Top 20 Albums of 2017

2017 is thankfully in the rear-view mirror - but there was some great music....
Top 20 Alums of 2017

Top 20 Alums of 2017

2017 is thankfully in the rear-view mirror – but there was some great music:

20 Delicate Steve
This Is Steve

The songs just wrap you up in them and you can ride it out in some state of confused, but soulful psychedelic bliss.
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Delicate Steve : This Is Steve
19 Feist
Pleasure

Hit songstress Leslie Feist strips down, for a more challenging release that rewards.
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Feist : Pleasure
18 Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger in the Alps

Intimacy and relationships feed our lives & this record.
Phoebe Bridgers : Stranger In the Alps
17 St. Vincent
MASSEDUCTION

Annie Clark goes even more into her artiste direction – and pulls it off with aplomb, once again.
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St. Vincent : MASSEDUCTION
16 The War On Drugs
A Deeper Understanding

Rock revival and expansion.
The War On Drugs : A Deeper Understanding
15 Slowdive
Slowdive

Thankfully for shoegaze pioneers Slowdive, Slowdive goes right.
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Slowdive : Slowdive
14 Alvvays
Antisocialites
The lovely sounds of your newest alt-fave.
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Alvvays : Antisocialites
13 Sylvan Esso
What Now?

Electro-popsters have managed to stand out and stay pure.
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Sylvan Esso : What Now?
12 Hüsker Dü
Savage Young Dü
The origins of one of the most underappreciated modern rock bands.
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Hüsker Dü : Savage Young Dü
11 Land of Talk
Life After Youth

We’re all getting older – if we only could age like the return of Elizabeth Powell’s Land of Talk.
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Land of Talk : Life After Youth
10 Ryan Adams
Prisoner

Hit it out of the park once again, proving that anything Ryan Adams releases is worth a listen.
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Ryan Adams : Prisoner
9 Broken Social Scene
Hug of Thunder

The Canadian collective is back with Hug of Thunder, a revival and celebration of all that the band means.
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Broken Social Scene : Hug of Thunder
8 David Bowie
No Plan EP

The amazing artist has given us one last gift, a bonus swan song.
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David Bowie : No Plan EP
7 Elbow
Little Fictions

Elbow are an excellent band making sad, excellent music.
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Elbow : Little Fictions
6 LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

A different America calls for a different LCD Soundsystem, the one you really need over the one you might only want.
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LCD Soundsystem : American Dream
5 SZA
Ctrl

With her smash-hit debut, SZA is fully in Ctrl.
SZA : Ctrl
4 Wolf Alice
Visions of a Life

That shortest-lived of creatures, a British buzz band, somehow manages to do even more in their follow-up.
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Wolf Alice : Visions of a Life
3 The National
Sleep Well Beast

Comfortably one of the biggest indie bands out there, The National bring in electronic effects while retaining their tragic power.
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The National : Sleep Well Beast
2 Lorde
Melodrama

One of the biggest young voices lets us in on another aspect of herself, giving a chance to dance & a chance to cry.
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Lorde : Melodrama
1 Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.

Intimate and dynamic, one of the best rappers out there delivers this amazing work.  Damn!
Kendrick Lamar : DAMN.

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