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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Wet Hair - The Floating WorldJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinLCD Soundsystem - American DreamWand - PlumSteven Wilson - To the Bone Native Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateL.A. Takedown - IIThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldLawrence English - Cruel OptimismCrescent - Resin PocketsJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyAcid Tongue - BabiesThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeThe Telescopes - Stone TapeTashaki Miyaki - The DreamTy Segall - Fried ShallotsBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersJoel Gion - Joel GionJay Som - Everybody WorksFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EP(Sandy) Alex G - RocketShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsClark - Death PeakVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftStutter Steps - FlooredBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshAlgiers - The Underside of PowerAlvvays - AntisocialitesStef Chura - MessesKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsAverage Sex - Ice Creamtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersTennis - Yours ConditionallyTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyBardo Pond - Under the PinesOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeWoods - Love Is LoveCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunPrettiest Eyes - PoolsWashed Out - Mister MellowMac DeMarco - This Old DogCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundFlowers Must Die - KompostBoris - DearTorres - Three FuturesOxbow - Thin Black DukeThe Weather Station - The Weather StationThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerFeral Conservatives - Better LivesGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownLucas Oswald - WhetDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Chad VanGaalen - Light InformationAngel Olsen - PhasesDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesOdonis Odonis - No PopIron & Wine - Beast EpicIDLES – BrutalismAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherCatholic Action - In Memory OfColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyNadah El Shazly - AhwarThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantPissed Jeans - Why Love NowWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aLost Horizons - OjalaThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Nightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchSpinning Coin - PermoFather John Misty - Pure ComedySpoon – Hot ThoughtsTy Segall - Ty SegallThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainOh Sees - OrcMr. Yolk - Self PortraitDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeMetz – Strange PeaceLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxHey Colossus - The GuillotineKing Krule - The OOZExploded View - Summer Came Early EPRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthSt. Vincent - MasseductionWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryVermont - IIPerfume Genius - No ShapeDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingThundercat - DrunkBeach Fossils - SomersaultQuicksand - InteriorsWarhaus - WarhausKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Ducktails - Jersey DevilWeaves - Wide OpenNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongSlowdive - SlowdiveUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationJuliana Hatfield - PussycatPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsThe Horrors - VTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantTycho - EpochCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideSea Pinks - WatercourseORB - NaturalityWaxahatchee - Out in the StormWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatMogwai - Every Country's SonBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangShannon Lay - Living WaterAiriel - Molten Young LoversMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Ride - Weather DiariesThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Com Truise - IterationKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenShit & Shine - That's Enough EPGnoomes - Tschak!Jim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceDasher - SodiumKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaCoco Hames - Coco HamesOmni - Multi-Task Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Mark Lanegan - GargoyleThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling Now

Overall Rating (2)

5 out of 5 stars