Albums of the Year 2017 - - Soundblab

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.

(Scroll over a thumbnail to reveal the artist and album, click to read the review.)

Com Truise - IterationChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunORB - NaturalityProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyWarhaus - WarhausMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantBardo Pond - Under the PinesThe National - Sleep Well BeastLawrence English - Cruel OptimismTorres - Three FuturesAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainGnoomes - Tschak!Jay Som - Everybody WorksKing Krule - The OOZKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaTy Segall - Ty SegallThe Weather Station - The Weather StationDasher - SodiumGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Exploded View - Summer Came Early EPOh Sees - OrcShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesAverage Sex - Ice CreamRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPIDLES – BrutalismUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationSteven Wilson - To the Bone Fascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPMetz – Strange PeaceLucas Oswald - WhetAlvvays - AntisocialitesDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingLost Horizons - OjalaMac DeMarco - This Old DogWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideL.A. Takedown - IINative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Stutter Steps - FlooredThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyThundercat - DrunkPrettiest Eyes - PoolsTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthBoris - DearWet Hair - The Floating WorldNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVH. Hawkline - I RomanticizePissed Jeans - Why Love NowJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetThe Telescopes - Stone TapeWand - PlumRide - Weather DiariesBeach Fossils - SomersaultJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Flowers Must Die - KompostVermont - IIAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongHey Colossus - The GuillotineJoel Gion - Joel GionAiriel - Molten Young LoversSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeNadah El Shazly - AhwarKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersOxbow - Thin Black DukeQuicksand - InteriorsTy Segall - Fried ShallotsThe Horrors - V(Sandy) Alex G - RocketMr. Yolk - Self PortraitFeral Conservatives - Better LivesWeaves - Wide OpenLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs The Rural Alberta Advantage - WildOmni - Multi-Task Shannon Lay - Living WaterThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistMelanie De Biasio - Lilies John Maus - Screen MemoriesCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceIron & Wine - Beast EpicPerfume Genius - No ShapeThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertDucktails - Jersey DevilWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatCatholic Action - In Memory OfSea Pinks - WatercourseBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aShit & Shine - That's Enough EPThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsWoods - Love Is LoveL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchOdonis Odonis - No PopPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherWashed Out - Mister MellowSlowdive - SlowdiveGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowAlgiers - The Underside of PowerSpinning Coin - PermoVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftTycho - EpochTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesSt. Vincent - MasseductionThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinAcid Tongue - BabiesGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineJuliana Hatfield - PussycatTennis - Yours ConditionallySpoon – Hot ThoughtsChad VanGaalen - Light InformationQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsCoco Hames - Coco HamesWaxahatchee - Out in the StormColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshAngel Olsen - PhasesBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Crescent - Resin PocketsStef Chura - MessesThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandMogwai - Every Country's SonOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadFather John Misty - Pure ComedyCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundClark - Death PeakTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthMark Lanegan - GargoyleTashaki Miyaki - The DreamDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyLCD Soundsystem - American Dream

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Love this! What a great year for music!

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Cool list! Still working on mine. Sticking to my traditional Top Ten is proving difficult :/ Can see quite a few candidates in this list too

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Too hard to pick just 10.

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