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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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxThundercat - DrunkMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsLucas Oswald - WhetShannon Lay - Living WaterAlvvays - AntisocialitesNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me White Reaper - The World's Best American BandAiriel - Molten Young LoversThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenPrettiest Eyes - PoolsLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutJuliana Hatfield - PussycatQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotQuicksand - InteriorsWand - PlumRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildAcid Tongue - BabiesShit & Shine - That's Enough EPWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneIDLES – BrutalismPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsWashed Out - Mister MellowStef Chura - MessesDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateThe Horrors - VGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Tashaki Miyaki - The DreamThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadTy Segall - Ty SegallNadah El Shazly - AhwarThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowTycho - EpochGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVOdonis Odonis - No PopChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunDucktails - Jersey DevilThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Art Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerHey Colossus - The GuillotineSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeMac DeMarco - This Old DogAverage Sex - Ice CreamTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeThe Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody(Sandy) Alex G - RocketWarhaus - WarhausBardo Pond - Under the PinesH. Hawkline - I RomanticizePissed Jeans - Why Love NowClark - Death PeakCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceSpoon – Hot ThoughtsTy Segall - Fried ShallotsLawrence English - Cruel OptimismORB - NaturalityThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnCoco Hames - Coco HamesMogwai - Every Country's SonKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistAngel Olsen - PhasesThe Weather Station - The Weather Stationtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersThe Telescopes - Stone TapePerfume Genius - No ShapeProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentKing Krule - The OOZMr. Yolk - Self PortraitThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetCatholic Action - In Memory OfShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesFlowers Must Die - KompostUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchSt. Vincent - MasseductionLost Horizons - OjalaDasher - SodiumBoris - DearJay Som - Everybody WorksJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesAlgiers - The Underside of PowerJoel Gion - Joel GionColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyWeaves - Wide OpenWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantRide - Weather DiariesThe National - Sleep Well BeastCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideStutter Steps - FlooredAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherSlowdive - SlowdiveSteven Wilson - To the Bone Wet Hair - The Floating WorldSea Pinks - WatercourseDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetTennis - Yours ConditionallyExploded View - Summer Came Early EPMetz – Strange PeaceOmni - Multi-Task Cut Worms - Alien Sunset EPJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusIron & Wine - Beast EpicThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Bee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangLCD Soundsystem - American DreamBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshChad VanGaalen - Light InformationL.A. Takedown - IISpinning Coin - PermoWaxahatchee - Out in the StormCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongCom Truise - IterationGnoomes - Tschak!Woods - Love Is LoveWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRTorres - Three FuturesAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aOh Sees - OrcFeral Conservatives - Better LivesFather John Misty - Pure ComedyVermont - IIThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Oxbow - Thin Black DukeKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Nine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceMark Lanegan - GargoyleMelanie De Biasio - Lilies

Overall Rating (2)

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