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.)

(Sandy) Alex G - RocketTennis - Yours ConditionallyWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnL.A. Takedown - IIWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowKing Krule - The OOZJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetAngel Olsen - PhasesJoel Gion - Joel GionNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceJuliana Hatfield - PussycatPrettiest Eyes - PoolsFlowers Must Die - KompostAlvvays - AntisocialitesTy Segall - Ty SegallNadah El Shazly - AhwarWarhaus - WarhausGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea LiceBeach Fossils - SomersaultGnoomes - Tschak!Gnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVStutter Steps - FlooredThe Horrors - VPerfume Genius - No ShapeArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerShit & Shine - That's Enough EPKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceOxbow - Thin Black DukeRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockOmni - Multi-Task L.A. Witch - L.A. WitchWand - PlumDucktails - Jersey DevilMelanie De Biasio - Lilies Fascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPFeral Conservatives - Better LivesMac DeMarco - This Old DogSlowdive - SlowdiveAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainThe Telescopes - Stone TapeTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthTorres - Three FuturesPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsLucas Oswald - WhetRide - Weather DiariesThe National - Sleep Well BeastShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsThe Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsCoco Hames - Coco HamesThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Spinning Coin - PermoHey Colossus - The GuillotineDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Steven Wilson - To the Bone Exploded View - Summer Came Early EPProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusAverage Sex - Ice CreamCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPWaxahatchee - Out in the StormTy Segall - Fried Shallotstogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersMark Lanegan - GargoyleOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadLCD Soundsystem - American DreamThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldChad VanGaalen - Light InformationWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatTycho - EpochThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildWeaves - Wide OpenShannon Lay - Living WaterH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeWashed Out - Mister MellowThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenJapanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another PlanetJay Som - Everybody WorksJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantThe Flaming Lips - Oczy MlodyThundercat - DrunkKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenNoveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneCrescent - Resin PocketsLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutDasher - SodiumKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesPissed Jeans - Why Love NowThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeAcid Tongue - BabiesCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherMogwai - Every Country's SonDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesThe Weather Station - The Weather StationCatholic Action - In Memory OfTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JROneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeAiriel - Molten Young LoversQuicksand - InteriorsThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Downtown Boys - Cost of LivingJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeTim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Native Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateFather John Misty - Pure ComedySt. Vincent - MasseductionStef Chura - MessesSpoon – Hot ThoughtsBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshLawrence English - Cruel OptimismNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Tashaki Miyaki - The DreamGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyMr. Yolk - Self PortraitClark - Death PeakQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonIron & Wine - Beast EpicCom Truise - IterationTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeJane Weaver - Modern KosmologyAlgiers - The Underside of PowerWet Hair - The Floating WorldOdonis Odonis - No PopWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandCoupler - Gifts From The Ebb TideTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyVermont - IIWoods - Love Is LoveLost Horizons - OjalaORB - NaturalityIDLES – BrutalismMetz – Strange PeaceBardo Pond - Under the PinesChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunSea Pinks - WatercourseThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownBoris - DearFruit & Flowers - Drug Tax

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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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