MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2017

MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2017

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50.

Wrongtom & The Ragga Twins - In Time
April 28, 2017
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

49.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
45 reviews

A Deeper Understanding is exhilarating in places, but perhaps inevitably, give n it's long and convoluted gestation, it can at times feel like it's trying too hard.

48.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
81
42 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

47.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
73
22 reviews
Too often, though, a combination of slight songcraft and waters' awkward tendency to sound simultaneously angry and platitudinous starts to wear thin.

46.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
79
35 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
November 25, 2016
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

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

42.

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
68
36 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.

41.

Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer
May 19, 2017
Critic Score
82
1 review

40.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
70
43 reviews

39.

Kelley Stoltz - Que Aura
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

38.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

37.

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
An album that ranks among his finest work, not just for its strident messages of hope, but also for simply possessing such a high quotient of unimpeachable songs.

36.

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

35.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
38 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
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

31.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

As striking as her career-defining 2010 album, The Brothel.

30.

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
Evilly powerful, filmic and flowing.

29.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
84
35 reviews
A heady, volatile brew that, in these emboldened settings, have the makings of anthems.

28.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
There's something romantic about this quiet, thoughtful music, but there's a sad quality to it too.

27.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
82
19 reviews
He couches his anxieties in simple but poetic language as his band find the sweet spot between country and rock.

26.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

25.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
83
42 reviews
Some might find the work's almost wilful-seeming opacity and slight whiff of academia off-putting. Judged on purely musical terms, however, it's a ting of great beauty.

24.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
Dwyer's crew are oft-cited as the world's most exciting live rock band; they're also making some of its most exciting rock records.

23.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

19.

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
80
20 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.

18.

April 28, 2017
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
A hugely enjoyable whole. After a fortnight's heavy rotation, it has yet to reveal its fatal flaw.

15.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

Hippopotamus is never anything less than wildly entertaining.

14.

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
78
21 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.

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

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

12.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
84
47 reviews
This new material finds them in [a] more experimental mode.

8.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
82
24 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.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
43 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.

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
47 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.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
There is real creative bravery at work here, often manifested in a less-is-more sensibility that pays real dividends.

4.

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
87
32 reviews
Ultimately it’s the original, immersive Tribe vibes that conquer all.

3.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
78
41 reviews
It's both organic and future-facing. A true metamorphosis, this album sees Queens Of The Stone Age shedding an old identity to discover new ways of playing the same song.

2.

March 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
13 reviews
Reid offers up dreamlike meditations on pained experience possessed of a quiet rhythm and disarming lyrical beauty.

1.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
47 reviews

American Dream feels like a strong re-statement of what they do, and what they can mean, a record that, despite its fear of death, feels very much alive.

Original Source: https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/mojo-290-january-2018
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