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.)

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceWand - PlumSlowdive - SlowdiveJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVThe National - Sleep Well BeastHey Colossus - The GuillotinePrettiest Eyes - PoolsAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainCoco Hames - Coco HamesKing Krule - The OOZORB - NaturalityCrescent - Resin PocketsMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeCom Truise - IterationQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsLucas Oswald - WhetCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyThundercat - DrunkClark - Death PeakShit & Shine - That's Enough EPTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRDucktails - Jersey DevilVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftAlgiers - The Underside of PowerTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyJuliana Hatfield - PussycatJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetGnoomes - Tschak!The Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangFlowers Must Die - KompostTycho - EpochSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceQuicksand - InteriorsArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Stutter Steps - FlooredOh Sees - OrcThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotSpinning Coin - PermoProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentLost Horizons - OjalaLCD Soundsystem - American DreamThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeSteven Wilson - To the Bone Dasher - SodiumThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsWashed Out - Mister MellowThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationPerfume Genius - No ShapeAlvvays - AntisocialitesAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutLawrence English - Cruel OptimismCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPOmni - Multi-Task St. Vincent - MasseductionWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandAverage Sex - Ice CreamJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusBeach Fossils - SomersaultRide - Weather DiariesTy Segall - Ty SegallH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatNadah El Shazly - AhwarBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshShannon Lay - Living WaterTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPTennis - Yours ConditionallyGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachinePissed Jeans - Why Love NowThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Joel Gion - Joel GionIDLES – BrutalismOxbow - Thin Black DukeThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness The Telescopes - Stone TapeBardo Pond - Under the PinesThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetWaxahatchee - Out in the StormGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Catholic Action - In Memory OfTorres - Three FuturesPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsStef Chura - MessesDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesMac DeMarco - This Old DogAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aFather John Misty - Pure ComedyNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Wolf Parade - Cry Cry CryMogwai - Every Country's SonAiriel - Molten Young LoversWarhaus - WarhausWeaves - Wide OpenWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceL.A. Witch - L.A. Witch(Sandy) Alex G - RocketExploded View - Summer Came Early EPThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersFeral Conservatives - Better LivesThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs JuJu - Our Mother Was A Planttogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersWoods - Love Is LoveDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingJay Som - Everybody WorksVermont - IIKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsL.A. Takedown - IIShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesBoris - DearKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenMr. Yolk - Self PortraitMark Lanegan - GargoyleMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetSpoon – Hot ThoughtsChad VanGaalen - Light InformationThe Horrors - VThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenTashaki Miyaki - The DreamTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesOdonis Odonis - No PopCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongThe Weather Station - The Weather StationAngel Olsen - PhasesNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneAcid Tongue - BabiesJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaSea Pinks - WatercourseTy Segall - Fried ShallotsDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Ariel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonIron & Wine - Beast Epic

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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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