PopMatters' Best Indie Rock Albums of 2017

PopMatters' Best Indie Rock Albums of 2017

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10. Priests - Nothing Feels Natural

Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

DC punk band Priests' Nothing Feels Natural dials the in-your-face confrontation down a few notches.

9. The Mountain Goats - Goths

The Mountain Goats - Goths
May 19, 2017
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

In its multiplicity of emotions, styles and sounds, Goths ends up feeling like the most versatile Mountain Goats album.

8. The National - Sleep Well Beast

The National - Sleep Well Beast
September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

Sleep Well Beast, the National's best LP since Boxer, features some of the band's most raucous numbers to date, as well as a newfound use of electronics.

7. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

Spoon - Hot Thoughts
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

The album strikes almost the perfect balance between traditional songs and adventurous sounds, which makes it stand out in Spoon’s extensive catalog of great albums.

6. Charly Bliss - Guppy

Charly Bliss - Guppy
April 21, 2017
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

Guppy is a special release ... all you need is thirty minutes of hooks and riffs sung by a voice familiar the first time you hear it.

5. Big Thief - Capacity

Big Thief - Capacity
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

There are a lot of songs and stories in Adrianne Lenker’s brain and Capicity can’t hold them all, but the 11 that it does are an excellent evolution in the band’s musical and storytelling progression.

4. Oh Sees - Orc

Oh Sees - Orc
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

3. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

A Deeper Understanding represents another step forward for the War on Drugs, and is among their most ambitious, consistent, and emotionally searing works yet.

2. Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

Crack-Up joins the ranks of albums like Homogenic, OK Computer and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot—works by eclectic, established artists who decided to push boundaries even further and subsequently produced masterpieces.

1. Algiers - The Underside of Power

Algiers - The Underside of Power
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

Whether or not punk is “back” amidst this wide range of artistic responses remains an open question, but if what the world needs right now is confrontational, unapologetic art, then The Underside of Power rises to the challenge and succeeds.

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