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.)

Virginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftJuliana Hatfield - PussycatTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Shannon Lay - Living WaterH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeWarhaus - WarhausBeach Fossils - SomersaultTycho - EpochThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Odonis Odonis - No PopThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatSteven Wilson - To the Bone Dungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Anthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainThe Telescopes - Stone TapeThe Weather Station - The Weather StationTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthQuicksand - InteriorsThe National - Sleep Well BeastColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantPissed Jeans - Why Love NowShit & Shine - That's Enough EPChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandDucktails - Jersey DevilGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownLawrence English - Cruel OptimismAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherBardo Pond - Under the PinesSt. Vincent - MasseductionThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyStutter Steps - FlooredMr. Yolk - Self PortraitJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesSpinning Coin - PermoTennis - Yours ConditionallyOh Sees - OrcKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshCatholic Action - In Memory OfDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingDasher - SodiumArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeMark Lanegan - GargoyleWoods - Love Is LoveGnoomes - Tschak!Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Spoon – Hot ThoughtsClark - Death PeakPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesFeral Conservatives - Better LivesBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockMogwai - Every Country's SonJoel Gion - Joel GionAlgiers - The Underside of PowerL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchORB - NaturalityKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenPerfume Genius - No ShapeOxbow - Thin Black DukeTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthCom Truise - IterationLost Horizons - OjalaGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Tashaki Miyaki - The DreamSlowdive - SlowdiveWeaves - Wide OpenJay Som - Everybody WorksMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Teleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnNadah El Shazly - AhwarGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPWaxahatchee - Out in the StormHey Colossus - The GuillotineAcid Tongue - BabiesGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceThe Horrors - VNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusTy Segall - Fried ShallotsAverage Sex - Ice CreamOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off Head(Sandy) Alex G - RocketCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenCrescent - Resin PocketsAlvvays - AntisocialitesStef Chura - MessesWand - PlumWet Hair - The Floating WorldCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundSea Pinks - WatercourseThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Queens of the Stone Age - VillainsThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeFlowers Must Die - KompostCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongIron & Wine - Beast EpicJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetAiriel - Molten Young LoversBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangIDLES – BrutalismLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutFather John Misty - Pure ComedyAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPExploded View - Summer Came Early EPLCD Soundsystem - American DreamJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantPrettiest Eyes - PoolsAngel Olsen - PhasesNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateMac DeMarco - This Old DogRide - Weather DiariesNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceThundercat - DrunkL.A. Takedown - IITorres - Three FuturesJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planettogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentKing Krule - The OOZTy Segall - Ty SegallWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryWashed Out - Mister MellowBoris - DearThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsOmni - Multi-Task Vermont - IIFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxChad VanGaalen - Light InformationKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinLucas Oswald - Whet

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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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