Feb 4, 2018

Best Albums Of 2017

2017 marked the return of Canada and one band in particular. That band was Wolf Parade, close to my most beloved band of all time. When they went on hiatus seven years ago I was pretty sad. Three albums and a slew of amazing live shows just didn't seem enough. But they were back and after an EP in 2016 they released a new album in 2017. 'Cry Cry Cry' would turn out to be my favourite album of the year. I can't say it was technically the best as the albums by Fleet Foxes and Kevin Morby were perhaps better but it was MY favourite and I just loved it. The boys were back and how! But Canada was back too. Some artists with a long time between drinks came back with stellar efforts. Feist, Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene in particular. Arcade Fire also returned but their album was a major disappointment. Not so Destroyer who delivered the goods yet again.

Ty Segall released yet another album and it was wonderful, whilst Father John Misty and The War on Drugs just pushed the envelope a little further. In the hip-hop field Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar really stood out from the pack. Locally The Smith Street Band released my favourite Australian album. Gang of Youths got all the hype but it was the boys from Melbourne that truly delivered.

1. Cry Cry Cry-Wolf Parade
2. Crack-Up-Fleet Foxes
3. City Music-Kevin Morby
4. Ty Segall-Ty Segall
5. A Deeper Understanding-The War On Drugs
6. Pure Comedy-Father John Misty
7. Stubborn Persistent Illusions-Do Make Say Think
8. Big Fish Theory-Vince Staples
9. Half-Light-Rostam
10. DAMN.-Kendrick Lamar
11. Ken-Destroyer
12. Luciferian Towers-Godspeed You! Black Emperor
13. Painted Ruins-Grizzly Bear
14. More Scared of You Than You are of Me-The Smith Street Band
15. Dirty Projectors-Dirty Projectors
16. Hot Thoughts-Spoon
17. Hug Of Thunder-Broken Social Scene
18. Capacity-Big Thief
19. The Wild-The Rural Alberta Advantage
20. Love Is Love-Woods
21. Pleasure-Feist
22. Infinite Worlds-Vagabon
23. Hang-Foxygen
24. Light Information-Chad VanGaalen
25. Sleep Well Beast-The National
26. A Crow Looked at Me-Mount Eerie
27. TFCF-Liars
28. Poor David's Almanack-David Rawlings
29. Rocket- (Sandy) Alex G
30. Life Without Sound-Cloud Nothings
31. Popular Manipulations-The Districts
32. Memory of a Cut Off Head-OCS
33. Coils-Ramona Falls
34. Orc-Oh Sees
35. Times Infinity Volume Two-The Dears
36. We All Want the Same Things-Craig Finn
37. Whiteout Conditions-The New Pornographers
38. Moh Lhean-Why?
39. Bad Posture-John Andrews & the Yawns
40. Out in the Storm-Waxahatchee
41. Go Farther In Lightness-Gang of Youths
42. Rock n Roll Consciousness-Thurston Moore
43. In Mind-Real Estate
44. Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm-Will Johnson
45. No Shape-Perfume Genius
46. The Tourist-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
47. Everything Now-Arcade Fire
48. Last Place-Grandaddy
49. Hard Love-Strand of Oaks
50. World Eater-Blanck Mass

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