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.)

Art Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerQuicksand - InteriorsL.A. Takedown - IISpoon – Hot ThoughtsStutter Steps - FlooredWand - PlumTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRTorres - Three FuturesJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyVermont - IIStef Chura - MessesCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyExploded View - Summer Came Early EPTycho - EpochSlowdive - SlowdiveTy Segall - Ty SegallCatholic Action - In Memory OfShannon Lay - Living WaterKing Krule - The OOZMac DeMarco - This Old DogKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaAlgiers - The Underside of PowerKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceWeaves - Wide OpenTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthCoco Hames - Coco HamesPrettiest Eyes - PoolsDucktails - Jersey DevilAverage Sex - Ice CreamGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeWet Hair - The Floating WorldRide - Weather DiariesAiriel - Molten Young LoversBeach Fossils - SomersaultAngel Olsen - PhasesAlvvays - AntisocialitesMetz – Strange PeaceNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me IDLES – BrutalismSteven Wilson - To the Bone Omni - Multi-Task Gnoomes - Tschak!Mark Lanegan - GargoyleOxbow - Thin Black DukeNadah El Shazly - AhwarThe National - Sleep Well BeastLost Horizons - OjalaNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneLawrence English - Cruel OptimismTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Cloud Nothings - Life Without SoundOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadBardo Pond - Under the PinesThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnCom Truise - Iterationtogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeWhite Hills - Stop Mute Defeat(Sandy) Alex G - RocketTashaki Miyaki - The DreamThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsLCD Soundsystem - American DreamWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Bitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshCrescent - Resin PocketsPerfume Genius - No ShapeThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldWoods - Love Is LoveChad VanGaalen - Light InformationUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenWashed Out - Mister MellowKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceTennis - Yours ConditionallySt. Vincent - MasseductionJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsMr. Yolk - Self PortraitCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotTy Segall - Fried ShallotsThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Hey Colossus - The GuillotineJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HatePigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesORB - NaturalityShit & Shine - That's Enough EPThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVWarhaus - WarhausThe Weather Station - The Weather StationAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherFlowers Must Die - KompostThe Telescopes - Stone TapeWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandPissed Jeans - Why Love NowThundercat - DrunkJoel Gion - Joel GionJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Queens of the Stone Age - VillainsBoris - DearFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxSea Pinks - WatercourseLucas Oswald - WhetJay Som - Everybody WorksWaxahatchee - Out in the StormDasher - SodiumMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Iron & Wine - Beast EpicThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aThe Horrors - VSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainJuliana Hatfield - PussycatLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutClark - Death PeakThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPOdonis Odonis - No PopAcid Tongue - BabiesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildFeral Conservatives - Better LivesGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersMogwai - Every Country's SonTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowOh Sees - OrcGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineSpinning Coin - PermoDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Virginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetFather John Misty - Pure Comedy

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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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