AOTY 2017
MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2017

MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2017

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48. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Pure Comedy is quite a leap, both lyrically, in being an extended treatise on what it means to be human in 2017 and musically

46. Mogwai - Every Country's Sun

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
One might suspect that Mogwai, forever enthused by the binary options of extreme noize and mind-mashing calm, would’ve run out of steam by now. In a word: wrong.

44. Kate Bush - Before the Dawn

Kate Bush - Before the Dawn
December 2, 2016
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

Before The Dawn is glorious and confounding – in other words, pure Kate.

42. Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
69
22 reviews

In conception and execution, Concrete And Gold stands as Foo Fighters’ most beguiling record to date. There is much to admire here as they grind rock and pop’s tectonic plates together in a deliberate gamble to widen their sound.

40. Beck - Colors

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
67
29 reviews

39. Kelley Stoltz - Que Aura

Kelley Stoltz - Que Aura
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

38. Oumou Sangaré - Mogoya

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

36. Wire - Silver/Lead

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

35. Sampha - Process

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

Sampha’s solo debut sits somewhere between the ghostly avant-soul of Frank Ocean and James Blake’s emotionally wrought electronica.

32. Tamikrest - Kidal

Tamikrest - Kidal
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

30. The Bug vs Earth - Concrete Desert

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

27. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
He couches his anxieties in simple but poetic language as his band find the sweet spot between country and rock.

26. Tony Allen - The Source

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

24. Oh Sees - Orc

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

21. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

19. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

The album’s music is intimate and reflective. Drums rarely figure alongside the acoustic guitar, piano and string arrangements which motor gently, and a compelling consistency of mood makes Mental Illness easy to get lost in.

15. Sparks - Hippopotamus

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

14. This Is The Kit - Moonshine Freeze

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Fans of Sufjan Stevens’s Carrie & Lowell should fall for Bullet Proof and Easy On The Thieves, and throughout Moonshine Freeze there’s a similarly gratifying sense of a capable artist raising the alt-folk bar.

13. Ghostpoet - Dark Days + Canapés

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

Detailed with offbeat twists and turns, it warrants celebratory Appletinis all-round.

10. Aldous Harding - Party

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

8. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

It’s not until she stares clear-eyed at those closest to her that the way is clear: she’s to honour her Latin and Caribbean roots in story and sound.

7. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
91
31 reviews

His confidence positively gleams across dexterous modern-day parables whose fierce reflections, anxieties and grievances jab but never jar and rarely miss their targets.

6. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
32 reviews
It’s this mix of irrational thought and lightning bolt revelation with reliably bleeding-edge musical invention that keeps us listening throughout this dark, intense and utterly compelling record.

5. Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
There is real creative bravery at work here, often manifested in a less-is-more sensibility that pays real dividends.

4. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
Ultimately it’s the original, immersive Tribe vibes that conquer all.
Original Source: https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/mojo-290-january-2018
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