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.)

Alvvays - AntisocialitesNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Coupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationShannon Lay - Living WaterAcid Tongue - BabiesGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesWeaves - Wide OpenNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceTashaki Miyaki - The DreamAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenOdonis Odonis - No PopChad VanGaalen - Light InformationPissed Jeans - Why Love NowThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsOh Sees - OrcNadah El Shazly - AhwarMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantBoris - DearThe National - Sleep Well BeastThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyLawrence English - Cruel OptimismThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatSteven Wilson - To the Bone Teleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownDucktails - Jersey DevilPrettiest Eyes - PoolsCrescent - Resin PocketsNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceTy Segall - Ty SegallPerfume Genius - No ShapeOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldAiriel - Molten Young LoversORB - NaturalityL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeBeach Fossils - SomersaultLost Horizons - OjalaAverage Sex - Ice CreamL.A. Takedown - IIIDLES – BrutalismJoel Gion - Joel GionDasher - SodiumKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistSpoon – Hot ThoughtsMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetTy Segall - Fried ShallotsWand - PlumThundercat - Drunk(Sandy) Alex G - RocketThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Spinning Coin - PermoTorres - Three FuturesNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateMark Lanegan - GargoyleFather John Misty - Pure ComedyGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsWarhaus - WarhausGnoomes - Tschak!The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Flowers Must Die - KompostTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusStutter Steps - FlooredCatholic Action - In Memory OfDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongJay Som - Everybody WorksKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenTennis - Yours ConditionallyShit & Shine - That's Enough EPExploded View - Summer Came Early EPJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinHey Colossus - The GuillotineH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeThe Weather Station - The Weather StationLCD Soundsystem - American DreamWoods - Love Is LoveOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonSlowdive - SlowdiveMr. Yolk - Self PortraitWaxahatchee - Out in the StormAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aMetz – Strange PeaceSt. Vincent - MasseductionChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunMac DeMarco - This Old DogKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockThe Horrors - VClark - Death PeakOmni - Multi-Task Wolf Parade - Cry Cry CryAlgiers - The Underside of PowerGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthVermont - IIRide - Weather DiariesCoco Hames - Coco HamesFeral Conservatives - Better LivesQuicksand - InteriorsStef Chura - MessesWashed Out - Mister MellowVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftThe Telescopes - Stone TapeWet Hair - The Floating WorldTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Bardo Pond - Under the PinesKing Krule - The OOZThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildSea Pinks - WatercourseMogwai - Every Country's SonIron & Wine - Beast EpicShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertTycho - EpochBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Angel Olsen - PhasesThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnLucas Oswald - WhetThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowOxbow - Thin Black DukeJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyFruit & Flowers - Drug Taxtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Com Truise - IterationWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangJuliana Hatfield - Pussycat

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