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.)

Coco Hames - Coco HamesPerfume Genius - No ShapeLucas Oswald - WhetNadah El Shazly - AhwarMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineLost Horizons - OjalaKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceSea Pinks - WatercourseThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsMelanie De Biasio - Lilies The Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotWeaves - Wide OpenCom Truise - IterationThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeVermont - IIFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPFlowers Must Die - KompostThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenThe Horrors - VAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Mogwai - Every Country's SonDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadMac DeMarco - This Old DogJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetSlowdive - SlowdiveTorres - Three FuturesGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Slothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeFather John Misty - Pure Comedytogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersAlgiers - The Underside of PowerWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesShannon Lay - Living WaterRide - Weather DiariesFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxIDLES – BrutalismIron & Wine - Beast EpicCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideStef Chura - MessesShit & Shine - That's Enough EPCatholic Action - In Memory OfWet Hair - The Floating WorldWarhaus - WarhausSpinning Coin - PermoTashaki Miyaki - The DreamOxbow - Thin Black DukeThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldLCD Soundsystem - American DreamNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRWoods - Love Is LoveOdonis Odonis - No PopClark - Death PeakJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetJoel Gion - Joel GionDucktails - Jersey DevilJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowMr. Yolk - Self PortraitOh Sees - OrcORB - NaturalityNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Wand - PlumThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsMark Lanegan - GargoyleBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsCrescent - Resin PocketsGnoomes - Tschak!The Telescopes - Stone TapeChad VanGaalen - Light InformationTy Segall - Ty SegallAngel Olsen - PhasesVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftLawrence English - Cruel OptimismPrettiest Eyes - PoolsThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownTy Segall - Fried ShallotsJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantPissed Jeans - Why Love NowNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   L.A. Witch - L.A. WitchDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyFeral Conservatives - Better LivesArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutDasher - SodiumNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceSt. Vincent - MasseductionTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aThe Weather Station - The Weather StationCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyBardo Pond - Under the PinesSpoon – Hot ThoughtsThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertKing Krule - The OOZOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeAverage Sex - Ice CreamTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthStutter Steps - FlooredGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinBeach Fossils - SomersaultBoris - DearWaxahatchee - Out in the StormDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs White Hills - Stop Mute DefeatCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongSteven Wilson - To the Bone H. Hawkline - I RomanticizeMetz – Strange PeaceAlvvays - AntisocialitesJay Som - Everybody WorksAiriel - Molten Young LoversRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockWashed Out - Mister MellowQuicksand - InteriorsTennis - Yours ConditionallyChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesExploded View - Summer Came Early EPHey Colossus - The GuillotineThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Acid Tongue - BabiesL.A. Takedown - IIShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandThundercat - DrunkTycho - EpochThe National - Sleep Well BeastJuliana Hatfield - PussycatOmni - Multi-Task

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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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