PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

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14. Angaleena Presley - Wrangled

Angaleena Presley - Wrangled
April 21, 2017
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

12. Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street

Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street
May 26, 2017
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

Major life events always seem to cause inner reflection and examination. In this regard, Kids in the Street seems to be the moment where Earle is taking stock of his life, remembering back on what got him to this point, and looking onward to what may greet him on this next phase.

11. Nikki Lane - Highway Queen

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

10. Valerie June - The Order of Time

Valerie June - The Order of Time
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
83
8 reviews

Valerie June follows-up a highly regarded debut with a stronger, tighter set of songs around the theme of time and its passing. The Order of Time is unique and presents a confident and dynamic songwriter and performer with a rich background in stylistic and regional influences.

8. Whitney Rose - Rule 62

Whitney Rose - Rule 62
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
This is pure country music, Texas-style, meant for the state’s distinctive dance floors, nightclubs, dive bars, and open-air venues.

7. Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

6. Natalie Hemby - Puxico

Natalie Hemby - Puxico
January 13, 2017
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

5. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Not Dark Yet

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Not Dark Yet
August 18, 2017
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

That the songs are covers is ultimately irrelevant to the care, arrangements, and deliberate duet Lynne and Moorer deliver, the songs finding their strength and shared focus to push ahead after loss.

3. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator

Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Segarra literally serves as The Navigator on this 12 track journey into the past where memory, poetry, myth, and reality mix to create a rich, spicy and hearty guisada.

2. Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane

Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

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

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s first album together in five years is an enjoyable ride through his career and the life he has lived. It’s a deeply personal and often autobiographical album that cuts right on the things Isbell, the band, and his family, confront in the world.
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