Anyway, these are all my number one albums. I cheated in a couple of spots and threw in a couple of ties. All of these records have had, and continue to illicit a strong emotional reaction from me. I hope you find something you like in my choices.
And, oh yeah, I know we’re a couple of months from the end of 2017, but I’m done with this year.
Turn Out The Light By Julien Baker
This is a ball kicker of a record. Emotionally powerful and Baker’s vocals are more than capable of handling the depth of the songs.
Process By Sampha
Soulful and honestly composed. Sampha is a superior storyteller and there isn’t a single misstep on this entire record.
We All Want The Same Things By Craig Finn
Let’s face it, indie rock has become elevator music. There’s exceptions, Craig Finn (And his band The Hold Steady) being one of them. Finn’s the Hubert Selby Jr. of rock.
Damn By Kendrick Lamar/Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator (Tie)
Both Lamar and TTC have hit their stride. Both albums are flawless (One bone to pick with Damn. Enough with the opening skits that end with gunfire. Seriously, it just didn’t fit with the overall feel of the record).
Love (By the way, “Love” gets my vote for song of the year.)
Flower Boy By Tyler The Creator
Take Me Apart By Kelela
Quiet and sensual and beautiful from beginning-to-end.
Cold Dark Place By Mastodon
The best thing about Post-Metallica metal is:
A) Most of the bands are WAY better than their 80’s predecessors.
B) Almost all of them have been road warriors for 15 or 20 years and only seem to get better with each new record (BTW, I’m by no means a headbanger).
Mastodon is one of the best examples of this, and their latest EP is one of the most thoughtful records of 2017.
Aromanticism By Moses Sumney
On the same level as Process by Sampha. Beautiful dream like vocals coupled with drifting, quiet melodies.
Gone Now By Bleachers
This was my album of the summer. It’s fun and bouncy with a decent amount of depth to it.
Every Country’s Sun By Mogwai/Luciferian Towers By Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Remember how I mentioned that Indie is elevator music. Neither Mogwai or Godspeed You! Black Emperor fall into that category. Both bands only seem to become more talented with each new recording. And it’s funny that both albums have almost ZERO vocals. Yeah, lead-singers suck.
Every Country’s Sun By Mogwai
Luciferian Towers By Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Emancipation Procrastination By Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
The Emancipation Procrastination is made up of three separate albums–The Emancipation Procrastination, Ruler Rebel, and Dispora–and is one of the boldest jazz recordings to come out of New Orleans in at least a decade. Great record.
Anyway, those are my favorite records of 2017. What are yours? Remember, I don’t have comments here, so do your list making on social media.
That’s what it’s for, right?