2017 has given us so many good albums. From new artists to old ones, pop to rock, there has been a huge amount of quality stuff released this year. That makes my job really hard to narrow this list down, but after careful deliberation, I think I’ve found my top 10 albums of the year. First, here are some honourable mentions.
- The Amazons – The Amazons
- Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
- Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
- Fort Hope – The Flood Flowers Vol. 1
- Harry Styles – Harry Styles
- Kesha – Rainbow
- The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
- Neck Deep – The Peace and the Panic
- Night Riots – Love Gloom
- Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine
- Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains
- Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
- Rozwell Kid – Precious Art
- Seaway – Vacation
- Sløtface – Try Not to Freak Out
- St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
- Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
And now we’ve got that out the way, here are my top 10 albums of the year:
10. As It Is – okay.
This kicked off the year perfectly, and is almost definitely the best pop-punk album of the year. The cleaner, more refined sound, mixed with Patty Walters’ ever-improving lyrics and some incredible songwriting made this a must-listen.
9. Enter Shikari – The Spark
This album marked a bit of a departure from the signature Shikari sound. Singer Rou Reynolds stated in an interview that he wanted to keep one idea to every song, rather that the huge, genre-crossing symphonies that Enter Shikari usually create. And in my opinion, it worked. This isn’t any better or any worse than their previous music, it’s different.
8. Rise Against – Wolves
This was definitely a return to form for Rise Against. In making this album, they brought back a rougher, more punk sound than their previous album, and took on the world, covering a huge range of topics. And can I just say, they sound better live than ever as well.
7. Turnover – Good Nature
This is a surprise inclusion on this list, because I’d never even heard of Turnover last year. Their album this year absolutely blew me away though, creating an ambient, melodic sound unlike anything I’d ever heard.
6. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
Here is yet another band I’d never heard of before this year, and another album that blew me away. Manchester Orchestra have created a masterpiece with this album, which is diverse yet coherent, and super dark. Words don’t do enough to describe it, however – do yourself a favour and listen to it. You won’t regret it.
5. Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns
This is less an album, and more of the closest thing to a symphony metal music will ever find. It mixes warm electronic sounds and heavy guitars to create what is basically one long, diverse song. It’s truly incredible.
4. Paramore – After Laughter
I’m surprised this isn’t on everyone’s list to be honest. Paramore are one of the only bands to make the transition to a poppier sound perfectly, and this album sounds incredible. It talks about mental health problems honestly and candidly, while creating a beautiful, colourful soundtrack to contrast it.
3. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
It’s lucky I recently decided to listen to some of the albums I’ve missed this year, because otherwise I’d have missed out on this gem. It mixes the best of punk music with the best of glam rock, creating a beautifully dark but theatrical sound. You have to listen to this one.
2. Lorde – Melodrama
Despite being second on this list, Lorde is still unlucky not to clinch the top spot, because in any other year, she would have. This album shows a stylistic change from her cold, minimalistic debut Pure Heroine, and she absolutely nails it, creating by far one of the most intelligent, self aware albums in recent memory.
1. Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness
Lorde pushed it all the way, but this album takes the top spot. It is a modern rock classic! I think it’s impressive enough that someone’s managed to make a 75-minute album that doesn’t get boring at any point, but this is even more than that, taking the listener through a range of emotions and styles, while keeping them captivated all the way through. Truly incredible.