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.)

Slowdive - SlowdiveRide - Weather DiariesGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVWashed Out - Mister MellowCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongWarhaus - WarhausThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Monster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantPissed Jeans - Why Love NowGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins The Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetIron & Wine - Beast EpicColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyBoris - DearDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeMetz – Strange PeaceKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideBardo Pond - Under the PinesJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Lost Horizons - OjalaPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsNadah El Shazly - AhwarAngel Olsen - PhasesThundercat - DrunkJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyMac DeMarco - This Old DogThe Telescopes - Stone TapeDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Ulrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationStutter Steps - FlooredThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceGnoomes - Tschak!Acid Tongue - BabiesWaxahatchee - Out in the StormFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxAlvvays - AntisocialitesJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowThe Weather Station - The Weather StationAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonFlowers Must Die - KompostLucas Oswald - WhetJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesLawrence English - Cruel OptimismChad VanGaalen - Light InformationJuliana Hatfield - PussycatTashaki Miyaki - The DreamWeaves - Wide OpenDucktails - Jersey DevilAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainL.A. Takedown - IIThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsQuicksand - InteriorsThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Joel Gion - Joel GionCoco Hames - Coco HamesRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aFather John Misty - Pure ComedyAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneTorres - Three FuturesNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Cloud Nothings - Life Without SoundThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertOdonis Odonis - No PopHey Colossus - The GuillotineVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangVermont - IIStef Chura - MessesThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetPerfume Genius - No ShapeKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenBeach Fossils - SomersaultAiriel - Molten Young LoversDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingOmni - Multi-Task Sea Pinks - WatercourseWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Ty Segall - Ty SegallKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaOh Sees - OrcGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatKing Krule - The OOZCatholic Action - In Memory OfTycho - EpochSpinning Coin - PermoThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsLCD Soundsystem - American DreamWand - PlumMr. Yolk - Self PortraitThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownFeral Conservatives - Better LivesPrettiest Eyes - PoolsExploded View - Summer Came Early EPJay Som - Everybody WorksThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsAlgiers - The Underside of PowerSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeDasher - SodiumWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandCom Truise - IterationTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshSt. Vincent - MasseductionThe Horrors - VIDLES – BrutalismGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistOxbow - Thin Black DukeCrescent - Resin PocketsORB - Naturality(Sandy) Alex G - RocketGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeSpoon – Hot ThoughtsWoods - Love Is LoveMark Lanegan - GargoyleShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPShannon Lay - Living WaterArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerTennis - Yours ConditionallyClark - Death PeakThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldThe National - Sleep Well BeastTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasySteven Wilson - To the Bone Mogwai - Every Country's SonShit & Shine - That's Enough EPWet Hair - The Floating WorldTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryTy Segall - Fried Shallots

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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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