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.)

Spinning Coin - PermoMetz – Strange PeaceAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherThe Horrors - VShit & Shine - That's Enough EPThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceTorres - Three FuturesTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunJay Som - Everybody WorksStef Chura - MessesNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowORB - NaturalityPerfume Genius - No ShapeMidnight Sister - Saturn Over Sunsettogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersAcid Tongue - BabiesThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshWashed Out - Mister MellowProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesMr. Yolk - Self PortraitLucas Oswald - WhetDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesTy Segall - Ty SegallCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainLost Horizons - OjalaBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotLawrence English - Cruel OptimismNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Wet Hair - The Floating WorldWeaves - Wide OpenThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyAverage Sex - Ice CreamSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeQuicksand - InteriorsCom Truise - IterationLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesFlowers Must Die - KompostAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins White Manna - Bleeding EyesDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Tennis - Yours ConditionallyTy Segall - Fried ShallotsAlgiers - The Underside of PowerThe National - Sleep Well BeastJuliana Hatfield - PussycatThe Telescopes - Stone TapeThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockVermont - IIOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsDasher - SodiumKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenPrettiest Eyes - PoolsDucktails - Jersey DevilThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeOdonis Odonis - No PopExploded View - Summer Came Early EPWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyAlvvays - AntisocialitesJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Hey Colossus - The GuillotineWarhaus - WarhausJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundSpoon – Hot ThoughtsCrescent - Resin PocketsFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxIDLES – BrutalismCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongStutter Steps - FlooredWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandWaxahatchee - Out in the StormMark Lanegan - GargoyleFeral Conservatives - Better LivesMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantClark - Death PeakThundercat - DrunkNadah El Shazly - AhwarKamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference(Sandy) Alex G - RocketBoris - DearOmni - Multi-Task Jim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusSea Pinks - WatercourseThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   The Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVFather John Misty - Pure ComedyIron & Wine - Beast EpicKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsSlowdive - SlowdiveAiriel - Molten Young LoversThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsMac DeMarco - This Old DogWand - PlumLCD Soundsystem - American DreamShannon Lay - Living WaterOh Sees - OrcMogwai - Every Country's SonTycho - EpochL.A. Takedown - IIThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantOxbow - Thin Black DukeChad VanGaalen - Light InformationPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowSteven Wilson - To the Bone St. Vincent - MasseductionMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Tashaki Miyaki - The DreamBeach Fossils - SomersaultColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRPissed Jeans - Why Love NowAngel Olsen - PhasesUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Ride - Weather DiariesKing Krule - The OOZThe Weather Station - The Weather StationGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineBardo Pond - Under the PinesCoco Hames - Coco HamesBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangGnoomes - Tschak!Catholic Action - In Memory OfWoods - Love Is LoveJoel Gion - Joel Gion

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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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