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.)

Weaves - Wide OpenDasher - SodiumDucktails - Jersey DevilPerfume Genius - No ShapeWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildSpinning Coin - PermoExploded View - Summer Came Early EPGnoomes - Tschak!Angel Olsen - PhasesTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideMr. Yolk - Self PortraitDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreePigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsLawrence English - Cruel OptimismCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetSea Pinks - WatercourseThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsCatholic Action - In Memory OfTycho - EpochChad VanGaalen - Light InformationRide - Weather DiariesOh Sees - OrcAcid Tongue - BabiesFather John Misty - Pure ComedyVermont - IIQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyLost Horizons - OjalaJay Som - Everybody WorksNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and Hatetogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownTy Segall - Ty SegallMogwai - Every Country's SonPissed Jeans - Why Love NowCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundNadah El Shazly - AhwarJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantStef Chura - MessesShannon Lay - Living WaterGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxMac DeMarco - This Old DogBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshMetz – Strange PeaceClark - Death PeakTashaki Miyaki - The DreamKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceShit & Shine - That's Enough EPDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Iron & Wine - Beast EpicCrescent - Resin PocketsThundercat - DrunkAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenWand - PlumKing Krule - The OOZArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesFeral Conservatives - Better LivesIDLES – BrutalismTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertOdonis Odonis - No PopBoris - DearDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandLCD Soundsystem - American DreamAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunWaxahatchee - Out in the StormJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesAverage Sex - Ice CreamCom Truise - IterationUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Melanie De Biasio - Lilies Tim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Downtown Boys - Cost of LivingThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceBeach Fossils - SomersaultGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneLucas Oswald - WhetLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldPrettiest Eyes - PoolsAlgiers - The Underside of PowerStutter Steps - FlooredTorres - Three FuturesColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyAlvvays - AntisocialitesOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeQuicksand - InteriorsSt. Vincent - MasseductionThe Weather Station - The Weather Station(Sandy) Alex G - RocketThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaSteven Wilson - To the Bone Ty Segall - Fried ShallotsBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Caroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthWashed Out - Mister MellowL.A. Takedown - IIThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnTennis - Yours ConditionallySpoon – Hot ThoughtsMark Lanegan - GargoyleThe National - Sleep Well BeastRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockWarhaus - WarhausJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainOxbow - Thin Black DukeKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyThe Horrors - VAiriel - Molten Young LoversWoods - Love Is LoveCoco Hames - Coco HamesJoel Gion - Joel GionOmni - Multi-Task Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Juliana Hatfield - PussycatThe Telescopes - Stone TapeBardo Pond - Under the PinesSlowdive - SlowdiveMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistHey Colossus - The GuillotineORB - NaturalityWet Hair - The Floating WorldJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   

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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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