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.)

Jane Weaver - Modern KosmologyOxbow - Thin Black DukeKing Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal BananaKing Krule - The OOZKamasi Washington - Harmony of DifferenceOh Sees - OrcPrettiest Eyes - PoolsDälek - Endangered PhilosophiesExploded View - Summer Came Early EPThurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness Tashaki Miyaki - The DreamQuicksand - InteriorsThundercat - DrunkThe Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlodytogether PANGEA - Bulls and RoostersAiriel - Molten Young LoversUlrika Spacek - Modern English DecorationThis Is the Kit - Moonshine FreezeOdonis Odonis - No PopOneohtrix Point Never - Good TimeShit & Shine - That's Enough EPGhostpoet - Dark Days and CanapesCourtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice(Sandy) Alex G - RocketBeach Fossils - SomersaultNative Sun - Songs Born From Love and HateAverage Sex - Ice CreamWIBG - Winnie and the NihilistJuJu - Our Mother Was A PlantFeral Conservatives - Better LivesSteven Wilson - To the Bone L.A. Takedown - IIShannon Lay - Living WaterWolf Parade - Cry Cry CryCoco Hames - Coco HamesShabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs the Jealous MachinesThe Rural Alberta Advantage - WildDUDS - Of A Nature Or DegreeWhite Reaper - The World's Best American BandCaroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be WrongAcid Tongue - BabiesLost Horizons - OjalaGnod - Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death MachineStutter Steps - FlooredTunabunny - PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland JRVermont - IIPissed Jeans - Why Love NowTennis - Yours ConditionallyBitchin Bajas - Bajas FreshClark - Death PeakSpoon – Hot ThoughtsNightlands - I Can Feel The Night Around Me Ride - Weather DiariesArt Feynman - Blast Off Through The WickerThe Telescopes - As Light ReturnFlowers Must Die - KompostTeen Daze - Themes for a New EarthPerfume Genius - No ShapeAngel Olsen - PhasesKatie Von Schleicher - Shitty HitsWashed Out - Mister MellowGnoomes - Tschak!Gnod & Radar Men From The Moon - Temple Ov BBVThe Just Joans - You Might Be Smiling NowL.A. Witch - L.A. WitchTeen Daze - Themes for Dying EarthMonster Movie - Keep The Voices DistantWhite Hills - Stop Mute DefeatCut Worms - Alien Sunset EPAnthroprophh - Special Love Songs For Hardworking People In Alarm Clock BritainORB - NaturalityWoods - Love Is LoveSlowdive - SlowdiveCloud Nothings - Life Without SoundChelsea Wolfe - Hiss SpunFascinations Grand Chorus - Anglesea EPThe Peacers - Introducing The CrimsmenHey Colossus - The GuillotineTy Segall - Ty SegallAt The Drive-In - in•ter a•li•aTy Segall - Fried ShallotsMark Lanegan - GargoyleIDLES – BrutalismColleen - A flame my love, a frequencyDungen - Haxan (Versions by Prins Thomas)Melanie De Biasio - Lilies Tim Heidecker - Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs Waxahatchee - Out in the StormLawrence English - Cruel OptimismJohn Maus - Screen MemoriesWand - PlumMogwai - Every Country's SonDowntown Boys - Cost of LivingLCD Soundsystem - American DreamDucktails - Jersey DevilIron & Wine - Beast EpicSea Pinks - WatercourseTycho - EpochVirginia Wing / Xam Duo - Tomorrow's GiftGrizzly Bear - Painted Ruins The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class ClassicsJesca Hoop - Memories Are NowStef Chura - MessesChad VanGaalen - Light InformationAlex Lahey - I Love You Like A BrotherJoel Gion - Joel GionThe Fresh & Onlys - Wolf Lie DownGodspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian TowersWhite Manna - Bleeding EyesMac DeMarco - This Old DogNadah El Shazly - AhwarMetz – Strange PeaceSlothrust - Show Me How You Want It To BeFruit & Flowers - Drug TaxH. Hawkline - I RomanticizeWarhaus - WarhausThe Horrors - VTorres - Three FuturesAlgiers - The Underside of PowerProtomartyr - Relatives in DescentJulie's Haircut - Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon TwinDasher - SodiumMidnight Sister - Saturn Over SunsetRobyn Hitchcock - Robyn HitchcockThe Telescopes - Stone TapeFather John Misty - Pure ComedyCrescent - Resin PocketsJim White - Waffles, Triangles, and JesusNine Inch Nails - Add ViolenceBoris - DearThe Luxembourg Signal - Blue FieldSpinning Coin - PermoThe War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding   Noveller - A Pink Sunset For No-OneThe Comet Is Coming - Death To The PlanetThe Weather Station - The Weather StationWet Hair - The Floating WorldLa Louma - Let The World Be Flooded OutOmni - Multi-Task Com Truise - IterationCatholic Action - In Memory OfMr. Yolk - Self PortraitAriel Pink - Dedicated to Bobby JamesonAlvvays - AntisocialitesBed Wettin' Bad Boys - RotThe KVB - Fixation/White WallsBee Bee Sea - Sonic BoomerangThe Bug Vs Earth - Concrete DesertTeleplasmiste - Frequency is the New EcstasyBardo Pond - Under the PinesLucas Oswald - WhetJuliana Hatfield - PussycatSt. Vincent - MasseductionQueens of the Stone Age - VillainsThe National - Sleep Well BeastOCS - Memory Of A Cut Off HeadPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the RatsKikagaku Moyo - Stone GardenJay Som - Everybody WorksWeaves - Wide Open

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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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