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.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersORB - NaturalityAiriel - Molten Young LoversOh Sees - OrcCatholic Action - In Memory OfThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangThe Telescopes - Stone TapeJuliana Hatfield - PussycatOdonis Odonis - No PopWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Ducktails - Jersey DevilThe National - Sleep Well BeastJay Som - Everybody WorksClark - Death PeakCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesTy Segall - Fried ShallotsGnoomes - Tschak!The Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertTycho - EpochIDLES – BrutalismNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVTorres - Three FuturesMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Teen Daze - Themes for a New EarthExploded View - Summer Came Early EPStef Chura - MessesDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Tennis - Yours ConditionallyJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotSlowdive - SlowdiveSpinning Coin - PermoAlgiers - The Underside of PowerShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•a(Sandy) Alex G - RocketOxbow - Thin Black DukeNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneLCD Soundsystem - American DreamStutter Steps - FlooredRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockAngel Olsen - PhasesMogwai - Every Country's SonWeaves - Wide OpenTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthMr. Yolk - Self PortraitOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeFather John Misty - Pure ComedyCom Truise - IterationNadah El Shazly - AhwarTashaki Miyaki - The DreamCoco Hames - Coco HamesGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins This Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeKing Krule - The OOZIron & Wine - Beast EpicTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusAlvvays - AntisocialitesBoris - DearNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceAcid Tongue - BabiesSt. Vincent - MasseductionWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshJoel Gion - Joel GionThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodySea Pinks - WatercourseCrescent - Resin PocketsThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchBardo Pond - Under the PinesJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantThe Weather Station - The Weather StationChad VanGaalen - Light InformationPrettiest Eyes - PoolsThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesWaxahatchee - Out in the StormThe Horrors - VDasher - SodiumVermont - IISteven Wilson - To the Bone Wet Hair - The Floating WorldThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Warhaus - WarhausKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundTy Segall - Ty SegallJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinFlowers Must Die - KompostMark Lanegan - GargoyleDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildBeach Fossils - SomersaultOmni - Multi-Task Ghostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesMetz – Strange PeaceRide - Weather DiariesCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistSpoon – Hot ThoughtsPissed Jeans - Why Love NowShannon Lay - Living WaterHey Colossus - The GuillotineFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryWoods - Love Is LoveL.A. Takedown - IIJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsAverage Sex - Ice CreamShit & Shine - That's Enough EPJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowQuicksand - InteriorsWand - PlumLucas Oswald - WhetGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutMac DeMarco - This Old DogFeral Conservatives - Better LivesWashed Out - Mister MellowLawrence English - Cruel OptimismThundercat - DrunkOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowLost Horizons - OjalaPerfume Genius - No ShapeMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs The Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenMelanie De Biasio - Lilies

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