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
81
36 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
77
26 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.

45. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

44. Kate Bush - Before the Dawn

Kate Bush - Before the Dawn
December 2, 2016
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

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

42. Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
66
25 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

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

40. Beck - Colors

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
67
33 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
4 reviews

36. Wire - Silver/Lead

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
71
18 reviews

35. Sampha - Process

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
31 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

29. Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

28. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

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

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
15 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
6 reviews

24. Oh Sees - Orc

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

23. Songhoy Blues - Résistance

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

21. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

20. Richard Dawson - Peasant

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
85
11 reviews

19. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
78
12 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
78
15 reviews

14. This Is The Kit - Moonshine Freeze

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
76
18 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
76
19 reviews

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

12. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

10. Aldous Harding - Party

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

8. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 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
92
35 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
36 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
25 reviews
Ultimately it’s the original, immersive Tribe vibes that conquer all.
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