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.)

Beach Fossils - SomersaultShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowThe National - Sleep Well BeastUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineSpinning Coin - PermoCrescent - Resin PocketsFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPThundercat - DrunkJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonOdonis Odonis - No PopStef Chura - MessesFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxAcid Tongue - BabiesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildThe Telescopes - Stone TapeCom Truise - IterationMetz – Strange PeaceMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Coco Hames - Coco HamesGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertQuicksand - InteriorsH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeSt. Vincent - MasseductionCatholic Action - In Memory OfThe Horrors - VThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsFeral Conservatives - Better LivesWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistAlgiers - The Underside of PowerAlvvays - AntisocialitesTy Segall - Ty SegallMac DeMarco - This Old DogThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchShit & Shine - That's Enough EPMark Lanegan - GargoyleJuliana Hatfield - PussycatSpoon – Hot ThoughtsL.A. Takedown - IIBardo Pond - Under the PinesPerfume Genius - No ShapeVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerIron & Wine - Beast EpicCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshNadah El Shazly - AhwarThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenExploded View - Summer Came Early EPWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneRide - Weather DiariesAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aStutter Steps - FlooredTycho - EpochDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Airiel - Molten Young LoversFather John Misty - Pure ComedyWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryOmni - Multi-Task Ducktails - Jersey DevilTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotWet Hair - The Floating WorldThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Slowdive - SlowdiveWaxahatchee - Out in the StormGnoomes - Tschak!Native Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateWarhaus - WarhausNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Torres - Three FuturesColleen - A flame my love, a frequencySteven Wilson - To the Bone Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetKing Krule - The OOZOh Sees - OrcJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyLost Horizons - OjalaChad VanGaalen - Light InformationThe Weather Station - The Weather StationGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins LCD Soundsystem - American DreamJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinIDLES – BrutalismKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadJay Som - Everybody WorksThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeAngel Olsen - PhasesSea Pinks - WatercourseWoods - Love Is LoveJoel Gion - Joel Giontogether PANGEA - Bulls and Roosters(Sandy) Alex G - RocketThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeHey Colossus - The GuillotineBoris - DearTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyMogwai - Every Country's SonJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowWand - PlumAverage Sex - Ice CreamAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeMr. Yolk - Self PortraitPissed Jeans - Why Love NowLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutTennis - Yours ConditionallyThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetVermont - IIShannon Lay - Living WaterClark - Death PeakWeaves - Wide OpenTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Ty Segall - Fried ShallotsDasher - SodiumThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Katie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeWashed Out - Mister MellowORB - NaturalityDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesOxbow - Thin Black DukeCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaFlowers Must Die - KompostPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsLawrence English - Cruel OptimismTashaki Miyaki - The DreamLucas Oswald - WhetPrettiest Eyes - Pools

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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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