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.)

Prettiest Eyes - PoolsThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowTy Segall - Fried ShallotsRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockTennis - Yours ConditionallyMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetSea Pinks - WatercourseTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandStef Chura - MessesHey Colossus - The GuillotineWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryAngel Olsen - PhasesBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaFlowers Must Die - KompostGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Dälek - Endangered PhilosophiesThe Horrors - VThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsKing Krule - The OOZLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutOdonis Odonis - No PopMark Lanegan - GargoyleJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateDasher - SodiumCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatLCD Soundsystem - American DreamGnoomes - Tschak!Julie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetBoris - DearL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesMetz – Strange PeaceIron & Wine - Beast EpicSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeSpoon – Hot ThoughtsKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenSt. Vincent - MasseductionProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeBardo Pond - Under the PinesFather John Misty - Pure ComedySlowdive - SlowdiveGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVFeral Conservatives - Better LivesThe Telescopes - Stone TapeNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me together PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsStutter Steps - FlooredDucktails - Jersey DevilQuicksand - InteriorsIDLES – BrutalismJuliana Hatfield - PussycatLucas Oswald - WhetH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Noveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneShannon Lay - Living WaterRide - Weather DiariesJoel Gion - Joel GionWoods - Love Is LoveWaxahatchee - Out in the StormKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideTorres - Three FuturesClark - Death PeakMelanie De Biasio - Lilies The Weather Station - The Weather StationThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunOxbow - Thin Black DukeL.A. Takedown - IIAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aTashaki Miyaki - The DreamBeach Fossils - SomersaultBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshAverage Sex - Ice CreamAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonNadah El Shazly - AhwarAcid Tongue - BabiesChad VanGaalen - Light InformationDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingOh Sees - OrcWarhaus - WarhausShit & Shine - That's Enough EPPissed Jeans - Why Love NowMac DeMarco - This Old DogThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPThundercat - DrunkThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundORB - NaturalityAiriel - Molten Young LoversArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerMogwai - Every Country's SonGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue Field(Sandy) Alex G - RocketCoco Hames - Coco HamesKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Catholic Action - In Memory OfMr. Yolk - Self PortraitVermont - IIOmni - Multi-Task Alex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyWeaves - Wide OpenVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftWashed Out - Mister MellowFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxTycho - EpochUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildCom Truise - IterationSpinning Coin - PermoPerfume Genius - No ShapeCrescent - Resin PocketsExploded View - Summer Came Early EPCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenLost Horizons - OjalaWand - PlumSteven Wilson - To the Bone Wet Hair - The Floating WorldWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistLawrence English - Cruel OptimismThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeJay Som - Everybody WorksAlgiers - The Underside of PowerNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Tunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JROneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadAlvvays - AntisocialitesAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantThe National - Sleep Well Beast

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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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