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Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2017

Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2017

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75.

February 17, 2017
Critic Score
77
32 reviews

74.

April 28, 2017
Critic Score
80
35 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.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

70.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

69.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

66.

Crescent - Resin Pockets
May 26, 2017
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

65.

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
72
27 reviews

62.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
14 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
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

59.

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

58.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
75
8 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
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

54.

February 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
14 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.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

50.

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
81
43 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.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

46.

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
75
34 reviews

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

45.

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
35 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.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

41.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
82
37 reviews

39.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

37.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

36.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

33.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

32.

March 3, 2017
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

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

31.

April 21, 2017
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

29.

Michael Chapman - 50
January 20, 2017
Critic Score
76
9 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.

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
78
17 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.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
13 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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