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.)

Sea Pinks - WatercourseLucas Oswald - WhetLawrence English - Cruel OptimismGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenFeral Conservatives - Better LivesGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins The Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsNadah El Shazly - AhwarDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideTycho - EpochTy Segall - Fried ShallotsKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaWeaves - Wide OpenExploded View - Summer Came Early EPAlgiers - The Underside of PowerJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusThundercat - DrunkCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceBoris - DearJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinOmni - Multi-Task Melanie De Biasio - Lilies IDLES – BrutalismNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Jay Som - Everybody WorksThe Weather Station - The Weather StationDasher - SodiumTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyDucktails - Jersey DevilQuicksand - InteriorsArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryL.A. Takedown - IIJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangBardo Pond - Under the PinesSlowdive - SlowdiveColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyJuliana Hatfield - PussycatPissed Jeans - Why Love NowOdonis Odonis - No PopWet Hair - The Floating WorldJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   together PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersPerfume Genius - No ShapeBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyTashaki Miyaki - The DreamCoco Hames - Coco HamesShit & Shine - That's Enough EPThe National - Sleep Well BeastAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherCom Truise - IterationTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthMac DeMarco - This Old DogGnoomes - Tschak!White Hills - Stop Mute DefeatJoel Gion - Joel GionKing Krule - The OOZMark Lanegan - GargoyleSteven Wilson - To the Bone Teen Daze - Themes for a New EarthThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneMogwai - Every Country's SonAlvvays - AntisocialitesFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongFather John Misty - Pure ComedyWashed Out - Mister MellowAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainFlowers Must Die - KompostMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingAiriel - Molten Young LoversThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Kikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenWand - PlumGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxTennis - Yours ConditionallyStutter Steps - FlooredOh Sees - OrcThe Telescopes - Stone TapeLost Horizons - OjalaMetz – Strange PeaceGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersStef Chura - MessesThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesOxbow - Thin Black DukeShannon Lay - Living WaterThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetBeach Fossils - SomersaultRide - Weather DiariesSpoon – Hot ThoughtsIron & Wine - Beast EpicAcid Tongue - BabiesChad VanGaalen - Light InformationVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchTy Segall - Ty Segall(Sandy) Alex G - RocketWoods - Love Is LoveThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownCatholic Action - In Memory OfProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesClark - Death PeakH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeMr. Yolk - Self PortraitWaxahatchee - Out in the StormSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsSt. Vincent - MasseductionORB - NaturalityCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPLCD Soundsystem - American DreamThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsHey Colossus - The GuillotineAngel Olsen - PhasesThe Horrors - VPrettiest Eyes - PoolsUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Warhaus - WarhausJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistSpinning Coin - PermoThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertVermont - IIDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Torres - Three FuturesAverage Sex - Ice CreamCrescent - Resin PocketsKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty Hits

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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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