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.)

This Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezePrettiest Eyes - PoolsGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineLucas Oswald - WhetCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantLawrence English - Cruel OptimismChad VanGaalen - Light InformationThe National - Sleep Well BeastKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetWaxahatchee - Out in the StormClark - Death PeakRide - Weather DiariesWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesFather John Misty - Pure ComedyBoris - DearAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonAverage Sex - Ice CreamJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusBardo Pond - Under the PinesShannon Lay - Living WaterPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsSt. Vincent - MasseductionThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandMr. Yolk - Self PortraitOdonis Odonis - No PopTashaki Miyaki - The DreamThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinCatholic Action - In Memory OfTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerDasher - SodiumMetz – Strange PeaceAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherIron & Wine - Beast EpicThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneWeaves - Wide OpenThe Horrors - VProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentSpoon – Hot ThoughtsGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyTorres - Three FuturesMac DeMarco - This Old DogExploded View - Summer Came Early EPOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Vermont - IIOxbow - Thin Black DukeOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyCrescent - Resin PocketsIDLES – BrutalismThundercat - DrunkFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongAlgiers - The Underside of PowerThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Jane Weaver - Modern KosmologyTy Segall - Ty SegallWoods - Love Is LoveLost Horizons - OjalaNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Com Truise - IterationQuicksand - InteriorsH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeBeach Fossils - SomersaultWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatJuliana Hatfield - PussycatWashed Out - Mister MellowWand - PlumSlowdive - SlowdiveShit & Shine - That's Enough EPJay Som - Everybody WorksThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotThe Weather Station - The Weather StationFlowers Must Die - KompostAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceSea Pinks - WatercourseMark Lanegan - GargoyleL.A. Takedown - IIFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPTycho - EpochPissed Jeans - Why Love NowWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistCoco Hames - Coco HamesGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersAcid Tongue - BabiesLCD Soundsystem - American DreamAlvvays - AntisocialitesAngel Olsen - PhasesVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildMogwai - Every Country's SonDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthOh Sees - OrcThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeSteven Wilson - To the Bone The KVB - Fixation/White WallsNadah El Shazly - AhwarCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingJoel Gion - Joel GionUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceKing Krule - The OOZWarhaus - WarhausTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Anthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainWet Hair - The Floating WorldOmni - Multi-Task Melanie De Biasio - Lilies Ducktails - Jersey DevilThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)The Telescopes - Stone TapeNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateGnoomes - Tschak!The Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenStutter Steps - FlooredStef Chura - MessesQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRPerfume Genius - No ShapeSpinning Coin - Permotogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesFeral Conservatives - Better LivesThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Ty Segall - Fried ShallotsAiriel - Molten Young LoversHey Colossus - The GuillotineTennis - Yours ConditionallyBee Bee Sea - Sonic Boomerang

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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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