Alternative Press's 40 Best Albums of 2017

Alternative Press's 40 Best Albums of 2017

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'68 - Two Parts Viper
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
68
14 reviews

Epic-sounding and true to that signature AFI sound, AFI (The Blood Album) will be a record that stands out for hardcore fans, while picking up some new ones along the way. The fire is definitely still inside AFI.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
68
25 reviews

in•ter a•li•a isn’t about capturing a zeitgeist as much as it is about jumpstarting some urgency in a rock scene that desperately needs more wild abandon and psychic plasma.

Broadside - Paradise
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

November 3, 2017
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
If the album title seems like a premonition, the stuff coming out of the speakers conveys the emotional context and sonic evacuation Converge have built their legend upon. As they have grown as musicians, writers and humans (with all the baggage that contains), the band still maintain their status as leaders.

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
85
10 reviews

They are as fun as they are dramatic, combining lovely melodies with stampeding choruses. Eternity, In Your Arms could very easily be a musical score as much as it is a step forward for abrasive punk.

Grayscale - Adornment
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
65
3 reviews

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
30 reviews

Before, it was easy to see Baker’s vulnerability as childlike, but Turn Out The Lights proves she’s had enough pain to last several lifetimes. There’s an elegance to her music that wasn’t there before—a sudden bright piano riff over deep guitar; a harrowing, shouted acapella—that feels like a coming of age.

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
70
6 reviews

There’s something special about the lyrical content that proves relatable yet poignant and beautiful all at the same time, resonating with listeners through the band’s unique ability to take basic, everyday ideas and turn them into an imaginative work of art.

Lights - Skin&Earth
September 22, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

Machine Gun Kelly - bloom
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

Bloom feels less like the work of a persona than an authentic attempt at sorting out a sometimes messy life—far from perfect, yet perfectly compelling.

Movements - Feel Something
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
70
1 review

ONE OK ROCK pull upon a more mainstream radio-friendly influence, but retain their edgy sound in the same vein as acts such as 30 Seconds To Mars and Bring Me The Horizon. 

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
87
7 reviews

Sophomore releases are usually written about as career-defining ... For PVRIS, it’s an evolution—their music is tighter, sharper and aiming for the jugular in its first shot.

Sleep On It - Overexposed
November 3, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

It’s an album that holds nothing back. Musically, it’s nuanced but raw, explosive but restrained, matched only by the torrent of unapologetic emotion of Boucher’s subject matter.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

After The Party stacks up with the Menzingers’ best material.

Original Source: https://www.altpress.com/features/entry/best_albums_2017
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