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.)

Katie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsTy Segall - Ty SegallThe National - Sleep Well BeastCrescent - Resin PocketsGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVTycho - EpochCom Truise - IterationSpinning Coin - PermoCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideDucktails - Jersey DevilAngel Olsen - PhasesExploded View - Summer Came Early EPAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceQuicksand - InteriorsKing Krule - The OOZTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRChad VanGaalen - Light InformationCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldLucas Oswald - WhetStutter Steps - FlooredJuliana Hatfield - PussycatMr. Yolk - Self PortraitOh Sees - OrcCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyWeaves - Wide OpenJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesTashaki Miyaki - The Dreamtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeThe Telescopes - Stone TapeDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceOdonis Odonis - No PopWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandJoel Gion - Joel GionHey Colossus - The GuillotineTorres - Three FuturesThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPWaxahatchee - Out in the StormLCD Soundsystem - American DreamTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyAiriel - Molten Young LoversGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineThundercat - DrunkFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxCatholic Action - In Memory OfWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesDasher - SodiumNadah El Shazly - AhwarThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeThe Weather Station - The Weather StationMac DeMarco - This Old DogNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me At The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aTennis - Yours ConditionallyProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotGnoomes - Tschak!ORB - NaturalityDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshAlvvays - AntisocialitesColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Melanie De Biasio - Lilies Midnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetBoris - DearPissed Jeans - Why Love NowKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesLost Horizons - OjalaAcid Tongue - BabiesWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeWand - PlumTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Father John Misty - Pure ComedyThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownSt. Vincent - MasseductionGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangSteven Wilson - To the Bone Mogwai - Every Country's SonChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnTy Segall - Fried ShallotsSea Pinks - Watercourse(Sandy) Alex G - RocketWet Hair - The Floating WorldStef Chura - MessesThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateBeach Fossils - SomersaultPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsVermont - IIThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Average Sex - Ice CreamJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinSpoon – Hot ThoughtsL.A. Takedown - IIWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryOmni - Multi-Task Art Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetShit & Shine - That's Enough EPClark - Death PeakUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistBardo Pond - Under the PinesThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenPerfume Genius - No ShapeThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantRide - Weather DiariesMark Lanegan - GargoyleTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthAlgiers - The Underside of PowerThe Horrors - VOxbow - Thin Black DukeVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildWashed Out - Mister MellowWoods - Love Is LoveShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneIron & Wine - Beast EpicPrettiest Eyes - PoolsWarhaus - WarhausFlowers Must Die - KompostTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaIDLES – BrutalismThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Slowdive - SlowdiveRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockJay Som - Everybody WorksAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherCoco Hames - Coco HamesMetz – Strange PeaceThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Lawrence English - Cruel OptimismFeral Conservatives - Better LivesJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusShannon Lay - Living Water

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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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