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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Tunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRJay Som - Everybody WorksIDLES – BrutalismWarhaus - WarhausDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingSpoon – Hot ThoughtsMetz – Strange PeaceBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotJoel Gion - Joel GionGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesTy Segall - Ty SegallAngel Olsen - PhasesDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Slowdive - Slowdive(Sandy) Alex G - RocketCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPDasher - SodiumJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyOxbow - Thin Black DukeDucktails - Jersey DevilRide - Weather DiariesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryFeral Conservatives - Better LivesThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchVermont - IIUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsBardo Pond - Under the PinesIron & Wine - Beast EpicWet Hair - The Floating WorldBeach Fossils - SomersaultWoods - Love Is LoveWeaves - Wide OpenTycho - EpochKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenAiriel - Molten Young LoversShit & Shine - That's Enough EPGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyTennis - Yours ConditionallyLawrence English - Cruel OptimismSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeMac DeMarco - This Old DogAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideLost Horizons - OjalaAlgiers - The Underside of PowerGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Nine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceSpinning Coin - PermoORB - NaturalityQuicksand - InteriorsJuliana Hatfield - PussycatKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsMark Lanegan - GargoyleThundercat - DrunkProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentTy Segall - Fried ShallotsFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPCom Truise - IterationL.A. Takedown - IIAverage Sex - Ice CreamAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherTorres - Three FuturesPrettiest Eyes - PoolsKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Crescent - Resin PocketsSteven Wilson - To the Bone Odonis Odonis - No PopOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeAlvvays - AntisocialitesThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Anthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowClark - Death PeakJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundKing Krule - The OOZBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsSt. Vincent - MasseductionStef Chura - MessesExploded View - Summer Came Early EPFlowers Must Die - KompostWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusWaxahatchee - Out in the Stormtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersCoco Hames - Coco HamesStutter Steps - FlooredChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunWashed Out - Mister MellowBoris - DearNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineChad VanGaalen - Light InformationLucas Oswald - WhetPerfume Genius - No ShapeOmni - Multi-Task Native Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateMogwai - Every Country's SonThe Horrors - VShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetThe National - Sleep Well BeastSea Pinks - WatercourseDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeNadah El Shazly - AhwarCatholic Action - In Memory OfThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Colleen - A flame my love, a frequencyTashaki Miyaki - The DreamPissed Jeans - Why Love NowWand - PlumArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerOh Sees - OrcMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs OCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftAcid Tongue - BabiesWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistGnoomes - Tschak!Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockHey Colossus - The GuillotineMr. Yolk - Self PortraitThe Telescopes - Stone TapeThe Weather Station - The Weather StationThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceMelanie De Biasio - Lilies LCD Soundsystem - American DreamShannon Lay - Living WaterJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyFather John Misty - Pure Comedy

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