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.)

Juliana Hatfield - PussycatGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineGnoomes - Tschak!The Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Dälek - Endangered PhilosophiesLCD Soundsystem - American DreamMogwai - Every Country's SonChad VanGaalen - Light InformationNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceIDLES – BrutalismBoris - DearWand - PlumWashed Out - Mister MellowAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetThundercat - DrunkCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Hey Colossus - The GuillotineTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs OCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadFlowers Must Die - KompostWoods - Love Is LoveSlowdive - SlowdiveTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyAiriel - Molten Young LoversThe Weather Station - The Weather StationTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BePissed Jeans - Why Love NowMac DeMarco - This Old DogL.A. Takedown - IIOmni - Multi-Task Kamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock(Sandy) Alex G - RocketJoel Gion - Joel GionLost Horizons - OjalaJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinWaxahatchee - Out in the StormThe Telescopes - Stone TapeJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldTy Segall - Ty SegallFather John Misty - Pure ComedyPerfume Genius - No ShapeJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainSteven Wilson - To the Bone Angel Olsen - PhasesUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPSpinning Coin - PermoORB - NaturalityThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertClark - Death PeakNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateThe National - Sleep Well BeastStef Chura - MessesLawrence English - Cruel OptimismVermont - IIAlvvays - AntisocialitesTorres - Three FuturesWeaves - Wide Opentogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Jay Som - Everybody WorksDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesSpoon – Hot ThoughtsAcid Tongue - BabiesSea Pinks - WatercourseOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Colleen - A flame my love, a frequencyAlgiers - The Underside of PowerCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceThe Horrors - VOxbow - Thin Black DukeShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesMetz – Strange PeaceGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangWet Hair - The Floating WorldSt. Vincent - MasseductionBeach Fossils - SomersaultThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeStutter Steps - FlooredJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantRide - Weather DiariesWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftMark Lanegan - GargoyleCrescent - Resin PocketsThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Bitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshCom Truise - IterationLucas Oswald - WhetBardo Pond - Under the PinesMr. Yolk - Self PortraitKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsIron & Wine - Beast EpicShit & Shine - That's Enough EPWarhaus - WarhausThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenExploded View - Summer Came Early EPNadah El Shazly - AhwarThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenCoco Hames - Coco HamesCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideDasher - SodiumOdonis Odonis - No PopTycho - EpochTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRShannon Lay - Living WaterFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxTennis - Yours ConditionallyThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeKing Krule - The OOZTashaki Miyaki - The DreamCatholic Action - In Memory OfAverage Sex - Ice CreamCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPFeral Conservatives - Better LivesOh Sees - OrcThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildTy Segall - Fried ShallotsDucktails - Jersey DevilGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthThe Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody

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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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