American Songwriter's Top 25 Albums of 2017

American Songwriter's Top 25 Albums of 2017

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24. Perfume Genius - No Shape

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
28 reviews

23. Natalie Hemby - Puxico

Natalie Hemby - Puxico
January 13, 2017
Critic Score
2 reviews

20. The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
27 reviews

19. Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
9 reviews
The singer may not have been made for these times, but she creates a defining portrait of an artist whose grasp of the past creates ageless, enduring music for any year.

18. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
6 reviews
It’s a swaggering, easy-to-digest introduction to an artist whose combination of committed vocals, sharp song construction and offbeat, often dark-edged concepts is as creative and snarky as the inspired tongue-in-cheek title of this impressive debut.

14. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
18 reviews

A major leap forward for an artist whose previous work now seems like a warm-up for the dizzying heights The Navigator strives for, and often achieves.

13. Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
25 reviews

Two years later, Baker is back with Turn Out The Lights, which gently expands the sonic boundaries of her haunting folk ballads. On her second album, the Memphis singer firmly establishes herself as America’s high priestess of pain, a young songwriter who, like Joni Mitchell and Elliott Smith before her, interrogates human emotion with nuanced complexity and devastating self-awareness.

10. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
35 reviews

9. Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
11 reviews
The word “freedom” only appears in a few instances but the overall feel of the album is searching for that elusive state.

8. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
36 reviews

MASSEDUCTION is in many ways a complicated struggle between St. Vincent the art project and Annie Clark the human being.

7. Robert Plant - Carry Fire

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
12 reviews

Plant continues down his remarkably innovative path on the combustible Carry Fire, further expanding an already eclectic, forward-thinking solo career and creating an artistic, often edgy persona largely removed from past glories many younger fans may not even be familiar with.

6. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
35 reviews

For most veteran bands, the beast is complacency. The National slays it here and stays on top of the rock world in the process.

5. JD McPherson - Undivided Heart & Soul

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
5 reviews

The revised sound and songwriting on Undivided Heart & Soul isn’t an extreme enough alteration to alienate existing McPherson fans, but it results in his finest set yet and signals that he’s pushing boundaries and staying fresh in a business that doesn’t embrace change.

4. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman

November 17, 2017
Critic Score
17 reviews
It’s not just a rousing bookend to a remarkable, late-starting career, but a terrific and moving soul explosion that stands as one of the finest in her limited yet extraordinary catalog.

3. Angaleena Presley - Wrangled

April 21, 2017
Critic Score
7 reviews

Wrangled is a rootsy collection of interpersonal dramas and vivid field reports from Presley’s American underclass.

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

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
15 reviews

The Nashville Sound is another triumph in his incredible hot streak.

1. Margo Price - All American Made

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
16 reviews
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