NME's Albums of the Year 2017

NME's Albums of the Year 2017

Original Source →

50. Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

‘Drunk’, as out-there as it can be, is an album totally high on its own unique ideas.

49. Laura Marling - Semper Femina

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

It all adds up to the most serene, stylistically varied album Marling has ever created – and that’s surely the point.

47. Kiran Leonard - Derevaun Seraun

Kiran Leonard - Derevaun Seraun
September 15, 2017
Critic Score
60
1 review

46. The xx - I See You

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
37 reviews

On ‘I See You’ we meet a new tactile version of The xx. They’re relaxed, warm, joyful even ... They find a balance with the old xx though. Fragility and self-doubt are still themes.

45. The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

The Moonlandingz have turned fiction into semi-reality by making their debut album… and it’s brilliant.

43. Phoenix - Ti Amo

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
69
26 reviews

42. Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
83
23 reviews
As America crumbles, Protomartyr have proved that they can be that cereus, blooming in the dark times we inhabit – and continue blossoming into a formidable and vital band.

41. Fever Ray - Plunge

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

39. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

These songs revel in their spaciousness, like three- minute drivetime anthems from 1986 set free from their radio edits to muck around with 2017’s oddest noises for seven minutes at a time.

38. alt-J - Relaxer

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
67
30 reviews
Great album, if not entirely relaxing.

37. Jay-Z - 4:44

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

These heartfelt, confessional apologies are delivered via Jay’s most concise, straightforward album in years. 10 tracks and 36 minutes long, this is a filler-free return to form after 2013’s patchy and bloated ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’.

36. Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

To see a British band forging their own hearse-driven path in a theatrical, grandiose way – last seen with My Chemical Romance’s ‘The Black Parade’ – is thrilling.

35. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

The bequiffed high priest of desert rock has always imbued his full-throttle stoner sound with a certain amount of hip-shaking sass, but on ‘Villains’, he truly lets his dancing shoes take the floor.

34. Mura Masa - Mura Masa

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
The record never diverts from a tried-and-tested formula, but Crossan brings a modern touch via nifty production tricks and songwriting knacks.

33. Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
63
13 reviews

‘For Crying Out Loud’ is chockablock with massive tunes that make an instant impact.

31. Taylor Swift - reputation

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
25 reviews

While ‘Reputation’ packs heavy artillery that was almost entirely absent from ‘1989’, it’s actually a helluva ride.

30. Beck - Colors

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
67
33 reviews
As a collection of songs ... ‘Colors’ is by far Beck’s most upbeat and enjoyable record from front to back since the ’90s. Repeated listens will no doubt be rewarded.

29. Arcade Fire - Everything Now

July 28, 2017
Critic Score
66
37 reviews

The Canadian art-rockers are bigger, bolder and more fearful of the future than ever on their colossal fifth album.

27. Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
66
25 reviews
Kicking off the ninth Foo Fighters album with one minute and 22 seconds of Queen-worthy bombast, the glistening sonic flare that is ‘T-Shirt’ sets the tone for a blistering, high-gloss ‘Concrete and Gold’, a record that features some of the band’s most vital and impressive tracks in years.

26. Bleachers - Gone Now

June 2, 2017
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
Second album ‘Gone Now’ finds him more experienced, more confident, more in-demand and poised for very big things.

23. Sampha - Process

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
31 reviews
‘Process’ might not be as bold or as inventive or as life-changing as some of the other records Sampha’s had a hand in during his career, but it does have a quiet, dignified impact that suits its maker. He hasn’t stepped out of his shadowy, background world; instead, he’s invited us to join him there.

22. Kevin Morby - City Music

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
From the outset it makes clear that it features songs that aren’t rooted in any one place or time, but are effortlessly stitched together to create a dynamic mapping of modern urban existence.

21. Sheer Mag - Need to Feel Your Love

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
Energy, desire and that indefinable cool that any great rock band must have burst from every angle. This album feels like a celebration, and Sheer Mag sure deserve one.

20. Paramore - After Laughter

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
Catharsis is never usually this joyous, but sometimes smiling through the pain works better than crying.

19. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Backed by a supporting cast of R&B superstars and bright newcomers, it’s a record of long, lazy summers; sitting back and staring at the clouds.

18. Gorillaz - Humanz

April 28, 2017
Critic Score
75
27 reviews

The lawless, world-altering scenario ‘Humanz’ presents us with is not a poorly attended inauguration but a massive, cross-genre party, composed largely on an iPad by Albarn and illustrated by his mate Jamie Hewlett.

17. Alvvays - Antisocialites

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

16. King Krule - The OOZ

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
Archy Marshall’s second album as King Krule proves he’s the troubled voice of a generation

15. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

‘Big Fish Theory’ is one of the most ambitious, dazzling hip-hop albums of 2017 so far – neck-and-neck with Kendrick’s ‘DAMN.’.

14. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

The south London grime don delivers a knockout debut that’s brash and pensive in equal measure.

13. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
35 reviews
It’s all very 2017. And it’s an album on which Matt Berninger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf stray outside the previously clearly defined lines of what The National sound is.

12. Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

This is music as catharsis, with much of the sonically laid-back album dealing with family, loss and friendship, over lived-in J Dilla and Tribe Called Quest-worthy beats.

11. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
35 reviews

Annie Clark gets personal on a clutch of tales about power and lust.

10. Liam Gallagher - As You Were

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
65
25 reviews
‘As You Were’ is an album that has more in common with Primal Scream at their most flamboyantly fun and Spiritualized at their most dreamily epic rather than a dodgy rehash of ‘Definitely Maybe’; it’s plugging into the 1990s, for sure, but not the bits you’d expect.

9. Wiley - Godfather

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

With features from current genre dons Devlin, JME, Frisco, Flowdan and, of course, Skepta, it feels like a celebration of all grime achieved in 2016.

8. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
75
31 reviews
'Lust For Life’ deals with themes that’ll be familiar to Lana devotees; faded Hollywood glamour, skewed Americana and terrible love. But this time around, Lana is even more grandiose than usual, with lush, sweeping orchestration draped elegantly over each of the album’s 16 tracks.

7. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
Across 45 minutes, she breathlessly leaps between genres, and laments on tired and broken relationships in a stream-of-consciousness style that fans of Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ will adore.

6. J Hus - Common Sense

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
For all its globe-trotting genre-hopping, however, ‘Common Sense’ is an album that could only have been released in the UK in 2017 – not only because of its very London-specific blend of influences, but because of its big-budget glossiness and world-beating confidence.

5. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
35 reviews

‘American Dream’ delivers, point by point, on everything you could want from an LCD Soundsystem album.

4. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

Father John Misty’s third album is a beautiful, illuminating masterpiece ... Musically, we’re on pretty familiar territory; a little soulful Jackson Browne, a smidge of acoustic Neil Young and even a touch of piano-tinkling Elton John, as well as a gospel choir thrown into the mix, but this is a record that sets itself apart by virtue of its lyrics.

3. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
91
34 reviews

The triumphant Compton MC might have cut down the number of tracks on his fourth studio album ... but the ideas, thoughts and feelings it contains are massive, weighty things, from sexual tension to deep, dark depression.

2. Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
With ‘Visions Of A Life’ Wolf Alice are removing any doubt about their status in the UK music scene. Best band in Britain? 100 per cent.

1. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
35 reviews
It’s a rudely excellent album, introspective without ever being indulgent, OTT in all the right ways, honest and brave, full of brilliant songs with lyrics to chew over for months.
Original Source: http://www.nme.com/list/nmes-albums-of-the-year-2017-2161481
Connect with AOTY
Like Us
Follow Us
2017 YEAR END AGGREGATE
2017 YEAR END LISTS
MORE 2017 LISTS

July Playlist
AOTY Discord
Forums