Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2017

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2017

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10. Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Not Even Happiness is a triumph of subtlety, proof that music doesn't have to be forceful to be powerful.

9. Margo Price - All American Made

Margo Price - All American Made
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

All American Made is provocative, charismatic and endearing, proving what many of country's all-time greats already seem to know: Margo Price is a legend in the making.

8. Richard Dawson - Peasant

Richard Dawson - Peasant
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
85
11 reviews

6. The Sadies - Northern Passages

The Sadies - Northern Passages
February 10, 2017
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

5. Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
82
9 reviews
Amid soulful, R&B-indebted sounds married smoothly to the more country-leaning, Atkins has created her best and most resounding work yet.

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

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

Perhaps it's unfair ... to hold Isbell to his own lofty standards. Compared to those of his contemporaries, these songs are still miles ahead, particularly album highlight "If We Were Vampires."

3. Laura Marling - Semper Femina

Laura Marling - Semper Femina
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

There's always more to Marling than the uninitiated might hear at first, and Semper Femina is yet another astounding testament to her talent and the multitudes therein.

2. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
17 reviews

This record possesses immense power to make listeners reflect on their own relationships and mortality. A Crow Looked at Me is a grim memento of the grand injustice of losing those most precious to us.

1. The Weather Station - The Weather Station

The Weather Station - The Weather Station
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

The Weather Station is Lindeman's loosest, most confident album yet, but it may also prove to be her most deeply psychological; she doesn't hold back.

Original Source: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaim_s_top_10_folk_and_country_albums-best_of_2017
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