion - Joel GionOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeCoco Hames - Coco HamesMark Lanegan - GargoyleDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Bitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshKing Krule - The OOZThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnMetz – Strange PeaceUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyWarhaus - WarhausCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceSlowdive - SlowdiveTennis - Yours ConditionallySlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyAiriel - Molten Young LoversNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Woods - Love Is LoveFather John Misty - Pure ComedyCrescent - Resin Pocketstogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aExploded View - Summer Came Early EPWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatGnoomes - Tschak!L.A. Witch - L.A. WitchBardo Pond - Under the PinesMogwai - Every Country's SonDucktails - Jersey DevilGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersSteven Wilson - To the Bone Nightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Pissed Jeans - Why Love NowOdonis Odonis - No PopStutter Steps - FlooredAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeAverage Sex - Ice CreamCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideSpoon – Hot ThoughtsOxbow - Thin Black DukeTycho - EpochTorres - Three FuturesAngel Olsen - PhasesLucas Oswald - WhetBeach Fossils - SomersaultThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusRide - Weather DiariesFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyMelanie De Biasio - Lilies LCD Soundsystem - American DreamGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesShit & Shine - That's Enough EPKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadVermont - IIThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   The Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowThe Horrors - VTashaki Miyaki - The DreamNadah El Shazly - AhwarChad VanGaalen - Light InformationKikagaku Moyo - Stone Garden(Sandy) Alex G - RocketStef Chura - MessesJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantClark - Death PeakAlgiers - The Underside of PowerFlowers Must Die - KompostCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockWeaves - Wide OpenDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesMac DeMarco - This Old DogLost Horizons - OjalaCom Truise - IterationPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinJay Som - Everybody WorksWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistPerfume Genius - No ShapeLawrence English - Cruel OptimismIron & Wine - Beast EpicShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesQueens of the Stone Age - Villains

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