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

48.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
82
39 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.

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
78
33 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.

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

44.

Kate Bush - Before the Dawn
December 2, 2016
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

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

42.

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
69
32 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
40 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
75
15 reviews

36.

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

35.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
36 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

30.

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

29.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

28.

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

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
8 reviews

24.

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

23.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

21.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

20.

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

19.

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
78
18 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.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

14.

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
76
20 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
42 reviews

10.

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

8.

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
21 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
40 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
42 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
79
12 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
30 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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