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.)

This Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeCom Truise - IterationHey Colossus - The GuillotineJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded Out(Sandy) Alex G - RocketTy Segall - Ty SegallKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaKing Krule - The OOZColleen - A flame my love, a frequencytogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersSt. Vincent - MasseductionThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnLost Horizons - OjalaDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenWet Hair - The Floating WorldThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPPrettiest Eyes - PoolsGnoomes - Tschak!Mac DeMarco - This Old DogDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingSea Pinks - WatercourseAngel Olsen - PhasesThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownWarhaus - WarhausMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Julie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Slowdive - SlowdiveWoods - Love Is LoveBardo Pond - Under the PinesPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldFlowers Must Die - KompostThe National - Sleep Well BeastJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenRide - Weather DiariesQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsJay Som - Everybody WorksSpinning Coin - PermoFeral Conservatives - Better LivesOdonis Odonis - No PopCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangL.A. Takedown - IIKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsClark - Death PeakTy Segall - Fried ShallotsWashed Out - Mister MellowCatholic Action - In Memory OfStef Chura - MessesOxbow - Thin Black DukeORB - NaturalityBoris - DearAverage Sex - Ice CreamShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesNadah El Shazly - AhwarWeaves - Wide OpenBeach Fossils - SomersaultGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersTorres - Three FuturesThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowLCD Soundsystem - American DreamVermont - IIL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyShannon Lay - Living WaterWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadThe Telescopes - Stone TapeThe Weather Station - The Weather StationQuicksand - InteriorsAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertAlvvays - AntisocialitesThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Iron & Wine - Beast EpicTashaki Miyaki - The DreamTycho - EpochWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins At The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Waxahatchee - Out in the StormJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyPerfume Genius - No ShapeMogwai - Every Country's SonStutter Steps - FlooredDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)IDLES – BrutalismAiriel - Molten Young LoversThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerAcid Tongue - BabiesWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatFather John Misty - Pure ComedyNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateTennis - Yours ConditionallyMark Lanegan - GargoyleThundercat - DrunkChad VanGaalen - Light InformationCrescent - Resin PocketsOmni - Multi-Task Tunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationShit & Shine - That's Enough EPCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceSteven Wilson - To the Bone Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetPissed Jeans - Why Love NowMetz – Strange PeaceVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyThe Horrors - VCoco Hames - Coco HamesAlgiers - The Underside of PowerJoel Gion - Joel GionDucktails - Jersey DevilNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me The KVB - Fixation/White WallsDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVDasher - SodiumTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthLawrence English - Cruel OptimismMr. Yolk - Self PortraitOh Sees - OrcMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusExploded View - Summer Came Early EPGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideLucas Oswald - WhetOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandJuliana Hatfield - PussycatWand - Plum

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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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