Northern Transmissions' Top 10 Albums of 2017

Northern Transmissions' Top 10 Albums of 2017

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10. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
31 reviews

It’s hard to see how This Old Dog will be received and remembered in DeMarco’s discography, as it lacks the early energy of 2 or the immediate accessibility of Salad Days. What it does offer, however, is the most self-reflective version of DeMarco to date.

9. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
19 reviews
Recruiting some of the best names in R&B for an album that pulls from the genreā€™s glory days, Tyler may have put together his finest record in a decade.

7. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
35 reviews
While the songs are long, they offer a lot of rich sonic art that will be hard to find in such a beautiful combination outside of the record. This all said, the length works against the tracks more often than it helps them making for a record that is tiring to focus on.

6. Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
23 reviews

On their fourth record, the bizarre magic of Detroit’s Protomartyr comes to an apex as they explore new sonic frontiers and get to the fringes of their expressive art. Within all this they also craft amazing songs that are just as wild and exciting as they are experimental, making for a record that’s worth everyone’s time.

5. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
34 reviews

With so much detail in commentary, religious comparisons and self-reflection it is truly a record that is worth anyone’s time, especially those who barely listen to rap to begin with.

4. Alvvays - Antisocialites

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
26 reviews

Antisocialites is another strong effort from a band that has their songwriting down to a chemical level. It’s enjoyable at first blush and holds up on repeat listens. While it doesn’t challenge the band’s existing formula, it’s charming enough to stand out anyway.

3. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
35 reviews

There’s no question that The National know how to compose gripping music, but there execution isn’t on point. Sounding a little tired on their latest effort, the band carries all the sonic brilliance without any passion and often without enough ambition.

2. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
36 reviews

There’s something immediately classic about “Pure Comedy” in its mixing of Elton John meets talking about mundane life, with the booming compositional moments to boot.

1. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
35 reviews

Who would’ve thought that a once impossible record would be one of the best of the year? After a breakup, reunion, and a few delays, LCD Soundsystem’s fourth record is a triumphant return for James Murphy and company. With more live instrumentation, attitude and sonic diversity than any of their previous releases, this is one that won’t disappoint fans or even new listeners.

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