AOTY 2017
Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2017

Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2017

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74. Feist - Pleasure

April 28, 2017
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

The rougher, rawer songs here demonstrate her desire to create music that she can support with her own “musculature,” to use another word she’s used lately.

73. Aldous Harding - Party

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

69. Sparks - Hippopotamus

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

66. Crescent - Resin Pockets

Crescent - Resin Pockets
May 26, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

65. Real Estate - In Mind

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
72
21 reviews

62. Mark Eitzel - Hey Mr Ferryman

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
The beautifully rendered character portraits of Hey Mr Ferryman, shaped into gorgeous studies of sympathy by Bernard Butler’s production, are compelling in their starkness, their raw, unchecked humour, and their kindness toward people who, as Eitzel says, are looking for “something that will lead them to light and safety”.

60. Bitchin Bajas - Bajas Fresh

Bitchin Bajas - Bajas Fresh
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

58. Wand - Plum

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

It’s a tribute to their instincts that there’s nothing here that feels studied or overly developed. Instead, Plum fizzes and surprises with the kind of regularity that makes even its fine predecessor, 2015’s 1,000 Days, sound a little prosaic by comparison.

56. House and Land - House and Land

House and Land - House and Land
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
1 review

54. Tinariwen - Elwan

February 10, 2017
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

It’s the haunted croak of the band’s main singers, Ibrahim and Abdallah, that are the main draw: the sound of heartbroken gangleader, the world-weary soldier, bravado replaced by tenderness. It’s a sound that suits them perfectly.

53. SZA - CTRL

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

50. The xx - I See You

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

On I See You, The xx have expanded their horizons without sacrificing any of the emotional intimacy that makes them one of the most compelling acts around.

47. Pond - The Weather

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

46. Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

Some of the most exuberant and immediately engaging music they’ve ever recorded.

45. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
77
27 reviews

Hot Thoughts finds Spoon at the peak of their considerable powers, their ninth album effortlessly unfolding and gradually revealing its mysteries as they cement their place in the firmament of undeniably great rock bands.

42. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

41. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

39. Arca - Arca

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

37. Ride - Weather Diaries

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

36. Four Tet - New Energy

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

33. Oh Sees - Orc

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

32. Sleaford Mods - English Tapas

March 3, 2017
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

The band continue to develop their sound and deepen their levels of engagement.

31. Gas - Narkopop

April 21, 2017
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

29. Michael Chapman - 50

Michael Chapman - 50
January 20, 2017
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

While there are hacksaw marks here and there, 50 is a finely turned piece that surveys the looming thunderclouds of mortality and the biblical gloom of the times, and – quietly, unshowily – transcends both.

28. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

Taken on its own, The Kid is a hugely satisfying example of Smith’s wholesome and harmonious vision, one that manages to enmesh the wonders of music, memory and nature via analogue synthesis without explicit reference to the healing properties of crystals.

26. Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
This is no cold history lesson or dry academic exercise. Giddens inhabits these songs as though taking the stage in short plays, dramatising her characters in a way that makes their predicaments sound visceral and urgent.
Original Source: http://www.uncut.co.uk/publication/uncut/january-2018
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