Wednesday, January 3, 2001

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 2017

Highest Recommends

1. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem: The mix leaves much to be desired compared to LCD's past releases, and the lyrical focus is much darker this time out, but on all other levels, American Dream is every bit the equal of the band's trio of earlier dance-rock classics. Read full review.

2. A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs: Though its songs are not quite as immediate as on breakthrough predecessor Lost In The Dream, and it's more Roxy Music Avalonish than rollicking Springsteen/Dylanish this time out,  A Deeper Understanding's instrumental passages are flat out inspired and provide an endless pool of masterful musical touches to sink into in what has to be one of the most magnificently produced and stunningly arranged albums of all-time. One of the greatest headphone listens ever released.
Intangibles: High
Cherry Pickers Best Bets: Up All Night, Pain, Nothing To Find, Thinking Of A Place.

3. Harmony Of Difference EP - Kamasi Washington:

Strong Recommends

4. MASSEDUCTION - St. Vincent

5. Melodrama - Lorde

6. The Order Of Time - Valerie June

7. Aromanticism - Moses Sumney

8. Cry, Cry, Cry - Wolf Parade

9. Soft Sounds From Another Planet - Japanese Breakfast

10. Capacity - Big Thief

11. Damn - Kendrick Lamar

12. V - The Horrors

13. I See You - The Xx

14. No Shape - Perfume Genius

15. Run The Jewels III

16. CTRL - SZA

17. A Crow Looked At Me - Mount Eerie

18. Close Ties - Rodney Crowell

Solid Recommends

19. The Witch - Pumarosa: Sonically fantastic goth/post-punk/arena-rock/art-rock hybrid is ceaselessly engaging on an instrumental/performance level, staying true for the most part to a moody, pagan-y trance rock center but throws in lots of eclectic curves and several songs have absolutely tremendous endings. Lyrics are not a strong suit, but for a band this talented with sound and mood, never becomes an issue. Especially liked Priestess, with it unrelenting trance groove and phenomenal sax entry late, the Pyramid Song-like Lion's Den, and the album's most pop-like number My Gruesome Loving Friend but there is a ton to take in here and a ton to love. Intangibles - Above Average. Cherry Pickers Best Bets: Dragonfly, Honey, Priestess, Lion's Den, My Gruesome Loving Friend.

20. Science Fiction - Brand New

21. Brutalism  - IDLES

22. Little Fictions - Elbow

23. Fujiya & Miyagi

24. Modern Kosmology - Jane Weaver

25. Sleep Well Beast - The National

26. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples

27. Relatives In Descent - Protomartyr

28. Holiday Destination - Nadine Shah

29. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty

30. Goodnight Rhonda Lee - Nicole Atkins

31. Every Valley - Public Service Broadcasting

32. Hot Thoughts - Spoon

33. Ash - Ibeyi

34. Life Will See You Now - Jens Lekman

35. Halo - Juana Molina

36. Nothing Feels Natural - Priests

37. Antisocialites - Alvvays

38. Guppy - Charly Bliss

39. The Far Field - Future Islands

40. I'm Not Your Man - Marika Hackman

41. The Animal Spirits - James Holden

42. Gang Signs And Prayers - Stormzy

43. Three Futures - Torres

44. Reflections EP - Floating Points

45. Slowdive

46. Hugs Of Thunder - Broken Social Scene

47. The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

48. Interplanetary Class Classics - The Moonlandingz

49. Take Me Apart - Kelela

50. Ex-Eye

51. Process - Sampha


Mild Recommends
53. Painted Ruins - Grizzly Bear
54. Gargoyle - The Mark Lanegan Band
55. Villains - Queens Of The Stone Age
56. Crack Up - Fleet Foxes
57. Flying Microtonal Banana - King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
58. The Assassination Of Julius Caesar - Ulver
59. The Ooz - King Krule
60. All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell - Paris
61. War & Liesure - Miguel
62. The Underside Of Power - Algiers
63. Orc - Thee Oh Sees


Out In The Storm - Waxahatchee
Preservation - Nadia Reid
Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
The Navigator - Hurray For The Riff Raff
Turn Out The Lights - Julien Baker
Hitchhiker - Neil Young
Freedom Highway - Rhiannon Giddens
Music For People In Trouble - Susanna Sundfor
Memories Are Now - Jessica Hoop
Hey Mr. Ferryman - Mark Eitzel
The Weather Station
Pleasure - Feist
Goths - The Mountain Goats
Infinite Worlds - Vagabon
Semper Femina - Laura Marling
Not Even Happiness - Julia Byrne
Party - Aldous Harding
Everybody Works - Jay Som
Stranger In The Alps - Phoebe Bridgers

Hip Hop / Soul / R&B / Jazz
Soul Of A Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Face Your Fear - Curtis Harding
Drunk - Thundercat
Yesterday's Gone - Loyle Career
Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator
Godfather - Wiley
Beautiful Thugger Girls - Young Thug
Common Sense - J HUS

Rock and Indie
Eternity, In Your Arms - Creeper
Exile In The Outer Ring - EMA
50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields
Need To Feel Your Love - Sheer Mag
In Mind - Real Estate
The Curious Hand - Seamus Fogarty
Yours Conditionally - Tennis
Think Black Duke - Oxbow
You're Not As ______ As You Think - Sorority Noise
Let The Dancers Inherit The Party - British Sea Power
Nothing Valley - Melkbelly
Concrete And Gold - Foo Fighters
Cigarettes After Sex
Okovi - Zola Jesus
Sleeping Through The War - All Them Witches
Everything Now - Arcade Fire
Nightmare Logic - Power Trip
Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - Japandroids
Americana - Ray Davies
Impermanence - Peter Silberman
Visions Of A Life - Wolf Alice
Rocket - Alex G
In Spades - The Afghan Whigs
Hiss Spun - Chelsea Wolfe
City Music - Kevin Morby
Carry Fire - Robert Plant
Revolution Come... Revolution Go - Gov't Mule
Music For The Age Of Miracles - The Clientele
Impressions - Tall Ships
Whiteout Conditions - The New Pornographers
After Laughter - Paramore
Love In The Fourth Dimension - The Big Moon
A Fever Dream - Everything Everything
A Kind Revolution - Paul Weller
I Love You Like A  Brother - Alex Lahey
Lotta Sea Lice - Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile
Freedom Is Free - Chicano Batman
Live In Paris - Sleater Kinney

Country And Folk
Peasant - Richard Dawson
The Queen Of Hearts - Offa Rex
All American Made - Margo Price
Prisoner - Ryan Adams

Electronic / Ambient
A Shadow In Time - William Basinski
No Home Of The Mind - Bing & Ruth
Black Origami - Jlin
New Energy - Four Tet
Migration - Bonobo
Epoch - Tycho
Rennen - SOHN
Dust - Laurel Halo
Narkopop - Gas
Off The Radar - Noga Erez
Love What Survives - Mount Kimbie
Mnestic Pressure - Lee Gamble
Plunge - Fever Ray
Kelly Lee Owens
Utopia - Bjork
World Eater - Blanck Mass
Async - Ryuicki Sakamoto

Resistance - Songhoy Blues
Elwan - Tinariwen
La Confusion - Amadou & Mariam
Life & Living It - Sinkane

Last Updated 09/12/2017

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