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.)

Vermont - IIShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesShannon Lay - Living WaterWet Hair - The Floating WorldThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceJoel Gion - Joel GionColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Midnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetFlowers Must Die - KompostThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Jesca Hoop - Memories Are NowStutter Steps - FlooredJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaTy Segall - Ty SegallWarhaus - WarhausRide - Weather DiariesL.A. Takedown - IIWoods - Love Is LoveThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsLost Horizons - OjalaThe Telescopes - Stone TapeSlowdive - SlowdiveKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenTashaki Miyaki - The DreamCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPPerfume Genius - No ShapeAverage Sex - Ice CreamMogwai - Every Country's SonGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerCrescent - Resin PocketsThe National - Sleep Well BeastTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRDasher - SodiumJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftAlvvays - AntisocialitesMac DeMarco - This Old DogJuliana Hatfield - PussycatLCD Soundsystem - American DreamPissed Jeans - Why Love NowHey Colossus - The GuillotineIDLES – BrutalismTy Segall - Fried ShallotsWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   The Horrors - VExploded View - Summer Came Early EPCloud Nothings - Life Without Sound(Sandy) Alex G - RocketNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Spinning Coin - PermoAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherShit & Shine - That's Enough EPOh Sees - OrcDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingLawrence English - Cruel OptimismOdonis Odonis - No PopCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceCatholic Action - In Memory OfMetz – Strange PeaceCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongTennis - Yours ConditionallyStef Chura - MessesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildWand - PlumMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins This Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowTorres - Three FuturesDucktails - Jersey DevilAngel Olsen - PhasesAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesKing Krule - The OOZSea Pinks - WatercoursePrettiest Eyes - PoolsDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineChad VanGaalen - Light InformationNadah El Shazly - AhwarThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me H. Hawkline - I RomanticizeORB - NaturalityBeach Fossils - SomersaultNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutOxbow - Thin Black DukeJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesJay Som - Everybody WorksKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxMr. Yolk - Self PortraitAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aThundercat - DrunkCom Truise - IterationUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunThe Weather Station - The Weather StationCoco Hames - Coco HamesBoris - DearGnoomes - Tschak!Protomartyr - Relatives in Descenttogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersFeral Conservatives - Better LivesOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeClark - Death PeakWaxahatchee - Out in the StormThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinAiriel - Molten Young LoversWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetFather John Misty - Pure ComedySlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeWeaves - Wide OpenBardo Pond - Under the PinesOmni - Multi-Task Steven Wilson - To the Bone St. Vincent - MasseductionDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeIron & Wine - Beast EpicQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenGnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantMark Lanegan - GargoylePigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsAcid Tongue - BabiesWashed Out - Mister MellowQuicksand - InteriorsDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Lucas Oswald - WhetAlgiers - The Underside of PowerL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangTycho - EpochSpoon – Hot ThoughtsGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers

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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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