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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Acid Tongue - BabiesOmni - Multi-Task La Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangDucktails - Jersey DevilWet Hair - The Floating WorldKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsWand - PlumKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenOxbow - Thin Black DukeThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Cloud Nothings - Life Without SoundThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyTy Segall - Ty SegallTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Kamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceShit & Shine - That's Enough EPJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonThe Telescopes - Stone TapeChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Caroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesAiriel - Molten Young LoversJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersSpoon – Hot ThoughtsAlgiers - The Underside of PowerNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateMr. Yolk - Self PortraitMetz – Strange PeaceWoods - Love Is LoveCom Truise - IterationDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowLCD Soundsystem - American DreamJay Som - Everybody WorksTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthStutter Steps - FlooredORB - NaturalityBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshClark - Death PeakArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerWaxahatchee - Out in the StormAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainJuliana Hatfield - PussycatThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetBeach Fossils - SomersaultDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesKing Krule - The OOZThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenAngel Olsen - PhasesThe Weather Station - The Weather StationGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachinePrettiest Eyes - PoolsWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistWarhaus - WarhausMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockIDLES – BrutalismThundercat - DrunkBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadMark Lanegan - GargoyleThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeCatholic Action - In Memory OfOh Sees - OrcThe Horrors - VJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinTy Segall - Fried ShallotsThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Average Sex - Ice CreamAlvvays - AntisocialitesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownDasher - SodiumGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Fascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPWeaves - Wide OpenGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVBardo Pond - Under the PinesOdonis Odonis - No PopSt. Vincent - MasseductionExploded View - Summer Came Early EPColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandTycho - EpochFlowers Must Die - KompostSea Pinks - WatercourseVermont - IIOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeMac DeMarco - This Old DogBoris - DearKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsNadah El Shazly - AhwarNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetUlrika Spacek - Modern English Decoration(Sandy) Alex G - RocketNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Coupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideLucas Oswald - WhetGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesChad VanGaalen - Light InformationTennis - Yours ConditionallyWhite Hills - Stop Mute Defeattogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersTorres - Three FuturesPissed Jeans - Why Love NowRide - Weather DiariesThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsStef Chura - MessesL.A. Takedown - IIGnoomes - Tschak!Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherJoel Gion - Joel GionTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRFather John Misty - Pure ComedyCoco Hames - Coco HamesSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeTashaki Miyaki - The DreamFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Washed Out - Mister MellowMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe National - Sleep Well BeastThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPSteven Wilson - To the Bone Iron & Wine - Beast EpicLawrence English - Cruel OptimismSlowdive - SlowdiveMogwai - Every Country's SonTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthSpinning Coin - PermoThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsLost Horizons - OjalaPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsPerfume Genius - No ShapeFeral Conservatives - Better LivesShannon Lay - Living WaterWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aCrescent - Resin PocketsTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New Ecstasy

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