Saturday, December 23, 2017

Top 20 Albums of 2017

Once again, this is a highly personal list of the music I most enjoyed in the past year; in no way is it an attempt to outline the most 'important' or influential albums. This time, two very different records, both heavily influenced by amazing live experiences dominated my listening for much of the year. Yet, it was the one which engaged directly with the political tragedy in America which best embodied  and accompanied this challenging, traumatic year.

1) Hurray For The Riff Riff: The Navigator

2) Pumarosa: The Witch

3)  The National: Sleep Well Beast

4) St Vincent: Masseduction

5) Lorde: Melodrama

6) Zola Jesus: Okovi

7) Hiss Golden Messenger: Hallelujah Anyhow

8) The War On Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

9) Laura Marling: Semper Femina

10) Slowdive self-titled

11) Aimee Mann: Mental Illness

12) The Weather Station self titled

13) The Big Moon: Love in the 4th Dimension

14) Julien Baker: Turn Out The Lights

15) Lowly: Heba

16) EMA: Exile In The Outer Ring

17) Aldous Harding: Party

18) The Deep Dark Woods: Yarrow

19) Austra: Future Politics

=20) Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger In The Alps

=20) Torres: Three Futures

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