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.)

Torres - Three FuturesCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideLCD Soundsystem - American DreamClark - Death PeakAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthSpinning Coin - PermoUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownVermont - IITy Segall - Ty SegallPissed Jeans - Why Love NowOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadPrettiest Eyes - PoolsDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingORB - NaturalityKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsOmni - Multi-Task Kikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs The Weather Station - The Weather StationOdonis Odonis - No PopShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesDucktails - Jersey DevilCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundSlowdive - SlowdiveLawrence English - Cruel OptimismWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryDasher - SodiumStutter Steps - FlooredCoco Hames - Coco HamesLost Horizons - OjalaJuJu - Our Mother Was A Plant(Sandy) Alex G - RocketFlowers Must Die - KompostThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenShit & Shine - That's Enough EPLucas Oswald - WhetBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasySt. Vincent - MasseductionWashed Out - Mister MellowThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildKing Krule - The OOZMr. Yolk - Self PortraitJuliana Hatfield - PussycatAlgiers - The Underside of PowerCatholic Action - In Memory OfL.A. Takedown - IIMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Tunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRAiriel - Molten Young LoversThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesMark Lanegan - GargoyleMetz – Strange PeaceAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Ride - Weather DiariesWarhaus - WarhausGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesShannon Lay - Living WaterNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me White Reaper - The World's Best American BandWoods - Love Is LoveArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerFeral Conservatives - Better LivesQuicksand - InteriorsAlvvays - AntisocialitesGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockCrescent - Resin PocketsL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusMac DeMarco - This Old DogSteven Wilson - To the Bone Tashaki Miyaki - The DreamAcid Tongue - BabiesJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetExploded View - Summer Came Early EPGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinAverage Sex - Ice CreamBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshThundercat - DrunkChad VanGaalen - Light Informationtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotNadah El Shazly - AhwarDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxWand - PlumNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentBardo Pond - Under the PinesKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferencePerfume Genius - No ShapeWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatIDLES – BrutalismWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistJay Som - Everybody WorksJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeHey Colossus - The GuillotineCom Truise - IterationIron & Wine - Beast EpicTy Segall - Fried ShallotsStef Chura - MessesGnoomes - Tschak!Anthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainSea Pinks - WatercourseWeaves - Wide OpenWet Hair - The Floating WorldOxbow - Thin Black DukeThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthThe National - Sleep Well BeastThe Horrors - VThe Telescopes - Stone TapeTennis - Yours ConditionallyMogwai - Every Country's SonBoris - DearKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPSpoon – Hot ThoughtsFather John Misty - Pure ComedyCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongTycho - EpochMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetJoel Gion - Joel GionAngel Olsen - PhasesWaxahatchee - Out in the StormBeach Fossils - SomersaultGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   

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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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