Alternative Press's 40 Best Albums of 2017

Alternative Press's 40 Best Albums of 2017

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AFI - AFI (The Blood Album)

January 20, 2017
Critic Score
66
10 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.

At The Drive-In - in·ter a·li·a

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
65
20 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

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

Converge - The Dusk In Us

November 3, 2017
Critic Score
83
15 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.

Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
82
6 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.

Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
22 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.

LANY - LANY

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
66
5 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

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

Machine Gun Kelly - bloom

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

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

ONE OK ROCK - Ambitions

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. 

PVRIS - All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
82
4 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

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

Sorority Noise - You're Not As ______ As You Think

March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
10 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.

The Menzingers - After the Party

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

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

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